This post is the third of a six-part series dedicated to the educational technology resources available for teachers and students to use to offer the best universally designed learning environment possible. There will be resources to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action & expression.
For more information on universally designed learning environments (UDL) please check out the UDL guidelines site.
ENGAGEMENT – the goal is to have purposeful learning and motivated students.
- Chrome extensions
- 1-click-timer – quick and easy to use.
- GIF creation with Animated GIF capture or GIFit!. Here’s where making a 3 – 10-second rotating clip from a video or screen can capture a student’s attention.
- Bitmoji – create your own avatar! Drag those images into GDocs as part of your comments on student work. Use them on top of other images/text in a Google Slide. Make a visual story, spruce up an email or grab attention in a newsletter.
- RW4GC – Read&Write for Google Chrome has a variety of tools – text to speech, talk&type, dictionaries, highlighters, PDF reader, website reader, vocabulary list builder, etc. A subscription is required.
- YouTube Playlists
REPRESENTATION – resourceful and knowledgeable students.
- BioInteractive – multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your classroom.
- Book Creator – this infamous book creation tool for iOS is available in Chrome. Free teacher account has 40 books in the library that can be used. Students can add text, images, audio, and video. A fantastic way to showcase student learning.
- NASA Live stream of Earth seen from space powered by NASA HDEV cameras aboard the International Space Station.
- Online Reference Centre (Alberta access only)
- Periodic Videos – Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century – but this modern version has a short video about each one.
- PhET Simulations – interactive simulations available for any device.
- The Concord Consortium – STEM repository for K-12+.
- The Physics Classroom – includes a large collection of HTML5 interactive physics applications.
ACTION & EXPRESSION – strategic and goal-oriented students.
- Big Huge Labs – create motivational posters, magazine covers, pop art, etc.
- Google Science Fair
- GSuite – opportunities to use a Science template for experiments, writing prompts, collaborations, data collection via Google Docs, Sheets, Slides.