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UDL101: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning - Sept 23rd

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 5, 2014 5:43 PM

In this introductory course, participants learn the research basis for UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and helpful technology tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction. Each course section brings together up to 20 educators in an online community of practice. The course consists of 14 sessions – 11 online sessions and 3 synchronous Web conference sessions.  

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2-Day Institute: UDL - Addressing the Variability of All Learners

2-Day Institute: UDL - Addressing the Variability of All Learners | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 1, 2014 2:21 PM

CAST is offering 2-day Institutes in March, May and August, "UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners".  Participants gain:

 

> A working knowledge of the neuroscience of learning and how individual variability plays out in different educational environments

> Guidelines and techniques to apply UDL principles to the design of lessons and curriculum units so all learners can reach the goal

> Strategies, both with and without technology, for classroom practice which includes CAST learning, authoring, and planning tools such as: UDL Book Builder, UDL Studio, UDL Connect, UDL Editions, Science Writer, and UDL Curriculum Self-Check

 

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UDL & the Common Core State Standards

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The National Center on Universal Design for Learning


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:27 AM

The National Center on Universal Design for Learning has compiled a set of resources on the "What", "Why" and "How" of UDL and CCSS.

 

"The CCSS can be considered the "What" in education, i.e., the goals and expectations. It is the destination we wish our students to reach. In light of that, UDL can be considered the "How" in education, i.e., the curriculum and instructional framework teachers use to plan their lessons. In other words, UDL and the CCSS are complementary: the UDL framework provides educators with the means to maximize student attainment of the CCSS."

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Chisel a Teaching Masterpiece Using UDL

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With Universal Design for Learning as their chisel, says Elizabeth Stein, teachers can sculpt super learning environments to meet every student's needs.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 13, 2013 3:34 PM

Elizabeth Stein creates a wonderful analogy of using UDL to create learning environments for all learners. Here is a brief exerpt from her blog on this subject:

 

"I’d like to offer my version of a teacher’s chisel–a professional tool that can help us to successfully create optimal learning environments. This tool is called the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

 

And UDL can be such a powerful chisel. If we stay mindful as we use it, we can not only create one sculpture at a time, like the artist. We also have the power to create a classroom full of masterpieces –simultaneously. It’s simply amazing."

 

 

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For additional information check out this resources site: http://www.cast.org/udl/

Greg Alchin's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:29 PM

UDL should be one of the cornerstone understandings of all teachers.

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Rethinking your Course Using Universal Design

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


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 8, 2013 6:07 PM

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

 

 

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

Excellent resources, I promote using UDL.

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Reading Assignments the #UDL Way: Creating Meaning and Interaction

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:38 AM

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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A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps for the UDL Classroom

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


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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!

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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!

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

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

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

A No-Tech/Low-Tech Integration of UDL in Math –”Fantastic!” | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | 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


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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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iSolveIt - MathScaled and MathSquared Apps

iSolveIt - MathScaled and MathSquared Apps | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it

What is iSolveIt?

iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential competencies of algebra and mathematics in general. The environment includes a collection of tablet-based puzzles that have been designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).


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Wait, I meant KenKen, not Sudoku!
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Designed with the UDL Curriculum Tool Kit from CAST.

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CAST Summer Online UDL Course - Starts June 17th

CAST Summer Online UDL Course - Starts June 17th | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | 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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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 26, 2013 3:45 PM

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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More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia

More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | 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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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 17, 2013 4:27 PM

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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UDL Exchange - Sharing UDL Lessons and Resources

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Welcome to the CAST UDL Exchange!


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 11, 2013 2:30 PM

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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iPads as Part of an UDL Toolkit on Classroom 2.0 LIVE! - Feb 2nd

iPads as Part of an UDL Toolkit on Classroom 2.0 LIVE! - Feb 2nd | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it
Special Guest:  Alex Dunn

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 1, 2013 6:49 PM

A few years ago I met Alex at an ISTE Conference and want to say that she has a wealth of experience and knowledge in using tools with diverse learners. Alex is  a speech language pathologist with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) and she will be sharing both UDL strategies and iPad apps that are engaging for ALL students. She will also introduce class profiling as a valuable strategy for teachers.


Don't miss this webinar as you will walk away with ideas that you can use in your classroom tomorrow!

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CAST Free Webinar: A Discussion on UDL & Learner Variability - April 30th

CAST Free Webinar: A Discussion on UDL & Learner Variability - April 30th | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 30, 2014 5:10 PM

"Individuals are unique and learn in ways that are particular to them. And in the past quarter century, science has elucidated the great variability of the human capacity to learn..." (p. 49, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice). Join CAST research scientist Samantha Daley and other CAST staff as we discuss the variability of learning and its implications for education. Specifically, we will talk about recent findings in variability of affective networks that are involved in engagement and impact learning and performance."

 

Register on this site for this April 30th webinar.

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Universal Design for Learning...Has a nice ring, doesn't it?

Universal Design for Learning...Has a nice ring, doesn't it? | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it

Cover image by Giulia Forsythe


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:40 AM

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has a great ring to it as it infers that lessons and instruction are designed for all learners in the classroom. Can you imagine learning environments where all learners can thrive? Using the UDL lens to understand the learners in your classroom can help teachers do exactly that.

 

Placing this concept in the field of education, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) coined UDL to apply to all learners, regardless of (dis)abilities. In 2003, CAST has been creating instructional materials for over 10 years, mostly digital, to fit this principle of “universal”. Now 10 years later, the concept is finally becoming more known in our new times of the Common Core and increasingly accessible digital technologies. 

 

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The iPad in Your Universal Design for Learning Toolkit

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Fee-based webinar series sponsored by CEC.


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Alex Dunn will present three free webinars on ipad features that support the UDL Guidelines:  October 29, November 5 November 7, 4:00-5:00

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 22, 2013 10:24 AM

This three-part webinar series lead by Alex Dunn explores how iPads can be an integral part of your Universal Design for Learning toolkit. You will learn about built-in universal access features to maximize accessibility, as well as how to select appropriate apps from the approximately one million that are now available. In addition, accessories that can multiply the effectiveness of the classroom iPad will be discussed.

 

> iPads and Accessibility - 10/29/2013

> Learning with APPtitude: Top 10 Apps to Support Students with Disabilities - 11/5/2013

> iPads and Accessories11/7/2013

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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 | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it

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


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 15, 2013 10:32 AM

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)."

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 | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it

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


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, August 30, 2013 11:12 AM

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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Postsecondary Education & Universal Design for Learning Online Module

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The Florida Consortium on Potsecondary Education & Intellectual Disabilities


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 28, 2013 4:39 PM

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...

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

Universal Design for Learnining Training Module

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

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

ISTE Event - SETSIG Webinar with Jamie Basham and Jeff Diedrich


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 26, 2013 5:18 PM

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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iSolveIt - MathScaled and MathSquared Apps

iSolveIt - MathScaled and MathSquared Apps | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it

What is iSolveIt?

iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential competencies of algebra and mathematics in general. The environment includes a collection of tablet-based puzzles that have been designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).


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Designed with the UDL Curriculum Tool Kit from CAST.

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Phoebe Hsu's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:56 PM

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Cassandra Turner's comment, March 26, 2013 9:30 PM
Wait, I meant KenKen, not Sudoku!
John Purificati's comment, March 30, 2013 10:11 AM
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CAST Summer Online UDL Course - Starts June 17th

CAST Summer Online UDL Course - Starts June 17th | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | 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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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 26, 2013 3:45 PM

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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More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia

More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | 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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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 17, 2013 4:27 PM

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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More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia

More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | 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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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 17, 2013 4:27 PM

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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Show What You Know Using Web & Mobile Apps [Infographic]

Show What You Know Using Web & Mobile Apps [Infographic] | Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum | Scoop.it

"Nowadays teachers and students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves.  These web and iPad apps can turn students into teachers and teachers into super-teachers! Furthermore, most of the apps listed in the infographic are free of charge."


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mariabrean's curator insight, March 2, 2013 2:07 AM

add your insight...

Brenda Norman's curator insight, March 23, 2013 7:42 AM

This is delicious to look at.

Marlo Payne Thurman's curator insight, November 22, 2013 7:37 PM

This info graphic shows multiple ways that our 2e kids can process, retell, and "show" what they know without ever having to put pencil to paper. At last, light at the end of the tunnel for our very visual kids with dygraphia!