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Differentiated Instruction thru Technology: A Foundation for Instruction and Learning

Offered in California Only – Strand 4

This course will begin with defining Differentiation and Universal Design and how technology can meet the needs of student variability inherent in all classrooms. We know that it can be challenging to design the learning environment and experiences that meet the needs of all learners. We will look at Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a way to remove barriers in the designing of the classroom environment and implementation of the curriculum so that all learners can be successful.

Participants will explore how technology can be leveraged to facilitate differentiation and foster self-advocacy in students. Differentiation is not a one-size-fits-all solution; rather, it is a flexible approach to teaching in which educators actively plan for the differences in their students. The goal is for students to be able to effectively learn, see themselves as learners and take ownership for their learning. By utilizing technology to differentiate instruction, teachers can better ensure that learners can achieve the skills and strategies necessary to foster student advocacy.


During this hands-on workshop, participants will explore a variety of sites, tools, and apps in order to leverage technology and scaffold student learning. In particular, we will focus on how technology can support teachers in differentiating: content (what students learn), the process (how students learn), the product (how they demonstrate their learning) and the environment (where and with whom students learn) in their classrooms Upper Elementary to High School.

Rosey McQuillan


Rosey is an assistive and educational consultant whose career combines over 25 years of experience with a focus on the use of technology to provide differentiated instruction. As an instructor, Rosey has extensive experience working with teachers across all grade levels and curriculum strands to support learners in gaining access to the curriculum. She works with teachers on techniques to expand learning opportunities for students through Universal Design for Learning.

Rosey has been a facilitator and co-facilitator for several on-line, blended learning and face- to- face courses for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with Lesley University and the TEC Collaborative. She currently is a Program Supervisor for student teachers in the area of Special Education for Lesley University.

Rosey holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Boston College. She also holds an Ed.S. in Assistive and Special Education Technology from Simmons College.

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