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Engagement - Options for Learners

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UDL Principle 3: Provide Multiple Means of Engagement


Options for Engagement


Three Especially Engaging Programs






  • Programming language for creating interactive stories, animations, games, music, art
  • As easy to use as it is to build with Lego
  • Programmers create off line, but can share work online and learn from others
  • Helpful tutorials available
  • Windows/Mac/Linux
  • Click HERE for more information 


Google Earth

  • Virtual globe and maps from satellite images
  • Navigate to any place on earth
  • View the sky from your current location
  • Navigate to planets, stars, galaxies, etc.
  • Explore underwater terrain beneath the oceans
  • AND much much more
  • Watch Google's demo HERE
  • Helpful tutorials available
  • Windows/Mac/Linux 


Google SketchUp


  • Powerful 3D modeling software to create a 3D model of almost anything
  • Use Sketchup to create buildings to put into Google Earth
  • Appeals especially to learners on the autism spectrum (See Project Spectrum)
  • Helpful tutorials available
  • Windows/Mac 


Websites that support, re-enforce, extend and enrich learning...

(A small representative sampling of available options--on a separate wiki)


Student Blogging for Ownership of Learning (and Assessment)



What IS a blog???

Wikipedia:  A blog (a blend of the term web log)[1] is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.


Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites


A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media.


Mrs. Smith's Bloggers


Blogging Platforms Commonly used in Classrooms


  • Free service for individual learners and  paid service for teachers to use with classes
  • Versatile platform, with user-friendly interface
  • Teacher controls available



  • Free versatile and feature-rich service from Google
  • User-friendly interface
  • No teacher controls

Class Blogmeister

  • Designed specifically for classroom use
  • From David Warlick and the Landmark Project



  • Free and easy to use service
  • Versatile, with classroom-friendly options
  • Click HERE to view video about using posterous by Wes Fryer 



  • Blogging service that is extremely easy to set up and use 
  • Post image, video, quote, link or audio recording and add text 
  • Works reasonably well on iPad 


Mrs. Cassidy' Class Blog (Grade 1) on Class Blogmeister


Ripple Effect (Grade 7) on Edublogs 


Huzzah!  (Grade 6/7) on Edublogs


Extensive List of Current Class Blogs


Don't knock blogging--it's the answer to our literacy problems!



Blogs as Web-Based Portfolios - Jeff Utecht


More on Use of ePortfolios from Helen Barrett




Interesting Ideas for Class Blog Posts - Tom Barrett



Tried and Tested Projects that Engage

(Click on box in lower right corner of each presentation to view in full screen mode.)




Interesting Ways to Use... by Tom Barrett

(Click HERE for links to the entire series.)


Interesting Ways to Use Google Earth in the Classroom


Interesting Ways to use Your Interactive Whiteboard in the Classrom


Interesting ways to use an iPad in the Classroom


Interesting Ways to use Prezi in the Classroom


Interesting Ways to use Wallwisher in the Classroom


Miscellaneous Examples of Engaging Material for the Classroom



















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