5 Digital tools for making the virtual classroom more inclusive

Education used to be associated with classrooms and chairs, desks, and blackboards. Nowadays, education also takes place online, as an integral part of academic education or lifelong learning programs.

Online teaching has undergone an adaptive and transformational journey, especially for K-12 students in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The transition from face-to-face to online teaching was abrupt and came with many challenges: not enough devices, faulty or missing internet connection, insufficient training, the need for interaction, and home and school/work-life balance, doubled by a desire to maintain a sense of normality in a completely new scenario.

After establishing a certain routine for online teaching, a new challenge emerged: creating an inclusive learning environment for every student to thrive academically and psychologically. For this to occur, online education has to follow the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) standards, addressing learning barriers while providing multiple modes of engagement.

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