Supporting UDL in SD81What can technology do for my students? This is the million-dollar question that educators around the world have been asking themselves, particularly since the advent of mobile technologies. SET-BC had the wonderful opportunity to partner with SD 81 in Fort Nelson, to support the on-going training that the district has offered their staff as it relates to inclusive education. The following SETStory will highlight some of the learning that happened in this Tier 1 Professional Learning service.

The atmosphere of creativity and engagement was palpable at Fort Nelson Secondary this past spring, as teachers, educational assistants and administrators alike worked together to understand how the Universal Design for Learning guidelines could support inclusive education in the district.

The intentions for this Professional Learning Service (PLS) were to gain a greater understanding of how the UDL framework could support inclusive classrooms, and to also gain a greater understanding of how iOS apps could support these guidelines as well. Using the district provided iPads, SET-BC was able to offer training in how to use apps for engagement, representation and action and expression, and the attendees actively engaged in discussions regarding how these apps could support them in their classrooms. One app that was a particular hit with the attendees was Toontastic, which the attendees thought would be beneficial for supporting storytelling in their classes.

On the topic of storytelling, another app that appealed to the elementary school teachers in the room was Book Creator. A number of EAs said that they loved using Book Creator to make social studies for the students they support.

It was an energetic and interactive day for all – thanks for hosting this service, Fort Nelson!

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