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- One of the hardest challenges for an educator is providing the right level of learning for each and every student. The Lynda.com library is designed to help you provide this sort of differentiated instruction in your classroom. The library offers courses across a variety of topics and also across several levels of learning challenge. In this video, we'll explore how you can manually differentiate your instruction and how you can also empower your students to select the learning materials that are correct for their individual learning levels. So I'd like to start by showing you some differentiation techniques for teachers.
My favorite is custom playlists. So here I am at Lynda.com, and if I go to the top right corner, on my name, and then Playlists, I can see a bunch of existing playlists I have. As you can see here, I have one down here called Slide Presentation Skills. And I made a copy of this using the Copy Playlist command, and customized its name to be Blue Team, a particular group of students who I want to see this material. And I can then come in to each of these playlists and modify the items that are in that playlist. I could have fewer courses, I could have different kinds of courses.
So how do we populate a playlist? Let's say that I am teaching a media class and I want my students to learn more about studio lighting. What I find is a huge number of search results, over 2,200 here. So how can I filter this down a little bit? There's a couple things to keep in mind. One way to filter is by playlists and learning paths. So for instance, if I click on the Playlists link here on the left, I can see curated playlists, or lists of courses created by Lynda.com experts. So here's one about Learn Lighting for Photography.
That might be perfect for my beginner students to help them move through in a guided way. I can also look at learning paths, which is another kind of playlist that includes some extra learning modality. And here's one about being a video production crewmember. Maybe I need that for another team. And last thing I'd like to show you is filters. There's different ways of filtering your material by course difficulty level, course duration, and courses, videos, site pages. Let me show you how that works. So if I redo my search for studio lighting, I could narrow down these results by clicking on a particular skill level.
For instance, just intermediate courses. And I get a reduced set of findings. And notice up here, it says Selected Filters. It's now filtering by intermediate. If I wanna get rid of that filter, I click the X. Another way to filter is by duration. If my students need more scaffolding, I might look for videos of a short duration, maybe less than 10 minutes. And here I get a reduced list. And you can combine some of these filters. So for instance I could say I want intermediate courses that are less than 30 minutes.
And notice it puts the two filter items up there. I can also filter down another level to courses, videos or site pages. I click the Course link, I'm only gonna see courses. I click Video, I'll only see videos. If I click site pages, I'll see topic areas related to my search term. I see here there's one about lighting, so I can click on that. I can start scrolling through it. There's all kinds of great looking courses in here. And here I see a course called Photographing High School Senior Portraits, perfect for what I want my students to be able to do here. I can add that to a custom playlist.
Next I want to show you some differentiation techniques for students. So when your students are on the site, they can use these techniques to customize their learning experience. For instance, they can control video playback speed. So here I am in the Photographing High School Senior Portraits course. I start playing a video. - High school students, when they're juniors- - [Instructor] The default speed is 1x, but if the student goes to the gear icon, they can speed up that playback. - Typically receive guidelines either in the mail or email that outline some of the things to keep in mind for their senior portraits.
If you can get your hands on that, I think- - [Instructor] They can also slow down the playback, which is really helpful for some students. Students can also use the transcript and subtitle tool to add text to their learning experience. So for instance, while this video is playing, I can turn on the subtitles, get some text. And if you notice, there's a full Transcript tool down here, so the student can see a text version of what the author is talking about. And last thing is search and filter techniques. This is just a reminder that your students, when they're in the website, can use the same kinds of filter techniques that you as a teacher can use.
So if I search for studio lighting, they could come in to filter by skill level, duration, or any of these other filters. That can help them find content at just their right level. So that's it for differentiation techniques. I hope these methods help you reach different kinds of students in your classroom.
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