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UDL Guidelines - Version 2.0: Examples and Resources

Checkpoint 5.1: Use multiple media for communication

II. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression

Expression and Communication

Key Considerations

  • How does this help learners meet the goal?
  • How does this account for the variability of all learners?
  • Are there multiple ways for learners to communicate what they know?

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Example/Resource Why UDL?
A boy opening up a glowing text book in outer space

Kerproof Teacher's Page

Kerpoof is an online program through which students can make a drawing, a movie, a card, a story, or a sketch.  There is ample opportunity for creative expression using various media for communication. The site is easy to use and includes tutorials for each feature. The Kerpoof Teacher's page provides examples of how to use Kerpoof as an educational tool.

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

Why UDL? Kerpoof allows students to choose from several forms of media in order to communicate their ideas.

A collage of tiny images

Animoto

Animoto provides tools for making videos by using animation to pull together a series of images and combining with audio. Animoto videos or presentations are easy to publish and share.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All
Cost: Two versions of the platform are currently available: a paid version for general public use and a free education version offering unlimited use for teachers and students.
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Making a video presentation by combining music and images is another creative way through which students can express their ideas.

SAM written in big letters

SAM Animation

SAM Animation is software designed to give students the power of making stop-action movies to share their ideas and understanding. The software is easy to use and provides a unique experience for students to explore challenging problems in any subject through creating animations.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to download program

Why UDL? SAM provides a unique and engaging way for students to communicate their ideas.

iCreate to Educate

iCreate to Educate

"iCreate to Educate provides K-12 educators with the resources needed to foster an engaging learning environment -- specifically in the realm of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)...iCreate’s initial focus is on stop-motion animation as a learning tool, providing hands-on workshops and curricular enhancements with SAM Animation, a software developed for educators--by educators at Tufts University."

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to download the software; additional resources around instructional strategies require no technology

Why UDL? Using stop-motion animation as a learning tool is an effective way to provide options in the media for communication.

"VoiceThread is a powerful new way to talk about and share your images, documents, and videos" on a red background

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is audiovisual tool for sharing and commenting on images or video files. Upload an image or video, add a written or audio commentary, and share.  Use VoiceThread in the classroom to comment on student work or discuss an image or video.  

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

Why UDL? VoiceThread has embedded options for communication. Comments can be expressed through writing, verbally, and/or with a drawing tool. 

BookBuilder logo - student reading a book

Book Builder

Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

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

Why UDL? Book Builder books can include text, images, and audio, providing options for authors and multiple points of access for readers.

See also:
5.3: Build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance

ToonDo logo

ToonDoo

ToonDoo is a website that allows users to generate their own comic strips. You can create your own characters by selecting basic traits from an extensive list. You can also upload your own images. ToonDoo also offers excellent community features such as voting, commenting, and sharing. 

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

Why UDL? Making comics is a creative way for students to express their ideas. With ToonDoo, students can share their comics with each other for collaboration on projects or feedback.

 

A picture of a colorful scrapbook page with birthday cakes

Scrapblog

Scrapblog allows you to create and share personalized, multimedia scrapbooks.

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

Why UDL? Making a scrapbook is a medium of communication that will develop composition skills and allow students to communicate their ideas through images.

'Scratch' written in a messy font with a shadow behind it.

Scratch

Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

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

Why UDL? Scratch provides students with an array of ways to demonstrate learning - through creating interactive stories, animations, games, art.

A young girl stands under a cluster of magnetic words

Kid's Poetry

An online version of magnetic poetry--students choose words or phrases and make their own composition.

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: High-tech low-tech capability

Why UDL? Ready-made phrases provide a scaffold for students to practice composition and build language skills by combining words and phrases.

A girl dancing

Arts Alive Virtual Dance Studio

Arts Alive Virtual Dance Studio allows users to create a ballet or modern dance composition by choosing movements and music. 

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

Why UDL? Expressing knowledge through dance is another unique way to offer alternatives in the means of communication. 

Text that reads 'Crayon: Create Your Own Newspaper'

Crayon

The Crayon.net site offers an electronic template for students to create their own newspapers. The site allows you to bring multiple sources together, thus creating an individualized and customized newspaper.

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: ELA, Social Studies
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Creating a newspaper is a unique and creative way for students to express what they know.

See also:
7.1: Optimize individual choice and autonomy

Glogster text in a hot pink box

Glogster

Glogster allows you to create "interactive posters" to communicate ideas.  Students can embedded media links, sound, and video, and then share their posters with friends.

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

Why UDL? Glogster is a unique tool that allows students to communicate their learning as well as their creativity!

See also:
8.3: Foster collaboration and community

 The Exploratorium logo in white font that reads 'The museum of science, art, and human perception'

Exploratorium After School Activities

Take a look through the online activities of the Exploratorium, a San Francisco musuem with a sharp focus on education. The "Going Further" option for each activity suggests extension activities and offers links to access relevant background knowledge. Click on "About the Exploratorium" to access the full website and more educational activities.

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

Why UDL? The "Going Further" option is a perfect example of providing options to activate background knowledge. 

See also:
5.1: Use multiple media for communication

Last Updated: 01/31/2012

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