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Kit Hard is an education technology consultant, Universal Design for Learning evangelist, and educational blogger. He specializes in classroom technology integration and facilitating professional development.
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Accessibility to text is yet another reason to engage struggling readers with the iPad. Subtext (in the App Store) does much of what's mentioned here and more.
Examples of using UDL with an iPad
A nice video on UDL classroom teaching using an iPad and only the software that it comes with.
"The Six Steps to Personalize Learning is a hybrid workshop that is on-site and online to help teachers move to a Stage One Personalized Learning Environment."
The Six Steps to Personalize Learning workshop can be personalized for your school, district, or region. We come to you to guide the process. Several of the ideas and strategies in the steps include:
>> Universal Design for Learning
>> Class Learning Snapshot
>> Personal Learner Profile
>> Class Learning Toolkit
>> Redesigned learning environments
>> A repository of transformed lessons and projects aligned to CCSS
>> Inquiry-based strategies
>> Skills to choose the appropriate resources and tools to support teaching and learning.
As facilitators, we coach you in person and online as you apply the steps in your classroom. After the workshop is over, you can continue ongoing discussions in an online Community of Practice (the Personalize Learning Collaboratory) with other educators from around the world.
Contact Personalize Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seguiremos las etapas en la práctica educativa.
Section 508 required web elements are just one part of Universal Design for learning.
"Learn how social media websites, including Pinterest, Symbaloo, Diigo, and LiveBinders support diverse learners,, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and the disengaged learner. Examine how the principles of Universal Design for Learning (multiple and flexible means of representation, presentation, and expression) can be applied to the features of these websites."
UDL and the Common Core by Elizabeth Stein High stakes testing season is upon us. One purpose of testing, we’re told, is to assess what students kn…
Elizabeth states that she is on a mission to make UDL a mindset. I have been on that mission for over a decade and gladly join her. Here is what she says about her mission:
"I’m on a mission to bring this UDL mindset to the teams of teachers I work with — and to help create a district-wide framework to make daily instruction accessible for all students in inclusive settings. I’ve taken some small steps this year, and I’m excited for the steps ahead!"
Thank you, Elizabeth!
The Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN),http://open4us.org, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has created free services aligned with the U.S. Department of Labor’s grant requirements and designed to support your project.
The Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) will provide free support and technical assistance to all grantees of the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT, http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct) grant program from the U.S. Department of Labor.
OPEN will help grantees meet the provisions laid out in the solicitation for grant applications, including the CC BY open licensing requirement. OPEN services will be provided by Creative Commons (CC), Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI), Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC), which have individual but complementary areas of expertise in openness and the design of educational resources.
Our partners’ long-standing experience in these noted service areas can help you achieve your project goals while minimizing time and resources spent.
Explore this web site to find out about events, resources, and other services you can tap in to. Contact us for support with:
- Creative Commons licensing requirement
- strengthening online and technology enabled learning
- effective course and learning design
- universal design for learning and accessibility
- evidence based online technology policy and practices for Open Educational Resources (OER)
- help finding existing OER
Open Educational Resources (OER).
OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license, such as the Creative Commons Attribution license required by DOL, that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.
Open educational resources include full courses and supplemental resources such as textbooks, images, videos, animations, simulations, assessments, … Find OER (http://open4us.org/find-oer/)
A core concept for understanding OER is that they are learning materials freely available under a license that allows them to be:
- Reused - Revised - Remixed - Redistributed
Michelle Meyer presents some excellent UDL strategies that can support the ELL Student. She describes a learner who has limited English proficiency and offers options to support that learner using the 3 UDL Principles with reference to specific UDL Guidelines and Checkpoints.
According to The Knowledge Loom, English language learners refer to students who have a first (home, primary or native) language other than English and are in the process of learning English. The article states there are at least three factors that can affect the amount of time it takes for a student to attain cognitive and academic sufficiency in English:
> Immersion in English
> Similarity to English