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Empowering Student Voice using UDL and Technology Tools

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 122B

Participate and share: Interactive session
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School Based Technology Specialist
Fairfax County Public Schools
ISTE Certified Educator
An educator with over twenty years of experience, Debbie Tannenbaum works each and every day to “transform” learning using technology. During her time in education, she has served both as a classroom teacher in various grades and as an elementary technology coach. Outside of the classroom, Debbie promotes using technology tools to amplify student learning in her work as an educational technology consultant, author, blogger and speaker. You can connect with Debbie at .

Session description

How do you create learning experiences that empower learners? Do you plan experiences with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in mind? In this session, you will learn how by using principles of UDL with technology tools, you can give your students opportunities to share their voices in interactive ways.

Purpose & objective

With so many distractions available in our students' lives, it has become increasingly apparent that more of our students are finding themselves disengaged from school and learning. This session focuses on how to design learning experiences that better meet the needs of our students using Universal Design for Learning. It shows how you can use UDL as a way to better integrate technology in our classroom setting.

As part of my ISTE Certified Educator coursework, I was reintroduced to the principles of UDL. It is essential that educators use these principles to ensure that all of their students can first access content, but also represent their learning in innovative ways.

This presentation will focus on how Wixie, Book Creator, Flip, and Pear Deck promote UDL in classrooms and how they can be valuable engagement tools in our classroom. Sample activities and guides for implementation will be shared.

Evidence of successes in my work will be shared as well.

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1. Introduction and Why Should We Empower Student Voice (5 min)
2. Exploring the Connection between Student Voice and ISTE Standards for Students (5 min)
3. Chalk Talk: What ideas come to mind when you consider empowering student voice and choice? (5 min)
4. How UDL Empowers Student Voice and Empowering Student Voice Choice Board (10 min)
5. Tech Tools That Empower Student Voice (20 min)
- Using Wixie and UDL to Empower Student Voice (5 min)
- Using Flip and UDL to Empower Student Voice (5 min)
- Using Book Creator and UDL to Empower Student Voice (5 min)
- Using Pear Deck and UDL to Empower Student Voice (5 min)
6. Exploration of Resources (10 min)
7. Reflection- 4 Cs using Jamboard ( 5 min)
8. Conclusion and Call to Action ( 5 min)

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Supporting research

UDL Cast Guidelines:

John Spencer: and


ISTE articles:

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Session specifications

Universal Design for Learning/differentiated learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Science, Social studies
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.