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  • Amy Keslinke
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    In my lower-level class, I have a couple of students who really struggle with technology (we are all remote, so this is quite an adventure, haha). Up until last week, I have been sticking to the routine of having them do the warm-up writing assignment on the discussion board of our CMS because I felt that they needed this practice at the discussion board feature. After our UDL discussions, I got to thinking that the TRUE purpose behind this warm up is the writing practice, not the discussion board feature. So, I opted to allow the students the option to use the discussion board, type in the chat, or write on paper and text me a picture in order to ease some of the technology frustrations and allow them to focus on the writing goal rather than jumping through the technology hoops. I have already noticed it easing some frustration and saving instructional time in our synchronous meetings.

    Sarah Goldammer
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    Love these choices Amy! And I love that you stopped to consider what the true purpose. That allowed you to remove barriers to the students! I would love to hear more from you as your students become more accustomed to having multiple ways to express themselves. You may want to consider asking them “what other way can you think to practice writing?” You might be surprised that they come up with another option. Thanks for meeting them where they are!

    Jodi Norton
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    I took away the same idea of choice from our UDL discussion as well. I am currently working on a choice board for my students to use to show their understanding of the content that I have taught in previous classes. All of my students have the printable worksheets for each lesson, so they can write down their answers before putting their answers into the Google slide that they electronically turn into me. I think this is relieves some pressure because it gives them the opportunity to get their thoughts organized before putting it into a presentation type response. I like the idea of texting me a picture of their work. I am going to use this is as one of my choices. I agree that this would eliminate the technology barrier for some of my students. Thanks for the idea!

    Yolanda Bennett
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    I too have found that allowing students to take pictures and submit is great for students who are somewhat are notcofortable with CANVAS.

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