Date
20 November 2019

Present information in different ways

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Using whole-class strategies to support students with speech, language and communication needs in years 7–13’

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.

Utilise technologies

Utilise technologies

Use technologies to enable learning.

  • A computer or a tablet provides language and visual support that can be revisited as often as required.
  • Information can be presented in multisensory ways and presentation can be adapted to individual needs, supporting independence.
  • A combination of visual and auditory stimuli is provided.
  • Students can learn at their own pace and revisit to consolidate learning as often as they like.
  • Differentiated work can be presented flexibly in order to meet individual learning requirements.

Ideas for presenting content

Ideas for presenting content

Ideas for presenting content in a variety of ways to support understanding.

  • Take a multisensory approach – use real experiences, physical activity and manipulables.
  • Provide multiple visual and concrete examples of information. Use infographics, real objects, images, video, and interactives on devices.
  • Support text with visuals and audio. Turn on the closed captions on videos.
  • Present digital rather than printed text so that students can personalise the ways they access it.
  • 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.

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.

Find videos with closed captions

Find videos with closed captions

How to find YouTube videos with closed captions using a laptop or desktop computer.

  • 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.

Using movies

Using movies

Students watch movies using subtitles to foster reading comprehension and fluency.

Next steps

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

Return to the guide “Speech, language and communica­tion needs ”

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