Kindle and Nooks are devices that are just beginning to be used in the public school system. These devices allow students to download books at a cheaper price than buying a book from amazon.com. Nooks and Kindles are small and easy for students to carry to class. These devices are UDL, because if all students can use them, it can help enhance their reading skills in the classroom. Students can highlight and bookmark pages on these devices. Using these devices can help students gain literacy in both the content areas of English and Technology.
Youtube is an easily accessible website that can allow teachers to incorporative media into their lessons. Some students are visual learners, and youtube can allow teachers to find videos that relate to lessons. Youtube videos are UDL, because it can many times can help increase a classes ’ understanding of a piece of literature.
Everyone here is aware of what literature circles are. This is a UDL technique because it allow the entire class to use roles that may suit their learning needs. You can modify the literature circle so students may pick their favorite role type to complete. This allows students ’ to complete an activity that is a strength in their academics other then writing papers about a novel.
Note taking guides is a UDL, because it can help all students learn how to take notes properly. Many students struggle with how to take notes. A guide can help a class visually see one method to takes note effectively. It also helps students to stay on task.
A document camera is both UDL and AT, it can help visual learners observe what they need to accomplish. If a teacher wants students to annotate a text, they can do so on the document camera so the students see what they need to be accomplishing.
Shmoop- In today ’ s increasingly technological age, students are becoming less inspired by literature. Educators and experts created shmoop in order to make literature and history more appealing through the use of relevant and exciting videos, audio clips, photos and web links. IF used in the classroom, shmoop could provide the inspiration students need to be successful when approached with a new piece of literature.
Sweet Search Engine- A push towards the Common Core for English means that now, more than ever, students will be required to read and write expository texts. While students today are more technologically savvy then those of the past, their researching skills are still inadequate. Their first instinct is---Google It! Sweet Search is a search engine designed to provide students with primary sources as well as other credible and scholarly resources.
Ubernotes- I have learned from my students that organization is a difficult concept to grasp and practice. Ubernotes is an online software for note taking that can be accessed from any computer or phone. Students can input their notes from a novel or create a to-do list for homework. Ubernote technology organizes and categorizes notes but it also allows students to search for notes using keywords as well.
Prezi- Prezi is a presentation software that can be used by students and teachers. Because students are so enthralled in technology, their brains actively seek stimuli or novelty. Prezi technology helps teachers present information in a captivating way that leads students down the path of discovery. This technology is easy to use so students can also use Prezi to present information to their peers in class.
Write-Out-Loud- Writing is an integral part to any English classroom. Write out loud is an assistive technology that focuses solely on text to speech accommodations. Students who prefer auditory support for writing and struggle with writing, spelling and grammar will find this technology to be useful and nonthreatening. Text to speech technology can be found everywhere but write-out-loud eliminates distractions and lets students focus on what is important, writing.
From the same company that makes write out loud, comes Draft Builder. This product provides assistance for students who have great difficulty with the writing process. It does this by leading them through each step of the writing process from outlining, to taking notes to helping students create a draft. Draft Bilder is assistive technology because it provides support for students w ith Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger ’ s who have trouble with organization, which typically makes writing and organizing their ideas difficult.
Also related to writing, is Ginger software. This software, can be used on the ginger website, or a free version can be downloaded. It is a tool that checks grammar and spelling in the context of the sentence written. Ginger would be UDL because it targets students writing in context and systematically helps improve spelling difficulties which is important to writing better papers in the english classroom, factoring in the struggle of all students.
Another important part of english class is building vocabulary. VisuWords, an online graphical dictionary helps students increase their vocabulary. Using the website students can look up the word of their choice and then be presented with a web of information about the word. VisuWords is an example of UDL because it can make vocabulary more accessable to all students through the graphic web which includes parts of speech, examples and other associations.
Smartpens take note taking to a whole new level. The pen works with special paper. While the pen is used to take notes it is also recording the classroom instruction that is taking place. These pens are assistive technology because they provide support for students with learning disabilities that make taking notes difficult. The smartpen makes the task possible because by touching the pen to a word on the page the student can revisit the full details from the lecture at a specific point where they got stuck.
Annotate it is an example of UDL in the English classroom. On many occasions we ask students to annotate text in class. This procedure can get dull and also difficult when we expect students to pull the same infromation from electronic texts. Annotate it helps students do just that. It allows users to annotate the text of any webpage. This will help students critically read and highlight the media texts they read in their daily lives.
Voice-to-text software, such as Dragon, allows students to speak into a microphone or headset and have their words transcribed to a text document instead of writing or typing them out. This can help students who have trouble typing or forming legible handwriting as well as students who prefer to put their ideas into words orally.
Conversely, text-to-voice software, such as Kurzweil 3000, allows students to scan texts into a computer, where the software will read the text out loud at an adjustable pace. This helps students who have trouble reading due to dyslexia or visual impairments access their education without the help of a paraeducator.
Audio books are cheaper and easier to use than text-to-voice software. Many audio books are available for free online. They allow students to listen to texts on a CD or MP3 player instead of reading them, which helps students who have difficulty reading. Students can read along with audio books or just listen depending on preference and ability.
Analog and digital audio recorders allow students to record lectures and other classroom activities. This removes the stress of taking notes quickly and on the spot for students who have trouble writing quickly or paying attention in class. Additionally, students can record speeches into audio recorders to present to teachers, effectively circumnavigating barriers such as shyness or difficulty with writing.
Planning software can help students keep track of assignments and responsibilities digitally. Using Google Calendar, students can keep track of their short- and long-term assignments and access their schedule of responsibilities from any computer with internet access. Students with short-term memory or organizational problems can greatly benefit from such software.
Studies have found that the use of colored overlays while reading can reduce eyestrain and improve eye movements in disabled readers. While more research is needed to determine their effectiveness, colored overlays are reported to improve reading ability and increase sustained reading time. Such a cheap and easy tool is at least worth a try!
Not only can it be used for identifying important text, but highlighter tape can also be used to enable writing in school books. By placing a wide strip of tape along the margins, students can write responses directly next to the relevant text. Students who have difficulty transcribing could use the tape to mark where the answer is.
The use of a typoscope – a black card with a rectangular slit in the center – helps to reduce glare from the white background of a page and helps the reader to keep his place. Additionally, the typoscope can make a page less distracting and less overwhelming by focusing the reader on just a small portion of text at a time.
Abbreviation expander software programs, such as ActiveWords, EZ Keys, and Typeit4me, can be used with word processing to enable students to set and reuse their own abbreviations for commonly used words and phrases. This can make the sometimes daunting task of typing a paper easier and quicker, as well as help with spelling.
Book Builder is a website where teachers can create their own digital books for any text in the public domain. Teachers can customize these digital books for their students by adding pictures, inserting question prompts, providing hints and definitions, and more. The user can also highlight any or all of the text to hear it read aloud.
AT & UDL: English Classrooms By: Blair Dugan Jessica Garner Stephanie Gonzalez Greg Robison Stefanie Wells