Multiple Means of Expression through Google

Principle 1 of Universal Design for Learning states that all students need "Multiple Means of Representation" in learning. One emphasis of Principal 1 is providing students with options for perception. To get all students from point A to point B, we may have to offer different options to achieve the same objective. Some students are more visual. Some students are more auditory. Some students are more tactile.

Using the Internet to conduct research is becoming an everyday norm in our classrooms today. Where do most of us turn? Google. Google offers many unique tools to customize the display of information and is very UDL friendly.

  • Reading Levels: For example, if you are simply conducting a search for "Abe Lincoln," use the Advanced Search options to filter results by reading level. Simply choose "Annotate Results by Reading Level" and you will see a breakdown according to reading level.

  • Wonder Wheel and Time Line: For your visual learners, you may want to break things down with the Wonder Wheel or Time Line. Each offer excellent visual alternatives. The Wonder Wheel breaks your search down and offers different alternatives for searching, in a brainstorming web format. The Time Line is exactly what it is...a time line, where search results are organized according to date.

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