Top 5 ways to Differentiate in Computing

Top 5 ways to Differentiate in Computing

Top 5 ways to Differentiate in Computing

There are many ways that I differentiate in my computing lessons. Below is a great summary of the different ways with examples that you could differentiate in your computing lessons.

1. Differentiation by outcome and task

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For example pupils were asked in a lesson to make a paper chatterbox, which they later had to program using Python. The initial task is fully achievable by all. They then produce individual programs to meet the specification according to their understanding and ability. This also falls under differentiation by outcome. Another approach we often I use is by presenting pupils a menu with a choice of options that pupils can select from. Each task has a different level of difficulty.

 

2. Differentiation by Timing

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This can be used in a whole variety of ways, obviously giving more time to weaker pupils to complete tasks etc, but equally by setting tight deadlines to ensure pupils are focused and remain on task. For example, sometimes with programming task I just want a working solution. If tight deadlines are not set, pupils can spend lots of time just trying to make it look nice with the graphics/ GUI element.

 

3.Self Differentiation

the difference between genius and stupidity
Setting a challenging task open to all pupils, pupils then self elect to take on the task e.g. Pupils have to learn about Binary and how to Denary, so a natural challenging task might be How does Binary Addition work?

 

4. Collaborative Differentiation

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Group work with set roles within each team, tailored to their strengths but allowing them to develop in areas of weakness. This works well with programming projects, such as Mobile App design. I like to set the “Spokespersons” of such groups as the weaker pupils. This ensures the stronger pupils support their learning.

 

5. Differentiation by Resource

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Some pupils don’t cope well with text heavy websites, and thus it is always a good idea to provide appropriate resources to match needs of the pupils. A good site for such pupils might be http://www.instagrok.com/

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One comment on “Top 5 ways to Differentiate in Computing
  1. David says:

    Whilst I do often differentiate by outcome and/or resource, I also try to differentiate by the instructions I set i.e. if we were coding on Scratch, an LA child may be given an instruction sheet helping them to start the project or giving them pointers they can use along the way whereas an HA child would be given less instructions, that way they’re using the same resources and achieving the same outcome but almost starting at a different point rather than finishing at a different point

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