January 12

Sunshine Coast UDL Presentation

Here are the slides from my UDL Presentation on the Sunshine Coast. The links within the presentation are live – enjoy exploring!

To download the slides as a PDF file go to: http://drop.io/astrang

If you have any comments or questions, please add a them as a comment to this post.

October 24

UDL Weblinks from the Birchland Team Presentation ~LATA

What a great day! David Rose was inspiring, really reminded us why we have worked so hard this year – and renewed our energy. We also had a great time sharing our Journey so far with those who came to watch our presentation. I want to blog so many things I learned today… the only problem is time – I must write my IEPs this weekend…

As promised, here are the weblinks that were shown in our presentation today – I hope I got them all. If I have missed anything either post a comment, or send me an email – there is a Contact Information tab above. I will update this post with any additions. Also, if you have some links you would like to share please post them in the comment section below or email them to me. Click on the site names below and the sites will open.

Nancy’s weblinks:

  • Math PowerPoint Presentations: Nancy showed a PowerPoint presentation from this site about rounding numbers. There are many other concepts posted here illustrated by PowerPoint Presentations. (http://www.hcbe.net/itc/powerpoints/math.html) 
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: Today Nancy demonstrated the use of a Java program that demonstrated place value through interactive manipulatives.(http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vLibrary.html)
  • The Expanded Notation activity she showed can be downloaded from the SMARTTech website. You need SMART Notebook software for this file.
  • Math Zone: The team has found many userful math activities here. (http://www.mathszone.co.uk/)
  • Math Playground: This site is full of exciting learning activities that our teachers are using in their classrooms. (http://www.mathplayground.com/)

Darryl’s weblinks:

  • Sheppard Software: Darryl showed us an activity in which the kids determine if an animal is an herbivore, omnivore, or a carnivore. There is also one about the food chain and many others that the kids enjoy. (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/)
  • BBC Schools: I am currently drawing a blank on what he showed from this site but I know there is lots of cool stuff here. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/) 
  • Jeopardy Template: Here is one of the sites where you can download Jeopardy templates (and a number of other game show templates). Playing the game is an excellent way to review facts in preparation for tests. It was really powerful also when the teachers began having the children build the games themselves by reading the chapter, coming up with questions, and then play the games as a class. They had to determine what were the important points and create the questions. Great activity. (http://www.murray.k12.ga.us/teacher/kara%20leonard/Mini%20T’s/March%20Mini%20T-Games/Games.htm)

Craig’s Weblinks:

  • Kurzweil: If you are not already familiar with this software here is a link to more information. It can be purchased through PSAP for school use in BC. 
  • Into the Book: This is a new one Craig found — the one about the pirate. Great tool for working with Adrien Gear’s Reading Power to help students become more able to attend to the imporant aspects of what they read. The reading ‘powers’ on this site are: visualizing, summarizing, synthesizing, making connections, prior knowledge, inferring, evaluating, questioning. (http://reading.ecb.org/)
  • Brain Pop: We ran out of time for this. It is a site to which we purchased access. You can look at some of the clips free however. The teachers have been using this one as part of their instruction in a variety of subject areas. They are also using it to help motivate thier students to write during their ’10 minute write’. (http://www.brainpop.com/)
  • Iknowthat.com: Another great resource Craig found that he didn’t have time to show. (http://www.iknowthat.com/com)

Anita’s Weblinks:

  • My Delicious Links: All of the above links and many many more are posted here.
  • Do to Learn: This is a web site with a variety of excellent activities for early learners or students with special learning needs.

Thanks so much to all of you who attended our session. Please contact us if you have any questions.

April 19



Check out this fantastic free site where kids can write stories, draw a picture, or make a movie. Kids can collaborate with others on their projects, and provide each other with feedback. It will be so fun to play with the drawing function on the SmartBoard as the kids illustrate their own stories. It is a great way to introduce the read-write web to students. 

If you are concerned about using a social site with your children or students please check out my thoughts (and hopefully the comments of others … someday) about why we need to provide children with opportunities to post to the internet in my entry entitled Using the Read-Write web with Children.

April 5


ZoomIt is a program that provides users with three tools. It runs in the background and is quickly activated by hotkeys. It allows you to quickly zoom in on any are of your screen within any program, to mark the screen using your mouse or touch pad (especially useful during presentations using any program), and to turn your computer screen into a countdown timer. Read more and download this freeware at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx/.

February 15

Web Links from CTA Conference Presentation

Thanks to those of you who attended our UDL presentation today – and thanks for visiting my blog! Below are the links we spoke about in today’s presentation. If there are any others that I forgot about please post a response to this blog and I will find them for you. Remember that all of these and many others are also tagged on my Del.icio.us site: http://del.icio.us/astrang.

Motivational sayingsPlease also feel free to post questions you have about UDL. Being able to better meet the needs of our students can be overwhelming and would have been very difficult for us without the assistance and support we received and the collaboration we have participated in with other UDL teams across BC. Please know that we are eager to support other teachers who want to begin to investigate UDL and are eager to hear from you and work with you to help you begin this journey. The only way to start is by beginning small and then gradually incorporating new ideas.

Here are the links… 

Carol’s SD43 Assistive Technology Wiki (It has a comprehensive list of programs that can be used to provide support for students with various disabilities)

Sheppard Software (it had the animal adaptations web sites)

Science Probe

Cricksoft (I can’t see how to get to the virtual compass or the virtual geoboard so will find out from the others and post a better link ASAP)

Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station (the online art lessons)

Natural Reader (a free text reader which works with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Email etc.)

Virtual Manipulatives (The one with addition and subtraction using the place value chart)

If you want to know what a Wiki is or what a del.icio.us social bookmarking site is check out the Common Craft video posted on one of the Blog entries below

February 3

UDL web resources

A couple of new resources that have been passed along to me recently:

  • TumbleBook – This is an amazing collection of accessible texts. Many favorite children’s books are available here. Most of them include text and highlight the sentence being read to help children with tracking. There are also games on this site that are related to the stories. The one I played with a student was a word game which involved a clue from which the child works to figure out a single word answer Hang-Man style. The only draw-back was that the clue is text and I had to read it to the child as I couldn’t find a way to get the clue read to the child. The student I was working with only has basic sound-letter associations and was very motivated to work to figure out which letters belonged in the word. He quite enjoyed it.
  • Gary’s UDL Resource Room This site provides information about the latest in assistive technology so you can keep up to date on the currently available technologies.