Explore INFOhio's Differentiation Tools  

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#1 Read - Differentiating with Databases Read - Differentiating with Databases

Try differentiating by using different levels of the same database with your students.  Check out the database list in each grade band on INFOhio's home page. You will find background information for assignments, articles for students with advanced reading levels, and also digital media in different databases from the same company. For example, take a look at the range of materials you get from searching World Book in each grade band. Then, do the same thing with the Explora database you find in each area as well. Compare Science Reference Center with Science Online, and check out the grade level icons in the Digital Video Collection. Don't forget to look at the advanced levels to challenge your best readers. 

 

#2 Explore - World Book Kids and World Book Student Explore - World Book Kids and World Book Student

 

 

Explore WorldBook Kids and World Book Student for tools and resources in the content that you can use when planning for UDL. FYI! World Book Student has the same features as World Book Advanced, which is for high school students.

 

Look for the differentiation features and tools listed below that you can use when planning conent. It might help to download and fill in the checklist for the features you find or you can download the completed checklist for the information on features in World Book and the other resources explored in Dive In.

Make sure to look at the actual articles, the For Educators section linked at the bottom of the page, and the WorldBook Kids fun menu across the bottom of the homepage. 

Did you Notice:

  • Games

  • Lexile levels

  • Visual browsing

  • Graphic organizers

  • Text translation

  • Text-to-speech

  • Text-size-change

  • Built-in dictionary

  • Videos

  • Interactive Maps

  • Webquests  

#3 Explore - Explora Explore - Explora

 

Explore Explora for Grades PreK-5, Explora for Grades 6-8, or Explora for Grades 9-12 for tools and resources for differentiation.

Look for tools and resources you can use when planning content for UDL. It might help to download and fill in the checklist for the features you find or you can download the completed checklist to use as a guide for the information on features in this and several other resources.

Make sure to look at the articles and the tools in each article, as well as the limiters on the left. Articles from Explora provide complex text, informational text, content area support, and articles on both sides of an issue for discussion. Did you notice:

  • Research Starters
  • Videos
  • Lexile searching
  • Text translation
  • Text-to-speech
  • PDFs of articles with visuals
  • Create Note (in Explora for Grades 9-12)

 

#4 Explore - INFOhio's Digital Video Collection Explore - INFOhio's Digital Video Collection

Explore the Digital Video Collection (DVC) (Enter your INFOhio username and password, if asked.)

  • Look for a video on a hard-to-teach concept. Did you find one that would be good content to help a visual learner? 
  • Then search for a list of the closed captioned videos. Do you have any students who would benefit from those videos?
  • Look at the teacher resources that  come with some of the videos.  Are there related websites that would help struggling learners understand the subject? Would the teacher's guides help you differentiate? 
  • Fill in the checksheet with the differentiation features you found in the DVC or refer to the completed checklist for the compiled information on several resources.
#5 Explore - ISearch Explore - ISearch

 

Explore INFOhio's ISearch for content on a wide range of subjects and with tools to differentiate the subject matter as you plan for UDL. 

You can use the blank checklist or the completed checklist to find the content with differentiation tools you can use when planning and teaching.  Try searching for a relevant topic in both the Basic and Advanced tabs. Make sure to actually look in the articles for the same tools you found in your exploration of Explora. Features you should find are:

  • Tabs to separate materials for basic and advanced levels
  • Starters to give students at all levels the background on their research topic
  • Text translation
  • Text-to-speech
  • Citation help