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Removing Barriers with UDL and Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Like many, this teacher felt intense pressure to teach the standards and wasn’t sure how to embrace Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and blended learning. All of these adjustments can make the information more accessible.

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Prepare For Fall: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Blended Learning Self-paced Online Course

Catlin Tucker

Katie Novak and I wrote UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes to support teachers in developing a mindset, skill set, and toolset nimble enough to traverse any teaching and learning landscape with confidence. Module 1: Introduction to UDL.

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Meeting the Needs of Your Students: UDL

WJU EdTech

The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a leading proponent of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). “Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Watch the video below to get an overview of UDL” (CAST). UDL offers a framework for creating learning environments that are flexible and help accommodate various learning styles.

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Differentiating Instruction with Technology

EdTechTeacher

Teachers need to acquire their own skills in using technology to provide accessible instructional materials and alternatives that will provide voice and choice for students. Effective use of technology can help teachers transform their classrooms and customize curriculum to meet student needs. UDL Framework from CAST. UDL can help meet the needs of the widest range of student variability. Blog Rosey McQuillan #UDL

AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity

EdTechTeam

When I first began my job as an Assistive Technology Coordinator in my district back in 2008, the lines between educational tech and assistive tech were pretty crisp. I worked exclusively with students in special education classrooms who needed a way to access the curriculum or a way to communicate effectively in the classroom. Finally, I had the great opportunity to attend the UDL Summer Institute at Harvard University in 2015. Assistive Technology will always be around.

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How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses

Edsurge

Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

With Innovation and Empathy, Remote Learning Becomes Accessible for All Students

Edsurge

It has disabled our education system, creating challenges to educational access, barriers to student academic progress and strains on teachers’ and students’ physical and emotional well-being. Empathy might just be your best formative assessment.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Different students need the ability to access their learning differently, and we should help facilitate that as teachers. But districts also need to make sure that the “packaged curriculum” intended to personalize instruction is accessible and effective for all students and allows teachers the degree of flexibility that Cox described. Increasingly, policymakers are suggesting or outright requiring that EdTech products support UDL requirements.

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

2 – Designing Online Assessments As you assess learning online, you’ll want to use the research-based best practices for online assessments. Feedback using your formative and summative assessment tools is also essential.

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21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

SEL Courses Assessment Strategies for SEL In this course, you’ll get up to speed on current practices in SEL, including the history and legislation that has propelled it to the forefront of our educational focus. Online Assessment. Education Technology Accessibility for All Students.

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How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? #DLNchat

Edsurge

Can proactive instructional design eliminate barriers to access for learners? Will artificial intelligence play a role in improving accessibility? On Tuesday, May 8 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? We talked about the differences between accessibility and usability, legal considerations under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the concept of UDL (universal design for learning).

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

High school senior at Newton North High School in Newton, MA, Yishai Barth, feels strongly about the importance of Universal Design Language (UDL). If we look at a standard day in any classroom, the activities and assessments are all channelled through writing. As with so many things, to a certain extent it should be a case of ‘technology to the rescue’! However technology’s effectiveness is always subject to the applicability of its design principles to any particular user.

How Designing Accessible Curriculum For All Can Help Make Online Learning More Equitable

MindShift

Whatever the fate of online learning, the past months have exposed some glaring disparities in access to education and technology, while families with children who have disabilities and special needs experienced significant challenges even when technology was available.

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Applying Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms

Neo LMS

This, after all, is the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework that aids curriculum designers and educators in ensuring that all learners receive the accommodations that are needed to help them excel in school.

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How to apply the Universal Design for Learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is thought to be the solution to the above problem. This is the basic idea of Universal Design for Learning, advanced by the people of CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology), a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through UDL. UDL provides multiple means of representation. UDL provides multiple means of action and expression.

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Join Our Wednesday Webinars in October

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Each session will take a look at ways to use the design features available in this fee and accessible mainstream suite of tools to support the principles of Universal Design for Learning, UDL. Join me and MyInfinitec.org to explore ways to put UDL to practice in a Google-powered learning environment. October 9th from 4:30-5:30 EST. Would you like you like to improve your students’ writing skills along with their technology skills?

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An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

To access the most current resources, please click on the tab at the top of this blog: Digital Differentiation - Current Updating Ten months ago I published a Digital Differentiation model on this blog. Here is the new post: Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills, an idea supported by the Common Core.

Tight on Goals, Flexible on Means: Universal Design for Learning Empowers Opportunity Youth

Digital Promise

Gaps between young people of privilege and Opportunity Youth in rates of learning needs diagnosis, college access and completion, suspension, and incarceration make a critical learning differences story that must be heard. UDL and Opportunity Youth. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is “a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn” ( CAST ).

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Breaking the Blockbuster Model

CUE

Recently, I’ve been a part of some really good conversations around trends in grading practices , parent access to the classroom curriculum , and use of UDL. I had a couple of high-school and college professors who were amazing lecturers, but that experience definitely wasn’t accessible–nor enjoyable–for a lot of my peers. Otherwise, provide physical copies of materials so that their access isn’t curtailed.

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

Educational Technology Guy

PowerUp WHAT WORKS ( www.powerupwhatworks.org ) 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 allows teachers to access training and resources to allow them to enhance learning for students with disabilities, personalize learning with technology.

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PowerUp Your Virtual Classroom with FREE Online PD

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This FREE webinar series kicks off on March 17th @ 11:00 am EST with a session facilitated by Deb Norton, an amazing Technology Integration Specialist and ISTE Online Instructor who will be sharing best practices for teaching virtually online.

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What are this year’s top trends at SXSW EDU?

eSchool News

The advancement of emerging technology is laying the foundation for a new age of learning. With virtual worlds being built to extend the classroom and embedded AI to better track student development, experiential technology provides a new level of immersion. Future of Assessment & Accountability. Beyond Rubrics: Embedded Assessment in Making. Playful Assessment: Don’t Stop the Fun. Moving the Needle on K-12 Accessibility.

Power Up Your Virtual Classroom with FREE Online PD

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This FREE webinar series kicks off on March 17th @ 11:00 am EST with a session facilitated by Deb Norton , an amazing Technology Integration Specialist and ISTE Online Instructor. Register for this free webinar series to gain access to both live and on demand sessions.

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What Are You Doing With the Last 5?

Fractus Learning

This is the perfect time to utilize formative assessment tools to gauge student understanding and help make decisions about tomorrow’s instruction. Here are some ideas on how you can use assessment tools to see where students are in their understanding: Socrative is an excellent formative assessment tool to gather student feedback to correct mistakes and address misconceptions. What if students do not have access to devices? What are you doing with the last five?

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To Flip or Not to Flip? That is the Question!

Fractus Learning

Countless educational technologies and strategies exist to help engage students, represent content differently and provide students with creative ways to demonstrate their understanding. One popular educational model called the Flipped Classroom, combines the power of technology and pedagogy to enhance learning. Architects are constantly challenged by new laws, regulations, and ordinances to design environments that can be accessible by anyone; however, this was not always the case.

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April 22 Learning Revolution Mini-Conference: Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning: Survive, Thrive, & Plan for What Comes Next

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

She also holds two Master of Science Degrees in Higher Education minoring in Teaching and Learning and Online Technology from Kaplan University now Purdue University. Ernie and Rick founded BEYOND Technology Education.

Wednesday's "Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning" Mini-Conference - New Sessions Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

She also holds two Master of Science Degrees in Higher Education minoring in Teaching and Learning and Online Technology from Kaplan University now Purdue University. Ernie and Rick founded BEYOND Technology Education.

Learning Revolution Free Events - "Reinventing the Classroom" Online Conference This Week - GlobalEdCon Call for Proposals - RSMiniCon This Weekend

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Topics include: Personalize Your Math Professional Development, Learn About Differentiated Instruction and UDL, Personalize Your ELA Professional Development, and more. Newsletter Sponsor Click for more information Partner Spotlight CoSN CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. Carolina Kaufman shares the first installation of the Art Institute of Chicago''s series on technology in art education.

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