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Examples of how various apps support UDL Guidelines

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Started by Patrick Pink 19 Jul 2013 2:19pm () Replies (3)

Looking within YouTube, I discovered a group of video clips produced by Special Interest Group for Special Education Technology (SETSIG).  According to their site, SETSIG’s primary purpose is to advance knowledge concerning specialised technology products and effective practices for enhancing opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities and for students who are gifted.

The clips explore how nine specific apps can be used to support the nine UDL principles.  It talks about how we can consider learner variability from the onset and use the lens of UDL to ensure the app is a rich tool that helps make learning accessible to everyone.  It would be great to hear from other teachers' stories who use 'creating' apps and how it supports the guidelines of UDL

Included in this post are a few examples.  If you wish to read the transcript along with watching the video, you can access the videos in this post as well as all of the videos on YouTube.

UDL Guideline 2( Options for language, mathematical expressions and symbols) supported by the app Explain Everything  


UDL Guideline 5 (Options for Expression and Communication) supported by the app Book Creator


  • Roxy Hickman (View all users posts) 02 Apr 2014 11:50am ()

    This video shows how to apply the text-to-speech accessibility features on the iPad through the framework of Universal Design for Learning. It focusses on strategies for supporting all learners in the classroom using the iPad's built in settings.

    View this video with its online transcript in YouTube  


    There are more accesibility examples from SETSIG that relates to UDL Guideline 4: Provide options for physical action


  • Roxy Hickman (View all users posts) 24 Jul 2013 3:51pm ()

    "Apps can when chosen with intent support the design and delivery of UDL"

    Another great find Patrick! This is another great way to unpack the UDL Guidelines with tools that many teachers are already using. Relating to current practice makes it feel far less daunting in both understanding and implementing the UDL guidelines. 

    Here is UDL Guideline 8 (Options for sustaining effort and persistence) supported by the App Google™ Drive 

    Access this series on YouTube  

    Supported by this App, students explore the question "How can I work collaboratively to revise and improve the quality of my writing?

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