• Julie Jamieson

TECHing It to the Next Level

Updated: Sep 27

Digital Tools for Equity and Inclusion

Each month I plan to highlight different digital tools that I recommend for learning, creating, and assessing student progress. This month's focus is equity and inclusion. As we know, we need to meet the needs of all learners and utilizing digital tools with accessiblity options can optimize teaching and learning for all students. I take into consideration the Universal Design for Learning Framework when selecting tools to share to ensure engagement, representation, and expression. Here are a few favorites that I use in my practice.


 

Learning

Our school district subscribes to Gale Databases. We have access to the following:

  • Gale in Context: US History

  • Gale in Context: World History

  • Gale in Context: Science

  • Gale in Context: Global Issues

  • Gale in Context: Biography

  • Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

These databases offer several benefits. In addition to providing students with credible, peer-reviewed resources, Gale has great accessibility features. These features include text translation, adjusting font style and size, customizing background color, and listening to text. Check out the tutorial below.




Creating


Book Creator is one of my favorite digital creation tools that features plenty of accessibility features. There is an interactive reader, speech to text to type, multiple languages, and more. Plus it is very intuitive for learners of all ages. I use it as a tool to promote books in the library, but students can use it for virtually any kind of creative assignment to demonstrate learning in a fun and engaging way. There are also templates and ready-made themes available. Book Creator will be translated automatically if your Chrome browser is set to any of 10 langauges including Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. Here is an excellent resource that provides ideas for supporting language learners. Check out the tutorial below to see how easy it is to create something really awesome!


Assessing


Quizizz is an engaging tool for quick, formative assessments. Accessibility features include a built-in read aloud setting, readability features, and language support. There is a database filled with plenty of existing quizzes and lessons that can be edited. Check out this example of one I created. Notice how you can select read aloud text and the language of choice.

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