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Promote an Inclusive, UDL Learning Environment With Google Supports

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Explore and create : BYODex

Monday, June 24, 2:30–4:00 pm
Location: Franklin 11-12-13, Marriott

Mike Marotta  
Learn to use Google tools to create an inclusive classroom environment that promotes a culture of Universal Design for Learning, which focuses on multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression. From the G Suite to apps and extensions, we will explore ways to support all learners in the classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees must have a Google Account AND know their password!

Chrome browser for Win / Mac computers

Chromebook with Chrome OS

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Universal design for learning/differentiated learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

More and more schools are moving to the Google Chrome cloud based learning experience. With this paradigm shift, more classroom activities are being completed using technology. What does this shift mean for struggling students and Assistive Technology? How do educators ensure they are maximizing the use of this technology to support the instruction, not drive the instruction.

This hands on learning experience will explore the array of Google supports that are available to meet the needs of ALL learners. the Chrome Operating System and the Chromebook platform. Participants will dive deep into the Google Apps for Education suite of tools as well as the built in accessibility features of Chromebooks.

Participants will experience an array of Google Chrome apps and extensions that could be used as Assistive Technology supports to benefit ALL learners. By leveraging the power of this common browser, we can make significant customization to meet the needs of struggling students. Through hands on learning experiences, participants will develop strategies to integrate these powerful tools into the curriculum to promote a Universal Design for Learning classroom by engaging various learning styles.

In order to maximize learning, participants are strongly encouraged to bring a Chrome equipped computer to the training. Must be a PC, Mac or Chromebook running the Chrome Browser. Mobile Devices (smartphones, tablets) with the Chrome app will not provide the support needed for the hands-on activities throughout the training.

Learner outcomes
1. Understand a minimum of three core differences between a Chromebook, standard computer and tablet technology tool for education. Participants will also experience assistive technology hardware supports to use with the Chrome platform to meet the diverse needs of all learners.

2. Discuss and identify at least three examples of utilizing G Suite for Education, both in the classroom and at home, to facilitate student learning in the areas of: Literacy, learning, researching and executive function.

3. Through hands on exploration and collaboration with peers, evaluate and determine a minimum of five effective Google Apps and Extensions that will meet the unique needs of each learner in the both the special education and regular education classroom.


The plan for this session is not to ensure we look at EVERY Chrome tool available (read: 90 tools in 90 minutes!) but instead we will walk through a process to ensure that the tools we employ successfully meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom. Participants will get the opportunity to explore tools throughout the session through hands on learning experiences. The focus of every tool and every hands on activity throughout the session will support the core question “Is this tool making your classroom more inclusive for every learner?”

The participants will be introduced to the UDL Guidelines from CAST as a way to ensure that they are exploring the use of options to excite students so they want to learn (Engagement), share information with students (Representation) and finally give students options to demonstrate their mastery of a topic (Action and Expression).

Through hands on facilitator led activities, participants will explore Google tools which will be provided to them on an interactive Google Site.

Session timeline (for requested 90 minute timeslot)

Overview of Principles of UDL and the UDL Guidelines (10 minutes)
Exploration of Flexible Supports within the G Suite (20 minutes)
Exploration of Flexible Chrome Apps / Extensions (40 minutes)
Discussion of Feature Matching Process and determine appropriate tools (10 minutes)
Next steps, Q&A (10 minutes)

Supporting research

UDL Research -

The UDL Guidelines -

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Mike Marotta, ATAC, Disability Rights New Jersey

Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional and the 2017 ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator. Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter providing practical training to professionals interested in assistive and inclusive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ) teaching Masters level educators in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Mike is the Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center and serves on the CAST Accessible Educational Materials Advisory Board. Mike is also the founder of EdcampAccess NJ and co-moderator of the weekly #ATchat Twitter chat.

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