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Your Inclusive Classroom: Secrets to using Google tools to promote UDL

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Saturday, December 5, 10:30–11:15 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Sarah Bryans-Bongey  
Magdalena Galloway  
Dr. Leigh Zeitz  

Open the door to an engaged and inclusive classroom! During this interactive session, you’ll explore three main principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), access helpful checklists and resources, and discover how free Google tools can help you implement the responsive and flexible benefits of Universal Design for Learning.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: All participants will need a Google account.
Topic: Universal Design for Learning/differentiated learning
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Based on their participation in this interactive session, attendees will be able to identify specific Google tools and know how and when they can be used to support an inclusive classroom or lesson through Universal Design for Learning principles. They will access the UDL checklist, collaborate on resources, and share UDL-related instruction/design strategies.


Brief Overview and Ice Breaker
Multiple Means of Engagement (10 minutes)
* Demo - Constellation of Tools for Student-Engagement
Options (Docs, Slides, Sites), Google Forms
* Hands-On Attendee Engagement
Multiple Means of Representation (10 minutes)
* Demo - Constellation of Tools for Multiple Means of Representation Google Calendar, Project-Based-Learning with Apps, Google Forms, Google Translate, Charts
* Hands-On Attendee Engagement
Multiple Means of Action and Expression (10 minutes)
* Demo - Constellation of Tools for Student Action and Expression
Google Calendar, Translate, Jamboard (add on), Music (add on)
* Hands-On Attendee Engagement
Q&A and Idea Sharing (10 minutes)

Supporting research

Bahr, Patti, Curran, Christina, Lalk, Sarah, and Peschong, Lea Ann. 1P1. Google Technology as Inclusive Practice for the Universally Designed Classroom (2017): Education Summit. Web.

Center for Applied Special Technology. (2019). Universal design for learning. Retrieved from

H.R. 1350.ENR, 108th Cong. (2004). Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. Retrieved from

Pacheco-Guffrey, Heather. "UDL Strategies With Technology." Science and Children 57.2 (2019): 36. Web.

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Dr. Sarah Bryans-Bongey, University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Sarah Bryans-Bongey is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to joining UNI, Sarah taught educational technology and assistive technology courses at Nevada State College in Henderson, Nevada. She received her doctorate in Teaching and Learning from the University of Minnesota, and her dissertation explored strategies for delivering Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to students enrolled in large lecture-based classes. Her research centers on the use of technology to enrich and transform teaching and learning. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Magdalena Galloway, University of Northern Iowa

Magdalena Galloway works with pre-service teachers at the University of Northern Iowa's College of Education, integrating educational technology, visual and information literacy, UDL, and instructional design into their future classrooms. She is a Google Level 2 Certified Educator. She helps students see the connections between what they learn in academia, their private lives, media, social networks, and the immediate environment. She also mentors FIRST LEGO Leagues and promotes coding in education. As a lifelong learner, she is continually looking to learn, unlearn, grow, contribute, and better understand the community and the world.

Dr. Leigh Zeitz, University Of Northern Iowa

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