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4 Ways AI Can Help You Make Accessible Curriculum

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Teachers are finding that there are more and more student needs with less and less support for those needs.  How do we tackle meeting all students’ needs and keeping our sanity, enter Artificial Intelligence.  AI will help you to quickly create an accessible curriculum.

Before we start let’s look at some of the definitions around support in the classroom.

Differentiation

When you differentiate in your classroom, you adjust instruction to meet individual student needs.  This can be done by content, process, product, or the learning environment.  There are a few different approaches to this including flexible grouping.  Check out this video to learn more about differentiation.  You might do this in your classroom with stations, rotations, or choice boards to name a few. 

Additionally, it’s important to include three other terms in this conversation. Accommodations, modifications, and Universal Design for Learning.

Accommodations

Accommodations are tools and strategies teachers put into place for students who may face challenges accessing the general education curriculum.  These accommodations are designed to assist without altering the content, rigor, standards, or grade level of the material. 

Modifications

Modifications and accommodations are usually put in the same sentence.  However, modifications alter the curriculum.  Modifying the curriculum should be carefully considered and accommodations exhausted before modifying. If you are modifying the curriculum most likely the student you are doing it for has an IEP.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Finally, let’s look at Universal Design for Learning or UDL.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a way of setting up education so that everyone, no matter how they learn best, can understand and enjoy it. It’s having different tools and methods in class so each student can pick what works best for them, whether it’s videos, hands-on activities, or group discussions. UDL makes sure no one is left out and everyone gets a chance to succeed in their way. Here are the UDL Guidelines from CAST if you want to do a little more research.  

To hit every learner’s needs is a tough order.  On top of all these needs, the amount of assistance (even if it’s in a child’s IEP) is not there.  This is where AI comes to the rescue!  It won’t fix all the issues but tips, tools, and tricks here will help you save time and help meet students needs without spending hours and hours creating materials.  Check out these eight ways to help you meet your student’s needs. 

#1 Ludia (Poe)

Poe is a large language model (LLM), where you can enter a prompt and get an output.  Like other LLM’s you can create different sub-bots that have a set of directions already put in.  Poe’s Ludia bot is a UDL powerhouse. 

This chatbot is called Ludia and applies UDL to what you are teaching. The bot will ask you to describe what grade you teach, the standards you’re teaching and to describe the needs of your students.  Once you put this in it will tell you how you can apply UDL concepts, and make some suggestions on other things you can ask for.  It will refer to the UDL guidelines as well.  If you’ve taken a look at these guidelines they are quite complex so to have a chatbot that will break them down and apply it to the content I’m teaching is a game changer. Katie Novak reviews this tool here. Check out my results below. 

Ludia Output about Photosynthesis Lesson
Ludia says “Tell me more”

#2 Magic School AI

Many tools will help to create materials that are more easily accessed by students. I want to refer back to Magic School AI because it has several things that will help with making accommodations, applying UDL, and modifying or differentiating your classroom.  Magic School has created a separate resource for special education teachers.  This suggests tools and has a video on how to best use them.  Even if you are not a special ed teacher this is a great resource to check out. 

Magic School has 60+ tools including a text leveler, a summarizer, a text rewriter, and more.  I would encourage you to check these out.  Here are some of the ones I thought would also help meet student’s needs. 

Don’t be afraid to “Tool-Smash,” meaning using one tool and then putting the output into another.  An example would be to use the YouTube Video Question Tool to generate questions and then put those questions in the text leveler to get the questions at an easier reading level.

#3 Diffit

The next tool is another game changer.  I’m going to briefly talk about this one because Kate is going to review it next Tuesday so make sure you come back and visit for the complete review.  You can check out this post for all the tools we’ve shared on Tool Tuesday.  
Driffit is like a one-stop shop for creating accessible curriculum material. Plug in a topic, theme, or questions, and choose a grade level and language (there are 60+ language options).  Then hit generate resources.  It generated a slide deck, an adapted passage, a summary, key vocabulary, and several types of questions.  You can also generate even more resources from there.  The best part it talks with Google and Google Classroom.  This will help you create materials in a jiffy!  Get a copy of the resource I create here.

#4 Goblin Tools

Goblin Tools helps to break down tasks.  Students (or teachers) can put in an output of a task and the tool will output steps to complete the task. They ask you for your “spiciness level,” which is asking you how much breakdown you need. Once you have your break down you can estimate how long the whole task takes or individual steps. You can also edit steps and add subtasks.  I put in a quick prompt of “research paper” and the results are below.

This tool also has a few other options including a tool to enter text to see if you’re reading the tone wrong and a tool that will compile a brain dump.  I can see Goblin Tools helping a lot of students who struggle with executive functioning.  Definitely worth checking out!

I hope these tools save you time and also help you to meet student’s needs.  Teaching is such a hard job and I hope that AI will help to make it a more sustainable professional.  A reminder that even though all of these tips, tricks, and tools are quick and easy make sure you are keeping the human in the loop.  

As I was writing this I realized there are many more AI tips, tricks, and tools that I could share with you to help make curriculums more accessible.  So, keep an eye out for the second installment of AI and accessibility. 


Stay curious, stay innovative!

AI Transparency: Chat GPT was used to help develop this post.  Chat GPT 5%, Human 95%.  I use it to maximize the readability. Here is the prompt that I used:Prompt: “Read this blog post, DO NOT change the content.  Give me feedback on SEO*”(Copy and Paste blog post)” *SEO is Search Engine Optimization.

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