UDL - Multiple Means of Representation with Technology


Learning, and transfer of learning, occurs when multiple representations are used, because it allows students to make connections within, as well as between, concepts. In short, there is not one means of representation that will be optimal for all learners; providing options for representation is essential
- National Center on Universal Design for Learning



UDL Principle 1 Reading Discussion

  • 3 concepts/examples/resources that resonate
    • highlighting patterns and critical features
    • using examples and non-examples
    • clarifying vocabulary and syntax - breaking down words, etc.
    • illustrate through multiple media
    • clarify vocabulary or symbols that may be unfamiliar
    • provide understanding across languages
    • remove unnecessary distractions that aren't important for the goal
    • maximize transfer and generalization
    • incorporating lesson into a familiar context - tying concepts to pop culture, current events, etc.
  • 2 concepts/examples/resources that you'd like to explore further
  • 1 persistent question
    • how to actually incorporate some of these tools in the classroom (e.g., text to speech software)
    • balance of scaffolds with helping learners be independent - Vygotsky

Examples from the Field

  • What ways have you noticed in your placement schools (or not) that teachers try to make content accessible?
    • breaking apart learning tasks and providing supports to one element or another (listening and taking notes)
      PowerPoint can be tough for students to keep up - can provide skeleton notes
      Notes availble online, so why bother to take notes?
      Use PowerPoint to emphasize key words paired with an image
      Promethian Board for mapping exercises
      Videos to introduce a topic rather than introducing
      Sound clips at every slide to wake students up
      Need for a plan B

  • What missed opportunities have you noted?

Identifying Challenging Topics and Good Resources

  • What are some of the more challenging concepts/processes/information for students to grasp in your content area?
  • What makes a technology resource effective?

Content Tool Collection

  • attempt to find resources that touch on different facets of representation in your discipline
  • strategies for "hunting" for resources and tools
  • lab time to begin your search


"Parking Lot" for additional questions or ideas





For Next Time

Online activity next week (no class meeting) - Content Tool Collection