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How shifting to a UDL mindset enhances Common Core

eSchool News

Common Core Professional Development Special Education ccss professional development UDL Universal Design for LearningWhen special and general ed teachers collaborate, everyone benefits. The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been met with anxiety from administrators and educators at every level, because, like any major change, it can seem scary and overwhelming.

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New guide offers tips to use UDL for personalized learning

eSchool News

New guide explains benefits of UDL as a framework for creating learning-driven environments and how districts can put theory into practice. The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for K-12 education specifically endorses Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a set of principles that require teachers and students to shift roles as they collaborate around student-driven learning paths.

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The Intersection of UDL and Bloom’s Taxonomy


Bloom''s and UDL Two Teachers in the Room Bloom''s taxonomy CAST Elizabeth Stein two teachers in the room UDL Students learn by connecting prior knowledge with new information. Elizabeth Stein urges teachers to meld the insights of Bloom''s Taxonomy and Universal Design for Learning concepts "to create access to higher level thinking and actions in your classrooms.".

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How UDL can get you to personalized learning

eSchool News

UDL theory can help embed a personalized approach to the instructional design process. Personalized learning. The term is everywhere these days. And it’s tantalizing. It promises to fulfill longstanding ambitions to make education more effective for all. There’s nothing new about personalized learning, either as an aspiration or a practice. It’s an editorial approach that’s as least as old as the one-room school house. Today, computer-based medical technologies, such functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), have showed us that learning is far more personal than we ever knew.

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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

User Generated Education

Education professional development school reform sketchnotes UDL visual literacy visual mediaWhen asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” ” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. We are incredible at remembering pictures. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Teaching visual literacy.

If Students Begin to Drift, Instruction Must Shift


Using UDL videos and other resources, Stein shows how to meet diverse needs. Closing the Achievement Gap Two Teachers in the Room co-teachers differentiation diversity Elizabeth Stein IEP inclusion learner variability learning gaps two teachers in the room UDL

How to Help Kids Become Self-Advocates


Self-Advocacy Two Teachers in the Room co-teachers Elizabeth Stein learner variability peer collaboration self-advocacy two teachers in the room UDLMany students with disabilities struggle to gain the language, social, or pragmatic skills they need to be self-advocates.

UDL in the ASHA Leader!!!


The concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is one that many SLPs and teachers don''t yet know about (or think they don''t, when they really do), and it is critically useful for helping us take on a consultative role that maximizes our students'' learning. I was absolutely thrilled to see UDL highlighted in an article in the most recent (nicely schools-themed) ASHA Leader , the publication that probably reaches the most SLPs as it is still mailed to our homes. To that end, I want to emphasize the connection between UDL and many of my posts here. consultation UDL


Are You Co-Teaching or Just Taking Turns?


Co-Teaching Teams Two Teachers in the Room co-teaching Elizabeth Stein inclusion specialized instruction strategies two teachers in the room UDLToo often co-teaching teams simply take turns as they focus on general student needs, rather than blending their strengths to serve all the learners in the room.

The Power of Gratitude to Improve Co-teaching


Co-Teaching & Gratitude Two Teachers in the Room average learner co-teaching deficit model diversity Elizabeth Stein gratitude Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) neuroscience research strengths-based mindset thanksgiving two teachers in the room UDLThis week Elizabeth Stein is giving thanks for research she's discovered showing the power of gratitude.

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Free Webinar: Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

edchat #EdReform #elearning #multimedia #udl Professional development thinglink webinar Are you looking for a user friendly and flexible tool to help you easily create engaging multimedia rich content to redefine teaching and learning? Are you interested in using technology to meet the personal learning needs of the students in your classroom? Start with an image or start with a video.

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Guide Students to Goals Using Action Steps


Setting Goals Two Teachers in the Room action steps Elizabeth Stein goal setting IEP resiliency student choice two teachers in the room UDLSetting goals with students is necessary but not sufficient, writes co-teaching coach Elizabeth Stein. Co-teachers must then focus their attention on helping students develop actionable steps to achieve the goal, with teacher guidance all along the way.

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Keep the Learning Alive in Co-Taught Classrooms


Elizabeth Stein gives readers a look inside an inclusive classroom as Mrs. Rhodes and Mrs. Copeland share their love for learning with students while putting UDL techniques into action. Inclusion Classrooms Two Teachers in the Room co-teaching models Elizabeth Stein inclusion classroom two teachers in the room UDL

Liven Up Co-Teaching with These Tech Ideas


Beyond Comfort Zones Two Teachers in the Room Anne Beninghof Brian Friedlander Class Dojo co-teaching comfort zone Elizabeth Stein Marilyn Friend nearpod padlet Socrative technology two teachers in the room UDL VisuwordsTechnology can be a topic that excites and motivates co-teachers to co-create lively learning experiences. Or it can make a co-teaching conversation fall flat.

UDL Explained


Not every consultation between an SLP and a student’s teachers is about technology, of course, but on some level, every consultation is about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Check out Chris Bugaj’s terrific video UDL Explained and please give him a vote over at the People’s Choice Awards for UDL ! UDL videos

What Is Your Classroom’s Learning Foundation?


Co-Teaching Fundamentals Two Teachers in the Room co-teaching collaborative learning curiosity Elizabeth Stein foundation growth mindset student engagement two teachers in the room UDLFor Elizabeth Stein, the foundation that undergirds successful classrooms is student engagement. How do teachers measure the depth of their engagement and reinforce it? Stein shares ideas and resources about curiosity-building, effective feedback and more.

What Should a Co-Taught Curriculum Look Like?


Curriculum Two Teachers in the Room CCSS co-teaching collaboration curriculum Elizabeth Stein FAQ inclusive classroom curriculum two teachers in the room UDLShould the curriculum in a co-teaching classroom setting look different from a typical general education classroom? That's the most frequently asked question co-teacher coach Elizabeth Stein encounters about inclusive classrooms.

An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

cool tool digital text edtech education free free technology student tools teacher tools tech technology udl universal design for learning web 2.0 This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. To keep the model relevant, frequent updates are required, as new tools and trends emerge.

Universal Design for Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Being grounded in socio-cultural theory, UDL views learning environments and social interactions more. May 6, 2015 Universal Design for Learning is a framework for learning that includes all students. Universal Design Learning

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Read and Write for iPad


assistive technology auditory comprehension reading comprehension UDLWith Read and Write for iPad , these features become accessible.on After going through the steps to activate your account and then teacher account (see the link in the first sentence of this post), install the app Read and Write, which is essentially a keyboard. Text to speech remains free "forever."

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Highlights from Day 1 of iPad Summit Boston – from Beth


Beth Holland Blog Featured #ettipad #UDL Jodie Deinhammer Luis Perez ScienceToday, rather than LIVE blog every session, I experimented with note taking and creating media. Here are experiences from two fantastic sessions today. Design-Engage-Connect Student Designed Curriculum. How can you encourage your students to take charge of their own learning?

Today’s Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice

User Generated Education

Learner Choice can be facilitated through: Giving learners choice in how they want to learn content including through videos, text-based resources, podcasts, hands-on modules, or human interactions (see UDL’s multiple means of representation ). Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: Schools are doing Education 1.0; John Dewey.

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Some Resources for Summer Rejuvenation


Once refreshed and centered, co-teachers can look ahead to the new school year by tapping into UDL guidelines and planning tools & templates. Summer Growth Two Teachers in the Room centering co-teaching co-teaching models Elizabeth Stein guidelines learning Patti Ralabate rejuvenation relaxation Summer tools UDL Universal Design for Learning

Tapping into UDL for online courses

eSchool News

Incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in online courses not only benefits students with disabilities, but can have significant benefits for all students, ultimately increasing retention and improving learning outcomes. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week. New Va. high school to focus big on coding. Creating flipped video in 60 seconds .

CAST UDL Book Builder


CAST is a Massachusetts-based organization promoting UDL, or Universal Design for Learning. The UDL Book Builder is designed to present books created by educators in a way that is accessible to all, with a screen-reader and skill-building helpers built into the site. auditory comprehension UDL

Text Compactor: Simplify and Summarize Text

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

free no login udl writing Text Compactor is a free online tool for summarizing and simplifying text. It is extremely user-friendly and requires no login so it''s a perfect tool for students to add to their own toolkits of resources. Just copy and paste some digital text into the box, use the slider to determine the percentage of text you want to end up with, and view the simplified text.

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Power Up WHAT WORKS Free Resource Library

Class Tech Tips

iPad/Laptop Use Teacher Tools customizable lessons UDLPowerUp WHAT WORKS resources for struggling students and those with disabilities are now available in the OpenEd resource library. OpenEd is the creator of the world’s largest online collection of standards-aligned resources that I shared earlier this year.

Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

1learning authentic assessment ePortfolio free technology udl An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document effort, progress, and achievement over time. Students become actively involved in their own learning as they engage in goal setting, decision making and self-reflection. have been an advocate for using ePortfolios for authentic assessment for quite some time.

PowerUp WHAT WORKS - free resources for struggling students and those with disabilities

Educational Technology Guy

PowerUp WHAT WORKS ( ) provides customizable materials, lesson plans, instructional strategies, videos and more to enhance learning for students with diverse needs, and to personalize learning with technology and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). PowerUp WHAT WORKS is a free resource to help teachers help struggling students and those with disabilities.

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EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

One popular research-based approach to mitigate this failure is to ensure that technologies support Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework to help educators and publishers consider how best to design learning experiences and materials for those with and without disabilities. Increasingly, policymakers are suggesting or outright requiring that EdTech products support UDL requirements. Another approach beyond UDL or increasing transparency is to overtly reward the development of curriculum tools that meet the needs of students with disabilities.

Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education


The Ultimate Guide begins with a consideration of UDL (don''t miss the discussion of this topic in the recent ASHA Leader, and in my post ) but quickly gets down to its main purpose, which is to provide a wide-ranging list of technologies (free and for cost, mobile and desktop) within specific categories. adults books consultation UDL What do you recommend?"

An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them

User Generated Education

Some ways educators can give students voice is by: Giving learners an opportunity to use their unique voices to show what they know-what they learned (see UDL’s multiple means of action and expression ). One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really seeing each and every one of them. Some strategies to do this include: Listen More Than Talk.

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5 Ways to Make Learning Personal

The CoolCatTeacher

Kathleen McClaskey @ khmmc  is Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC, a futurist, education technologist, keynote speaker, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments. with Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Digital Differentiation Webinar Series in July

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

digital differentiation elearning flexible learning paths multimedia udl webinar Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences to address the diverse needs of all students. At the most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand, and use information.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Plan Reflection


Putting together a lesson plan in the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) format for Week 3 of my Teaching with Technology class was challenging and rewarding. have been out of the classroom for a few years, so I felt a little rusty at formal lesson design, but the UDL model was easy to follow. hope to integrate some of the UDL principles into our staff development offerings, so they become less focused on technology skills and more focused on solid pedagocial practices. lamar pedagogy UDL hope students would be as engaged as I imagined they would be.

The Value of Digital Reading – From Beth Holland


Beth Holland Blog Featured #UDL Differentiating Diversa reading This post first appeared on Diversa. Over the past few months, in a number of different contexts, an interesting question has presented itself. When teaching about the power of text-to-speech, several teachers have asked whether or not it could have a long-term, detrimental impact. sight words. Scenario #3 – Enrichment.

April is Autism Awareness Month

edWeb Blog Autism autism awareness inclusion inclusive classrooms inclusive education special ed special education Special Needs UDL universal design for learningStarting with World Autism Awareness Day , April brings us a month of celebrating each unique individual who is a brother, sister, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, neighbor, student, or friend. Teaching Students with Autism.