Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
Marching to Different Drummers, 2nd Edition. This comprehensive book on learning styles was originally written in 1985, then revised by the authors in 1998. It is a great resource for understanding the history and research behind differentiated learning and learning styles, as indicated by the authors in this excerpt, “In this new edition of Marching to Different Drummers, we intend to help educators focus on learning styles theories by presenting the term with a small “l” and a small “s”: learning styles instead of Learning Styles. It is important to focus on the practical accommodation of individual differences through a variety of learning style models. By the same token, we very much value the extensive research that has given credence and depth to this area.” Portions of the book are available for free at this site. To read the whole thing, you may borrow the book from the library or purchase it on the site or on Amazon for $5.99.
This wiki is chock full of free resources for implementing UDL in the classroom, authored by Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant Karen Janowski and Library Teacher Joyce Valenza, the toolkit is up to date and filled with tools for differentiating instruction.
This wiki is “Dedicated to the synergistic, symbiotic relationship between technology and differentiated instruction.” It contains a wide array of useful links to readings, resources and technologies pertaining to differentiated instruction.
This site from the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University provides an annotated list of the most recognized names in commercial software for assistive technology, and brief descriptions of their products. While there are a lot of great free tools and apps out there, there are still times when a paid, supported resource from a reputable vendor to the education market is the way to go. This list is a great place to go once you’ve exhausted the free options.
This is a list of book repositories compiled by the National center on Accessible Instructional Materials which operate “as authorized entities as described in Section 121 of the Copyright Act (the Chafee Amendment) and may only provide specialized format version of print instructional materials to qualified students,” meaning those with visual impairments, dyslexia or other learning disabilities that prevent them from accessing traditional texts.
As described by its authors in the introduction to this paper, “This report examines information on the theory and research behind differentiated instruction and the intersection with Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a curriculum designed approach to increase flexibility in teaching and decrease the barriers that frequently limit student access to materials and learning in classrooms.” This is another great resource for understanding the research behind both differentiated instruction and UDL.
This wiki is a resource page for Assistive Technology in the Newton Public Schools. It includes basic information about AT, important forms, tutorials for software resources, resources for study skills/organization/note-taking/research, information about iPads for AT, and more.
Providing assistive technology to residents of Indiana through the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads.
This website from Easter Seals provides an extensive list of assistive technology apps organized by disability category for easy searching. It also includes a handy list of related hardware and assistive technology software.
Andrew Miller (@betamiller on Twitter) is a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, an organization specializing in 21st century project-based learning, as well as for ASCD,...
This blog post from edutopia.org highlights some useful strategies for differentiation in the classroom through the use of project-based learning. Be sure to check out the many other useful links on the edutopia site too!
This site from the U.S. Department of Education “Was created to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006.” As AT educators, we need to be well versed in this important legislation.
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