Universal Design for Learning – Tips for Integrating into the Classroom

The term Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, continues to appear across the field of Assistive Technology. At the ATIA conference alone this year there were five sessions that integrated Universal Design into their title. While the topic is an important one, I find that confusion still exists about what exactly Universal Design for Learning is (or isn’t). For example, when asking people to define UDL, answers range from a software program to a variation of Differentiated Instruction. The purpose of this post is to not only define Universal Design for Learning, but to also provide suggestions on where to start when integrating it into your setting.

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Google Story Builder

I recently stumbled upon Google Story Builder and found it to be a great way to engage students in writing, which I find is half the battle in classrooms today. In this post I wanted to share a short demonstration of how Google Story Builder works along with some ideas for using this cool writing tool in the classroom.

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Free Dyslexia Font

Last week a colleague asked me if there was a way to access the OpenDyslexic dyslexia font that is included in the iReadWrite iPad App in other programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc… Turns out that several others had the same question so I thought a blog post on the topic may be helpful.  This also works out great time-wise because October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month.

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7 Google Search Tips Worth Learning

In case you haven’t noticed from many of our recent posts, Texthelp has gone Google with our new Read&Write for Google Chrome™ extension. Continuing with the theme of providing useful tips for Google users, this week’s post lists seven search tips to make finding information quicker than ever. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for an upcoming post on new features coming to Read&Write for Google Chrome soon. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

 

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Accessing ePubs in Google Drive

Google Drive is best known as a site you visit to create and access Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Forms.  However, you can also use Google Drive as a storage area for many other file types including images, PDFs, Microsoft Office documents, audio files and more.

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Free Text to Speech for Google Docs

Read&Write for Google Chrome™ is a Chrome extension that works on Macs, PCs and Chromebooks using the Google Chrome web browser. The extension can be downloaded for free on the Google Chrome web store and is packed with features ranging from text to speech to a picture dictionary, vocabulary tools and much more.

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