Best Practices & Strategies

Learning Objective: Identify basic principles of Universal Design, Differentiated Instruction and Best Practice teaching strategies that incorporate technology resources to enhance an existing or new lesson or activity in your classroom. 

" Using technology does not necessarily enhance learning, and many technologies have the same accessibility problems that non-tech options might have. Technology needs to be carefully planned into the curriculum as a way to achieve the goals." ( ) 


1. Watch the (6:37 minute) video from the National Center on Universal Design for Learning and think about how the three principles of UDL  can be used in your learning environment and with your lesson to meet the multiple needs of your learners. Add a new category bubble with three sub-sections (representation, action and expression, engagement) to your graphic that you began in Principles and Instruction and list some ideas for your lesson.

1. Multiple means of representation (recognition)
2. Multiple means of action and expression
3. Multiple means of engagement

2. Visit the CAST Website and explore the FREE learning tools. Using these tools and strategies can lead to success for all your learners. Add some ideas to your graphic. 

Number line example:

number line example


3. Now think about your lesson again, and use the resources provided below to add at least three ideas or tools to your graphic organizer. Include hyperlinks to some of the technology resources and tools you feel can enhance your lesson.

a. Accessibility Features of some common operating systems and browsers:

b. Speech Recognition has progressed by leaps and bounds. Smartphones have a microphone located on the keyboard that translates your speech into text for text messaging and working in documents. Desktops and laptops have speech recognition features to control the interface with your computer.

When you need a period say "period."
When you need a new line, say "new line."
When you are done click the microphone icon to turn it off


4. starCelebrate (pat yourself on the back, send out a smiley face SMS, or some other celebratory means). Congratulations! You have completed this initial part of the unit. SAVE your graphic organizer and make sure you can access your account for the next activity. 

Continue on to the next activity Interactives