Technology makes it very easy to address all students learning styles, auditory, visual, and tactile. My class was studying the Bill of Rights, and technology helped me differentiate instruction. Having taken the SMARTboard class, I created a Notebook 10 unit that contains, “Life Without the Bill of Rights” , An Interactive Guide to the Bill of Rights, The Bill of Rights Rap (Youtube), Bill of Rights Concentration game, , The Bill of Rights game, addressing every learning style. It made the lessons so much more enjoyable, and gave each child a chance to learn using their learning style. Lastly, we read the SS textbook and discussed it because nonfiction reading is still important. After completing the unit, I wanted to see if they actually understood what they had learned.
I gave my students an assignment to create a comic strip using Bitstrips for Schools. They had to create a comic strip that demonstrated a violation of the Bill of Rights.(See below) I thought this was much more interesting then writing an essay. 🙂 Some of them took longer than others, some put more effort into it than others, but they all demonstrated understanding of the concept.I believe technology makes our job easier, not more difficult. It helps our 21st century students succeed!