Technology Integration in the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Environment
UDL is a framework for designing educational environments that help ALL students gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. It has three guiding principles that parallel three distinct learning networks in the brain: recognition, strategy and effect. We’ll look at Multiple Means of Action and Expression and how certain tools like the iPad, laptop and Chrome environment can be utilized to achieve this principle.
There are many ways that we can assist students to express themselves clearly. For the iPad I like:
- 30 Hands – easily create stories, presentations, demonstrations of learning. You can also create a whole course with modules (like folders). A free iOS app.
- Fotobabble – is an image and audio (talking photo) free iOS app where students can interpret their art projects, stories or other classwork. Show off class field trips. Give voice to a character in a book or from history. Give opportunity for language learning to speak. Talk about interesting things around the school/classroom.
- Word Foto – takes your photo and inputs text within it. It is a $1.99 iOS app. Students can take a picture of themselves and share their interests. They can take a picture of their art work and explain it with key words. They can utilize a picture of character from a book and describe he/she. They can take pictures of objects and describe them in another language. Take a picture of a science concept and describe it.
For the laptop:
- Discovery Education Board Builder – this is an interactive poster that can be built within Discovery Education. Students can embed all sorts of media. Must have a subscription to Discovery Education to use.
- Graphic organizers from ReadWriteThink – when I search for “graphic organizer” I receive 253 results with various grade levels and lessons. This website is a gold-mine for teachers.
Within the Chrome environment:
- App: VoiceNote – this is a speech to text application that is easily used.
- Extension: Kaizena – this is a voice comments extension that connects to specific Google documents.
- App: ClassDojo – this is a behavior/classroom management system.
There are other tools that allow students to express themselves that I have also included in the Multiple Means of Action and Expression document.