UDL Tools: YouTube Channels for Science

youtube-channels-for-science graphicVideo supports for content areas such as Science can benefit many students at all grade levels.  Videos can provide alternative content for struggling learners, increase interest and engagement, and provide supplemental content for learners benefiting from extended learning.  Quality videos should be part of all well designed UDL lessons.

Tales From Outside the Classroom has provided a nice list of 9 YouTube channels that can be used in the classroom to support instruction, or linked to your classroom website to provide learning supports for students outside of the classroom.  Check out the list and find videos that can connect your students to Science!

Thanks to Tesser88 and the Tales From Outside the Classroom Blog!

Google Slides – Features You Need to be Using!

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Google Slides – If you haven’t been using it, then you should be!  It is a terrific tool for both Teacher Presentation, Student Creation and Instructional Materials.  So much easier and more collaborative than PowerPoint!  And, there are some great newer features you might not have used:

Q&A featureIf using for class lectures or instruction – activate this feature to allow students to ask questions, answer questions, vote on topics, make comments, etc. Simply go to the small ‘down arrow’ next to PRESENT in the upper right corner of the slide deck, and activate the Q&A feature.  A short URL will automatically be created and added to the top of each slide.  Student submissions can be displayed (or not), and they are saved in a history to be viewed later.

Read text out loud – If you are using the  Read&Write for Google Chrome extension, you know that it reads the content of Google Docs (and websites) out loud.  Did you know that it now reads the text on Google Slides?  This is a great support for students using teacher-created presentations, or other slide presentations as instructional material, Google Slide ebooks, etc. Try it here with these Google Slide examples:

I Can Use My Words” (You must have the extension downloaded from the Chrome Web Store)

Because of Winn Dixie (story review student assignment)

United States Government Texbook Chapter

Sharing and Collaboration: And of course – Google Slides are automatically ‘shareable’ due their location ‘in the cloud’.  Just set the sharing settings so that others can view or comment.  Post on your class website for 24 hour access to materials, and terrific student/family collaboration!

SpecialEdTech.net – Tips for Enhancing Classroom Learning

SET-mastheadA-small1Special Ed Tech is a newsletter geared toward and developed in collaboration with special education teachers, although the tools and tips are useful to all K-12 teachers.  It provides practical, leading edge tips and resources for using technology and free/low-cost games to provide professional development and help engage students.  Although packed with good ideas, the newsletter can be read quickly.  It can be read online or printed on a standard printer.

Subscribe for email updates and links, or head to the website to access all articles and content.  Find resources supporting assistive technology and UDL across topics Eye Gaze AAC, QR Codes in the Classroom, MathTech, Tools to Support Writing, Using Tablets in Moderate/Severe Classrooms, UDL- Why It’s Important, and much, much more!  You can even find information and links to professional development available on assistive technology and UDL topics.

Check it out and subscribe for new information all year!