This fantastic video has tips on how to tweak our technology use in the classroom in order to make it more accessible for all our learners. The video discusses using images, putting subtitles on videos, and running the Accessibility Checker in Microsoft Office and has lots of other ideas. The video is captioned – a key element of UDL.
As we know, it’s easy to create a Google document from inside Google Drive. When the document opens we just need to go to Tools and click on Voice Typing. This is a very accurate feature that would help a lot of students who may struggle with literacy.
Universal Design for Learning is gaining more and more acceptance in Irish education. This book is details the technology available to support UDL and is free online and on the iBooks for iPad. It will be published later in the autumn of 2019.
Texthelp offers a free subscription to its two best-selling products, Read&Write (text-to-speech, dictation, prediction etc) and Equatio (add equations, formulae and graphs to MS Word or Google Docs). To avail of this offer, just go to https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/products/free-for-teachers/
These products will work on all devices (just sign in to activate). This is Read&Write working in Word 2010 on a Win 7 laptop.
Microsoft have recently been devoting a lot of attention to making their products more accessible. They really have made great strides in the past 12 months. This video webinar gives a great overview of how the new tools can be used in the classroom.
There are 2 other webinars in the series
Texthelp’s assistive learning solutions help people of all ages achieve their potential by understanding, reading, writing and communicating with greater ease and confidence. Their products are great for people with learning difficulties, dyslexia or visual impairments. Now you can get their flagship product, Read&Write, and their Maths equation writer are now free – all you have to do is register.
This link from the fantastic AbleNet site gives detailed instructions on tweaking the built-in supports in Apple and Microsoft to cater for diversity.