Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles are the foundation for reaching and teaching diverse learners. Val shared in earlier posts: Universal Design for Learning - Providing Options for Action and Expression and Universal Design for Learning - Multiple Means of Engagement. If you haven't read them take a minute to do so!
Microsoft Office Suite offers amazing tools that enable us to integrate the UDL Principles. One of the newest tools that we are excited about using this fall in our school district is OneNote. It definitely can open new avenues to Multiple Means of Representation. OneNote is a powerful tool that enables multimedia such as audio and video recording, text, animations, graphics, hyperlinking, and an easy means to collaborate all on one page!
What a powerful math and science tool. Imagine each student having their own customized notebook that provides a set of problems, video supports, audio reminders and a tool to collaborate with fellow classmates. Envision your students working on a math problem and recording every step on the screen and narrating the logic or reasoning in taking the steps.
Some students struggle with executive functioning skills that involve short term memory, switching focus, organization, and initiating activities or tasks. Teachers and students could collaborate and embed recordings or tips to assist the student with just in time help that could build executive functioning in some of the students.
To find some great examples of math and science OneNote Notebooks, go to the Partners in Learning Network and search the math and science Learning Activities at http://www.pil-network.com/Resources/LearningActivities Here is just one example:
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This summer, we plan to build a OneNote Notebook of adapted books that have math and science themes to teach math skills. Our vision is to have adapted books available with embedded UDL Principles that provide no tech to high tech options. The OneNote Notebook will provide teachers in our district with a collection of all the resources for each book. Teachers in our district can then check out these adapted book kits from our Assistive Technology Lending Library.
We are starting with the Greedy Triangle from Marilyn Burns. What fun! Here is a snapshot of our OneNote Notebook! It will include an introduction, lesson plan, interactive lesson, foldable, play script and much more all in one place! Alas, one of the greatest powers of OneNote!
Well, it sure has been great hosting the blog for this series and we want to give Val and Microsoft a great big thank you for letting us share our resources! We also want to give a shout-out to our amazing colleagues on our Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology team who have helped develop some of the resources that we have highlighted in our blog series. Keep the momentum going and spread the word about this blog!
Cindy Feist and Tara Jeffs