Differentiation, or the ability for educators to meet the needs of a variety of learners, is a key aspect of successful teaching.
Fortunately, there are many approaches to differentiation and numerous tools available, including a variety of sites that can help facilitate the process.
30 Sites/Apps for Differentiated Instruction
1 Actively Learn (opens in new tab) - Educators can make any reading material their own by adding questions and annotation, plus collaborate with others, which helps to differentiate instruction.
2 Answer Pad (opens in new tab) - A student response system and assessment tool that can be used to make a classroom paperless. The "Go Interactive" feature allows real-time collaboration, which helps educators better gauge student understanding.
3 Arcademics (opens in new tab) - Focuses on game-based learning (K-8) across a wide range of subjects. An educational portal allows teachers to track and monitor students, generate detailed reports, and assess student learning.
4 Badaboom (opens in new tab) - An easy-to-use classroom response system through which users can create learning quizzes and games to assess and differentiate instruction.
5 BoomWriter (opens in new tab) - A unique site that lets students express their creativity by adding their own chapters to an initial story prompt. Classmates can anonymously vote on which ones should be included in the final story. Boomwriter then publishes these stories as softcover books, and can personalize each one to include the student's name on the cover and their final chapter as an alternate ending. Other tools support nonfiction and vocabulary-based writing activities.
6 Buncee (opens in new tab) - A blended interactive learning tool for creating presentations or digital stories that can be embedded into a site/blog. Teachers can also flip a classroom by assigning quizzes, plus track and monitor students.
7 Chronicle Cloud (opens in new tab) - A cutting edge all-in-one iOS app for teachers for taking notes, assessing students, providing feedback, and more.
8 ClassroomQ (opens in new tab)- An easy-to-use innovative tool that acts as a digital hand-raising device, which assists in assessing a student's learning in real-time.
9 edcite (opens in new tab) - Create digital assignments, quizzes, and more, and then have student responses automatically graded in real-time. Detailed student assessment reports can be generated as well.
10 Education Galaxy (opens in new tab) - A new site for grades K-6 that uses game-based learning to help students in a wide variety of subjects. The site also supports assessing student needs and integrating self-paced learning.
11 Edji (opens in new tab) - A new interactive learning tool that engages students through collaborative highlighting, annotation, comments, and even emojis. The detailed heat map helps educators to gauge student understanding.
12 EDpuzzle (opens in new tab) - A popular site/app for flipping a classroom or lesson by adding questions to a video and then assessing student's answers.
13 Eduflow (opens in new tab) - A new learning management system in which educators can create courses, track students, and generate detailed reports.
14 Edulastic (opens in new tab) - An innovative online assessment platform that makes it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction.
15 Floop (opens in new tab) - An learning web app for teachers to give and collect student feedback through conversation threads
16 FUNecole (opens in new tab) - An online learning platform for grades 1-6 that allows educators create assignments and lessons, and also integrate computer science into their curriculum.
17 Gimkit (opens in new tab) - A game-based learning solution in which students can create games and educators can then assess the results.
18 Hippo Video (opens in new tab) - A web tool for students and educators to create videos and screencasts that can be used to explore a subject, which helps to gauge student understanding and comprehension.
19 I Know It (opens in new tab) - An easy-to-use site that supports interactive math practice for grades K-5. Educators can assign lessons, engage students, and assess progress.
20 IXL (opens in new tab) - A popular site for math that allows for student tracking with detailed reporting. Educators can monitor areas in which students struggle, and then adjust instruction accordingly.
21 Kahoot (opens in new tab) - Still one one of the most popular classroom tools to gamify and differentiate instruction.
22 Kami (opens in new tab) - A handy learning tool that serves as a digital pen/paper that allows users to annotate PDFs and other documents.
23 Kialo Edu (opens in new tab) - An argument mapping and debate site that can be used to follow the logic of a student’s thinking and help build critical thinking.
24 Loop (opens in new tab) - A cool new student response system in which students can respond to questions by using an emoji or word, or by choosing an answer.
25 Night Zookeeper (opens in new tab) - A interesting new site that builds writing skills through interactive lessons and competitions. The education portal provides an opportunity for educators to track their students and build a library of lessons.
26 Otus (opens in new tab) - A one-to-one learning management solution and mobile learning environment through which educators can differentiate instruction based on detailed real-time analytics.
27 Parlay (opens in new tab) - Teachers can use this online tool to build classroom discussion--browse through a robust library of discussion prompts (with resources), facilitate online round tables, or create a live verbal round table.
28 Pear Deck (opens in new tab) - A platform that empowers educators to create quizzes, slides, or presentations, once the decks are created, students can respond via their mobile devices. Teachers can then assess student understanding in real-time.
29 Socrates (opens in new tab) - A new game-based learning system dedicated to differentiated learning that automatically adjusts content to student needs.
30 ThinkFluency (opens in new tab) - ThinkFluency is an innovative iOS app that helps to assess reading fluency and differentiate instruction in real-time.
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David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at email@example.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com (opens in new tab).