Date
14 October 2019

Present information in different ways

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

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Utilise technology

Utilise technology

Imagine how all students will access and use the content you present.

Encourage students to utilise personal technologies to increase access.

Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools

Kit Hard demonstrates the value of text-to-speech tools.

He illustrates how to use them on an iPad.

Increase access to content

Increase access to content

Suggestions to support equitable access to information and materials.

  • Take a multisensory approach – use real experiences, physical activities, manipulables, photos, graphics and video alongside text or spoken content.
  • Present digital rather than printed text so that students can personalise it and use tools such as text-to speech.
  • Support text with clear, uncluttered visuals, audio and real objects.
  • Provide enlarged photocopied versions of printed materials.
  • Use blogs, wikis, and online tools such as Moodle to bring together different versions of content in one place (for example, a YouTube video, a graphic, and some text).
  • Use high contrast colours for whiteboard pens, text and graphics on slides. Avoid pastel colours and grey tones on printed and online materials.

Play video content with closed captions on

Play video content with closed captions on

Closed captions increase access to video content.

Here's how to find them in 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.

  • Check for accuracy before sharing with students.

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