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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom | Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
By exercising the "gratitude muscle" with a gratitude journal, students can harness positive thinking to increase their grades, goals, and quality of life.

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Personalize Learning: The Toolkit

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How do you personalize learning? First you need to know what personalized learning is. Here is a new site that provides resources, research, models, examples, and stories. This page provides a toolkit that can help your organization begin personalizing learning to meet the needs of all learners. 

 

Check out the chart that compares Personalization, Differentiation, and Indivdiualization. You can download the chart and a report that explains the details of the chart.  The Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments can help you determine where you are in personalizing learning. 

 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides the framework in personalizing learning for all learners. UDL also guides the design of the Personal Learner Profile[TM]. It provides the UDL lens to select the appropriate tools for the Personal Learning Backpack[TM]. UDL guides how Personalized Learning meets the Common Core. 


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Aysin Alp's curator insight, January 11, 2014 7:01 AM

Personalized Learning Toolkit

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Have to study this for the upcoming year!

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Mulitple Means of Expression - Meaning Making: Promoting Deep Understanding of Content

Mulitple Means of Expression - Meaning Making: Promoting Deep Understanding of Content | Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Jackie Gerstein shares Wes Fryer's "Making Media for the Curriculum" that illustrates the media that can support multiple means of expression and ways for all leanrers to demonstrate understanding of the content.

 

The following guidelines related to Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression are addressed when learners make personalized meaning of the content:

 

> Use social media and interactive web tools (e.g., discussion forums, chats, web design, annotation tools, storyboards, comic strips, animation presentations)

> Compose in multiple media such as text, speech, drawing, illustration, comics, storyboards, design, film, music, visual art, sculpture, or video

> Use web applications (e.g., wikis, animation, presentation)Use story webs, outlining tools, or concept mapping tools

 

 


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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 | Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Select and Speak review by Paul Hamilton


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 9, 2013 3:13 PM

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 and the Common Core - School Leadership 2.0

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UDL and the Common Core
 


 
 
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High stakes testing season is upon us. One purpose of testing, we’re told, is to assess what students kn…

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 14, 2013 11:08 AM

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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UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts

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National Center on Universal Design for Learning


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:30 AM

"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. 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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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 | Scoop.it

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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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Ways Universal Design for Learning Can Benefit All Types of Learners - Five UDL Tips for Teachers

Ways Universal Design for Learning Can Benefit All Types of Learners - Five UDL Tips for Teachers | Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

The authors of this excellent article on how UDL can benefit all types of learners present a universal design lesson for educators: 

 

"If we think about and plan the best way to deliver the information for all students, not only will our instruction improve but it will also be accessible to everyone in the classroom.

 

For UDL to be both effective and properly implemented, the practitioner needs to know the difference between accommodating and modifying learning."  They illustrate this distinction through a fishing tale. 

 

They go on to describe 5 effective UDL Tips for Teachers that when used effectively as accomodations will cultivate a group of learners capable of experienceing success beyond the classroom.

 

1. Provide digital notes

2. Use screen readers/audio books

3. Allow extra time

4. Use noise-reducing technology

5. Differentiate assessments

 

Thank you Jason Rogers and Keith van der Meer for your insight and inspiring lesson!

 


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mATch - Maryland Assistive Technology Connection Hub

mATch - Maryland Assistive Technology Connection Hub | Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

"The mATch up Tool provides information on low, mid, and high tech devices for meeting the unique needs of students. The tool was designed with a variety of users in mind – teachers, parents, administrators, and in some cases, students themselves. The idea is to provide a handy, ready-access way of gathering information on tools that might help open access to academic and non-academic settings."

 

Discover the tools that support students in reading, writing, communication, organization, etc.

 


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Jane Strunck's curator insight, January 3, 2013 10:04 PM

This is a fabulous source of information and resources on UDL.

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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators | Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

At the following list you will find 19 Free Text to Speech tools that your students' will appreciate. Some of them you have to install and some you will install on your browser. The most awesome about these tools is that are FREE!


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Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 4:31 AM
The link does't work!
Lee Hall's comment, August 23, 2013 9:15 AM
I don't know why that one doesn't work anymore try this link: http://elearningindustry.com/19-free-text-to-speech-tools-educators-tts-teachers
Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 5:38 PM
Now it works, thanks!
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UDL Exchange - Sharing UDL Lessons and Resources

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

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

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:36 PM

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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UDL reading and writing supports for the Chromebook and Chrome Browser

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Kit Hard from edtechkit.blogspot.com


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 6, 2013 2:47 PM

Kit Hard has created a list of Chrome Apps and Extensions that enable reading and writing supports such as text-to-speech, speech-to text, and dictionary tools for students in my district.

 

> For text-to-speech Kit recommends the Chrome extension - Chrome Speak  The student highlights the text, right clicks and selects speak.

> The Google Dictionary extension will open a definition and audio for any word on any web page by double clicking the word.

> The Read & Write extension for Google Drive puts a toolbar on the top of the Google Docs editor that adds text-to-speech, a dictionary tool, visual dictionary tool, and special highlighting tools with extraction features.

> The Announcify extension takes online articles on sites like CNN or NYT and strips out all adds and distracting visuals, so that only text is visible, enables text-to-speech, and has easy option for enlarging text.

> Voice note is a Chrome app that is equivalent to Dragon Dictation for doing voice-to-text.

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, October 6, 2013 7:41 PM

Suggested extensions to support students with special needs from Kit Hard.

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BB's curator insight, October 19, 2013 12:15 PM

Some new apps/extensions to explore on Google: Announcify and Voice Note

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core | Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is used to design curriculum, lessons and instruction based on the diversity of the learners in their classroom.

 

How can UDL guide personalize learning to meet the Common Core?

 

When a teacher understands his/her learners through the UDL lens, he/she creates a flexible learning environment and provides opportunities for learner voice and choice. When lessons are designed using the UDL model, the lesson includes goals, methods, materials, tools, and assessments to reach and support the maximum amount of learners in the classroom.

 

Learners can use this model to help them understand how they learn best and what learning path they can take to become an independent expert learner, leveraging their natural abilities in the process. This process helps the learner create their personal learning profile that is understood by both teacher and learner.

 

The importance of this strategy is that both the teacher and the learner understand who the learner is and how they learn best. The learner and the teacher uses the UDL lens to personalize learning. So what does that look like?

 

An example of an 8th Grade unit on the Civil War serves as an example along with two students who can meet a number of CCSS when they choose and use the tools to support their learning.

 

Explore our new website, Personalize Learning (www.personalizelearning.com), to learn more about the research, models and educators who are personalizing learning.

 


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RATOMAHENINA HARRY's curator insight, March 24, 2014 4:45 AM

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

Nicky Mohan's curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:14 PM

Personalized learning is what 21st Century Learning is all about