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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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. Universal Design for Learning® (UDL). Universal Design for Learning® (UDL) developed by David Rose and Ann Meyers is a registered trademark of the Center for Assistive Special Technology (CAST). UDL was designed to reduce the barriers to the curriculum and maximize learning.

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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. Educators who provide students with learning experiences based on the principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) can greatly boost the engagement of ALL learners, not just students with significant learning needs. . What is UDL? A UDL classroom is carefully crafted to provide ALL students with multiple opportunities for learning and growth.

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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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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.

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

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. With itslearning, we saw a platform where we could truly implement the three principles of UDL.

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Tapping into UDL for online courses

eSchool News

In this week’s news: 10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students. 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. Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

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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. UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing.

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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 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

According to a new report, 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. 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.

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. Education Technology Special Needs Remote Instruction Coronavirus Social-Emotional Learning

Importance of Assistive Technology

N2Y

For many students with disabilities, assistive technology (AT) is critically important in removing barriers to mobility, communication, socialization, and learning. Legislation ensuring greater access to, and availability of, assistive technology.

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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“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. Lawrence and her team are laser-focused on improving the accessibility and inclusive design of Microsoft’s products and services to make Universal Design for Learning (UDL) easier for educators to leverage.

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). 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. 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs.

Join Us for Wednesday Winter Webinars Dedicated to Digital Differentiation with Google

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

These online sessions will focus on a model I designed and developed in 2011 to provide educators with resources to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning. digital classroom digital tools google docs personalized learning udl #DigiDif #UDL #SK12 #Webinar

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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 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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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.

Highlights from Day 1 of iPad Summit Boston – from Beth

EdTechTeacher

Luis Perez did a fantastic talk about making Assistive Technology (AT) HIP (Hope – Independence – Passion). Apple’s commitment to accessibility even extends to its latest device: the Apple Watch. 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.

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Join Us for Wednesday Winter Webinars Dedicated to Digital Differentiation with Google

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

These online sessions will focus on a model I designed and developed in 2011 to provide educators with resources to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning. These free, mainstream education tools are packed with accessibility features allowing all educators to level the playing field for learning and growth. Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences to address the diverse needs of all students.

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3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

Graphite Blog

Plus, the students who struggled with attention didn't miss out on any information since they could access the content through the voice-over, the visuals in the video, and the text in the captions. It's also crucial that when you introduce a new digital learning tool into your classroom, you make sure it will be accessible to your students. Users should be able to access the content in multiple ways and without distraction. Apple Accessibility Features.

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Text to Speech in Google Earth – From Brenda Doucette

EdTechTeacher

This guest post post from Summer Workshop instructor , Brenda Doucette ( @doucetteb ), first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. 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. This was a game changer for that particular group of students as they could now access the same material in Google Earth as their peers. Differentiating with Technology.

Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. At CAST, making curriculum accessible to all takes many forms, including the production of resources and tools that break down barriers to learning. UDL really aims to focus on the goal, which is to help learners become expert learners,” says David Gordon, CAST’s director of publishing and communications. UDL Book Builder. UDL Curriculum Toolkit. UDL Studio.

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Today’s Innovations are Tomorrow’s Practices: Adapting Learning to Meet Students

Digital Promise

In-person schooling provided an environment for students with cognitive or physical challenges to be fully supported with personalized instruction, tailored supports, and customized technologies. Advisor for Innovation & Educational Technology, U.S.

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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The Value of Digital Reading – From Beth Holland

EdTechTeacher

If we approach the process of reading with “Universal Design for Learning” as an instructional blueprint, then all students could benefit from accessibility features and not just those who may have a language-based or print-based learning disorder. If the learning objective is comprehension of the material, and not decoding of the text, then this feature provides an additional pathway to access the material. Differentiating with Technology.

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

SpeechTechie

I usually point people in the direction of the collaborative SLP Apps List (top of my blog), but from now on I am also going to be recommending Joan Green''s The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education as a great resource book for those starting out with iPads (or other technology) for clinical use. accessibility features available within MS Office or iWork). adults books consultation UDL

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.

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

4 – UDL – Universal Design for Learning Inaccessibility is still a major downfall of some online learning implementations. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) ensures that lessons are accessible for every student.

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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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Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Action and Expression

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog, I focused on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle of representation. I highlighted some of the affordances available online that can help students to manipulate digital information to make it more accessible.