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Creating a #UDL Toolbox: My Presentation Tools (Part 2)

Creating a #UDL Toolbox: My Presentation Tools (Part 2) | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Matt Bergman of Learn-Lead-Grow

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Matt Bergman describes how he helps his learner built their UDL Toolbox for Presentations. He introduces the tools this fall and then has them use each of them to try out so they can discover what works best for them.  These tools include:

 

> Prezi

> Google Presentations

> VoiceThread

> Domo.GoAnimate

> Wideo

 

Matt has also embedded an audioboo file on this post for those learners who learn best by listening.

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Rethinking your Course Using Universal Design

Rethinking your Course Using Universal Design | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Check out my book for more ideas, Universal Design of Higher Education: From Principles to Practice.

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Dr. Rebecca Cory offers some excellent strategies that can easily be incorporated into a course at the highered level.

 

> Shared Note-taking

> Integrated Technology

> Alternative Assignments

 

 

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 8, 2013 9:33 PM

Excellent resources, I promote using UDL.

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Achieving UDL: Arts, Technology & Geometry

Achieving UDL:  Arts, Technology & Geometry | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
From Kindergarten through Grade 6, a Common Core focus is for students to master 2-Dimensional shapes.  During grades 1-3, this is supported by students honing in on reasoning with shapes and their...
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The author offers suggestions on how you can use technology and the arts to help learners understand and master 2-Dimensional shapes, a Common Core focus in geometry for K to Grade 6.

 

"These arts and technology based activities could be used for your multiple means of engagement, representation, or expression, depending on where/how they are used throughout a unit. Many can be used as whole-class activities, continued small-group practice, or even for assessment purposes following a sequence of lessons. These fit Universal Design for Learning nicely when considering geometry goals because there are multiple ways for learners to absorb and process information as well as convey their understanding. HOW students explore the concepts to be mastered is the key- not just giving them the WHAT."

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Postsecondary Education & Universal Design for Learning Online Module

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The Florida Consortium on Potsecondary Education & Intellectual Disabilities

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Universal Design for Learning for Postsecondary Education (UDL) is a new online module developed using UDL principles to teach postsecondary educators the concepts, strategies, and benefits of UDL. The module includes six parts:

> Overview

> Introduction to UDL

> Network-Based Goals provides guidance of how to structure a learning activity...

> Methods presents flexible strategies to support student learning.

> Materials guides you in the selection of flexible media and materials...

> Assessing Students offers considerations for designing assessments...

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ATCSUMB 's curator insight, July 29, 2013 4:09 PM

Universal Design for Learnining Training Module

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UDL Guides Personalized Learning

UDL Guides Personalized Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the process to personalize learning using the UDL principles.
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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, June 28, 2013 9:16 PM

The UDL 2.0 Guidelines can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula. You can use the UDL Guidelines to help you determine your learners strengths, interests, and challenges and how they:

 

> prefer or need to access and process information.

> prefer to express what they know.

> like to engage with the content.

 

When learners know how they prefer or need to access information, engage with the content, and express what they know and understand, then they take responsibility for their learning. 

 

Access, Engage, Express is a trademark of Personalize Learning, LLC

 

Barbara Bray's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:47 PM

UDL Principles guide learners to understand how they learn best. They determine how they prefer or need to access information, engage with content, and express what they know. 

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The Brain Science Behind Learning

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Details how the infographic Brainy Approaches to Learning supports Personalized Learning.
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Audrey's comment, May 28, 2013 5:10 PM
I feel overwhelmed. There is so much to learn.
Johani Karonen's curator insight, May 29, 2013 3:01 AM

Lump or not - the brain always amazes me.

Laura Lubin, MS. Ed. HRD's curator insight, June 22, 2013 8:58 AM

Amazing view into the science and how to personalize learning with universality in mind. 

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UDL Studio: Deepening response to literature

UDL Studio: Deepening response to literature | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
UDL Studio, a free digital tool (funded largely by the Carnegie foundation) has recently been released by CAST. UDL studio is underpinned by the principles of Universal Design for Learning . UDL St...
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Here are some insights from the author of this article:

 

"UDL Studio offers templates to scaffold you or your students as you create content using multimodal elements, such as text, image¸ video, audio, and animation. You can explore the project library to view previous projects created by UDL studio users.

 

We really like the tips and resources page which asks you to reflect carefully on how the use of the digital tool enhances children’s understanding of text; enriches the reading experience; and represents information in an engaging manner. The plethora of free digital tools include:

 

>> Recording and editing software

>> Video search engines and editing software

>> Sources for images

>> Animation tools"

 

 

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 20, 2013 5:56 PM

Thank you for sharing, these are excellent resources.

Joe Marlin 's curator insight, June 17, 2013 4:28 PM

A review of the program UDL Studio -" which enables anyone to create media-rich resources, to actively engage and motivate students, and to respond flexibly to the needs of each learner; thereby ensuring quality and equality in access to learning for all."

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A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps for the UDL Classroom

A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps for the UDL Classroom | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

English with Mr. Borman - A place to reflect and share.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 27, 2013 2:51 PM

Mr. Borman surveyed 17 students in one of his classes and discovered that there were a few needs when it came to reading comprehension. He has put together "A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps" that can support the needs of his students in his UDL classroom.  For each app, he has outlined "What it does", "How students can use it" and the "UDL Principles".

 

Check out the Toolbox:

> iBooks

> Popplet

> SyncSpace

> Odyssey (by Homer)

> Toontastic

> Explain Everything

> Ulysses

> Subtext

> Prezi

 

Thank you Mr. Borman!

Jane Strunck's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:11 AM

Mr. Borman used Edmodo to survey his student's learning preferences and based on the results, identified apps that would support reading comprehension and promote UDL in his classroom.  Would love to know how students responded to the options.  Nice process, Mr. Borman!

Patrice Bucci's curator insight, May 6, 2013 9:46 PM

Useful suggestions for utilizing apps in the UDL classroom...

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4 Ways to Incorporate UDL into Your Assignment Instructions

4 Ways to Incorporate UDL into Your Assignment Instructions | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

"UDL asks the instructor to identify the key goal(s) and objectives of a course or an assignment and then provide multiple and flexible methods of presentation, expression, and engagement. This flexibility does not mean diminishing the intellectual rigor of the course or assignment.   Instead, it means recognizing that a learning goal can be accomplished through a host of means."

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George Washington University Assistant Professor, Robbin Zeff, offers four ways that UDL can be incorporated into instruction. Although this was written in 2005, these four advice still holds true. The four ways includes:

 

>> #1: Design instructions with the user in mind

>> #2: Reduce barriers to accessing the assignment

>> #3: Establish and articulate an assignment’s goals and objectives and criteria for assessment from the start

>> #4: Provide examples


Included are instructional strategies that can be easily integrated into the design of the assignment.


 

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Brainy Approaches to Learning Infographic | Students at the Center

Brainy Approaches to Learning Infographic | Students at the Center | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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Tom Perran's curator insight, March 30, 2013 3:45 PM

This infographic provides the rationale for creating instructional activities centered on the needs of the learner.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 1, 2013 12:47 AM

Thank you sharing.

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, April 3, 2013 8:09 AM

This infographic goes along with a paper on the mind and learning...it's a great visual summary. The paper is linked at the bottom of the graphic.

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UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts | National Center On UDL

UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts | National Center On UDL | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts is the story of four school districts taking the journey into the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) implementation process.

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Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana, Cecil County Public Schools in Maryland and Chelmsford Public Schools in Massachusetts participated in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project to explore and pilot processes and tools developed to support UDL Implementation within their own unique districts. The story is told primarily through the voices of the dedicated educator leaders from these districts and the UDL facilitators who supported them. During the one-year grant, the districts worked with CAST, Inc. to develop and implement an effective and sustainable district plan to support the integration of Universal Design for Learning.

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Jane Strunck's curator insight, March 12, 2013 4:59 PM

Roadmaps for scaling up UDL implementation district-wide. 

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More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia

More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

A UVM blog from the Center of Teaching and Learning.

 

"This post focuses on one of the three core principles in UDL: multiple means of representation.

 

This means moving beyond textual representation by presenting information and conceptual knowledge to students in a variety of formats, e.g., images, video, and audio. Not only does research indicate that this practice can enhance student understanding and retention of course content, it can also be used to engage students and prime discussion. Students responding to an image, song or movie clip can spark reflection and debate."

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This blog offers the steps you need to take to include multimedia as a part of your instruction.

 

>> Step 1:  Finding Multimedia

>> Step 2:  Making Multimedia Accessible

>> Step 3:  Making Multimedia Available on the Web

 

 

 

 

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‘Select and Speak’ by iSpeech - Text-to-Speech in Google Chrome

‘Select and Speak’ by iSpeech - Text-to-Speech in Google Chrome | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Select and Speak review by Paul Hamilton

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Paul Hamilton has reviewed the Google Chrome TTS tool that can support all learners. Here is what he had to say about "Select and Speak".

 

"Select and Speak is a free extension for Google Chrome that provides high quality text to speech for any selected online text. Once installed, and text has been selected, there are three ways of having the text read aloud. You can click on an icon in the extensions toolbar, or right-click and use the context menu. Alternatively, you can use a customizable keyboard shortcut. This shortcut is ctrl + shift + s by default."

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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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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:33 PM

World class teaching resource center!

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 22, 2014 11:35 PM

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

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CAST: Online UDL Courses - Fall 2013

CAST: Online UDL Courses - Fall 2013 | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

CAST offers an ever-expanding array of facilitated online courses and short self-paced modules to educators.

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CAST is offering four online UDL courses from September 24th thru December 17th. They are:


> UDL101: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

> UDL101M: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (Mathematics Emphasis)

> UDL101A: Deeper Engagement of All Learners: Motivation and Emotion in the UDL Classroom

> UDL102: Applying Universal Design for Learning to Instructional Practice in Content Areas

 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about UDL and how to put it into practice.

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Reading Assignments the #UDL Way: Creating Meaning and Interaction

Reading Assignments the #UDL Way: Creating Meaning and Interaction | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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Matt Bergman shares some excellent tools, strategies and steps in creating meaning and interaction in reading assignments. Discover how you can universally design your reading lessons this year. Here are a few highlights of those steps:

 

> Step 1: Have a central location to place all of your supports in one easy-to-find place. LiveBinders is a great way of helping keep everything organized and together!

> Step 2: Provide multiple ways of reading the assignment (aka Multiple Means of Representation). Give students the option of using paper, PDF's, and audio copies of text. Audacity and AudioBoo are great for producing audio!

> Step 3: Provide vocabulary supports! Use Quizlet to pre-teach vocabulary and provide a way for students to review terms when they are confused or need to study. Provide vocabulary supports for words students don't know like using Visuwords or Shahi.

> Step 4: Engage Students Differently to Find Meaning: use Read-Write-Think's Venn Diagram Maker

> Step 5: Show What You Know: use Padlet as a way for students to answer the essential question of the lesson.

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ACCESS-ed: A Faculty Kit for Universal Design in Education

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Promoting Universal Design in Higher Education
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From the Univrsity of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, they have included a comprehensive Faculty Kit as a start-up tool for anyone wanting to initiate training of faculty or Instructors. The Kit includes an FAQ sheet on UDE and a flier about the ACCESS-ed Website, which includes one side that discusses the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as applied to education.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 16, 2013 4:20 AM

Thank you Kathleen. I hope many Universities will adopt UDE.

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Universal Design for Learning iPad Strategies: Text Accessibility

Universal Design for Learning iPad Strategies: Text Accessibility | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Kit Hard is an education technology consultant, Universal Design for Learning evangelist, and educational blogger. He specializes in classroom technology integration and facilitating professional development.

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Kit Hard has put together a video to demonstrate UDL strategies by using text accessibility on the iPad. Here is what he has to say about this first video:

 

"This first video looks at different features on the iPad that make text more accessible for all students not only by enlarging the font size but also by providing greater focus or by allowing students to add greater detail to handwritten annotations on various note taking apps."

 

Thank you Kit for sharing these effective UDL strategies!

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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, June 11, 2013 6:24 PM

Accessibility to text is yet another reason to engage struggling readers with the iPad. Subtext (in the App Store) does much of what's mentioned here and more.

Joe Marlin 's curator insight, June 17, 2013 4:21 PM

Examples of using UDL with an iPad

Anthony M Gesamondo III's curator insight, June 21, 2014 12:23 AM

A nice video on UDL classroom teaching using an iPad and only the software that it comes with. 

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Universal Design for Learning and the Arts

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In this article, Don Glass, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose examine the intersection of arts education and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to inform the design of better art, curricula, and UDL checkpoints.

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The authors of this article map out arts learning outcomes to the principles of Universal Design for Learning. 


"They build a case for the contribution of the arts to expert learning across the affective, recognition, and strategic neural networks and argue for making affective and reflective learning outcomes more explicit in the arts. Throughout this piece, the authors call for a vision of the arts playing an increasing role in providing engaging learning options in an integrated general curriculum."


Check out the digital version of this article in CAST's UDL Studio learning design environment.

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Kathleen Quinn's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:27 PM

You have to click through a few pages before you get to the pdf file of the article.

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UDL and the Common Core - School Leadership 2.0

UDL and the Common Core - School Leadership 2.0 | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
UDL and the Common Core
 


 
 
by Elizabeth Stein
High stakes testing season is upon us. One purpose of testing, we’re told, is to assess what students kn…
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Elizabeth states that she is on a mission to make UDL a mindset. I have been on that mission for over a decade and gladly join her. Here is what she says about her mission:

 

"I’m on a mission to bring this UDL mindset to the teams of teachers I work with — and to help create a district-wide framework to make daily instruction accessible for all students in inclusive settings. I’ve taken some small steps this year, and I’m excited for the steps ahead!"

 

Thank you, Elizabeth!

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SETSIG Webinar: The Current State of UDL - June 11th

SETSIG Webinar: The Current State of UDL - June 11th | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

ISTE Event - SETSIG Webinar with Jamie Basham and Jeff Diedrich

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Are you interested in learning more about Universal Design for Learning? In this session, beyond reviewing the basics of UDL, you will learn about the most current thinking, best practices, cutting edge research, effective practical implementations, and thoughts for the future of Universal design for Learning from experts in the field.

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A No-Tech/Low-Tech Integration of UDL–”Fantastic!”

A No-Tech/Low-Tech Integration of UDL–”Fantastic!” | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
 

"As the CCSS has been crafted with principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to support inclusive access for all students with identified learning needs and/or disabilities, English Learners, linguistic minority students, as well as students from fragile families, many educators respond with concern that without technological resources, they feel challenged to design instruction to meet the diverse needs of their students. While technology can provide expanded access, there are many “no-tech and low-tech” options that many teachers utilize that are also UDL-considerate." - Jennifer Finney-Ellison

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Don't miss this video that demonstrates how to universally design your instruction so that all learners can learn math. In this video with pre-kindergarten learners, Ms. Kungu engages her learners by designing multiple ways for them to learn about counting and ordering numbers.

She is addressing the Math CCSS Kindergarten Standard on Counting and Cardinality (Math.K.CC.4b)

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:54 PM

Thank you for sharing.

Valerie Chernek's curator insight, April 12, 2013 12:49 PM

An important message!

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An important message!
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CAST Summer Online UDL Course - Starts June 17th

CAST Summer Online UDL Course - Starts June 17th | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

CAST is offering a three-credit graduate course on "Universal Design for Learning: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability in Content Areas" From June 17th to August 26th, this course brings together up to 20 educators in an online community of practice. The course consists of 12 sessions - 9 online sessions and 3 synchronous Web conference sessions.

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Learn how to design, create and provide UDL lessons that can engage the broad range of learners in your class using the three principles of UDL.

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Universal Design: Make Your Course Accessible to EVERY Learner (video)

Universal Design: Make Your Course Accessible to EVERY Learner (video) | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

January 17, 2013: Center for Teaching Excellence 3rd Annual Conference. Dr. Wendy Harbour discusses ways to design courses to make them accessible to EVERY learner."

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Dr Harbour presents ways that faculty can create courses from the start that are accessible to a variety of learners. Dr. Harbour is Director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Education at Syracuse University.

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Tom Perran's curator insight, March 3, 2013 10:07 PM

Help all of your students with UDL

Valerie Chernek's curator insight, March 8, 2013 9:02 AM

Expert Kathleen McClaskey always shares such wonderful information!  Here's another insightful presentation.  Thanks Kathleen!

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UDL Exchange - Sharing UDL Lessons and Resources

UDL Exchange - Sharing UDL Lessons and Resources | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
Welcome to the CAST UDL Exchange!
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CAST has announced the release of the UDL Exchange, a free website community that enables educators to create, mix, and share lesson plans and other teaching resources based on universal design for learning principles and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Discover lesson plans that address the variability of all learners!

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