Date
16 August 2020

Present information, content, and materials in different ways to support understanding

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reducing barriers for year 1–8 students’

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Support variability

Support variability

The presentation of information can impact access, participation, and engagement.

No single medium works for every learner, nor does it for every subject....To promote understanding of information, concepts, relationships, and ideas, it is critical to provide multiple ways for learners to approach them.

David Rose

Increase access to content

Increase access to content

Suggestions for increasing access to information and content.

  • Support text and spoken information with clear, uncluttered visuals, photos, graphics, audio and video. Present visual materials against a contrasting background.
  • Present digital text rather than printed text so that students can personalise it (for example, by enlarging it or listening to it).
  • Provide enlarged photocopied versions of printed materials.
  • Use high-contrast colours for whiteboard pens, text and graphics on slides. Avoid pastel colours and grey tones on printed and online materials.
  • Set out board work in a clear, consistent format with good contrast, using columns, grouping information and clear, large writing.
  • Use visual tools to highlight information such as key words and new vocabulary.

Utilise digital materials

Utilise digital materials

Encourage students to adjust materials to suit their needs and preferences.

Introduce accessibility features, including how to change the contrast or font size or turn on text-to-speech.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Representation

Publisher: British Columbia Ministry of Education

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Multiple means of representation – 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 1 to 8 students”:

Return to the guide “Curriculum accessibility”

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