In creating this toolkit I started out just browsing through materials, and finding things that I knew I would like to use, but more and more found things that reminded me of projects colleagues work on with their students. So I began pulling together resources in the toolkit that I felt could be used by many of the teachers in the district. I basically tried to find a little bit of “everything,” though most of the resources I pulled involve differentiating instruction and planning learning experiences for students.
There’s everything from Readwritethink.org, to Bookbuilder.com, professional articles about assistive technology helping students with learning disabilities and a whole list of ideas for assistive technologies that could be used to help students with writing/reading/math/studying. There’s Unitedstreaming.com, CAST UDL lesson builder, CAST UDL Book Builder, and much more. I even included an online program that converts teachers’ files to different formats if they need it. Like I said, a little bit of everything.
The purpose of this, I feel, is for it to be used practically to assist teachers immediately in the classroom. Hopefully teachers can use these tools to create and design lessons for students that are differentiated and effective. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for myself with these resources.
My only complaint with the website www.cited.org was that I couldn’t figure out how to categorize my websites into groups, by such categories as “Subject,” “Assessment,” “Professional Development,” etc. Maybe there is a way and I just didn’t figure it out yet.