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tip iconPractice through Interactives

Some students do well with a brief overview of a topic and a single example. Other students need lots of practice to master a skill. Technology tools never tire of working with a child. They'll provide endless examples and tools for learning.

People often associate practice with low-level applications. However practice is an essential element of both simple and complex learning environments.


When people design learning spaces for computer-human interaction, they're sometimes called interactives. From simple drill and practice software to complex tools and simulations, there are unlimited possibilities for learning.

Interactives are particularly helpful for young people who need scaffolding for their work. Audio-enhanced glossaries, varied examples, step-by-step instructions, and tools for reading and writing are a few examples of this scaffolding.

high techRead Learning Spaces: Interactives to learn more about this technology.
Try some of the examples provided.

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activateFor additional examples, explore the Flightplans for Learning: Differentiation & Deep Thinking with Technology workshop, go to Reading, Writing, and Math practice.

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differentiate activityDifferentiate! Create a list of interactive activities students could use to practice or review specific skills for a particular grade level or content area. Think about the specific student needs that could be addressed with this interactive. How could these interactives provide scaffolding for student learning?


Review the "big ideas" on this page:

Interactives are digital learning spaces for computer to human interaction. Interactives be simple practice programs or more complex software such as interactive tools, tutorials, and simulations.

Interactives are particularly helpful for young people who need scaffolding for their work. For instance, they may provide audio glossaries, varied examples, step-by-step instructions, or tools for reading and writing. Many also provide audio and video support to meet learning needs.

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