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UDL Guidelines - Version 2.0: Examples and Resources

Checkpoint 2.5: Illustrate through multiple media

I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation

Language, expressions, and symbols

Key Considerations

  • How does this help learners meet the goal?
  • How does this account for the variability of all learners?
  • Is the information only presented in one media (i.e., text, video, etc.)?

 

 

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Example/Resource Why UDL?
Search Cube logo

Search Cube

Search Cube is an alternative search engine that creates a visual representation of the first 96 pages associated with your search and forms a cube that you can flip and rotate.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Search Cube is an example of an alternate way to represent information.  Rather than relying heavily on text when presenting search engine results, Search Cube provides a visual cue to the link. 

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Shahi

Shahi is a visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content that includes a definition and examples of word use in a sentence as well as images from flickr, google, and yahoo that correlate with the specified word.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Shahi's visual dictionary is an exellect example of illustrating key concepts non-linguistically. Instead of traditional text defnitions, Shahi offers images!

See also:
2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols

 Group of students working together to solve a problem

Tufts University/Boston Arts Academy Day of Engineering

Every year, Tufts University and Boston Arts Academy team up for a day of engineering and art. Check out this video of the 9th graders making connections between the performing arts and engineering concepts.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to access video; many of the strategies modeled require no technology.

Why UDL? Watch to see key concepts of engineering expressed through dance and theater. Pay special attention to the way the dance lesson helps reinforce engineering concepts by asking students to make shapes with their bodies.  Physical action is a great example of illustrating key concepts non-linguistically!
The word "Arts" spelled out with different items

Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement

Watch this video to see an example of arts integration to promote academic achievement. Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) is a student-achievement program that uses music, dance, and visual arts to teach skills used in reading, writing, math, science, and other subjects.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to access video; many of the strategies modeled require no technology.

Why UDL? Pay special attention to the way music, dance, and the visual arts are used to teach concepts across the curriculum.

See also:
2.4: Promote understanding across languages

Museum of Online Museums

The Museum of Online Museums

The Museum of Onlne Museums is a collection of online exhibits with featured monthly selections and a permanent collection from museums all over the world. 

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: Art, but connected to many different content areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Visual art is a strong example and starting point for discussion about illustrating key concepts non-linguistically.  These online exhibits provide access to a diverse range of visual art from anywhere with internet access.

A number of shapes showing lines of symmetry

Illuminations

Illuminations was designed to support the NCTM standards for mathematics. This website offers interactive tools to facilitate exploration of math concepts.

Age Group: PreK-12
Content Area: Math
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Virtual manipulatives are an excellent example of illustrating key concepts non-linguistically. This site allows students to create a models of mathematical concepts, patterns or geometric shapes.

See also:
3.2: Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships

Image of a ruler with 3D shapes

Interactives: Geometry 3D Shapes

This interactive demonstrates the main components of geometric shapes and rules through text, images, models, and simulations.

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: Math
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? The models and simulations in Geometric 3D Shapes are great examples of illustrating key concepts non-linguistically.

See also:
3.2: Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships

Screen shot of Google Earth

Google Earth

Google Earth allows its users to travel the globe via the internet using satellite imagery.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Google Earth's capability to zoom in to closely examine a place and get to know it visually offers a unique opportunity to explore and investigate a subject using imagery rather than relying solely on text.

Visuwords for "library"

Visuwords

Visuwords is an online graphic dictionary and thesaurus that helps develop word knowledge.  Word relationships are illustrated by the color and pattern of the link between words.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Flexibility of color and contrast is a great example of customizing the display of information so that it is accessible to a broader range of users.

See also:
2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols

Words "WatchKnow: Videos for kids to learn from. Organized."

WatchKnow

WatchKnow is a free, online video library with links to more than 11,000 videos in 2,000 categories including history, math, science and other subjects.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Presenting ideas through video is another way in whcih key concepts can be illustrated non-linguistically.

A 52-degree angle

Math Open Reference

Math Open Conference represents geometry concepts visually as a way to complement text definitions and descriptions.

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: Math
Cost: Yes
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Math Open Reference is organized into pages that highlight the critical features of geometry concepts. Topics are separated to clarify distinct features.  Critical terms are linked directly to a glossary so as not to hinder the viewer based on lack of vocabulary knowledge.

See also:
3.2: Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships

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Wordle

Wordle is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? The word clouds created used Wordle reinforce key vocabulary and may serve as a starting point for developing vocabulary lists.

See also:
2.5: Illustrate through multiple media

Last Updated: 01/03/2012

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