Ok. We are converts to the UDL Studio. But some of us have students who on their IEP state the two letter phenom: AT. Can this be considered assistive technology? Absolutely. In this case, if a student has a hearing impairment you have the option for closed captions or visual media that helps with reading.
One of the great new online tools for educators has recently been released for public use. An online program that implements all of the UDL principles and facilitates better learning experiences for all students, this website is a forum that should not be ignored by educators determined to reach all of their students.
When at first glance this seems to be another run of the mill lesson plan website. However, your first assumptions could not be further from the truth. Here so many elements of this program allow for customization of information and multiple means of engagement that to assume this to be just another lesson is to greatly ignore its importance.
When looking at one of the lessons (“Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe) you can immediately see its difference from other lessons. Links to short videos building background knowledge of the story, opportunities to immediately retrieve a definition from an unknown word (or the ability to add one if you like), audio recording of the story in front of you, all highlight certain guidelines in UDL.
With videos and audio recordings you are playing upon activating or supplying background knowledge for the students, as well as using multiple media for communication. With checks for understanding at the bottom of each page you are heightening salience of goals and objectives as well as increasing mastery-oriented feedback. Quite honestly, with your ability to edit this same lesson you can possibly touch upon each UDL guideline available.
By implementing digital tools such as Google Docs, Forms, Presentations and so on, educators are able to access the multiple intelligences of their students more simply, efficiently, and effectively than ever before. Take for instance Google Documents. Here students from different areas and computers are able to collaborate in real time towards a common task (i.e. creating a paper, class notes, presentation speeches, etc.). This quite simply is astonishing.
The one I am hoping to demonstrate is Google Forms. Online polling of students anonymously, testing of students with immediate feedback, all of this is possible with this App. Below is a link to a demo that I have created for those to see the effects this App may have in your classroom.