- 1a: Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
- GOAL: Work towards making my learning experiences more accessible for teachers and students.
- 5a: Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
- Selecting the learning environments for staff PD that will make learning more accessible. This will also act as a model for teachers
Below is the PD Learning module I created on Digital Storytelling for Teachers. The Learning Module was created using the UDL framework and keeping its principles in mind while introducing the DST strategy to teachers.
An additional feature that was recently pushed out by Canvas is their Accessibility checker that is built directly into their WYSIWYG editor:
This was a great way for me to check whether the resources I created for teachers would be readable by a screen reader program!
As an edtech supervisor, it is important that I not only instruct teachers on various strategies and tools but also model those strategies in my practice. By creating a PD learning module that was designed with UDL in mind, I was able to integrate tools that teachers can immediately take with them to utilize with their students that will make their content more accessible to all learners. By providing teachers with choices when it comes to demonstrating their knowledge, they will in turn more likely practice this strategy in their own classroom.
In all PD sessions that I design moving forward, I will utilize the UDL framework. Our teachers are learners as well, so it is just as important the content they experience is accessible. Providing options for expression, perception, and engagement will only lead to greater understanding for all.