Module 6 – UDL

 

The students I teach are grades 9-12 and are in my Algebra 2 and STEM Classes (Robotics, Coding & Gaming, AP Computer Science).  We are 1-1 Chromebooks at my high school, so I have focus on Chrome Apps and Extensions.  These students have a wide range of disabilities including autism, ADD/ADHD, reading difficulties, math skill deficits, and learning disabilities.  The tools I have chosen are to assist in their learning of mathematics, robotics, and coding along with improving their organization, communication, and collaboration skills.

App/Extension Description UDL Principle(s) Addresses my classes:

Speak It!

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offered by yesforword

(Chrome Extension)

Converts text to speech by selecting the text, right clicking, and choosing “Speak it!.” Flexibility in Representation Text to speech conversion can be used for any subject matter material to assist those with comprehension and reading disabilities, and to provide all students with a different mode of receiving the information. This is also beneficial for jargon and vocabulary that is above student’s reading levels.

Code Bender

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offered by codebender.cc

(Chrome App)

Arduino IDE for coding (sketches). Write code, debug, and search the community for already created Arduino sketches. All sketches are saved on the cloud and there are more than 500 libraries to search. Flexibility in Engagement For the coding in my stem classes, I try to provide different languages, modes of delivery and interaction, and applications. One application of coding is to control Arduino robots. This allows for students to get a “hands on” approach to programming, and Code Bender allows them to code, debug, and use their Arduino robots.

RealtimeBoard: Whiteboard for Collaboration

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offered by https://realtimeboard.com

(Chrome App)

Online whiteboard for individual use or team collaboration in real time. Ability to add pictures, drawings, text, videos, sticky notes, etc. to an endless canvas. Collaboration is furthered through comments, text chat, video chat, screen sharing, and notifications. Able to download boards to pdf or images and upload boards to Google drive, Facebook, or embedded object. Flexibility in Expression

Flexibility in Engagement

A number of my students lack communication and collaboration skills. This tool allows brainstorming for presentations, project creation, collaboration on research, and a different platform to work on besides Google apps.

Screencastify

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offered by screencastify.com

(Chrome Extension)

A video screen capture software for chrome that allows user to record, edit, annotate, store, and share their video screen (desktop or browser tab) captures. Easy save to Google Drive or post on Google Classroom. Free version allows 10 minutes per video, 50 videos per month, and limited editing tools. Flexibility in Expression Screencastify can be used with the RealtimeBoard (or other online whiteboards), websites, videos, etc. to share out to other students and communities through YouTube, blogs, and websites. It allows them to rewatch, pause, and fast forward material so that students can learn and review at their own pace.

Extensity

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offered by sergiokas.github.com/Extensity

(Chrome Extension)

Enable and disable Google Chrome extensions in list form. Can be used in any chrome browser for quickly turning on and off extensions and using apps which helps with organization and reducing processing load. Flexibility in Expression With all of the chrome apps and extensions that my students and I use, it is easy to lose track of the tools they have and to slow down their browsers. Extensity organizes all their tools into a single list that they can control by clicking to turn apps/extensions off and on.

GeoGebra Math Apps

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offered by https://www.geogebra.org

(Chrome App)

Dynamic mathematics software that makes Geometry, Algebra, Statistics, Calculus, and graphing interactive and visual. Provides an easy to use calculator and visual tools to represent and calculate mathematical concepts. Flexibility in Expression

Flexibility in Engagement

The abstractness of mathematics makes it difficult for a lot of students to grasp, so this tool allows multiple forms of visual representations and manipulatives for students to represent and work through these concepts.

Wolfram|Alpha

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offered by wolframalpha.com

(Chrome Extension)

Computable knowledge base that answers computational and factual questions involving a wide range of subjects. Can provide factual or computational questions providing data, visual representations, and answers. Flexibility in Expression

Flexibility in Engagement

Finding charts, graphs, facts, and visuals for my classes to provide different representations and real-life story problems can be difficult sometimes. This knowledge base is a wealth of data, visuals, and facts that apply to any subject. Seeing a concept in different forms allows students to more fully understand and make connections among concepts.

ATbar

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offered by

ECS Accessibility Team

(Chrome Extension)

An open-source toolbar that allows users to use a text to speech converter, change font and sizes, color schemes, spell check, word prediction, and even submit a proposal for an accessibility fix on a website on Fix the Web (www.fixtheweb.net). Flexibility in Representation Not all students have IEP’s or 504 plans, but still may have disabilities that may impair their ability to learn. This toolbar is for everyone and provides the most common accessibility tools for browsing the web in a convenient mode

Google Keep

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offered by google.com

(Chrome Extension)

Quickly and easily bookmark pages, copy images, take notes, make checklists, and organize all your saved things to Google Keep which is synced across platforms. Google Keep also runs in offline mode. Flexibility in Expression Organization is a key trait that successful students and individuals posses. All students can benefit from using this tool as it allows for quick bookmarking, notetaking, checklists, and saving of images. Google Keep also allows for sharing and collaboration among students and teacher. I know of a few special education teachers who use it with their students to make them checklists and keep them organized.

Desmos Graphing Calculator

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offered by desmos.com

(Chrome App)

Free graphing calculator which graphs equations, creates tables, adds sliders, animates graphs, and performs calculations. Allows for image and text insertion, saving, regression lines, highlighting key points, graphing inequalities, and working in both the Cartesian and Polar coordinate planes. Flexibility in Expression

Flexibility in Engagement

I have found that the more hands-on and visual mathematics is, the engagement and learning is increased. Additionally, students that have disabilities or impairments will find the visual representations, animations, and sliders useful to understanding mathematical functions and concepts. There is also available a Desmos Test Mode, which is a test-safe version.