transforming teaching & learning through UDL

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can have a transformational effect within any school, college or university. 

Are you curious how EquatIO could help you incorporate the UDL framework in your teaching? Check out the handy toolmatcher guide below to discover how different features of EquatIO align to CAST's UDL guidelines.
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Multiple means of Engagement (Affective Networks) The WHY of learning

Recruiting Interest

EquatIO toolbar and EquatIO mobile

Enables students to choose how they express their thinking with specific tools for showing work, such as handwriting recognition, speech input, graph editor (powered by Desmos) and shapes.

EquatIO mathspace

Creates the ability for educators to integrate real world manipulatives into maths or science problems through the Shapes and Smart Shapes inputs - allowing students to solve them by illustrating with a wide range of symbols and images. It's also great for introducing photos and camera work into solutions.

Prediction

Allows students to focus on STEM language by using natural language prediction mapped to maths and scientific notation - re-enforcing and linking key terms.

Sustaining Effort & Persistence

EquatIO mathspace

Provides educators with the ability to vary the complexity and level of maths challenges as well as equipping students with the widest range of tools to deliver and articulate complex solutions.

Self Regulation

Discoverability

Prompts students to use EquatIO. Using tool tips and helpful hints to guide students when necessary and encourage them to explore EquatIO for themselves.

Prediction

Helps students to focus on natural language and relate it to maths or scientific notation to reduce cogntive load and teach core terms.

Maths-to-Speech with Read&Write

Provides the ability to make STEM subjects accessible. Also allows students to hear what they've typed and correct as needed.

Speech input

Enables maths to be expressed with voice only to provide support for those times when expression becomes most difficult.

Multiple means of Representation (Recognition Networks) The WHAT of learning

Perception

Graph editor (powered by Desmos)

Equips students with the ability to express multiple sets of maths with graphs. Data series and equations can be represented and solved using custom graphs.

EquatIO mathspace

Provides a means to visually represent STEM expressions, by adding Freehand Drawings, Shapes and Smart Shapes.

Screenshot reader

Enables students to convert inaccessible maths expressions or equations into accessible maths that can be read aloud. It can then be copy and pasted into the EquatIO equation editor.

Language & Symbols

Audio within the Graph Editor (powered by Desmos)

Creates an audio representation of graphs.

Screenshot reader

Provides the opportunity to capture inaccessible web and PDF content as MathML or Latex, allowing students to access STEM content with the widest range of tools possible.

Pre-built maths expressions

Provides students with reference libraries of operators, symbols, functions and Greek letters.

Prediction

Helps provide a visual link between maths notation and spoken English.

Maths-to-Speech with Read&Write

Provides the ability to make STEM subjects accessible. Also allows students to hear what they've typed and correct as needed.

Language

Allows students to understand STEM expressions in their native language through French and Spanish localisation.

Comprehension

EquatIO mathspace

Provides a means to visually represent maths and science expressions, add freehand drawing, shapes and smart shapes. Freehand drawing helps students and educators highlight patterns and relationships. Enables students to break down problems using shapes and drawing tools to deepen understanding.

Multiple means of Action & Expression (Strategic Networks) The HOW of learning

Physical Action

EquatIO mathspace

Uses shapes, images and pictures to relate key STEM concepts into other areas of study.

Screen reader (with Read&Write support)

Provides multiple means of assistance in STEM areas across multiple platforms. Includes 'Switch' functionality to empower those with limited mobility to navigate a screen with external devices.

Comprehension

Type (with Prediction), Handwriting Recognition, Speech Input, EquatIO Mobile

Provides options for inputting STEM expressions - type with prediction, write by hand on-screen, dictate or even use pen and paper and then convert with EquatIO Mobile.

EquatIO mathspace

Enables students to break down problems and use visuals to deepen their understanding through a range of images, shapes and drawing tools.

Executive function

EquatIO Mobile

Enables students to use their phone or tablet to insert handwritten maths, spoken maths or images into the document they're currently working on.

Pre-built maths expressions

Gives both students and educators instant access to sample operators, symbols, functions and Greek letters whenever they're required.

Speech input

Allows students or educators alternative means of inputting expressions and equations.

EquatIO mathspace

Enables educators to create templates of shapes and diagrams for students to use.

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