Q: Dear Miss Conceptions,
My school is working to build a UDL environment, so what kind of technology should I be using? I already use technology in my instruction, so what do I need to change?
A: First of all Techanxious, it is important to remember that UDL does not mean technology. Technology can be used as one of the many tools to provide students with accessibility to the curriculum. UDL is a planning framework â a mindset that guides how you plan your instruction. A UDL instructional approach refers to removing barriers in instruction and providing variety in how information is presented to students and how they would like to demonstrate their understanding. We are also reminded to consider how we can hook our students and keep them engaged. Some of the best tools are in fact low or NO tech!
One of the best ways to make your instruction accessible to all of your learners is to differentiate to their needs.
The following lesson requires no technology, yet is designed from the beginning to reach all of the learners using visual cues, tiered question sets and Multiple Intelligence learning centers:
The second piece to remember about technology is that it should be used with purpose. We should identify a need or a purpose and then search for a technology to fit that purpose â not the other way around. If using Powerpoint in your classroom works, and your students are engaged, donât stress about learning how to use a fancy new Prezi. However, if you find your studentsâ poster projects are getting dull, introduce them to Glogster. Again, it is all about knowing your students and planning with purpose. Choose one or two new tech tools or websites for the year and focus your energy on mastering them, rather than trying to juggle all of the latest and greatest!
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