UDL and Technology

In the General Ed Classroom

The need for technology in the UDL school

While the integration of technology into a classroom that previously used none would motivate most young students to learn, eventually the novelty is going to wear off. Teachers must continue to vary activities and presentations, often using technology, to keep students from losing interest. There are many Web 2.0 tools recommended for effectively presenting information to learners of all styles, keep them motivated to learn, and give them options for sharing their learning. Some of these tools are listed below.

Provide Multiple Means of Representation

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Shahi is a visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content that includes a definition and examples of word use in a sentence as well as images from flickr, google, and yahoo that correlate with the specified word.

The more interaction students have with new vocabulary, the more likely they are to understand and retain its meaning and use the word in their speaking and writing. Classes can use it to study words from a unit or when looking up words from group or independent reading.

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CAST UDL Book Builder

Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

Teachers can work on their own or collaboratively with other teachers of the same grade and or content area to create digital books that work for their students.

Provide Multiple Means of Engagement

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Interactive white boards allow up to an entire class to explore lessons and collaborate on solutions.

Any lesson can become interactive, engaging students - students can work together to solve a word math problem or to brainstorm solutions or ideas for research.

Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression

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Google Docs and Slides

Google docs and slides are tools for expression that make it easy to collaborate among contributors. Once students understand the basics, they can work remotely on the same presentation, adding text, images, and links to web pages.
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Features a variety of tools to create timelines, fakebook pages, games, and diagrams.

Students can present a historical or fictional biography, a timeline for an artist, musician or world leader, and many other presentations of knowledge.