Selection & Integration

April 9th, 2012

Heather Klenke

UDL Resources

Multiple means of representation (the “what” of learning):

Application

Description

Potential Use

UD Links

FREE

Apple App Store Description

This app is for teachers and parents to search for content specific online teaching resources aligned with Universal Design for Learning. Users can complete a "Class Profile" narrowing the resources by content, grade level and topic. When prompted, questions in the profile tool narrow the search further by asking questions aligned with UDL. In the resources section of the app, teachers can search for lesson plans, multimedia, practice, games, tutorials or by topic and unique search terms. As users navigate the resources, they can save as favorites, share and view on their mobile device. The app also has a section for Universal Design for Learning linking teachers and parents with resources shared directly on the CAST website.

This app was developed as a product of the College and Career Readiness Support Project, a federal ARRA Title-II-D Ed Tech partnership grant, in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education.

This app can serve as the initial point of reference for guidance in the design and development of UDL-based courses, lesson plans, and the use of web 2.0 tools.

iPad Settings

The iPad device natively supports accessibility in a variety of ways, which are configured via the “Settings” application. Options include:

  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Large Text
  • White on Black
  • Speak Selection
  • Speak Auto-Text
  • Mono Audio
  • AssistiveTouch
  • Triple-Click Home
  • Brightness of Page
  • Font Sizing

Supports learners with visual, hearing, or motor challenges. These settings are global in nature and can be used to assist learners in a variety of settings accessing a variety of learning modules.

For example, students experiencing visual difficulties could use the “large text” feature when using Internet-based learning management system-based courses.

Extra Resource for Beginning Readers

Application

Description

Potential Use

Tar Heel Reader

Website

A collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics.

  • Not an app, but a website that works particularly well on the iPad
  • Well organized collection of more than 25,000 accessible books that can be read aloud online (text must be tapped to be heard)
  • Stories use engaging images from Flickr, with limited accompanying text
  • FREE

Support for Writing

Multiple Meaning of Engagement (the “why” of learning):

Application

Description

Potential Use

PaperPort Notes

FREE

YouTube Demonstration

PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information. Now you can combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as handwritten notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone.

  • Text can be entered with keyboard, by voice-to-text, or with stylus. As well, audio recordings can be attached to notes.
  • Notes can be written on yellow or white lined pages, on blank white pages, or on “graph paper”.
  • PDF files, can be imported from almost anywhere–PaperPort Anywhere (dedicated free cloud storage), Box, Dropbox, Docs Folder.
  • Text boxes and sticky notes can be added to notes and imported files.
  • Multi-color highlighting is available.
  • Work created or modified in PaperPort Notes can be shared in PaperPort Anywhere, by Email, Google Docs, Box, Dropbox, Docs Folder (with audio attached to PDF). Or PaperPort Notes can be opened in many other apps on the iPad.

Alternatives to Writing

Multiple means of Expression (the “how” of learning):

Application

Description

Potential Use

Audioboo

FREE

YouTube Demonstration

Audioboo is an application for recording and sharing your voice with the world.

  • Create audio recordings up to three minutes in length
  • Add image, tags, and location
  • Share on device, to Twitter/Facebook, or by email

Book Creator

$4.99

 Video Demonstration

The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.

  • Intuitive app for creating ebooks in ePUB format
  • Books can incorporate images, video, text, recorded audio, music
  • Completed books are published to iBooks on the iPad
  • Books can be printed or shared via email, iTunes, or Dropbox

Dragon Dictation

FREE

YouTube Demonstration

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

  • Easy to  use voice recognition, no training necessary
  • Use Speak Selection to read back dictated text aloud
  • Copy work to clipboard for use in other apps
  • Share dictated text by email, send directly to Facebook/Twitter
  • Internet connection required

Research Supports

Application

Description

Potential Use

Google Search

FREE

Video Demonstration

The Google Search app.

  • Voice recognition works well for entering search terms
  • Many search results offer text-to-speech responses
  • Also offers opportunity to enter images as "search terms"

Visual supports

Application

Description

Potential Use

Idea Sketch

FREE

YouTube Demonstration

Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flowchart, and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa.

  • Create mind map and turn it into an outline or  vice versa
  • Import text from other apps
  • Share work via email, or copy into other apps

Tools 4 Students

$.99

App features 25 graphic organizers for students to use to organize their thinking while reading or preparing to write.

  • Set of 15 graphic organizers to support visual organization of thoughts and concepts (cause/effect, pro/con, story elements, KWL, etc.)
  • Save work for future reference, or share via email

Supports for Written Math OutPut

Application

Description

Potential Use

Panther Math Paper

$19.99

Video Demonstration

Panther Math Paper uses Universal Design. So people can do math independently on the iPad, even if they can't hold a pencil.

  • Do math work on iPad (beginning and advanced)
  • Mathematical notation and symbols available and easily accessible
  • Learners are able to show their work

Quick Graph +

$1.99

A powerful, high quality, graphic calculator that takes full advantage of the multi-touch display and the powerful graphic capabilities of the iPad.

  • Powerful  graphing calculator for advanced math, graphs in 2D and 3D
  • Simple, intuitive user interface
  • Email from within app, copy to clipboard, or save to photo library