UDL & Technology: A Brief Overview

In adapting learning environments in flexible ways, be aware of the low-high tech options available.  While ‘high-tech’ solutions typically involve computer technology, e.g. digital recordings of textbooks, or scanned worksheets that permit the use of text-to-voice software, ‘low-tech’ solutions tend to use simpler technology.  Examples of this may include slanted writing boards, adapted pencil grips, specialized lined paper, digital recording devices, and/or printed labels with essential vocabulary. Teaching and assessment options requiring no technology have always been, and continue to be, available and used by educators at every level. 

The following table is adapted from Universal Design for Learning: An Introduction

UDL Principle

Technology Type

Multiple Means of Expression

Multiple Means of Representation

Multiple Means of Action & Expression

Low- or No-Tech Options

  • Paper versions of:  Readings, Graphic Organizers, Response Cards, Dictionaries, Worksheets
  • Manipulatives
  • Small and Large group work or discussion 
  • Calculators
  • Lecture without visual support
  • Manipulatives
  • Whiteboard/Blackboard 
  • Books on Tape
  • Images/Photos
  • Hand written paper submissions
  • Drawing, Poster Presentation
  • Journal
  • Song/Dance/Musical performance
  • Speech, Oral presentation
  • Debate
  • Model

High-Tech Options

  • Electronic versions of: Readings, Graphic Organizers such as Mind Maps, Dictionaries, Worksheets, Response Cards, Calculators
  • Clickers, Smart phones, notebooks
  • Online group work or discussions
  • Multi-media projects
  • Email, Skype, Twitter, 
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS) (MyCourses, Omnivox, Moodle)
  • Text-Speech (listen to electronic written material)
  • Speech - Text (recording ideas electronically)
  • SmartPen
  • Tablet applications
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS) (MyCourses, Omnivox, Moodle)
  • Text-Speech (listen to electronic written material)
  • Speech - Text (recording ideas electronically)
  • SmartPen
  • Tablet applications
  • PowerPoint or Prezi presentation
  • Tablets, Notebooks, Laptops
  • Video recorded lecture
  • SmartBoard, Videos, YouTube
  • Electronic images/photos
  • Text-Speech (transcribes text to oral expression) 
  • Electronic paper submissions
  • Video
  • Podcast Audio/video Recording
  • Multi-media project
  • Online discussion, blog
  • Website
  • Photo essay
  • Speech-to-Text (transcribes spoken word to text) 
  • VoiceNote 2 (typing with your voice)