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10 Good Ways to Boost Kids Learning Using Mobile Technology

10 Good Ways to Boost Kids Learning Using Mobile Technology | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Technology has radically transformed and revolutionized education. From education 1.0 where technology was hardly used to education 3.0 where digitally reigns, learners are becoming more dependent on web technologies to help them with their learning. Of course there are always side effects to any new innovation but when it comes to education the advantages of embracing technology way outnumber its inconveniences. The infographic below from the folks in Pumpic provides some key insights regarding the use of technology especially the mobile one in kids learning. It also suggests some interesting ways to use smartphones and tablets to boost kids’ education and features a number of apps to use in this regard.

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Report on Personalized Learning

Report on Personalized Learning | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Education Week examines the expansion of personalized learning in K-12 schools, and the educational and technological challenges ahead for this approach to instruction.
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"The push to design teaching and learning around students’ distinctive academic needs, and even their personal interests, is no longer only happening in pockets of experimentation around the country. This trend has now entered the K-12 mainstream and its expansion is quickening. But the challenges ahead for the next generation of personalized learning initiatives are significant. The research evidence to support comprehensive personalized learning is thin, the approach requires big investments in educational technology, and educators must be committed to transforming how they teach for it to work."
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Personal Learning Backpack: Empower Learners using UDL Lens

Personal Learning Backpack: Empower Learners using UDL Lens | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
The Personal Learning Backpack uses the UDL lens to define the tools, resources, strategies, and skills learners will need to support learning.
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There is a natural connection between the concept of Personalized Learning and the concept of Universal Design for Learning.  This post helps to make the connections.
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Personalize Learning: The Learner Profile: Get Up Close and Personal Using the UDL Lens

Personalize Learning: The Learner Profile: Get Up Close and Personal Using the UDL Lens | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Create a Learner Profile using the UDL lens.  "Each learner comes to school with strengths and challenges along with a set of interests, talents and aspirations."  "Every learner can benefit from creating a Learner Profile. It tells us about a learner that learning styles or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) does not tell us. Here is an example of a learner that may have similar challenges as some of your learners, but we want you to look closely at this learner's strengths along with her interests, talents, passions and aspirations."

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As the school year begins, here is a great resource to help you plan for students with differing needs.  McClaskey and Brey's "Personalize Learning" website and materials have been developed based upon years of classroom experience, and they integrate the principles of UDL and of DI into all of their work.  Try  out this rich educational resource.
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Personalizing learning is as relevant for adult students as it is for children - perhaps even more so!  McClaskey and Brey have developed materials and approaches that integrate UDL and DI to benefit all learners.
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Gathering STEAM

Gathering STEAM | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Presenters: Luis Perez, Ph. D. and Kendra Grant, M.Ed. Ever wondered about how deconstructing a traditional lesson plan could lead to a more inclusive learning environment? Using UDL principles framed by CCSS, Luis & Kendra will take you on a deconstructing journey exploring processes to use available tech tools to create more engaging and supportive lessons that meet academic needs of all learners.
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If you want a UDL webinar (and it's FREE) were you will learn some practical tools and strategies to help in lessons and in your classroom, this is one to be part of.  Taking place tomorrow, August 24, at 4 pm EST.  Hosted by the Center on Technology and Disability.  You can learn more about the many helpful resources of CTD by visiting their website at ctdinstitute.org 
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Using Technology Around the World to Support Students with Diverse Learning Needs
Join the Conversation at ISTE 2016

Using Technology Around the World to Support Students with Diverse Learning Needs<br/>Join the Conversation at ISTE 2016 | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
International Conversation on Technology for Differing Needs
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Do you wish that you could attend ISTE but cannot this year?  Do you work in a country other than the US (or in the US) with students who have special of differing needs?  Then, please come and online JOIN THE CONVERSATION on Weds, June 29.
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Are There Too Few Minority Students in Special Education?

Are There Too Few Minority Students in Special Education? | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Research triggers a debate on whether students of color are underrepresented—or overrepresented—in special education classes.
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It is interesting how the pendulum swings.... this report shares some surprising findings about how we are now under-identifying minority students who really should qualify for supports through special education.  Another unexpected outcome of RtI, perhaps?
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a thought-provoking report, for sure!
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Online Teaching in K-12

Online Teaching in K-12 | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

New to the field of education - organized in 3 parts: Foundations in online learning; Supporting diverse learners; Implementation strategies.  Soon available in ebook form.  

" This book is the essential hands-on reference and textbook for education professionals seeking success in the planning, design, and teaching of K—12 online courses and programs.

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So pleased to co-author a chapter in this new online teaching resource for teachers and administrators.  With colleagues Luis Perez and Kendra Grant, our chapter focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Online Learning.  Hoping it can help to move diverse teaching strategies forward in the online world.
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5 Accessibility Features Every Learner Should Know

5 Accessibility Features Every Learner Should Know | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
On the occasion of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) this week (May 19th), I created an infographic using Piktochart to highlight some of the iOS accessibility features that can benefit a wide range of diverse learners, not just those who have been labeled as having a disability. This post is an alternative representation for those who cannot…
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Accessibility is coming into focus around the world.  Here is graphic designed by my dear colleague, Luis Perez, that captures 5 important iOS accessibility features.  thanks Luis!
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UDL in ESSA - Free Webinar from CAST

Title: UDL in ESSA 
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST 
With the new Every Student Succeeds Act, federal K-12 education law now defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a scientifically-based approach for personalizing learning. What does ESSA say about UDL? What are the implications for education practitioners and researchers? Join us for a presentation and discussion.
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Learn about the role that UDL plays in the new US legislation that guides K-12 education, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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Alternative Tests Aligned With Common Core Find Niche in Special Ed.

Alternative Tests Aligned With Common Core Find Niche in Special Ed. | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Tests aligned to the common-core standards and specially designed for students with severe cognitive disabilities are managing to fill a need for a broad swath of states.
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I think this is progress.  I'll be interested to see what the results of these two testing paths bear, and how well they will represent students true knowledge and achievements.  Time will tell.
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Redesigning the Box, “Universal Design for Learning” Meets “Design Thinking”

Redesigning the Box, “Universal Design for Learning” Meets “Design Thinking” | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
This 30-minute webinar will focus on how to not only engage students but also re-kindle your own fire and desires for teaching. The new standards use higher order thinking more than any standards before them. Our expectations are higher now than ever before. So join us for a rocking 30-minute webinar where the norm is not and variability rules.
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A great opportunity (and only 30 minutes long) to get some current information about UDL and how it can impact your teaching strategies and instructional design.
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A great opportunity (and only 30 minutes long) to get some current information about UDL and how it can impact your teaching strategies and instructional design.
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March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
President's Message [image on right: Photo of Kendra Grant] Happy Spring Everyone! Spring is in the air (some places!) and for many of us...
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Just out - the March edition of the Inclusive Learning Network newsletter!  Come take a look at what is happening in the fields of inclusive and assistive technology and UDL.  So much to learn!  So many great resources to access.
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9 Great iPad Apps to Showcase Students Learning

9 Great iPad Apps to Showcase Students Learning | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Students are always excited to showcase their learning but when coupled with using the technology they love this excitement is eve

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Let's celebrate all of these great ways to achieve multiple means of action & expression.
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I have just recently discovered canva web version and would recommend it to everyone. Glogster and ThingLink are also great apps which I have only ever used on the web. We use Tellagami on our iPads all the time and it is fantastic for creating Harry Potter type moving newspapers and more. Explain Everything is good for having the kids put together tutorials or for anyone looking for ways to produce media for flipped lessons. I am looking forward to investigating 30 Hands. 
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Richard Whiteside's curator insight, October 28, 6:50 AM
Best use of devices, in my opinion - create and showcase. Student portfolios are the way forward. I particularly like 30hands, Tellagami and SeeSaw from this list.
Donna Meehan's curator insight, October 28, 11:32 AM
Good ideas to get Ss to show what they know.
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Early Bird Rate End Today!

Early Bird Rate End Today! | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
The Assistive Technology Conference of New England is the largest and most diverse AT venue in the Northeast.  November 17 & 18 at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center in Warwick, Rhode Island.  2 days of workshops and an enormous vendor hall on Friday.  Don't miss it.  Early Bird registration ends today at 11:30 am EST!
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If you want to keep up with the latest information and products in assistive technology, put this conference on your list.  2 packed days of workshops and exhibitors. It is absolutely worth it!
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Why web accessibility benefits us all

Why web accessibility benefits us all | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
If you asked someone to explain ‘web accessibility’ most people would say it’s something to do with improving the web for disabled people. But it is much more than that.
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Website website accessibility has been a focus of attention for many years, but there is STILL a long way to go before it is achieved equitably. This is some easy-to-understand information that can help us to continue to move forward.
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Differentiated instruction through Snowflake MultiTeach®

Differentiated instruction through Snowflake MultiTeach® | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Learn how can teachers reach and engage all learners, create differentiated instruction and how can Snowflake MultiTeach® educational software help.
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This looks like a cool new tool for DI, UDL and multifaceted instruction supported through touch screens.  I have not tried it personally, but wanted to share this new resource to the field.
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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, August 23, 12:14 PM
Just came into the education market, and the images show kids, but from the description it looks to have potential for adults with differing learning needs as well.  Worth a look, I think.
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#Makerspace for Education - University of British Columbia MET #makered

#Makerspace for Education - University of British Columbia MET #makered | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Despite the popularity and trend of the term “makerspace”, educators have to search hundreds of articles, websites and books to determine what this term is, how to begin, where to locate materials and determine the educational significance. Another complication is that the resurgence of this DIY movement found its grassroots in the public population and is just starting to make its way back to education. This makes navigating materials from an educational lens even more challenging.  Makerspace for Education, is a collaborative digital space for educators to explore how to create and use makerspaces in their own environments and will help to transform pedagogies of individual educators through immersion in the context and the support of a community of practice.

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Makerspaces are really in sync with UDL.  here is a wonderful resources that guides you through the "Making of a Makerspace" in you classroom.  If we had more makerspaces, we'd have more environments supportive of UDL.
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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 29, 9:23 AM
Engage students in the Maker Movement with a variety of spaces in your classroom for students to explore and create. Makerspace for Education is a resource for teachers who want to dive into this and want some ideas about how to do it.
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2016 ATCNE Attendee Registration is now Open

2016 ATCNE Attendee Registration is now Open | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Don't miss Early Bird Registration for the 2016 Assistive Technology Conference of New England. November 17th & 18th in Warwick, Rhode Island.  The largest asistive technology conference venue in the Northeast.
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Since 1988, the Assistive Technology Conference of New England (formerly the ATAP RI Statewide Conference) has brought high quality presentations and AT demonstrations to the Rhode Island community and more recently to New England and the Northeast.  Don't miss your chance to attend at an early-bird rate!!
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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, June 20, 3:01 PM
Assistive technology can be an access ramp to training, education, and success in the workplace.  Be sure that you take advantage of the the largest AT venue annually in New England.
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From Badges to BadgeChain: Part 1 — Badge Chain

From Badges to BadgeChain: Part 1 - Badge Chain - Medium

Open Badges: "Working together with the community to build the Open Badges ecosystem over the past five years has always been both exciting and rewarding — and if response to our first Welcome to BadgeChain blog post is any indication, this year will be even more so. Since that post went live we’ve been blitzed with questions, excitement, and interest from a variety of individuals and sectors. With this series of blog posts, we’re continuing to work in the open by sharing our thinking and experimentation, aiming to address some outstanding questions, and as always, encouraging continued community participation and development."  (Blog hosted by Carla Casilli & Kerri Lemoie)

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Wondering about what's current regarding badges?  This series (to be in 5 parts) of blog posts will bring you into the latest discussion of badges and their transitioning into badge chaining.  Badges are still waiting to truly come into common use and recognition, but they do have so much potential to recognize skills and competencies in a specific and unique way.  I hope that we do not give up on this great possibility.
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New Resource from AFB

AFB Press is pleased to announce the release of a new resource for teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired. I-M-ABLEI-M-ABLE, or the Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education, is an innovative, student-centered method for teaching braille and making it exciting for children who have difficulties learning braille. In this teaching approach, instruction is centered on continuously analyzing the strengths and needs of students, placing particular emphasis on engaging them using key vocabulary words and phrases based on their experiences and interests. 
This comprehensive practice guide, written by Diane P. Wormsley, provides detailed direction on how to implement the components of the approach. In I-M-ABLE you’ll find information to help you: - Assess and incorporate early literacy instruction - Help students select key vocabulary words and phrases - Teach students to track across multiple lines of braille - Teach writing mechanics in a meaningful way - Collaborate with students to create key vocabulary stories - Use key vocabulary words to teach phonics, letter recognition, and contractions Teachers will find this resource invaluable for helping students with mild to moderate cognitive impairments or other difficulties make progress in braille reading and writing, and all the skills it encompasses. I-M-ABLE: Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education is available in print, e-book, and online subscription and can be purchased in the AFB Store at www.afb.org/store.
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Individualized Meaning-Centered Braille - sounds like a great concept and a great book from AFB.  Just wanted to share it.
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Excellent AT/VI Training opportunity, and you get paid to study!

Excellent AT/VI Training opportunity, and you get paid to study! | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
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This really sounds great - and so needed!  Professional graduate training, paid for through grant funds, that will prepare you to work in AT with a special focus on issues of VI.  Take a look!
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2 Great CTD webinars coming soon

April 29 & May 9 - The ABCs of Accessibility and Accommodations in State Assessments: Martha Thurlow, National Center for Educational Outcomes
May 11 - Assistive to Inclusive: Technology Perspectives & Trends Presented by Richard Ellenson
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More information about these great free webinars and more at the Center on Technology and Disability - ctd@fhi360.org - www.ctdinstitute.org 
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More information about these great free webinars and more at the Center on Technology and Disability - ctd@fhi360.org - www.ctdinstitute.org 
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Assistive Technology Conference of New England - November 2016      Call for Presentations

Assistive Technology Conference of New England - November 2016      Call for Presentations | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
2016 Call for Presentations is now open! Share your AT expertise with us. Download the application! 2016 Assistance Technology Conference of New England hosted by TechACCESS of Rhode Island ATCNE continues to grow and reach more people every year since it's beginning in 1988. In 2015 we gathered close to 500 people from 17 states and Canada. Be a part of this expanding conference and join us in November. November 17th and 18th Crowne Plaza Hotel Warwick, Rhode Island
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Consider sharing your knowledge and expertise by applying to present at the Assistive Technology Conference of New England, one of the longest running AT conferences in the US.  Preconference session Day 1, and conference workshops Day 2.  All areas of AT are invited to apply - and for all ages.  We hope to see you as part of this important conference!
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Consider sharing your knowledge and expertise by applying to present at the Assistive Technology Conference of New England, one of the longest running AT conferences in the US.  Preconference session Day 1, and conference workshops Day 2.  All areas of AT are invited to apply - and for all ages.  We hope to see you as part of this important conference!
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UDL and Born Accessible Learning Resources: What State Leaders Need to Know

UDL and Born Accessible Learning Resources: What State Leaders Need to Know | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Both ESSA and National Education Technology Plan 2016 support the idea that learning environments should be designed for all learners with a specific focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and “born accessible” learning resources. Come learn about what it means to have learning environments and products that align to the implementation of UDL. This interactive session will provide foundational understanding, resources, and time for questions.  
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Here is here is another great opportunity to learn about UDL at a time when personalized instruction, access, and ESSA are at the top of everyone's minds - CTD brings experts to build your knowledge base and open your eyes to new resources.
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