There are many good uses for technology in all classrooms. Studies have shown it increases engagement and improves online literacy. In addition to teaching students necessary skills for their future academic, professional, and social lives, technology, when used purposefully and appropriately, can be a powerful tool for differentiation. Here are a few ways I use technology in my ICT ELA classroom:
In my ICT classroom, I have several students with speech and language disabilities who have difficulty keeping up during verbal discussions. When I would conduct Socratic seminars, these students were often unable to participate. This year, my co-teacher and I hosted an online discussion using www.Edmodo.com. We posted leveled question (beginning with recall and moving argument and analysis) and students had 10 minutes to respond using a quotation from the text to support their answers. The responses are in real time, so as soon as a student posts it is immediately available to everyone. This allows students with expressive or receptive language disorders to work through the questions and answers at their own pace. Students who finish the question quickly can post their own question or respond to a classmate.