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The pedagogical framework to designing learning environments to teach and to support ALL learners!
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A Parent Guide to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - NCLD

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This Parent Advocacy Brief will help parents learn the basics about the UDL (universal design for learning) approach and offers helpful tips for talking with your school about it.

 

Most parents will agree that both teaching and learning today are full of enormous challenges. Teachers face classrooms full of students with a wide range of abilities, speaking an array of languages, and coming from very diverse backgrounds.

 

Students face increased learning expectations as the nation's schools work to improve their academic achievement and enhance their long-term success. For students with learning disabilities (LD), learning in today's environment is daunting, even when provided with specialized instruction, accommodations, and assistive technology."

 

Fortunately, there is an approach to teaching and learning that can reduce these challenges, for all students, not only for those with LD. This approach, called Universal Design for Learning (UDL), is a concept that, if embraced by the field of education, can dramatically change the school experiences and success of students with LD.

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5 Mind Mapping Apps for Students with Learning Disabilities

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From inov8 Educational Consulting


Welcome to Part 5 of There's A Special App For That series on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps for students with special needs. In this post we round up 5 great mind mapping apps for children with learning disabilities who are visual learners.


Our criteria for mind mapping apps:

Apps for mind mapping are generally developed for a mass market and not specifically for educational use or for students with special needs. With so many apps on the market, we developed some basic criteria that we used to target the needs of a student with learning disabilities:

  • Simple to use for middle and high school students
  • Uncluttered interface
  • Ability to manipulate “nodes” or ideas on the screen easily for those with fine motor difficulties
  • Ability to use graphics instead of text, if needed
  • Multiple options to use varying colors and shapes to differentiate ideas and to provide increased meaning and structure for the student.
  • Ability to export the map into different formats, so that the student can manipulate the map afterwards for the writing process.
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