Date
14 April 2024

​Provide options for learning and assessments

Use flexible tools and techniques to learn, create and share

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Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools

Students describe how using text-to-speech has made a difference to their learning achievements.

Personalise learning

Personalise learning

Provide opportunities for students to learn in ways that suit their needs and preferences.

  • Set realistic, ambitious, and achievable personal targets.
  • Create opportunities where students can personalise learning tasks and projects to build on their culture, knowledge, experience and strengths.
  • Discuss with students the different ways they can share their thinking and demonstrate understanding.
  • Develop success criteria with the students and present them with clear visual supports.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain confidence using a range of media so they can select the most appropriate to express their learning.
  • Offer a flexible learning environment with a variety of seating and working spaces.
  • Offer a reader-writer or assistive technologies to support success in assessments.

Personalise assessments

Personalise assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in assessments.

Personalise learning and assessment.

  • Create timelines, expectations and NCEA programmes in collaboration with the student, their whānau and their learning support team.
  • Design learning and assessment programmes to  meet the unique needs of each student.

Identify assessment formats and digital technologies to accurately measure the student’s learning using their strengths. Options depend on purpose and formal assessment criteria but may include:

  • Write using paper and pen
  • Write using a keyboard and digital supports such as spell checking and dictionary options 
  • Write using voice typing
  • Create visuals or graphics
  • Create multimedia books or slides
  • Create videos or animations
  • Create audio recordings or podcasts
  • Timed, untimed and on demand tests.

Use tools and apps with built in supports

Use tools and apps with built in supports

Model how to use text-to-speech, dictation, glossaries and highlighters.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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UDL Curriculum toolkit: Building Flexible, Customizable Learning Environments

This resource was developed to facilitate the creation of flexible UDL instructional materials. The Toolkit software enables any curriculum developer or researcher to design web-based curricula or interventions — from scratch, as well as to retrofit existing curricula into a UDL-supported, scaffolded learning environment for middle and high school students.

Publisher: CAST

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13”:

Return to the guide “ADHD and learning”

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