Best practice

Enhancing Instruction for All Learners

Principles & Instruction


Learning Objective: Identify basic principles of Universal Design, Differentiated Instruction and Best Practice teaching strategies that incorporate technology resources to enhance an existing or new lesson or activity in your classroom. 

Why is this important?

"Learning and demonstrating effective uses of technology is itself an important instructional outcome. Technology has permeated all aspects of our economy and culture. Every learner now in school needs a range of literacies that are much broader and more inclusive of our changing culture."

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5 Steps 

1. Identify a lesson you teach that you would like to improve or create. It might be one you have recently taught or will be teaching in the next few months.

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."  Benjamin Franklin

2. Select a graphic organizer program and create an account so you can save your work and add to it in future activities. Three free resources are shown in the table below with tutorials.

Resource Name



    Tutorial  External Link


Create bubbles with text and attachments to brainstorm and share ideas

Check out this screenshot tutorial


Popplet  External Link



Brainstorm and share ideas by adding text, urls, videos and images to the Popples

Check out this video tutorial

Gliffy  External Link



Brainstorm and share flowcharts, diagrams, wireframes and more

Check out this screenshot tutorial

Also check out this complex flowchart example 


3. Title your Graphic: Meeting the Needs of Learners in ___(put the title of the lesson you picked) 

4. Create two sub sections (or bubbles) titled:
a. Strategies I use
b. Strategies to try out

5. Spend 15-20 minutes reviewing the definition of Differentiated Instruction and the related article provided below. As you look at the information keep your lesson in mind, and then list 3 or more strategies you already (or plan to) use in your graphic organizer, and list 2 or more strategies you could try out. 

Click the link for the Reading Rockets site for a definition of differentiated instruction. Select one or two of the Basics articles. 18 Teacher Tested Strategies  (Edutopia). As you read through key elements that guide differentiation, take note of elements you already incorporate in your teaching. Also check out this informative Scholastic article written by Laura Robb where she has listed 9 practices to differentiate instruction.

Example of a lesson about the numberline

numberline eg


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