The rise of technology in education is opening doors for learners of all backgrounds: students from diverse economic situations, students with special passions and students with unique educational needs. The following courses, resources and research are excellent guides for using educational technology to support diverse learners in the classroom.
CAST UDL Online Modules is a free online course, separated into two modules, on implementing Universal Design for Learning in your classroom. UDL is a framework for designing curriculum that addresses the diverse needs, strengths, backgrounds, and interests of students in today’s classrooms.
Using Technology to Support Diverse Learners: A collection of tech tips presented by WestEd that help educators learn how to use software and other technology devices to meet the needs of diverse learners, included students with disabilities and English learners.
Curriki hosts several wonderful resources for educators working with special needs children, including these Inspirational Stories for Inclusion, along with an Intervention Assistant Handbooks, for those working with diverse students in middle school grades.
Tech Matrix is a hub of research and resources in educational technology for students with disabilities. You may search the site for specific resources, or browse featured content and research.
CITEed Research Center provides research in educational technology that allows you to ‘explore how technology can be used to enhance instruction with an emphasis on students with special needs.’
By Karla V. Kingsley
This paper outlines ‘20 ways for teachers of diverse learners to harness the power of instructional multimedia to create opportunities for all students to become active, empowered learners.’ Kinglsey provides thoughtful, in-depth tips for educators, especially those who are new to technology.
By Ke Zhang and Curtis J. Bonk
This paper reviews various learning preferences and human intelligence theories and models with a particular focus on the implications for online learning. It highlights key models, and attempts to link them to trends and opportunities in online learning with emerging technologies, offering instructors and instructional designers new ways to think about addressing diverse learner needs, backgrounds, and expectations.
By Center for Implementing Technology in Education
This article, published on LD Online, a superior website for learning disorders and ADHD, asks “What about Web 2.0 tools? What are they and how do they affect learning and interaction for students with learning disabilities?”
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