Learning Focused Schools



Learning Focused Schools strategies can be seen as ways to differentiate instruction. Differentiating instruction can help get students to use higher order thinking skills for their level. Technology can make that happen. Technology use is complementary to the Learning Focused Schools strategies. Technology is the tool to make practice more fun, learning more engaging and as a tool to answer essential questions. Technology may be the glue that brings it all together! It's true that there is a huge time investment. However, this should decrease over time.

Tech Tools for LFS

Technology tools can be used to differentiate for learning style, interest and ability.
  • Moodle
    • A Moodle choice can be used to help group students by what they know.
    • A Moodle forum an be used to have online discussions where all participate.
    • Student started forums provide student ownership over learning.
  • Wiki
  • Blogs
    • A blog can be used as a reflective tool.
    • A blog can be used as on ePortfolio of work
  • Podcasting
  • Mindmapping
    • To organizing learning
    • To organize materials
    • To differentiate by learning style
  • Polling sites


LFS Strategies in the 21st Century

  • Use appropriate educational technology resources to build differentiated LFS curriculum
  • Decide on desired learning outcomes
  • Target 21st Century Skills and NETS
  • Identify student learning styles and needs
  • Choose a technology that will enhance the LFS strategy
  • Keep it simple
  • Review, Revise, Reinvent, Redo

21st Century Instructional Practices

  • Engage the learner through high levels of interactivity
  • Offer varied levels or styles of learning and attainment
  • Use of effective digital technology formats
  • Provide productive opportunities for learners
  • Open collaborative environments
  • Offer high levels of varied communications
  • Support and reinforce core standards, benchmarks and digital competencies

Sample Activity

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Site to See

Jog the Web

Essential questions:
http://www.jogtheweb.com/jog/# /Mgiagf6MVa8v/1

Activating Strategies:
http://www.jogtheweb.com/jog/# /8p5mpSxkXS1a/1

Extending Thinking:
http://www.jogtheweb.com/jog/# /g5k6YQDG7VjN/1

Summarizing Strategies:
http://www.jogtheweb.com/jog/# /NUf5F8YNp7xe/1

DI Strategies:
http://www.jogtheweb.com/jog/# /2pNIcc0yxVui/1


Resource Links

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References

Some material referenced can be found in more detail here:
Web 2.0 Guru
LFS Integrations