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Universal Design for Learning: Multiple means of representation, of expression, of engagement
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UDL Curriculum Toolkit

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The UDL Curriculum Toolkit is a web-based platform that allows for the development and publication of web-based curricula and other content built according to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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The Layered Earth

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Teach Earth Science & Geology with The Layered Earth Interactive Curriculum & Lesson Plans for Middle School & High School. 

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Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age | Students at the Center

Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age | Students at the Center | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

This paper explores how new digital technologies can be used to design curricula that are flexible enough to adapt readily to individual differences. The authors propose that universal design for learning—as the confluence of advances in the neuroscience of human variability and in multimedia technologies—can create an “ecology for learning” which provides rich, diverse, student-centered learning pathways for all students.

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Molecular Workbench - An Interface to the Molecular World

Molecular Workbench - An Interface to the Molecular World | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

The Molecular Workbench (MW) software is a modeling tool for designing and conducting computational experiments across science. Provides an authoring system for instructional designers to create and publish model and simulation-based curriculum materials. Delivers an interactive learning environment that supports science inquiry. Is free and open-source.

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Creative Problem Solving - Download Free Content from TED on iTunes

Creative Problem Solving - Download Free Content from TED on iTunes | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

These speakers from TED assess the prevailing model of education reform by answering the critical question: How do we create educational environments that maximize how students harness their creative and problem-solving potential? Relevant areas of interest, study and coursework include: Education Policy, Curriculum Development, Assessment, Pedagogy, Career and Technical Education, Project-Based Learning, Whole Child Education, 21st Century Skills, and Multiple Intelligences.ve Problem Solving by TED on iTunes.

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Universal Design for Learning in Postsecondary Institutions

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Most people associate the term Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with providing accessible curriculum instruction for students with disabilities in the K-12 school setting. The benefits of applying UDL principles in postsecondary settings are often overlooked and although UDL does not, it is often seen as somehow lowering standards. Conversely universally designing postsecondary classes could ultimately be more valuable to students because of the changes students experience in accommodation provision when they transition to postsecondary settings. 

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Differentiation as Learning

As educators, one learns how each student is different, special, unique. As educators, one learns how to manage rooms of unique learners, transmitting curricula which is meant for the masses, preparing learners for assessment of the masses.

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A school wide UDL technology solution

Wayzata Public Schools, MN shares a UDL framework that empowered teachers, improved students’ literacy skills, and embedded instruction throughout their curriculum.

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The Contours of Inclusion: Inclusive Arts Teaching and Learning

The purpose of this publication is to share models and case examples of the process of inclusive arts curriculum design and evaluation. The first section explains the conceptual and curriculum frameworks that were used in the analysis and generation of the featured case studies (i.e. Understanding by Design, Differentiated Instruction, and Universal Design for Learning). Data for the cases studies was collected from three urban sites (i.e. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston) and included participant observations, student and teacher interviews, curriculum documentation, digital documentation of student learning, and transcripts from discussion forum and teleconference discussions from a professional learning community. The initial case studies by Glass and Barnum use the curricular frameworks to analyze and understand what inclusive practices look like in two case studies of arts-in-education programs that included students with disabilities. The second set of precedent case studies by Kronenberg and Blair, and Jenkins and Agois Hurel uses the frameworks to explain their process of including students by providing flexible arts learning options to support student learning of content standards. Both sets of case studies illuminate curricular design decisions and instructional strategies that supported the active engagement and learning of students with disabilities in educational settings shared with their peers. The second set of cases also illustrate the reflective process of using frameworks like Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to guide curricular design, responsive instructional differentiation, and the use of the arts as a rich, meaningful, and engaging option to support learning. Appended are curriculum design and evaluation tools. (Individual chapters contain references.)

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Thomas Suarez - iPhone Application Developer... and 6th Grader

Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications. "My parents, my friends and even the people at the Apple store all supported me," he says, "and Steve Jobs inspired me". Thomas points out that it's hard to learn how to make an app. "For soccer you could go to a soccer team ... but what if you want to make an app?" He's started a club for fellow students at school, where he shares his knowledge of programming. Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.Thomas has been fascinated by computers and technology since before kindergarten. Recently, he's been focused on the development of applications for the iPhone, and has established his own company, CarrotCorp http://www.carrotcorp.com/

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Book Sprints and Booki: Re-Imagining How Textbooks are Produced

Book Sprints and Booki: Re-Imagining How Textbooks are Produced | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

One of the most exciting areas for potential is OER – Open Educational Resources. I hope we will soon see the formal integration of Book Sprints and Booki into curricula to create and improve textbooks. Although it is an uncommon practice, most people who ask for and participate in a sprint see it as a book production methodology. However, while we do produce books, a Book Sprint is as much as about learning as it is about writing. I would argue that in all circumstances the collaborators walk away having learned a great deal about the subject they have just created a book about.


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Google Earth: Universal Design for Learning from Circle Time to STEM | InclusiveTeaching.com

Google Earth: Universal Design for Learning from Circle Time to STEM | InclusiveTeaching.com | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

Google Earth is a great Tool for getting Universal Design for Learning principles into your teaching and learning. Since most of what you are teaching probably happened on planet Earth Google Earth can connect your curriculum literally to the world.

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Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | eSchool News

Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | eSchool News | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

As educators brace for new reforms, what will these changes look like? How will assessments and curriculum differ from previous versions? How can all students get the best education possible?

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Interactives

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These interactives provide educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas.

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UDL in the Classroom - Reaching All Students with Technology - Classroom 2.0

UDL in the Classroom - Reaching All Students with Technology - Classroom 2.0 | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

Lisa Parisi will be presenting on UDL in the Classroom at the 2012 Social Learning Summit.  Here is a description of the presentation that will be filled with great strategies in using social media in a UDL classroom.

 

Session Description: We, as educators, are faced with many different challenges. We have a large amount of curriculum to cover, tests our students must do well on, and a public who believes one size fits all works in the classroom. Our students are getting burned out quickly. And one size fits all does not take into account the learning disabled child, the ADHD child, the hearing impaired child, the bored child, the struggling reader, the math phobic child, the artistic child, the leader, the follower, or any other "out of the norm" student (whatever that might be). Web 2.0 tools afford us the opportunity to help all students meet the curricular requirements, demonstrate knowledge, learn, and enjoy school. Learn how to use collaborative tools such as Google docs, presentation tools like Glogster, and research tools such as Discovery Streaming to enliven your classroom. Today, there is no excuse for not reaching all children. Come hear how easy it is."


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Curriculum Tools (curriculumtools)

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Curriculum is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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CEC Member Brings UDL to the Senate!

George Van Horn, Special Education Director at the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) in Colombus, Indiana and current Indiana CEC President implemented a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework across his district.  This month he was able to share his successes in a Senate hearing titled "The Promise of Accessible Technology: Challenges and Opportunities". The Superintendent of BCSC, Dr. John Quick explained that UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. Dr. Quick described how his district worked for years to implement UDL and how it incorporated technology into its student’s lives.  "Moreover, he emphasized the point that although UDL specifically benefits students with disabilities, it benefits all students in the district and is used to help everyone better access knowledge and demonstrate learning growth. Training for professionals working in the schools is essential and in BCBS all teachers undergo a three day UDL workshop at the beginning of the year to ensure they can fully integrate UDL throughout their practice."


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Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment - UDL

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Good teaching and learning starts with a well thought-out curriculum. Here at Durham we have developed a number of tools to guide you through the milestones of curriculum development and maintenance. This section has the guides, templates, and tools that you’ll need for developing quality curriculum with a special unit on UDL.

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Build Your Own Digital Textbooks | Scholastic.com

Build Your Own Digital Textbooks | Scholastic.com | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

Digital textbooks are the key to tailoring curriculum to your disctrict's needs.

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A Teacher's Guide to Fixing No Child Left Behind

Test obsession, narrow curricula, blaming teachers--a few problems resulting from the No Child Left Behind law that are unpacked in this animated video. The video details some of the problems created by NCLB and describes President Barack Obama's proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and solve them. Written by a teacher at the U.S. Department of Education, the animated video offers a vision that strengthens teaching, narrows achievement gaps, raises standards, and prepares all students for colleges and careers in a global economy. It includes video clips of Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


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Equal Access in General Curriculum

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Once we understand that our students with learning difficulties incite better instructional design for all students, we begin to see that the curriculum itself also needs to be re-evaluated - It cannot continue to be a "one size fits most" approach (Rose, Meyer, Hitchcock, 2005).

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Texas District Finds Support for UDL and RTI Programs | eSchool News

The primary focus for North East’s Atomic Learning training is on special education teachers. But when there is a general ed student who is having difficulties, or has identified the need for special support, Terri and her team are able to quickly send a link to the special ed and general ed teacher on the necessary training, and the problem is addressed. It helps the Assistive Technology team focus on other projects. Learn more about the North East ISD story; download the full case study at http://al.atomiclearning.com/northeast

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STEM Curricula in a Technology-Based UDL Framework: A Formula for Narrowing the Middle School Science/Math Achievement Gap?

STEM Curricula in a Technology-Based UDL Framework: A Formula for Narrowing the Middle School Science/Math Achievement Gap? | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

"Is there is a way to narrow the middle school science and math gap for children with disabilities? According to one researcher, Dr. Matthew Marino of Washington State University, perhaps it has already arrived, via a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum in a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework underpinned by nascent assistive and instructional technology. "


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