Microsoft Word

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Overview

Annotated picture of a mitochondrion

Microsoft Word includes a variety of features that can be used as UDL tools.  These features include:
  • Word processing
  • Spell check
  • Grammar check
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Readability statistics
  • Templates
  • Highlighting
  • Commenting
  • Color-coding
  • Auto-summarize
  • Auto correct

Many of these features can be used to address multiple aspects of UDL.  To learn how these features apply to the three principals of UDL, scroll down the page.

 
To learn more about how Microsoft Word can be used to address all areas of UDL, view this excellent online module created by Colorado State University. 
 
 

Multiple Means of Representation

Microsoft Word allows you, as the teacher, to represent your content in multiple ways, thereby providing Multiple Means of Representation.  
 
When preparing your lessons, consider these ways to use features of Microsoft Word to provide Multiple Means of Representation:
 
Feature: Examples and How-tos:
Note-taking templates, including:
  • Using graphic organizers
  • Highlighting key concepts
  • Providing fill-in-the-blank options
  • Including pictures
 
 
 
 
Reference guides of pertinent symbols, vocabulary, and concepts using text and pictures when possible
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click here to download a sample math reference sheet (this is saved as a pdf but you can make the same thing in Word)
 
Click here to download a sample Romeo and Juliet vocabulary reference sheet (this is saved as a pdf but you can make the same thing in Word)
 
 
Graphic organizers to help students organize the content you're teaching
 
 
 
 
 
 
Highlight key concepts, patterns, and relationships with tables or other graphics on a handout that you distribute to your students
 
Coming soon!!
Provide rubrics and checklists for what students should listen for in the lecture
 
Coming soon!!
Create "summaries" or your lectures chapters in a book, or articles
 
 
 
 
When creating materials, such as worksheets, for your students consider these ways to use features of Microsoft Word to provide Multiple Means of Representation:
 
Feature:
Examples and How-tos:
Improve the readability of your materials by using font that is large, easy to read, and developmentally appropriate, appropriately using formatting features, embed hyperlinks and more! 
 
With this, you can also use color coding, highlighting, bold/italicizes/underline to bring attention to key information or directions
 
Click here to visit a web resource that will show you how to improve the readability of your work
Caption pictures with text
 
 
 
 
 
 
See example at the top of this page
Check out  these pictures within a wikipedia article.  You can do the same thing using Microsoft Word!
Label key details of the picture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See example at the top of this page
Check out this picture in an online article.  You can do the same thing using Microsoft Word!
Annotate reading article/assignments before you give them to students to draw attention to important details, embed vocabulary definitions, and more!  This is easily done by adding "comments" and using the highlighting tool.
 
Click here to download a sample of an annotated reading assignment (this is saved as a pdf but was created using Microsoft Word)
 
Encourage students to use the "Speech" toolbar to hear reading assignments read aloud by the computer
 
Click here to watch a video about how to use the Speech toolbar
 
 
 
 
 

Multiple Means of Expression

Microsoft Word offers many features that allow students to demonstrate their knowledge in multiple ways.  It has built-in Multiple Means of Expression!
 
When asking your students to show you what they learned, consider these ways to use features of Microsoft Word to provide Multiple Means of Expression:
 
Feature:
Examples and How-tos:
Allow students to submit typed work
 
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Allow students to use spelling and grammar check
 
Click here to watch a video on how to customize the spelling and grammar check
Allow students to use the built-in dictionary and thesaurus
 
Allow students to use the built-in auto-correct feature
 
Allow students to insert pictures, movies and sounds into their typed work
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allow students to record their voice telling you what they learned instead of writing or typing
 
Click here to watch a video on voice recording in Microsoft Word...  Coming soon!!!
 
 
Encourage students to edit their typed work auditorily by using the "Speech" toolbar
 
Click here to watch a video about how to use the Speech toolbar
Create rubrics so students know what the final assignment will be graded on... If you use a rubric, be sure to show the students!!
 
 
Click here to download a lesson on the Aswan Dam in Egypt, including the activity specific grading rubric (note too how the teacher highlighted key terms and directions by using the Bold feature of Microsoft Word)
 
Create self-monitoring and self-reflection templates for your students to use as they complete their assignment
 
Click here to download a sample student self-reflection template
 
 
 
 

Multiple Means of Engagement

Microsoft Word is often a more engaging tool for students to use rather than using paper/pencil alone. In addition to just word processing, Microsoft Word has many components that allow you to increase the engagement of your students.
 
When engaging your students in an activity or assignment, consider these ways to use features of Microsoft Word to provide Multiple Means of Expression:
Feature: Examples and How-tos:
Allow students to submit typed work
 
None
Encourage students to use the "Speech" toolbar to:
  • Auditorily edit their typed work 
  • Listen to reading assignments read aloud by the computer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Create self-monitoring and self-reflection templates for your students to use as they complete their assignment
 
 
 
 
Help students set goals and breakdown long-term assignments by creating templates for them to complete
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click here to download a sample SMART Goal worksheet for students (this is saved as a pdf but can easily be created in Microsoft Word)
 
Click here to download a simple activity breakdown template for young students - you can easily adjust the number of steps in this sample activity breakdown to meet the needs of your students
 
 
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