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Universal Design for Learning: Multiple means of representation, of expression, of engagement
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mATch - Maryland Assistive Technology Connection Hub

mATch - Maryland Assistive Technology Connection Hub | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

The mATch up Tool provides information on low, mid, and high tech devices for meeting the unique needs of students. The tool was designed with a variety of users in mind – teachers, parents, administrators, and in some cases, students themselves. The idea is to provide a handy, ready-access way of gathering information on tools that might help open access to academic and non-academic settings.Discover the tools that support students in reading, writing, communication, organization, etc.

 


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Jane Strunck's curator insight, January 3, 2013 10:04 PM

This is a fabulous source of information and resources on UDL.

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Ways Universal Design for Learning Can Benefit All Types of Learners

Ways Universal Design for Learning Can Benefit All Types of Learners | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

Canadian independent schools have more and more students with unique learning needs. They primarily come with an educational assessment of a diagnosed learning disability.

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PowerUp What Works: UDL-based Approaches for Your Classroom

PowerUp What Works:  UDL-based Approaches for Your Classroom | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

PowerUp is a free website for school leaders and Grade 4-6 teachers who want to know how to use technology to help all students excel. It features current research and guides Leadership Teams in using data-driven decision-making to help teachers create PowerUp Classrooms. Become a part of a field test and learn how to transform your classroom through UDL-based approached for students with disabilities and their classmates.


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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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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Universal Design for Learning Through Technology

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC) is pleased to announce that this request for proposals (RFP) #2012-CD-9400 is released to increase the use of Universal Design for Learning through technology in order to give students with cognitive and physical disabilities greater access to information in general education classes.

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UDL is for everyone!

"This week I have been investigating Universal Design for Learning (UDL). I believe that is really for everyone. Many of the changes for those labeled "disabled" make life easier for all of us. Today's post investigates some of the iPad apps designed to aid us."

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Apps and software for students with language-based learning disabilities | inov8 Educational Consulting

Apps and software for students with language-based learning disabilities | inov8 Educational Consulting | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

inov8-ed.com created a handout listing apps for language-based learning disabilities in two categories, apps for remediation and apps for language support.

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SoftChalk Integrates ReadSpeaker’s Industry-Leading Online Text-to-Speech Technology In Its Educational Software

With SoftChalk, educators can create professional, engaging, learning content quickly and easily, which enhances their teaching and improves the learning experience for their students. With ReadSpeaker, students can now click a button on a page of any lesson and have the text on the page read to them. ReadSpeaker makes the online content created with SoftChalk more accessible to students with cognitive issues, learning disabilities, and vision problems, as well as individuals who do not speak or read English as their first language. Additionally, it provides multi-tasking opportunities for learners and portability of content to other devices such as smartphones and tablets.ReadSpeaker’s online text-to-speech solutions bring another dimension to SoftChalk’s educational software. With ReadSpeaker, SoftChalk can now propose on-the-fly conversions of text into speech without requiring any downloads whatsoever. The ability to have courses read aloud and highlighted at the same time helps more students access online text content.

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16 Apps for Elementary Students with Non-Verbal Learning Disability

16 Apps for Elementary Students with Non-Verbal Learning Disability | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

In this post, 16 Apps for Elementary Students with Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD) are examined. New apps on the iPad can assist students with remediation as well. While apps are not as advanced as specialized software right now in terms of full support for specific academic skills, they are improving. Most apps that have been developed to date focus on the remediation aspect and not support. There are huge advantages to using an app for remediation or to bypass the challenges associated with NVLD on the iPad: the ability to manipulate the information on the screen, high level of engagement, mobility, and full interactivity. Here are our recommendations for apps for elementary students that have difficulty with the above-mentioned areas."


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Maria Persson's curator insight, May 14, 2014 11:03 PM

Glad to see that there's an app for that - going the extra mile for our students who struggle with their learning should not be impeded by our lack of research! There are a number of very valuable links here:

http://www.inov8-ed.com/2010/12/theres-a-special-app-for-that-part-4-16-apps-for-elementary-students-with-non-verbal-learning-disability/

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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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U.S. Department of Education Invests in Research and Development of Next Generation Digital Supports for Reading Improvement

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs has awarded CAST and Vanderbilt University, along with leading curriculum development partners, $10 million over five years to launch a national R&D center to develop innovative, technology-based approaches to improve literacy for middle-school students with disabilities.

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'Subtitle glasses' for deaf people

'Subtitle glasses' for deaf people | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it
New technology in the form of subtitle glasses may provide a solution for deaf film fans.

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Using Mobile Screens To Make Reading Easier For Dyslexics

Using Mobile Screens To Make Reading Easier For Dyslexics | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

A new study has found that the small amount of text you can see on your handheld device may make it vastly easier for people with learning disabilities to comprehend. Soon, of course, there will be an app for that.

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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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Writing Apps – Supports for Students with LD 

Writing Apps – Supports for Students with LD  | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

Writing is considered one of the most difficult literacy tasks. Many students with learning disabilities struggle with the process of writing as well as the mechanical componets of the writing task. Technology can provide support to the mechanical demands of the writing process and is often a welcome tool to students. When asked about AT supports for writing there are many, however some of the standard AT tools of mechanical writing are voice recognition, use of text to speech, word prediction and adaptive or customized writing environments. Although there are others (especially those with text to speech) here are some apps that show good reviews and provide basic features of the standard AT tools for writing. At the present, phonetic word prediction does not appear to be present in writing apps (may be found in more advanced text-based AAC apps such as Predictably). 

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Camera Mouse

Camera Mouse | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

Camera Mouse is a free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head. Camera Mouse was developed by researchers at Boston College and Boston University to help people with disabilities use the computer.

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Tech Helps Kids Learn in UDL Project

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Smartboards, lap-tops and new methods made the difference in two elementary schools in a UDL project introduced by SET BC (Special Education Technology) in 2007/08.  Here is just a small glimpse of the remarkable results with students at these schools.


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UDL-U: A Comprehensive Faculty Development Guide

UDL-U: A Comprehensive Faculty Development Guide | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

UDL-U supports postsecondary faculty and staff by providing resources and examples to improve postsecondary education for all students, including those with disabilities. UDL-U is designed to be useful for individual inquiries related to small UDL topics, issues, or problems, as well as scalable to larger faculty development efforts (e.g., Faculty Learning Communities). 

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“No Boundaries” Education - Disability.gov

“No Boundaries” Education - Disability.gov | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

The aspiration to expand learning opportunities for all individuals is gaining ground in education policy, practice and research through the growing field of universal design for learning (UDL).

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Teaching in Today's Inclusive Classrooms: A Universal Design for Learning Approach

Teaching in Today's Inclusive Classrooms: A Universal Design for Learning Approach | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

A concise, accessible, and current main text for the Introduction to Inclusive Teaching course. It is the only inclusion textbook available with a consistent, integrated emphasis on Universal Design for Learning (UDL)--an important, contemporary educational philosophy focused on using strategies and tools to help ALL students by accommodating their differences. This text also provides foundational information about children with disabilities who are included in today's classrooms, and the most effective strategies for teaching them alongside their typically developing peers. Featuring new case studies and sound research-based teaching and learning strategies, this hands-on text offers pre-service and in-service teachers a practical, flexible framework for effective instruction, classroom management, assessment, and collaboration in today's diverse classrooms.

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Zac Browser | Zone for Autistic Children

Zac Browser | Zone for Autistic Children | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

Zac Browser is a totally free software package. It is the first Internet browser developed specifically for children living with variants of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, PDD not otherwise specified and PDD-NOS, also called atypical autism. Zac Browser was designed to offer a pleasant, rewarding and secure experience. Children sing, play and discover the best that the Internet has to offer with only a few clicks of the mouse.

Zac Browser is software that allows your child to access games (a lot of games) activities (based on diverse interests) along with videos (that allow a stimulating experience and encourages children to talk). All games, activities and videos are specifically chosen for their positive effect on children suffering from autism.

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Teaching All Students, Reaching All Learners

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The Center on Disability Studies (CDS) staff are committed to facilitating success for all participants in Universities and colleges, including faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

The Teaching All Students, Reaching All Learners project, funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, will share teaching techniques CDS has researched, developed, and synthesized that will enhance the quality of work for both faculty and students, as both populations advance in the University and college setting.

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Overview of new accessibility features in IOS 5

Overview of new accessibility features in IOS 5 | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

With IOS 5, Apple has introduced a number of features to make their mobile devices even more accessible to people with disabilities.

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