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FORUM: Inclusive education: What does this mean? 19 Aug - 18 Sept

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Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 19 Aug 2015 9:55am () Replies (4)


Inclusion is one of the eight principles in the New Zealand Curriculum and therefore is a critical component in all strategic decision making as well as in teaching and learning.

Inclusive education is where all children and young people are engaged and achieve through being present, participating, learning and belonging.

- inclusive.tki.org.nz

Using digital technologies to enable an inclusive environment

Digital technologies can be used to help develop an inclusive classroom environment. For example accessibility can be increased by providing cloud-based versions of key content and giving students access to use technology in their learning. With digital technology students can:

  • access content at any time and anywhere in order to learn, revise and re-learn as necessary

  • use a format that is best suited to them

  • use multimedia to support a variety of learners  (e.g.caption on videos or include descriptive text with images)

  • use text-to-speech software

  • use speech recognition software

  • magnify content—both text and images

  • use other assistive technologies as required.

The video below, describes how a student with ADHD was able to use an iPad to support independent writing.

The Enabling e-Learning website has a range of resources that focus on inclusive education. These include:

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  • How can we create an inclusive classroom environment to ensure all student's needs are being met?

  • What digital technologies are you using in your classroom to help make it more inclusive?

  • In what ways can digital technologies enhance a learning situation for all students?


  • Nathaniel Louwrens (View all users posts) 24 Aug 2015 9:48am ()

    Thanks for sharing this Nic. It's great the way you engaged you students in the principles of UDL so they know what's going on as well. 

    Are you regularly asking for student voice back around the "presentation" aspect? How are you doing this? Is it through discussion, raising of hands, survey, digitally? How are you encouraging all students' voices to be heard?

    I'm looking forward to hearing further how this goes.



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