Differentiation by App

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When I launched our Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC), whilst presenting (for the first time) a phrase just fell out of my mouth that I thought must have been mentioned by someone before me. I guessed that I must have heard this phrase via my Personal Learning Network (PLN), taken it in and then blurted it out. After a few months of looking around and ‘Googling’ the phrase, I was amazed to see that I couldn’t find any evidence of it being used before (please let me know if you know of someone else referring to it!)

The phrase in question is:

‘Differentiation by App’

Differentiation standardly happens in my class by me creating different avenues for the children in my class to follow to enable them to succeed with their learning.

Recently I have began to differentiate my work not by the actual activity, but by the means to achieve the same outcome by using a variety of apps. These apps have a similar outcome BUT the beauty is, that each app needs a different level of input by the student to achieve the outcome.

Here are a couple of examples of a variety of apps that give a similar output but utilises different levels of input ability.

  • Creating talking characters/faces/avatars.

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For me one of the simplest apps to create a talking character is ChatterPix Kids, a little more input is needed with Tellagami, more still with YakIt Kids and then finally a lot of input needed for Morfo 3D Face Booth. thus, differentiation by app.

  • Coding and programming.

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When teaching coding to the children in my class (and indeed my school at large) the outcome is essentially the same, get the desired outcome (complete the puzzle in most cases!) I have started off with a variety of apps that help teach the basics of coding but require a variety of input abilities, these are (in ease of use order) Kodable, Bee Bot, Cargo Bot and Fix the Factory. Once these simple(ish) apps have been completed I would then move onto coding proper using apps such as Daisy the Dinosaur and Scratch Jr.

Feel free to let me if you decide to use Differentiation by App in your classroom, and what apps you differentiate by, I would love to know!

Birmingham SEN Apple RTC

We are pleased to announce the launch event for the Birmingham SEN RTC is now available to book on via this link.

At this event, put on in partnership with our Apple Solution Expert partners, Academia, we will be:

Introducing you to the Birmingham SEN Regional Training Centre (RTC), what to expect from us, why use iPads and Apple in SEN schools, explaining our story with iPads, what you want from us, get hands on with iPads, an opportunity to network with our RTC team, others teachers and sessions from Apple Distinguished Educators and our RTC trainers.

We are lucky to have secured the services of two highly in-demand Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to run hour long training sessions, allowing you the opportunity to get hands on and see the potential of these devices inside the classroom. Our own skilled RTC trainers will also be presenting a session.

Lunch is provided. Displays from SEN focussed iPad product resellers.

Held on Friday 27th February 2015 at the MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, this is a must attend event!

RTC Trainers session

Children in the SEN classroom have a variety of ability levels and need to have their imagination captured to produce work they are proud of. In this session we look at using a variety of animation Apps, giving hands on experiences for delegates, focussing on giving students great outcomes with varied ability levels. Attendees will leave with some simple cross curricular ideas that can be easily taken back to their classroom.

Neil Emery and Chris Smith joint sessions

The success of any technology is through exploration and having time to play, a message Apple Education Trainers Neil Emery and Chris Smith are keen to promote. During the afternoon sessions attendees will get hands on to create their own PECs symbols before being part of a media showcase containing image, video and music. Sessions will contain ideas using apps, workflows and processes giving attendees confidence to try out what they have seen back in their own schools and classrooms. 

Flyer for event: RTC opener

Flyer for all future events :RTC full course flyer