Using Technology and Primary Source Documents

NYCDoE - Office of Teacher Effectiveness - 2013

Resource Description: Ms. Bonserio uses a Smart Board and primary source documents to make historical events accessible for the students.

While viewing, think about:
This teacher begins her mini-lesson with a document projected onto the Smart Board. Students have the opportunity to interact with the document using the "magic pen" to highlight important details in the document.

After viewing, think about:
1. How do you use subject matter resources, materials and technologies to organize the curriculum?
2. What awareness do you have of the internal and/or external resources available for use with students?
3. How can you select and utilize appropriate relevant instructional materials and technologies to present concepts and skills?



Implementing Technology - Based Differentiation

NYCDoE - Office of Teacher Effectiveness - 2013


Resource Description: In this clip, the teacher utilizes data from her students' assessments in order to design instruction that is accessible to her diverse group of students. Technology-based activities and resources are employed to engage learners and further differentiate instruction.

While viewing, think about:
After reviewing data collected from her students' assessments, the teacher groups students according to their ability to analyze primary source documents. Students who struggled with this skill are provided with computer-based instructional resources and activities specifically designed to increase their understanding. Supplemental instructional materials including vocabulary definitions, pertinent video clips, and historic images are all included in instruction and serve to scaffold the students' existing knowledge and skill sets. Another group of students is engaged in learning activities involving primary source documents, but without the use of supplemental resources. A third group completes that activity and then moves on to a challenging extension question. Through this differentiation, the teacher successfully engages learners of all abilities and provides equitable access to instruction. Successfully completed instructional activities as well as insightful student reflection provide evidence that meaningful learning has occurred.

After viewing, think about:
1. How might you use the results of your students' assessments to guide instruction?
2. What are some specific instructional activities and resources you might use in order to differentiate instruction and engage all learners?
3. How might you implement the use of technology in your classroom in order to improve student achievement?