Teaching & Learning Resources


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Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2). The UDL framework helps educators think about and design learning experiences that allow all students to be successful.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

30 Interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement

So often, people think of presentation slides as just that: a visual aid for delivering a presentation in front of an audience.

But these slide apps (like Google Slides and PowerPoint in Office 365) really are powerful tools for delivering interactive user experiences. They can also create visually stimulating products to deliver a message and valuable content.

By thinking outside the box with Google Slides, PowerPoint, and other similar tools, teachers can create unique learning experiences for students. Or students can create them to share with other students.

We originally curated 8 interactive Google Slides activities in this post but have found so many amazing ideas since then we knew we need to update!

Below you will find our original 8 ideas plus 22 (yes 22!) brilliant ideas contributed by the Ditch That Textbook community on Twitter in a recent #Ditchbook chat.

30 Interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement

Support Online Learning with Powerful Thinking Routines

Project Zero at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has created a collection of Core Thinking Routines as part of their Visible Thinking Project. Teachers can view the entire collection on the Project Zero website, where each routine is described in detail (e.g., purpose, application, launch) in both English and Spanish.

These routines encourage students to be intentional thinkers.

  • What do they know or notice?
  • What is their perspective or position on an issue or idea?
  • How can they support their position or thinking?
  • What do they wonder? What are they confused about?
  • How has their thinking changed? What caused that change?

More information to support online learning and powerful thinking routines.

The Reading Corner

Updated Guidance from nYSED

NYSED Resources for Teaching Remotely

NYSED Updates on Mask Wearing for Students

Cassadaga Valley Central School District

The mission of the Cassadaga Valley Central School District is to provide, through a dedicated staff and supportive community, a learning experience enabling our students to become responsible citizens who have a high degree of self-esteem; have the ability to think creatively and logically; manage personal resources; apply current technologies to their daily lives; understand the workings of our global society; and appreciate the contributions of the arts, philosophies and heritage."