Date
27 September 2021

Present information in different ways, using a multi-sensory approach

Multi-sensory instruction makes it easier for students to work in the way that’s best for them

Support under­standing with visuals

Support under­standing with visuals

Offer information in more than one way. 

Use symbols and graphics to illustrate text.

Keep the layout clean and uncluttered.

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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Source:
Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Offer multiple opportunities to build understanding

Offer multiple opportunities to build understanding

Provide different options for students to meet their learning goals.

  • Offer real experiences, physical activities, and manipulables to support understanding.
  • Support text and spoken information with photos, graphics, audio, and video.
  • Present digital text rather than printed text so that students can personalise it by changing the font size and design or by listening to it.
  • Use online tools such as Google sites or Moodle to bring together different versions of content in one place (for example, a YouTube video, a graphic, and some text).

Use technologies

Use technologies

Online tools enable students to work at their own pace.

Select computer-based learning programs that enable repetition, are visual, provide immediate feedback, and are hands-on.

Provide all students with access to tools that:

  • support collaboration and timely feedback, such as Google Docs
  • can be customised to meet their needs and preferences
  • provide for repetition and allow students to revisit.

Hands-on learning

Hands-on learning

Provide a range of opportunities for students to move and physically engage in learning.

Multi-sensory approaches help by activating different pathways in the brain and making the abstract more concrete.

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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Source:
Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Useful resources

Useful resources

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UDL-aligned strategies

Publisher: Goalbook

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