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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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Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs - Free eBooks on Apple Mobile Accessibility Features

Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs - Free eBooks on Apple Mobile Accessibility Features | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Luis Pérez, a 2009 Apple Distinguished Educator and current doctoral student, has created eBooks (ePub and PDF on Scribd) that covers the accessibility features built into Apple mobile devices:  

 

> "This free ebook covers the accessibility features built into Apple mobile devices, including the iPad, the iPod touch and the iPhone. Each section includes practice activities for you to practice the techniques and tips discussed in the ebook."

 

> How to eBooks on "ePub Accessibility Best Practices" and "Closed Captioning 101:  "These two ebooks cover topics related to the accessibility of the content available for Apple mobile devices. My hope is that by following the suggestions in these ebooks you will create more accessible ebooks and caption as many of your videos as possible. These practices will go a long way toward ensuring equal access to information for people with disabilities who use mobile devices."

 

Thank you Luis for these invaluable resources!

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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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Kentucky Digital Learning Plan includes Personalized Learning

Kentucky Digital Learning Plan includes Personalized Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

"A preliminary draft report presented to the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday offers ambitious goals for online and digital learning in the state's public schools, including shifting to online assessments and instructional materials.

 

“We have to find ways to provide more one-on-one opportunities for our students,” David Cook, director of the Education Department’s innovation division, told the board. “What are the delivery methods that work best … let’s fund those … rather than something that’s archaic.”

 

The 11 recommendations in the draft include moving to online assessments by the 2013-2014 school year, shifting to online instructional materials by 2014-1015, and allowing students to use technology to personalize their learning."

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The Student Voice – our survey, Part 4: “I learn best in class when…”

The Student Voice – our survey, Part 4: “I learn best in class when…” | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

After reading these student responses and reviewing the graph on how students learn best, it became evident the need to apply the principles of UDL in our instruction.  Listen closely and learn!

 

"In our continuing look at what works and doesn't work for students, based on our 7300+ student survey reponses, we consider their answer to the prompt: I learn best in class when...

There are few real surprises in the findings: they learn best when there is hands-on experience, lots of examples, discussion, order, visual aids. But have a look at the patterns. More specifically, as you read these, ask yourself: Which of these form a consistent pattern of common-sense best practice? However: Which of these answers in general conflict with one another? In other words, we have below some important evidence of an easily-overlooked fact: what works for some people does not work for others. So, as professionals we have an obligation to factor that need for varied and differentiated learning into our plans." - Grant Wiggins

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UDL Principle 2: Expression and Action--Options for Learners

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This site offers a comprehensive list of online tools that can support UDL Principle 2: Multiple Means of Action and Expression along with specific information about the site. This list includes:

 

> Online Art Options
> Offline Art Options
> Mind Mapping Options
> Online and Offline Options to Support Organization
> Online Multimedia Options

> Offline Multimedia Options

 

Thank you Paul Hamilton!

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Marty reMarks: Universal Design for Learning & Apps

Marty reMarks: Universal Design for Learning & Apps | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

A review of some select apps with descriptions and potential use in supporting the principles of UDL in instruction and student learning.

 

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides a framework for course structure, individualized instruction, assessment, and academic engagement. Universal Design for Learning has the potential to maximize learning opportunities for all.


The following are a few applications available for the iPad, iPod or iPhone that can help support a UDL-based learning environment"

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iPadagogy-Mobile UDL Pt 3/4- Multiple Means of Action and Expression

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


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Leadership in Public Education: Part 2: Technology is UDL!: But it's not about Technology!

Leadership in Public Education: Part 2: Technology is UDL!: But it's not about Technology! | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
"Our Technology Principal and Director of Instruction at the time wondered what it would be like if every student in grade six and seven had a laptop that was embedded with the Performance Standards Rubrics for Writing in its word processing software.  They wondered how boys in particular would benefit from being able to produce and edit text with a laptop as they often struggled with the handwritten editing process. The results were clear.  Not only did the achievement gap between boys and girls narrow significantly, but All students improved in their writing with a significant percentage now exceeding expectations on tests.  In addition, having this powerful tool in the classroom for every student allowed for multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression and multiple means of engagement in several subject areas."
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Universal Design - A Video to Inspire: Don't Miss It!

For a more compelling reason to incorporate UDL, see this video created by South Central Community College in Washington.

 

UDL is "The Educational Design for the Digital Age".  Be inspired by this video to begin to understand the power of the UDL principles.  


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“No Boundaries” Education

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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). As Harvard Law School Dean and civil rights champion Martha L. Minow has written, “Universal design for learning is one of the few big and truly transformative ideas to emerge in education over the past two decades.”
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"Built in Moodle: The Universally-Designed Digital Learning Environment" - Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference

"Built in Moodle: The Universally-Designed Digital Learning Environment" - Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Join the presentation,  "Built in Moodle: The Universally-Designed Digital Learning Environment", on November 29th at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference at the Radisson Conference Center in Manchester, NH.  Learn how to empower your instruction and engage your students using Moodle!

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Digital Text, AT and Everything UDL Webinar - UDL 2.0

Digital Text, AT and Everything UDL Webinar - UDL 2.0 | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

From the SIGMS of ISTE,  Beth Poss and Chris Bugaj explore how library media specialists can enhance the learning of all students by infusing Universal Design for Learning principles in their practice. They will highlight the use of digital text and other assistive technologies. 

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National UDL Task Force - More than 40 Organizations Advocating for UDL in Policy

National UDL Task Force - More than 40 Organizations Advocating for UDL in Policy | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Mission
Promoting the use of UDL to improve academic achievement and educational opportunities for all learners.

 

Vision
The National UDL Task Force works to influence the Administration and Congress to adopt UDL principles in federal legislation and policy and integrate UDL into all learning settings.

 

Guiding Principles:
> collaborative action
> inclusiveness
> flexibility
> quality
> integrity

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SpeEdChange: Among Schoolchildren - December 2011

SpeEdChange: Among Schoolchildren - December 2011 | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Ira Socol reflects on his work with students in the Albemarle County Public Schools' initiative, "The Iridescent Classroom", a form of UDL.  (Text-to-speech tool available on this site).

 

"The last five days I worked with students, as I helped teachers re-imagine lessons. We're working on something called "The Iridescent Classroom" in Albemarle County, a form of Universal Design for Learning joined to a deep commitment to getting kids ready for the choices of their century, the choices of their generation, so that they have the skills, the passions, and the knowledge to do a better job than previous generations. This requires, for students who will, for the most part, begin their adulthood in the third decade of the Twenty-First Century, the ability to collaborate globally, to share transparently, to value all cultures and skills, to search rapidly and effectively, to choose tools wisely, and to do a lot more than read and comprehend, but to be constantly able to adapt knowledge to changing environments and situations. It also includes the ability to work anywhere (like an airport, as I am doing now), from many devices, with every kind of person, through every kind of interface. And it means thinking deeply, in transformative ways."

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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 - Universal Design for Learning | 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.

 

inov8 Educational Consulting recently presented with Kimberly Murphy (@kimberlyslp, a speech and language pathologist) at the Québec Provincial Association of Teachers conference.  Their presentation focused on the planning and implementation of new assistive technologies; apps and software for students with language-based learning disabilities.

 

They covered the language basis of reading, Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning, the SETT framework, and app and software recommendations with a number of screen-capture video demonstrations.

 

Here is a list of their most recommended apps and software, specific to students with language-based learning disabilities. Please note that this is not a full list of software and apps that are currently available. 

 

Thank you inov8 and Kimberly Murphy for this outstanding resource!

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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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UDL Principle 3: Multiple Means of Engagement - Options for Learners

UDL Principle 3: Multiple Means of  Engagement - Options for Learners | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

This site offers a comprehensive list of online tools that can support UDL Principle 3: Multiple Means of Engagement along with specific information about the site. This list includes:

 

> Options for Engagement:  3 Especially Engaging Programs

> Websites that support, re-enforce, extend and enrich learning

> Blogging Platforms Commonly used in Classrooms with a sample of class blogs

> Tried and Tested Projects that Engage

> A variety of "Interesting Ways"presentations by Tom Barrett

 

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UDL Principle 1: Learning Options for Representation

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This site offers a comprehensive list of online tools that can support UDL Principle 1:  Multiple Means of Representation along with specific information about the site.  This list includes:

 

> Options for Video

> Options for Text to Audio format

> Options for Reference

> Options for Captioned Video and More

> Special Option for Early Learners

 

Thank you Paul Hamilton!

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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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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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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 - Universal Design for Learning | 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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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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Video: Learner Variability and Universal Design for Learning

Video: Learner Variability and Universal Design for Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
"Learning Goal: Participants will be able to explain how the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework helps educators address systematic learner variability. Essential Questions: Why are curricula limited if they are designed for the 'average' learner? What makes learner variability systematic? Why is it important for educators to know about systematic learner variability?"
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Universal Learning Design: Empowering the Next Generation

( This video is Closed Captioned) Empowering the Next Generation: This is the video that we introduced at the 2009 ULD Conference.

 

"By offering a curriculum that is suited to individually unique learning abilities, propensities, and characteristics as well as tools that utilize the state-of-the-technology for this (it is expressed as “Leveling the Playing Field” in this video), it is possible to create smart learning based on learners’ autonomy and engage today’s students. Learners can become engaging students when all elements—the curriculum content, teaching-learning methods and strategies, and tools used for these—establish a balance."

 

from Soomi's UDL Blog:  http://sodium81.edublogs.org/2010/04/21/universal-design-for-learning-empowering-the-next-generation/

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