While leveled learning platforms claim that they are doing differentiation by letting kids learn at their own pace there are some awesome Web 2.0 programs out there that actually let teachers differentiate their instruction.
On a variety of different platforms teachers can assign students reading assignments on similar topics at different reading levels. Other platforms let teachers and students search for articles by Lexile level so everyone gets an article that they can read.
Newsela: Teachers can assign articles to their class to read at different Lexile levels. That way everybody in the classroom can read articles on the same topic written at their reading level.
Teachers get a lot of control on digital platforms on the assignments their students receive. They can write multiple versions of an assignment—requiring different numbers of sources, words, whatever—and push out the differentiated assignments to students on their e-learning platform. It is very little extra work for a teacher and because it is online students get a little privacy about their differentiated work.
Teachers can easily differentiate assignments by letting students do presentations or assignments in a medium of their choice. Some students might want to do a podcast while others might want to write a paper, shoot a video, or do a slide show. As long as the criteria is the same for each of the platforms, it doesn’t necessarily increase a teacher’s workload while allowing weaker writers other mediums to show of their mastery of content.
Digital collaboration is a fantastic way to get all students involved in learning. When an assignment is done on-line, the teacher has the ability to set guidelines for who does what and to give students tasks that suit their strengths. Not everyone has to do the same thing on the assignment and platforms like Google make it easy to see who has done what.