Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL. Defining Personal Learning. Kathleen, how would you define personal learning?

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So you think you understand UDL?

eSchool News

I thought I had a pretty good handle on universal design for learning (UDL), but after chatting with Katie Novak , Ed.D., Novak, author of UDL Now! Q: What exactly is UDL, and why does it matter? With UDL, teachers proactively design the curriculum to eliminate barriers.

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5 ways our centralized LMS supports UDL

eSchool News

When your LMS supports UDL, students reap the benefits. Unlike pedagogies that attempt to teach to a broader group of students with a broad brush, UDL encompasses a wide swath of learning content—lectures, lessons, videos, audio recordings, group projects, individual projects, etc.—to

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Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With abundant access to data, schools can personalize learning to help each student demonstrate success in a standards-based. learning environment. What is UDL? Multimedia plays a significant role in the learning environment. Putting the UDL Principles to Practice.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. Share Out: A goal of the design thinking process is sharing learning out to a broader public.

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A perfect pairing: UDL and PLCs

eSchool News

At the heart of effective PLCs are inquiry and reflection focused on standards-based instruction, engaging discussions on lessons that support students as they access grade-level curriculum, and exploring ways to provide students with means for expression.

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#6: 5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

By creating inclusive classrooms, educators aim to foster learning environments that are equitable and nurturing to every student. If you are a teacher looking to create a more inclusive learning environment in your classroom, understanding the principles of UDL can give you an edge.

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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.

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The Intersection of UDL and Bloom’s Taxonomy

MiddleWeb

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.". Bloom''s and UDL Two Teachers in the Room Bloom''s taxonomy CAST Elizabeth Stein two teachers in the room UDL

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Tips, Tricks and Tools to Build Your Inclusive Classroom Through UDL

Edsurge

Many educators know it as the building blocks behind Universal Design for Learning, or UDL. Developed by CAST , UDL is comprised of three guiding principles that seek to increase engagement and accessibility: Providing learners with multiple means of engagement; representation; and action and expression. UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing. It is a way to connect every student to the learning experience.

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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. It’s a significant departure from the traditional classroom approach, and transforming a learning environment doesn’t happen overnight.

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CAST UDL Book Builder

SpeechTechie

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.

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AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity

EdTechTeam

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. Second, as we moved into using the Chromebook as a 1:1 universal tool in our district, students had access to technology resources that were typically reserved only for students with a demonstrated need. Finally, I had the great opportunity to attend the UDL Summer Institute at Harvard University in 2015.

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Improving outcomes with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

IT Bill

Over the past few years colleges have faced an increasing number of complaints from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requiring their web content be made accessible to people with disabilities. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)

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5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

By creating inclusive classrooms, educators aim to foster learning environments that are equitable and nurturing to every student. If you are a teacher looking to create a more inclusive learning environment in your classroom, understanding the principles of UDL can give you an edge.

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EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. Cox has a unique outlook on where personalized learning is headed: she helps oversee the district’s special education programs and strives to ensure that students with disabilities are included in the overall vision for structural and instructional reform.

Tapping into UDL for online courses

eSchool News

In this week’s news: 10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students. Now there is a quick and easy way to create even more flexible video tutorials for your blended or flipped learning classes.

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10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

New report highlights 10-step plan to applying Universal Design for Learning online. UDL is tough enough in a face-to-face environment, but the real challenge might be how to implement the principles in an online world where students’ abilities and learning styles differ drastically.

How to apply the Universal Design for Learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

The way people learn is as unique as cats’ noses. So even though students in a classroom may look alike, they each have a unique combination of background, strengths, needs and interests that affect their learning outcomes. Why Universal Design for Learning in the classroom matters.

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Differentiating Instruction with Technology

EdTechTeacher

It focuses on utilizing teaching strategies that provide students with multiple options for taking in and processing information, making sense of ideas, and then expressing their learning. UDL Framework from CAST. UDL can help meet the needs of the widest range of student variability.

Present Slides with Captions for Screen Readers with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

While facilitating a webinar series for MyInfinitec, an agency whose goal is to provide access to the core curriculum for all learners, I’ve taken another deep dive into the current accessibility features in Google. Learn more about SK12.

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).

No Two Learners Alike: Supporting Learning Diversity and UDL

District Administration

Create goals and folders that can be accessed from desktops, laptops, or iPads and Android tablets, and track data automatically. Sponsored by: Monarch Teaching Technologies Sponsored Content Teaching & Learning Special Ed Technology special needs softwareVizZle is web-based software for diverse learners. Select from more than 13,000 peer-created lessons from our shared library, personalize them for your students, or create from scratch.

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

Digital Promise

YouthBuild USA , a Digital Promise Adult Learning Beacon , is an international intermediary for a network of 250 community-based YouthBuild programs and schools around the country. We and our partners are committed to bringing the voices and experiences of Opportunity Youth learners (low-income young people of promise, ages 16 to 24) and educators to the conversation about learning differences. UDL and Opportunity Youth. Learn More. Adult Learning Blog Educators

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“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Daily Edventures

Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft . As Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Lawrence believes one of the key paths to delivering on this mission is through accessible education technology, and an inclusive educational environment. Megan Lawrence.

Highlights from Day 1 of iPad Summit Boston – from Beth

EdTechTeacher

Jodie Deinhammer and Sunny Richardson told the story of how their science classrooms in Texas transformed the learning environment to a point where students are now designing the syllabus, creating projects, and connecting to students from schools all over the world.

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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 think it symbolizes an older way of teaching & learning, and it’s not necessarily wrong, just out-of-date.

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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. Great ways to use Google Docs for Student Driven Learning Projects. These webinars are open to members of the SK12 Teacher Learning Community.

3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

Graphite Blog

In my first-grade classroom, a third of my students were learning English as a second language. My students loved having subtitles on during short videos because it gave them more opportunities to interact with and learn from the content. All my students were learning how to read, and the captions helped them connect the audio to the visual representation of text. Can the learner log into the digital learning tool interface independently? Apple Accessibility Features.

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Free Webinar: Options for eText: Facilitating Access and Comprehension Through Electronic Text

SpeechTechie

Options for eText: Facilitating Access and Comprehension Through Electronic Text Presented by Sean Sweeney, Speech-Language Pathologist/Instructional Tech Specialist Sponsored by MES Publishing Watch the Webinar Recording If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate , join the Everyone CAN! With the advent and proliferation of mobile devices available to students and teachers has come a wide range of options for accessing text.

The Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning #InnovatorsMindsetUDL

The Principal of Change

The above image is a draft visual that is the basis of my next book, “The Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning” (working title) which connects “ The Innovator’s Mindset ” and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. Educators can do all of that with a set of free tools created by CAST , a nonprofit research and development company dedicated to breaking down barriers to learning. UDL Book Builder.

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The Value of Digital Reading – From Beth Holland

EdTechTeacher

These thoughtful educators question if being able to hear words could actually decrease literacy skills and remove the need for students to learn to read. Learn more with us this summer! Project Based Learning. Beth Holland Blog Featured #UDL Differentiating Diversa reading

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Text to Speech in Google Earth – From Brenda Doucette

EdTechTeacher

We taught the student how to turn on this accessibility feature, and we were further surprised to learn that we could change the speaker’s voice and speaking rate. Come learn more with us this summer!

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An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success.

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