Friday, July 24, 2009

UDL - Representation

Principle I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation   
Students differ in the ways that they perceive and comprehend information that is presented to them. For example, those with sensory disabilities (e.g., blindness or deafness); learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia); language or cultural differences, and so forth may all require different ways of approaching content. Others may simply grasp information better through visual or auditory means rather than printed text. In reality, there is no one means of representation that will be optimal for all students; providing options in representation is essential.
- CAST UDL Guidelines

There are several web2.0 resources that you can use to help provide Multiple Means of Representation. Let's take a look at a few of them:

  • Prezi - A Powerpoint alternative, that allows you to embed pictures, videos, and audio files. It's unique interface creates a non-linear type presentation.
  • Glogster - Glogster allows you to create a uniqute "poster" that combines text, audio, video, and photos.
  • Webspiration - The online, free version of the popular Inspiration & Kidspiration program.
  • Youtube or Teachertube - Easy to find videos on multiple topics. Yes I realize that Youtube is blocked in most schools, but it's still a great resource (and there are ways to download videos for offline viewing).
  • Navify - Here's a review of this website that combines Wikipedia entries with Youtube videos. Navify review by Paul Hamilton of Free Resources from the Net for (Special) Education.

These are just a few that I've come across that can help with Multiple Means of Representation. Do you have any tools you like to use?

 - Patrick

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