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The pedagogical framework to designing learning environments to teach and to support ALL learners!
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Universal Design Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

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Universal Design Learning is a framework for learning that includes all learners.. Being grounded in socio-cultural theory, UDL views learning environments and social interactions as being key elements in development and learning. In UDL learners are allowed to express their learning in a variety of ways.

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UDL: Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students

UDL: Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

The Iris Center: http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/udl/

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In this module, The IRIS Center walks you through the five steps to create a learning environment that challenges and engages all learners.

 

"This module examines the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discusses how to apply these principles to the four curricular components (i.e., goals, instructional materials, instructional methods, and assessments)."

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RTI and beyond with theory and practice to help with universal design in grades PreK to University level.

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What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction?

What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction? | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Prof. Hacker shares a unique perspective on how Angry Birds can teach us about Universal Design for Instruction and Universal Design for Learning.

 

"I think that Angry Birds is so fun to play because it helps develop our meta-cognitive skills. Throughout playing Angry Birds, one must pay attention to the strategies being employed, adjust one’s play as needed to achieve certain goals and objectives, and transfer what you have learned about a bird’s capabilities several levels ago to the current level.

 

In short, Angry Birds is a powerful metaphor for learning. As I was recently playing the game, I could not help but think: what if my classroom was more like this? Would students have a better learning experience?"

 

Consider the following:

> Angry Birds involves practice without penalty.

> Angry Birds offers the opportunity for constant feedback.

> Angry Birds inherently teachers that different tools have different purposes.

> Angry Birds rewards perseverance.

> Angry Birds gives no time limit.

 

"No wonder we are all addicted to this game! Now if only we could ensure that our classrooms are always safe spaces to practice new strategies, offer students a range of possibilities for how to succeed in their learning, give our students constant feedback, and support knowledge transfer within and among our courses."

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Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning

Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
Learning is most effective when it’s personalized. That happens when people feel they are participants in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.

 

The teachers role is changing from a one-to-many distributor of content (lecturing), to a facilitator of one-to-many personalized and blended learning environments, and reinforcement over time to create individual mastery. Technology must individually deliver proven accelerated learning methodologies for participants to enage the content interactively over time.

 

This post by Jessie C. gives an overview of UDL and how technology can personalize learning.


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Educating for the Unknown: Universal Design for Learning and the Arts

Educating for the Unknown: Universal Design for Learning and the Arts | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Dr. Magee offers a thoughtful insight on UDL and the arts and how we could harness technology and the arts to help solve the dropout epidemic in the US.  

 

"Universal Design for Learning offers foundational tenets for truly egalitarian education where no one is marginalized by being labeled as having “special needs or exceptional needs” rather, UDL widens the circle so that every learner is considered unique and has a full compliment of accommodations offered to them to support a holistic educational experience. Accommodations become invisible, embedded in the classroom and integrated into the way we teach and learn."

 

- Christine Morano Magee, Ed.D

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Leadership in Public Education: Part 3: Band is UDL! Band is Personalized Learning! Band is 21C learning!

Leadership in Public Education: Part 3: Band is UDL! Band is Personalized Learning! Band is 21C learning! | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Stephen Petrucci reflects that Band is UDL, Personalized Learning and 21st Century learning.  

 

"Music tends to do that and is therefore an excellent tool that can be exploited and explored in all three principles of the Universal Design for Learning framework. These three principles are based on activating different parts of the brain."

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iPadagogy-Mobile UDL Pt 2/4- Multiple Means of Representation

How the universal design for learning concept of multiple means of representation can be implemented on an iPad.

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Edutopia

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Edutopia | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

After reading this article, it sounds like Forest Lake Elementary has created UDL (Universal Design for Learning) environments in their school. In my opinion, by applying UDL principles, a personalized learning environment can be realized.

 

To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. 

 

"More important than the gadgets themselves, of course, is how the teachers use them to create personalized lessons and a productive environment where each child is engaged. Here are Forest Lake teachers' top tips on how to do it."  

 

Here are just a few of those tips:

 

> Deliver Instruction through Multiple Forms of Media

> Gather and Use Immediate Feedback on Students' Understanding

> Give Students Options

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The Creative Touch to Reach All Learners

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Guest post by Peter H. Reynolds. Celebrating Educators Who Understand We Need More Creative Ways to Reach ALL Learners.. 

The Reynolds Center serves as a retreat & recharge center where we invite creative educators to come join us – to be inspired, to learn new ways to reach ALL learners and to help us research & develop innovative learner-centric tools and resources to use in the classroom – and all the places we learn (library, community center, home, museum, etc.)
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UDL for All Learners

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Universal Design for Learning from CAST is for all learners and how it maximizes learning for all learners to become expert learners..
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UDL is the framework for personalized learning. We found this very helpful for the teachers we are working with to personalize learning. UDL made sense for all learners. If you look at the three principles from the learner’s point of view, it is all about access and how they process information, how they engage with the content and use what they learn, and how they express what they know and understand. To personalize learning, we recommend using these three terms: access, engage, and express to help teachers wrap their hands around the design of their curriculum and learning environment. 

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Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Evaluation

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Don Glass, an independent education and evaluation consultant, and a former UDL Fellow at Boston College and CAST has been interested in how we can be as inclusive as possible in the gathering and analysis of data, as well as in the sharing and use of evaluation findings.  He and his colleagues are interested in applying Universal Design to evaluation for the purpose of removing barriers, providing flexibility and promoting engagement.

 

They are "exploring the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a translational framework for guiding the design and evaluation of curriculum, programs, and materials. The framework moves beyond accessibility to include learning design. UDL provides a research-supported conceptual framework, as well as a well-structured heuristic for guiding inclusive design and evaluation decision-making. UDL prompts for the design of multiple, flexible options to address variability and supports expert learning across the affective, recognition, and strategic neural networks of the brain. I would locate the use of the UDL framework in the transformative evaluation paradigm, and argue that it prompts for evaluation design that aligns with many of the principles of Empowerment Evaluation."

 

Explore the hot tips on this subject:

> Monitor and evaluate outcomes for knowledge, use, AND values.

> Provide flexible options for data collection and sharing.

> Support expert learning strategies.

 

 

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Universal Design for Learning in HCPSS

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This is one of the most extensive resources on UDL that should be shared widely in the educational community.  From HCPSS (Howard County Public School System):

 

"We hope these resources will help prepare you to meet the challenge of engaging all learners with diverse needs, abilities and backgrounds and will provide you with practical, hands-on solutions for reaching and teaching 21st century learners.

 

Our goals are to:

> Raise awareness of Universal Design for Learning
> Identify resources useful in learning more about UDL
> Examine UDL as it is applied in the classroom"


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Teaching For Diversity: Universal Design for Learning

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This UDL blog for higher education, created by Dr. Shelley Kinash, provides unique insights and directions on how to universally design higher education learning environments.

 

"While university is challenging for every student, some learners find the difficulties nearly insurmountable. International students from non-English speaking backgrounds have difficulty understanding what their teachers are saying. Mature-aged students struggle to maintain energy levels while balancing study, family, and work. Students with learning disabilities are confused by the lengthy and complex readings. Students with sensory impairments such as blindness and deafness find many online resources inaccessible."

 

Link to the complete article in this blog where you will discover many more examples.



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Matthew Peterson - Teaching Without Words

Discover how math can be taught without words in this TED talk.  Be inspired by the fact that Matthew is dyslexic and because of it, he discovered how to teach math to diverse learners like himself.

 

"In school, the dominant way of conveying ideas is through words. Words can be great barriers to learning. Matthew Petersen shows and explains how we can learn without words.

 

Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-Founder, Senior Institute Scientist, and Chief Technical Officer of the MIND Research Institute. He is the creator of MIND's Math instructional software that teaches math to students using a unique non-language-based approach. Matthew was recently featured on Discovery Channel's "Profile Series." His focus is on developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, enabling students to gain a solid conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency. Matthew's cutting-edge teaching methods are currently benefiting over 300,000 students. He is the author of "MIND's Algebra Readiness" textbook, adopted in California in 2008, in addition to other technical and scientific publications."


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A Resource: Hands on software for Math "MIND's Algebra"

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iPadagogy-Mobile UDL Pt 4/4- Multiple Means of Engagement

How the Universal Design for Learning concept of multiple means of engagement can be implemented on an iPad.


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

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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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Universal Design for Learning Series

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Universal Design for Learning Series has been launched!

The EXPLORE sessions provide background information on UDL, explain the neuroscience basis of UDL, and introduce key features of the UDL framework.

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Learner Variability and Universal Design for Learning»
This session features Drs. David Rose and Todd Rose discussing how UDL addresses systematic learner variability. It also includes real examples of how two educators apply the principles of UDL to meet varied learner needs.
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ISTE Webinar - Built in Moodle: The Universally Designed Digital Learning Environment

ISTE Webinar  - Built in Moodle: The Universally Designed Digital Learning Environment | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Designing digital learning environments could be one way to personalize learning for students.  Learn how two teachers created universally-designed learning environments in Moodle to support the diversity of learners in their classrooms.  Webinar airs on October 5th, 1 PM PST, 4 PM EST.

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