Monday, July 27, 2009

UDL - Multiple Means of Expression

Principle II. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression    

Students differ in the ways that they can navigate a learning environment and express what they know. For example, individuals with significant motor disabilities (e.g. cerebral palsy), those who struggle with strategic and organizational abilities (executive function disorders, ADHD), those who have language barriers, and so forth approach learning tasks very differently. Some may be able to express themselves well in writing text but not oral speech, and vice versa. In reality, there is no one means of expression that will be optimal for all students; providing options for expression is essential.

There are so many tools available to students to use to express themselves.  Some of them are web2.0 tools, and some are available offline.  Some of these tools will overlap with all areas of UDL.  Check them out below:

Web2.0 Tools

  • Voicethread - simple slide show creator allows students to share information auditorily as well as visually
  • Glogster - online "poster" allows students to include videos, pictures, and text to express themselves
  • Prezi - non-linear way to create a slideshow
  • eyejot - simple website that allows you to use a webcam to save a video, then send it as an email
  • Slideshare - create, upload and share slideshows
  • Tarheelreader - Great story building website.  You can upload your own photos, or use their Flickr Searchable tool.  Once written, the book can be listened to by anyone.
  • National Library of Manipulatives - virtual manipulatives for math
  • Google Docs - free spreadsheet, word processing, and slideshow applications
  • Vocaroo - record and share audio messages

Offline Tools

  • Photostory 3 - Download and start creating photo slide shows. Windows Only
  • Garageband - part of the Mac iLife Suite. Easily create podcasts, audio materials, and movies.

Got any other tools that you like to use? Share them in the comments section.

- Patrick

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