5 Essential Things Teachers Need to Know About UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Loui Lord Nelson on Episode 458 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Universal Design for Learning (UDL) doesn’t have to be mind-boggling. Today’s guest is international UDL expert Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.

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UDL for Adult Learners: Guidelines and Strategies

Digital Promise

“The best thing about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is that it keeps the rigor of content and standards, but allows for flexibility in the way learners come to their own understanding of the material,” says Jason Marshall of YouthBuild USA.

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Learning for All with UDL in the Classroom


ELA educator Cheryl Mizerny invites you to have fun developing your own UDL-enhanced unit. The former special ed teacher details how using Universal Design for Learning helps all learners grow, then she shares her argumentative writing unit enhanced with UDL practices.

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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? A: Our classrooms today are incredibly diverse. Tell me more about UDL.

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Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL. Vicki: So when we personalize learning, does that mean that everybody’s doing something different in the classroom, or what does that mean to you? Where do we start understanding UDL. UDL has been around a little while.

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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

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? Putting the UDL Principles to Practice.

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#6: 5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

In recent years, general education teachers have joined special education teachers in emphasizing the need for inclusivity in the classroom. By creating inclusive classrooms, educators aim to foster learning environments that are equitable and nurturing to every student.

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Applying UDL Each Day to Help All Learners


Offering 365 ways to teach and challenge all learners, Paula Kluth's Universal Design Daily provides many fresh and tried and true ideas for incorporating UDL into the classroom, says special education teacher Stacy Thorpe.

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


Would you want to be a learner in your classroom? This may be especially true in classrooms where material is presented in a one-size-fits-all format. 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.

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The Intersection of UDL and Bloom’s Taxonomy


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 Students learn by connecting prior knowledge with new information.

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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.

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AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity


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. I had the opportunity to hear directly from my mentors Dr. David Rose and Dr. Thomas Hehir ; champions of UDL and inclusive education. The post AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity appeared first on EdTechTeam.

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Tips, tricks and tools to build your inclusive classroom through UDL

FETC Converge

Future of Education Technology Conference speaker Mike Marotta explains how to build an inclusive classroom using Universal Design for Learning. Would you want to be a learner in your classroom? UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing. Uncategorized Action engagement Expression FETC Representation UDLThat’s not a trick question—think about it,” Marotta writes. It’s just an ed thing.

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Making Equity Visible in Inclusive Classrooms


To meet the learning needs of students with diverse abilities in inclusion classrooms, NBCT Elizabeth Stein suggests a focus on equity. She offers four key strategies (with supporting resources) that align specifically with co-teaching strengths and student abilities.

5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

In recent years, general education teachers have joined special education teachers in emphasizing the need for inclusivity in the classroom. By creating inclusive classrooms, educators aim to foster learning environments that are equitable and nurturing to every student.

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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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4 Steps to Implement Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

By Amanda Murphy UDL provides multiple paths to student success. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Personalized Learning

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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.

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How to apply the Universal Design for Learning in the classroom


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. Since classrooms are so diverse, curricula need to meet this diversity. A UDL classroom is a techy one.

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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. The challenge for educators is to realize this potential in the classroom on Monday morning. 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.

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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.

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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. Elizabeth shares five co-teaching tips that come alive in the two teachers'' high energy classroom.

Differentiating Instruction with Technology


As educators, we innately know that our students bring different learner profiles to our classrooms. Effective use of technology can help teachers transform their classrooms and customize curriculum to meet student needs. UDL Framework from CAST. Blog Rosey McQuillan #UDL

Digital Differentiation A Webinar Featuring Tools to Support Flexible Learning Paths for Personalized Learning

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

When combined with student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by essential questions and offer flexible learning paths, use of digital tools can break the learning barriers that exist in our classrooms. Uncategorized Events #webinar #sk12 #UDL

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. I 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. The challenging parts were striving to address all three of the UDL brain networks and finding quality resources in a variety of formats to incorporate into the lesson.

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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

User Generated Education

Because of all of the multimedia available to teachers, there has been an increased use of visual presentation of content in the classroom. Research tells us that the majority of students in a regular classroom need to see information in order to learn it.

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What Should a Co-Taught Curriculum Look Like?


Should 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.

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What Is Your Classroom’s Learning Foundation?


For Elizabeth Stein, the foundation that undergirds successful classrooms is student engagement. 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 UDLHow do teachers measure the depth of their engagement and reinforce it? Stein shares ideas and resources about curiosity-building, effective feedback and more.

Highlights from Day 1 of iPad Summit Boston – from Beth


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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Rethinking “Appropriate” in Co-Taught Classrooms


Noting the recent Supreme Court decision affirming high expectations and educational opportunities for all students with disabilities, Elizabeth Stein looks at what's needed in the classroom to ensure an enduring commitment to inclusion continues to move forward. Douglas County School District equity FAPE free and appropriate public education IDEA IEP parent communication special education history Supreme Court two teachers in the room UDL

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Free Webinar: Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Are you interested in using technology to meet the personal learning needs of the students in your classroom? edchat #EdReform #elearning #multimedia #udl Professional development thinglink webinar

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Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Working under the motto, “Until learning has no limits,” and co-founded by Lecturer David Rose , CAST developed the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which drives much of today’s theory around the different ways students learn. UDL Book Builder. They aren’t tied to specific math topics, so they can be taught during any classroom unit.

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Text to Speech in Google Earth – From Brenda Doucette


Google & Web Tools in the Student-Centered Classroom. Blog Featured Google #ettsummer #UDL Brenda Doucette Differentiating Free Technology for Teachers Google Earth text-to-speech

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Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

Translate this thought into the classroom. Getting to know our students and passions may help shape the opportunities within the classroom, as well within professional learning (the questions below may help).

The Value of Digital Reading – From Beth Holland


Flipped Classroom. 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.

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Captivating Co-Teaching: Engagement & Feedback


In fact, she says, when teachers in inclusion classrooms tap into emotions and provide quality feedback, they'll find they're better able to serve diverse learners effectively. Engagement Two Teachers in the Room co-teaching Elizabeth Stein engagement feedback inclusion special education two teachers in the room UDLEmotions are a natural part of learning, writes co-teaching coach and NBCT Elizabeth Stein.

Digital Differentiation Webinar Series in July

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

When combined with student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by essential questions and offer flexible learning paths, use of digital tools can break the learning barriers that exist in our classrooms. digital differentiation elearning flexible learning paths multimedia udl webinar

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April is Autism Awareness Month


Teaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms. Engaging All Learners: 5 Steps to Creating More Inclusive Classrooms.

The Solution to Inclusion: Small Group Instruction


Co-teaching/UDL coach and NBCT Elizabeth Stein makes the case for small group instruction being the very thing to engage co-teachers in co-designing accessible, meaningful learning and effective outcomes for everyone in inclusive classes.