As the 2022-2023 school year has started, educators once again are facing more challenges than ever- teacher shortages plague almost all districts and teachers have more demands placed on them than ever before. But amidst of all these challenges, there is a light that we need to kindle- connection. I don't know about you but this year has been the closest to normal that we have had in many years. What do I mean by that? Simple, we can connect with our students again in ways that were not possible in the past few years. We can see our students' smiles more and more, students can sit together and are no longer apart, and the hugs, high fives, and handshakes are back. This gives me a hope and a connection with my students that I had been missing.
Introducing The ABCs of Transforming Learning
With all of the things that can overwhelm us, we need to be strategic and focused. For those of you who are in my TannenbaumTech mailing list, you read last week how I needed to revisit my goals and find a better way to manage my workload. Want to learn more and join my mailing list, click Join the TannenbaumTech mailing list. When I thought about how to do this, going back to basics kept going through my mind and from that thought, the ABCs of Transforming Learning were created. Last week, I started at A for Amplifying Student Voice in the bimonthly newsletter. This blog post highlights ways and applications that you can use to better amplify your students' voices and focuses on two of my favorite applications: Wixie and Book Creator and how they promote Universal Design for Learning.
A= Amplify Student Voice and How Universal Design for Learning Does That
Have you heard about Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? If not, it is a must know. We all need to design learning experiences that meet the needs of all of our learners and UDL does just that. It provides suggestions or means to design learning experiences that have increased engagement, representation and action and expression. As educators create experiences for learning that use these guidelines, we ensure that ALL of our students have access to first engage with the content that is accessible to them and later to share their learning using a variety of response methods. All of our students come with their unique gifts and challenges and when we use this framework, we design with our students at the forefront of our minds.
The two tech tools that I will highlight below make this even easier. They amplify student voice by giving our students increased access to both accessing and sharing content inside of our learning communities.