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Maryland Learning Links - Interactive Activity on Learning About UDL

Maryland Learning Links - Interactive Activity on Learning About UDL | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Maryland has created a site to help educators understand how to teach to all learners. An interactive activity is included with students with different learning challenges and the UDL solutions that could be employed in a lesson.  In this interactive activity, you can select either an elementary, middle school or high school scenario. Learn and enjoy!  

 

"The single most essential element of the UDL approach is that you have to know your students. You can only build UDL solutions when you understand your students' learning styles, levels of readiness (background knowledge), interests, strengths, and any special needs. Learn a little about each of these fourth graders so you can provide them with high-quality UDL solutions."

 

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Universal Design for Learning: It Just Fits « Dedication2Education

Universal Design for Learning: It Just Fits « Dedication2Education | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

A Better Fitting Sock: UDL

 

"UDL, or Universal Design for Learning, is slowly unfolding as an essential and critical component to curriculum and assessment designs. It is not a new concept by any means though; UDL was first introduced in 1998. However, as Ed Reform has reared its horns in recent years, UDL has gained more attention-as it should. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all education. According to the NCES, as of 2009, 13% of our nation’s students were labeled as having a learning disability. UDL concepts can help us better meet the needs of students-specifically students who have trouble accessing the curriculum through “traditional methods.”

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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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Teaching For Diversity: Universal Design for Learning

Teaching For Diversity: Universal Design for Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

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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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

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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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The Accessible University: Applying UD and UDL to Writing Environments

The Accessible University: Applying UD and UDL to Writing Environments | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

A personal reflection on applying UDL principles in writing centers by Allison Hitt, a Ph.D. student:

 

> "Applying UDL to writing center pedagogies asks tutors “not to think of how they might adapt their tutoring for students with disabilities” because “all students come to sessions with a variety of differences” (Kiedaisch & Dinitz 50).


> Because first-year composition courses and writing centers must potentially serve all students in the university, these spaces must as accessible to the widest range of students as possible.


> For instruction, this means providing information in multiple modes—through spoken word, handout, group work, and electronic presentations. We must also create flexible assignments that allow students to compose projects that are most useful for them; for example, I can create assignment goals—e.g. exploring a central thesis statement and integrating research—while being flexible about how students apply these concepts. A final project, for example, could be a research paper, website, extended blog or social media project, visual collage, or photographic essay. The key is to create a flexible curricular base that allows students to choose the medium that works best for them."

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ISTE Online Course - Universal Design for Learning & Assistive Technology

ISTE Online Course - Universal Design for Learning & Assistive Technology | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

ISTE is offering an online course:  Universal Design for Learning & Assistive Technology from March 12th through April 20th.  Participants can experience this course using their preferred learning style:  audio, text, video and visual. 

 

Here are the learning objectives and links to the learning styles for the course.

 

Learning Objectives

 

1. Participants will become familiar with Universal Design for Learning as a framework for designing instruction.

2. Participants will become familiar with a number of web tools and their varied uses as methods for providing teachers multiple ways to represent content, providing students with multiple ways to express what they know, and providing students with engaging (high-interest and authentic) learning experiences.

3. Participants will develop an understanding of how to create a lesson using the Universal Design for Learning framework.

 

Experience how this course is designed using your preferred learning style. Choose one or more of the following options:

 

Audio – Click here to listen to a podcast episode - http://bit.ly/udl4onlinecourses

Text – Click here to read an article - http://bit.ly/codeudl4onlinecourses

Video – Click here to watch a video about UDL – http://bit.ly/udlexplained1

Visual – Click here to experience a comic - http://bit.ly/udlonlinecomic

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20+ New Ways Students With Special Needs Can Use iOS 5 | Edudemic

20+ New Ways Students With Special Needs Can Use iOS 5 | Edudemic | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
"iOS 5 features a new resource called Assistive Touch. It essentially streamlines more than 20 of the most-used processes for the device.It can help you do just about anything from having a custom lock screen to creating custom gestures that help you send mail. Assistive Touch is a big step forward for everyone with special needs. I suggest you check it out even if you may not think you’d benefit as it could actually help just about anyone looking to customize their experience a bit."
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Educating for the Unknown: Universal Design for Learning and the Arts

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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

 

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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

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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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