Using Technology to Differentiate for Gifted Students

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Using Technology to Differentiate for Gifted Students


Presenter: Will Waghorne
Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

As a teacher, it becomes crucial to use technology to help your gifted students engage in their learning process. Using tools like Google Apps not only encourages them to participate, they provide convenience for both you and your students, and allows a greater level of differentiation and collaboration.

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Learn how to use Google Apps and other Web 2.0 applications to create differentiation in mixed ability classrooms. Session will cover assessments using Google Forms, how to grade writing assignments in Google Docs, and much more. Discover a wealth of links and ideas to strengthen your teaching with technology and to make classroom assignments more unique and individualized.

In this course, participants will:

  • Be introduced to many technological tools, including:
    • Google Forms
    • Choose Your Own Adventure
    • Kaizena
    • Google Earth
    • Google Lit Trips
  • Investigate how these tools can be used in designing curriculum and instruction
  • Observe how teaching and learning can be made more individualized for all students, while particularly challenging those that are gifted

Will Waghorne is a middle school history teacher in Austin, Texas. He enjoys working with and teaching gifted and talented learners in digital environments. Waghorne also works to engage like-minded colleagues in an international personal learning network. He has previously won the Texas State Historical Association’s David C. DeBoe Award. Find him online at and @mr_wag on Twitter, or IRL (in real life) exploring museums and historical sites around Texas.

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