Date
20 November 2019

Present information in different ways

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Classroom strategies years 9-13’

Ask students what will help

Ask students what will help

Often the way material and information is presented can create barriers for students.
  • What font size, colour, and style works best for you?
  • What background colour do you prefer for paper handouts or slides?
  • How much white space on a page or slide helps you focus?
  • What style of visual is the most useful to support understanding and attention (graphics, photos, line drawings, cartoons)?
  • What other things will support your access, understanding, and attention?

Support under­standing with visuals

Support under­standing with visuals

Offer information in more than one way.

Use symbols and graphics to illustrate text.

Keep the layout clean and uncluttered.

Take a multi-sensory approach

Take a multi-sensory approach

Offer students multiple opportunities to build understanding using all their senses.
  • Offer real experiences, physical activities and manipulables to support understanding.
  • Support text and spoken information with photos, graphics, audio, and video.
  • Present digital text rather than printed text so that students can personalise it by changing the font size and design or by listening to it.
  • Use blogs, wikis, and online tools such as Moodle to bring together different versions of content in one place (for example, by using a YouTube video, a graphic, and some text).

Utilise the arts and visual media

Utilise the arts and visual media

Use arts-orientated approaches and visual media when introducing new concepts.

Use videos with closed captions

Use videos with closed captions

Closed captions are like subtitles.

They are a practical example of providing information in more than one way.

Here's how to find them on YouTube.

  • Search for YouTube and open the home page.
  • Type search subject (for example “frogs”) into YouTube search bar and press return key.
  • On left of screen, click the tab called “Filters” and a menu box will open.
  • Select “subtitles/CC” under the Features list.
  • Select a video from the selection of filtered videos presented by YouTube.
  • Watch the selected video with the closed captions turned on to check for accuracy before sharing with students.
  • Share closed captioned video with students.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

UDL-aligned strategies

Publisher: Goalbook

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Website

Read and Write for Google Chrome

Publisher: Texthelp

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13”:

Return to the guide “Dyslexia and learning”

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