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. The variability among learners demands flexibility in our design and assessment of learning.

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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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Choice Boards: Benefits, Design Tips & Differentiation

Catlin Tucker

Teachers are freed from orchestrating a lesson and able to conference with learners about their progress, provide feedback on work in progress, or conduct side-by-side assessments. Then encourage students to select an item from each column to help them prepare for the assessment.

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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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AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity


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. 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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Differentiating Instruction with Technology


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

Editor’s Picks 2015, No. nine: Why you should stop testing and start assessing

eSchool News

This April piece , on the difference between testing vs. assessing , was published as part of Innovation In Action, a monthly column from the International Society of Technology in Education focused on exemplary practices in education. I teach graduate level courses about educational technology, such as Online Tools for Teaching and Learning. Don’t get me wrong, I still assess learning. Next: How to change assessment practices.

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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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.

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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Applying Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms


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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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.

Two UVM online courses this Fall featuring pedagogy and technology

Learning With Lucie

Are you looking for a UVM course that counts towards your educational technology specialists endorsement? Register by August 5 at [link] educational-technology-online- sequence/ EDCI 322 UDL and Differentiated Instruction with Technology (online) Explore how technologies can support learner-centered strategies that address the diverse needs of students. I'm teaching the following two online courses this Fall.

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Blended Learning: Designing with Balance in Mind

Catlin Tucker

That means they need to be able to flex their metacognitive muscles by setting goals, tracking and monitoring their progress, reflecting on their learning, and assessing their own work. Third, I do not want teachers to design learning experiences or use technology to isolate learners.

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 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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How to apply the Universal Design for Learning in the classroom


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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An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation. This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning.

How to Create Meaningful and Accurate Formative Assessments with EduProtocols


You design an assessment to measure this standard. The flexibility of this EduProtocols is key to keeping things fresh in your classroom and formative assessment: In Language Arts: vocabulary, figurative language, character traits, theme, literary devices. Can you relate to this?

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit


Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning. Today, I'm amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning. What an amazing testament to the power of technology and customized learning for students.

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

Digital Promise

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 ). UDL’s guiding principles are: All people learn differently; The emotion behind learning is as important as the learning; and. UDL’s principles are powerful supports for Opportunity Youth who have opted out of schools and learning environments that failed to meet their needs.

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


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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How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses


But now that so many students are taking courses remotely, in improvised environments that may not be especially conducive to learning, it may take some extra effort to redesign instruction, assignments and assessments to address everyone’s needs.

Professional Learning Communities: Using the 5Es to Give Teachers Agency and Maximize Productivity

Catlin Tucker

Evaluate: Assess the Effectiveness. Check out my newest book UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes ! Blended Learning Learning Online Learning Teaching Resources Technology in the classroom

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


Can our students, teachers and caregivers—especially those experiencing it for the first time—navigate web browsers and technology? Under the UDL framework, we consider student variability and diversity as the norm, and the burden of adaptation is placed on the curriculum.

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 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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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.

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. UDL: Designing for Learner Variability.

5 Reasons to Love Hyperdocs and Digital Lesson Design


More than just an online worksheet, Hyperdocs allow teachers to intentionally design powerful lessons reflecting UDL principles in a sequence of personalized tasks. Hyperdoc digital lesson design allow teachers the opportunity to develop, design, curate and create content and assessment that is authentic to your classroom and audience. Gail Moore is an experienced educator with a passion for meaningful technology integration that promotes student voice and inspired change.

How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? #DLNchat


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). Phyllis Brodsky put it this way, “The commitment to accessibility should be authentic, not rote, and up front, not an afterthought… Applying sound pedagogy that drives design and truly integrates UDL is foundational.” The #DLNchat community concurred: technology alone won’t cut it.

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. Putting UDL to Practice in a Google Powered Learning Environment.

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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. Formative assessments provide students with the roadmap to successful learning.

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Hyped Up and Empowered: Hyperdocs Bootcamp


I was finally able to incorporate video, formative assessment with responders, and have a visually appealing lesson behind me. Now that we have technology resources basically at our fingertips, it is time to move from engaging lessons to EMPOWERING lessons. I attended AVID trainings, English Language Learner workshops, UDL conferences, ….you Kimberly Voge Technology K-12 Instructional Coach Twitter @KVoge71 Want to be empowered like Kimberly?

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Part 3: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Process

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the third post in a series designed to support the use of technology for differentiated learning… in and beyond the PBL classroom. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I do really hope you enjoyed the prior two posts on differentiated instructions tools for reading using technology. I thought in this post it would be interesting to focus on DI writing technology tools.

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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. What if we were to identify and plan ways to overcome potential high-probability barriers in the very methods, materials, and assessments used in our lessons?

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