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Using Technology to Engage Diverse Learners

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Teachers of all technical abilities will benefit from this graduate-level course that features practical strategies for empowering and engaging diverse learners through technology. First discover how technology can help differentiate your instruction to support a wide range of learners, including gifted students and students with disabilities. Then explore a variety of technologies, such as blogs, Wikis, podcasts, and social media, that can contribute to student learning and motivation. You will also discuss the many factors that influence learning and the uses of technology that can help you gather key information about your students including interests and learning styles.

This course also examines two frameworks for meeting the needs of diverse learners: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction (DI). You will have the opportunity to explore their similarities and differences in order to customize your instruction. Be inspired to use these frameworks and a variety of technologies to increase learning and achievement for all your students.

Teaching Tangibles
Examine your personal beliefs about the role of assessment and technology in a diverse classroom.
Survey your students’ interests, learning styles, multiple intelligences, and learning profiles.
Develop a lesson plan that incorporates technology and elements of DI and UDL.
Create a personal plan for implementing technology-supported differentiated instruction in your classroom.
Build a toolkit of online resources for learning about and implementing the guidelines of UDL.
Learn the importance of effective planning and management for a successful differentiated classroom.
This course requires Microsoft® PowerPoint® software.


Oct 16, 2020


Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3 semester hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D.

Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and co-director of the university's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling learners and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom. Dr. Tomlinson is a prominent expert on the concept of differentiation and provides professional development throughout the United States and abroad. She is the author of more than 100 articles, books, book chapters, and other professional development materials, including the text How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms..

Carol Ann Tomlinson has also authored books available through Canter’s partner, Corwin press.

Grace Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith received a Ph.D. in Instructional (Educational) Technology from Wayne State University. Her experience includes 10 years as a teacher and reading specialist in public and private schools and eight years as a technology curriculum coordinator for a school district of 10,000 students. She has also worked as the director of continuing professional education at a business college, as an educational consultant, and as an adjunct professor at two universities, where she taught writing and technology courses.

Stephanie Throne, Ph.D.

Stephanie Throne received a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She has extensive experience in developing online educational materials and at one point was the first instructor at her institution to offer online foreign language classes. Assignments necessitating the use of technology have always played an important role in all of her classes. She currently works as an independent contractor for adult, high school, elementary and preschool Spanish classes and as a private tutor for students of college level Spanish, elementary reading, and math.

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