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. In the Dive In section, you will take a deep look at INFOhio digital content that can easily be used for differentiating. 

In each Dive In step, you will be directed to look for the differentiation features and tools that you can use when planning instruction.

Download the INFOhio Differentiation checklist to help you identify features as you review. 

Use this completed checklist and determine if you agree with the ways to differentiate using the INFOhio tools.

  1. Take a look at the range of materials you get from searching World Book in each grade button.
  2. Then, do the same thing with the Explora database you find in each grade button.
  3. Compare Science Reference Center with Science Online.
  4. 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.
  5. Note the tabs and information available in ISearch
#2 Explore - World Book Kids and World Book Student Explore - World Book Kids and World Book Student

 

Explore World Book Kids and World Book Student for tools and resources in the content that you can use when planning for UDL. World Book Student (Grades 6-10) and World Book Advanced (Grades 9-12) have the same features.

 

First, explore World Book Kids. There are features and tools in this elementary resource that you can use to adapt content for secondary students struggling with reading and content.

Look for the differentiation features and tools listed below that you can use when planning. Use the INFOhio Differentiation Checklist to track the features you find. 

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

Using your learning style from the inventory as a guide, browse through the resource looking for features and tools that will help you learn.  For example, if you are a visual learner, you can include the visual directions found in the activities at the bottom of the home screen. Look for three features in World Book Kids that will help you differentiate an upcoming lesson

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 the tools and resources you can use when planning content for UDL. Keep track of the features you find to support differentiation on the INFOhio Differentiation Checklist.  

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).  

  • First review the DVC Online Help documents for hints on how to search and use the digital videos.
  • 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 INFOhio Differentiation Checklist with the differentiation features you found in the DVC. 
#5 Explore - Science Reference Center Explore - Science Reference Center

 

Explore Science Reference Center for tools and resources that you can use when planning for differentiation and UDL. 

Look for the differentiation features and tools listed below that you can use when planning.

Fill in the INFOhio Differentiation Checklist for the features to support differentiation in Science Reference Center. Think about how you might use Science Reference Center to support UDL principles. 

Did you Notice:

 

  • Lexile levels

  • Visual browsing

  • Graphic organizers

  • Text translation

  • Text-to-speech

  • Text-size-change

  • Built-in dictionary

  • Videos

  • Interactive Maps

  • Interactive Experiments
  • Webquests

  • Research Guides
#6 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. 

Refer to your INFOhio Differentiation Checklist to track the 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 where you will find the same tools you found in 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