Q: How can teachers use technology to design universally designed classrooms?
A universally designed classroom should apply universal design principles to the classroom setting. Universal design, an arcitecture term, means adapting physical environments to provide greater acess to all users.
In a classroom, this can also mean chaning the curriculums delivery for all users in addition to the physical environment.
Technology choices are an important part of creating a universally designed classroom. Technology allows the information to become engaging, flexible, and adaptable to all students (the users).
In the same way technology can be used to adapt a lesson to ESE students, it can adapt a lesson to different types of learners who may noit have a recognized learning challenge.
Differential instruction (DI) and universal design learning (UDL) complement each other well in a classroom. DI helps each childs needs be met by adapting the teaching to the learning needs of the student. UDL helps the teacher to make DI possible in a classroom full of diverse students with diverse needs.
Assistive technolgies make learning material accessible to all learners by finding ways around learning barriers and teaching the information in a different way. An example of these technologies would be text reading software to make reading easier for visually impaired students.