Date
16 August 2020

Present information, content, and materials in different ways

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reducing barriers for year 9–13 students’

Utilise digital tools

Utilise digital tools

The HoD of English at Tamaki College talks about how access to online writing environments is impacting on student writing.

 

Enlarge content to increase access

Enlarge content to increase access

A student with low vision demonstrates how the online graphic calculator he prefers to use in class is a useful tool for others.

Use flexible learning materials

Use flexible learning materials

Suggestions for presenting flexible learning materials.

  • Use multimedia rather than text-only material.
  • Build in connections to prior knowledge, big ideas and patterns. Make effective use of hyperlinks.
  • Make instructions, demonstrations or key content rewindable and accessible 24/7.
  • Use digital rather than hard copy formats so that students can access content in different ways and personalise it to suit their needs.
  • Avoid using handouts or workbooks that can’t be adjusted.
  • Include supports such as visual dictionaries, word definitions, and highlighting tools.

Design effective online environments

Design effective online environments

Suggestions for designing effective online environments.

  • Keep the design simple.
  • Use a clear predictable structure to help students find what they need.
  • Reduce visual and auditory clutter and bling (students with ADHD and autism may also find this strategy useful).
  • Support navigation with both high contrast text and visual cues.
  • Check with students that the way you are organising instructions and resources is working for them.
  • Hyperlink to visual calendars and mind mapping options to support planning.

Use concrete materials

Use concrete materials

Support students to unpack key concepts in different ways.

Manipulation of real objects and models can help clarify understanding.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Graphic organizers

Publisher: For The Teachers

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Website

Multiple means of action and expression – Professional development resource

Publisher: The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC)

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Reduce barriers for year 9–13 students”:

Return to the guide “Curriculum accessibility”

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