(10 min) Guidelines are based on these 3 primary principles “The UDL Guidelines are not meant to be a "prescription" but a set of strategies that can be employed to overcome the barriers inherent in most existing curricula.” – UDLCenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines, accessed 11/3/2010
10 min – National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT) an NIDDR funded grant at The University of Washington through 2006 – still great info and a model to emulate, as accessibility is built fully into the IT dept at the university.
15 min – Briefly discuss challenge of being an educational technology educator and having my child in a classroom where the computers are just “there”
We’ll go over the various tools and how they can be used with students in depth, and get our hands “virtually” dirty building a website, creating a (very) basic webquest, and developing a student assignment that meets the principles of UDL.
Designed for LD students, useful for presenting info in a variety of channels – 30 min
Also helpful for LD students, assists in organizing thoughts and making connections between concepts – 20 min
45 min – Social media does NOT = social networking, although you can use one to do the other.
Diverse Learners, Assistive Tech, & Social Media
Assistive Tech, & Social
Bridging the Gaps
Lisa T. Richardson, PhD Candidate
The University of Southern Mississippi
Copyright 2010 ATS Professional Learning Center. All rights reserved.
Who are “diverse learners?”
Certainly, students with various cognitive,
orthopedic, “temporary” and congenital
English learners (all levels and types)
Culturally and linguistically diverse
In short, ALL students
What is Universal Design for
Provide multiple means of representation
◦ Language & Symbols
Provide multiple means of action and
◦ Physical Action
◦ Expressive Skills & Fluency
◦ Executive Function
Provide multiple means of engagement
◦ Recruiting Interest
◦ Sustaining Effort & Persistence
What is Assistive Technology?
Any “device” that improves usability or
enables independence for a person with a
Full formal definition from Washington U
◦ “technology used by individuals with disabilities
in order to perform functions that might
otherwise be difficult or impossible” -
How are AT & UD4L Related?
They’re really two sides of the same coin
◦ AT enables access
◦ UD4L demands access for ALL students
In your classroom?
◦ Moving beyond limited modes of expression to
engage more students more often
◦ Not just “games” or occasional “treats”
◦ Purposeful integration into your approach
to teaching and learning
Now for the Fun Stuff!
Tips, Tricks and Tools to Use in Your Classroom
Assist students in capturing and
organizing their thoughts both at draft
and final editing stages
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Evernote (Great for quick notes and remembering
Assist students in connecting abstract
concepts, discover relationships, and
organize thoughts (also great for website
sitemaps and navigation)