Assistive Technology

Technology Supporting Learners
Tech tools facilitates Universal Design for Learning.  This allows:
  • UDL and Differentiated Instruction overlapMultiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge, 
  • Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, and
  • Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn (authentic task, work with peers, in community, strict, spontanaity)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Design_for_Learning

Click here for a Google Presentation on UDL Tools.

Universal Design can be facilitated by:
1. Your course outline should be posted in Moodle or EduBlog
2. Assignments and handouts should be available online
3. Students should be engaged with multi-modal representation of curricular concepts
4. Students should have a variety of ways to demonstrate their knowledge
More ways Moodle and technology can support UDL are found in this research paper, and this site.

Differentiation
Making a Difference document highlights 5 key areas:
  • Know your students
  • Understand the curriculum
  • Provide multiple pathways to learning
  • Sharing responsibilities with students
  • Take a flexible and reflective approach

Gardners Multiple Intelligence and more
visit the 2learn 2Include Me website for digital resources to support inclusion

SmartBoard Accessibility

There are several tools available on the Smartboard to assist students with special needs.

Common Tools for Visual enhancement:

Click HERE for all the tools