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

User Generated Education

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. UDL provides a framework for all learners to help them become self-directed and independent expert learners. Design Thinking and UDL Planning Tool. Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

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Choice Boards: Benefits, Design Tips & Differentiation

Catlin Tucker

Elementary teachers may use their board to encourage a deep dive into a holiday, season, or weather pattern. Blended Learning Learning Online Learning Teaching Resources Technology in the classroom UDL

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The Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

When I work with secondary teachers, I often hear the statement that “station rotation is an elementary model.” As such, technology should not be used to isolate learners. Technology is simply a vehicle. Technology should not be used for technology’s sake.

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When the Variability of All Learners Is Addressed

ED Surge

The use of education technology continues to increase in classrooms across the country, presenting new opportunities to engage all learners. Recently, EdSurge spoke with Regina Meeks , an elementary math and ELA teacher in North Carolina. UDL expert, Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.,

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365 Inclusive Learning Strategies to Help Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

UDL Principles to Reach Every Child. Karen is an Inclusive Technology Consultant and President of EdTech Solutions, Inc serving school districts in the Greater Boston area. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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). From elementary school grades upwards, a student may be given a book to read and asked to write a review afterwards. As with so many things, to a certain extent it should be a case of ‘technology to the rescue’! 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Model Teaching–How Today’s Educators Learn

Ask a Tech Teacher

Thousands of teachers every year take education classes to renew their license, move up to the next salary range at their school (I did that–often), or learn teaching skills they didn’t get in their degree program (like remote teaching or in-depth technology). Elementary Math.

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. One of my favorites is from Kate Wagner, principal of Red Mill Elementary, who says, “ We are no longer teaching to the middle.”

Choice + Imagination = Fantastic Results

User Generated Education

I teach gifted students at two Title 1 elementary schools. Internet accessibility, technologies that permit the user-generated media, and social media allow for unlimited potential for learner choice and voice. Learner Choice can be facilitated through: Giving learners choice in how they want to learn content including through videos, text-based resources, podcasts, hands-on modules, or human interactions (see UDL’s multiple means of representation ).

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Back to School with Choice Boards – SULS0121

Shake Up Learning

A choice board will give students what UDL requires through multiple means of engagement, representation, and actions or expressions of their learning. Optimize access to tools and assistive technology. . Summer VACAY Bingo (Anderson One Instructional Technology Team).

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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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Language and Literacy: Teaching Through Manipulative Supports


The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) has been an important resource for me when working with students on language and literacy. I recommend the use of DUPLO bricks for children in preschool through lower elementary.

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Connected Educator Series

The Electric Educator

Earlier this month at the 2012 MACUL conference I was asked to sit on a panel of educators to share how we have integrated technology into our curriculum. Wikis in the Classroom - Amber Kowatch from Ludington''s Franklin Elementary shares how her 2nd grade students use wikis to help them connect and reflect as they write. See how Ashley McDonald from Ludington''s Lakeview Elementary uses iPads with her students to help them improve their writing.

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Hyped Up and Empowered: Hyperdocs Bootcamp


Now that we have technology resources basically at our fingertips, it is time to move from engaging lessons to EMPOWERING lessons. I had surveyed one of our elementary sites to find out their tech needs. 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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Leading an Orchestra of Learning

Educator Innovator

At Eastern Heights Elementary School in St. On any given day inside the sprawling Learning Studio at Eastern Heights Elementary School in St. A racially and economically diverse school of about 420 students, Eastern Heights Elementary has been emphasizing a teaching method called personalized learning as a way to close the school’s achievement gap. After negotiations, the school district agreed to support the idea with furniture, bookshelves, and teacher technology stations.

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21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

Cool Cat Teacher

Relationship over reproach: Fostering resilience by embracing a trauma-informed approach to elementary education. Student Anxiety in Online Learning In this course, you’ll analyze anxiety brought about by technology immersion as an overactive fight–flight–freeze survival response.

The Social Learning Summit Is Tomorrow - Online and Free

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

1:1 in the Cloud - How choosing a cloud-based solution impacts student learning by Jason Markey 10 Reasons You Should be Podcasting by Rachelle Wooten 100+ STEM Websites & Webtools For Teachers by Letia Cooper 2nd Grade Bilingual Students Create Innovative Lessons for Author Bryan Chick by Martha Lackey Anywhere, Anytime Learning by Chad Lehman At the sharp end of the pencil - Driving Technology Adoption by Sonja Sharp Becoming Social(er): Why Does Community Matter?