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UDL Tool Finder

The intent of the UDL Tool Finder is to help you locate accessible technology solutions for common learning barriers. The UDL Tool Finder is organized by the typical materials and activities you may be using in your classroom. The second column lists common ways that students struggle with these types of activities. The third column identifies various strategies and AT solutions that may be helpful. Many of the solutions include links to further information and quick guides.

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Instructional Methods and Materials Student Challenges Examples of UDL Tools/Solutions
Printed book Student cannot see small text Locate the text in digital format. If the text is in a web page, you can click CTRL-+ to enlarge it on the screen. If not a website, then import the text into a word processing program or text reader software to enlarge.
Student cannot decode at grade level Use online media tools with read aloud and leveled text.
Students use Read&Write for GoogleNatural Reader or Kurzweil to read and listen to digital copies of the text.
Student has difficulty comprehending vocabulary Students use the dictionary feature in Kurzweil or a web-based dictionary to look up unknown words.
Student has difficulty with critical thinking Teacher embeds questions in the Kurzweil text using “notes" to foster critical thinking.
Lecture/ whole class presentation Student is distractible and misses information Teacher provides guided notes at multiple levels.
Student has difficult processing verbal information Teacher uses PowerPoint to introduce and review new concepts and vocabulary. 
Student has difficulty comprehending material content Teacher locates appropriate web-based background material or informational text at reading level that can be saved and imported into a document to be read by a text-reader.
Checking for understanding Student has difficulty with new concepts and vocabulary Use Inspiration, Kidspiration or Pixie to pair vocabulary with images to demonstrate understanding.
Teacher uses PowerPoint or ActivInspire to introduce and review new concepts and vocabulary with multi-sensory supports. 
Use images or drawings to represent vocabulary non-linguistically in paper or digital form
Research Student has difficulty with organization. Provide an Inspiration outline template in digitized form to complete electronically.
Student may not be able to extract important content Provide text in MS Word with embedded focus questions and highlights to cue main ideas/important facts. Use Natural Reader or other text read to read aloud.
Review the UDL Features of the Centrally Purchased Online Subcription Services.
Written report Student cannot hand write legibly Provide access to word processors and/or build keyboarding skills.
Student cannot outline and organize ideas Use Sticky Note Strategy for student to dictate ideas and organize them into paragraphs.
Use organization features in Inspiration or Noodle Tools to scaffold the organization of the writing piece.
Student has difficulty with written language For young writers and older students who are emergent writers, Clicker6 provides picture and word bank support to structure writing opportunities.
Student struggles with spelling Explore use of word prediction software and text-to-speech (e.g.WordQ) to predict correct spellings and self-edit writing
Note taking Student cannot write or type Digital audio recorders can be used to record important discussions or lectures for review later.
Student cannot read own handwriting Portable word processors, like the Fusion and Forte, can be a more efficient way of taking notes for students who can type faster than they can write.
Student cannot write quickly
Word prediction software like WordQ can speed up the typing process by limiting the number of keystrokes required to write.
Live Scribe Pens record the audio syncronized with written notes. Students can write key words or pictures and hear the lecture again later when tapping on the word.
Drawing Student cannot draw representationally Use clip-art/graphics from internet in place of hand drawings.
Oral report Student has speech difficulties Use Windows Movie Maker or PhotoStory with images, text and audio to present information.
Student has difficulty presenting orally in front of peers Use of PowerPoint or PhotoStory with pre-recorded speech and images to demonstrate knowledge.
Tests/quizzes or worksheets Student cannot read questions Open the quiz with a text reader like Kurzweil or use the floating toolbar from Natural Reader or WordQ to read the text on the screen.
Student cannot retrieve key content vocabulary with ease Use Inspiration to pair vocabulary with images to demonstrate understanding.
Student cannot answer questions in writing Open the worksheet in Kurzweil and use highlighters to highlight answers, text notes to type answers or voice notes to record answers to questions.
Student cannot handwrite to to label maps/graphics Use PowerPoint or Inspiration to important and label images.
Organizational skills/work habits Student has difficulty completing homework Explore strategies to help organize/plan assignments. 

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