In this course on Supporting Literacy – Technology and Exemplary Practice, we will be looking at various digital tools to support the diverse literacy needs of all learners.
The learning intentions of this course are:
- to have an understanding of the Universal Design for Learning guidelines and how they may be used with BC’s curriculum to strengthen the literacy foundation of all students
- to plan, evaluate and reflect on implementation strategies that fit with your practice to best support the diverse literacy needs of all learners
- to explore digital tools to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression.
Module One: Learn
The first module of this course is the “Learn” component.
This module includes a brief overview of the Universal Design for Learning guidelines and how diverse literacy needs may be supported in the redesigned curriculum to foster student-centered, flexible, and deeper learning.
We will examine the literacy foundation in the curriculum and how potential barriers to reading and writing that are experienced by our learners may be supported with the UDL guidelines and with the meaningful implementation of technology.
Module Two: Plan
In this module, the “Plan” component of the course, we examine strategies to plan learning experiences to support the diverse literacy needs of all learners.
We will focus on how to plan for the implementation of the UDL guidelines to support all learners.
We will also examine how to evaluate digital tools to determine the best fit for your students and teaching practice.
Module Three: Do
In this module, the “Do” component of the course, we examine how you may use various digital tools to support the diverse literacy needs of all learners.
This module includes an overview of and implementation strategies for a variety of digital tools you may want to implement into your practice as instructional and learning tools. These tools have been selected for cross-grade and cross-curricular implementation.
British Columbia Ministry of Education. (2017). BC’s New Curriculum. Retrieved on April 16, 2019, from https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/.
Brownlie, F., & King, J. (2011). Learning in safe schools: Creating classrooms where all students belong (2nd ed.). Markham, ON: Pembroke.
CAST. (2018). The UDL guidelines. Retrieved on April 16, 2019, from http://udlguidelines.cast.org/.