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How shifting to a UDL mindset enhances Common Core

eSchool News

Common Core Professional Development Special Education ccss professional development UDL Universal Design for LearningWhen special and general ed teachers collaborate, everyone benefits.

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

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The Intersection of UDL and Bloom’s Taxonomy


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. 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.".

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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. 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. It’s an editorial approach that’s as least as old as the one-room school house.

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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.

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

User Generated Education

Education professional development school reform sketchnotes UDL visual literacy visual mediaWhen asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” ” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images.

If Students Begin to Drift, Instruction Must Shift


Using UDL videos and other resources, Stein shows how to meet diverse needs. Closing the Achievement Gap Two Teachers in the Room co-teachers differentiation diversity Elizabeth Stein IEP inclusion learner variability learning gaps two teachers in the room UDL

How to Help Kids Become Self-Advocates


Self-Advocacy Two Teachers in the Room co-teachers Elizabeth Stein learner variability peer collaboration self-advocacy two teachers in the room UDLMany students with disabilities struggle to gain the language, social, or pragmatic skills they need to be self-advocates.

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.


Are You Co-Teaching or Just Taking Turns?


Co-Teaching Teams Two Teachers in the Room co-teaching Elizabeth Stein inclusion specialized instruction strategies two teachers in the room UDL

The Power of Gratitude to Improve Co-teaching


Co-Teaching & Gratitude Two Teachers in the Room average learner co-teaching deficit model diversity Elizabeth Stein gratitude Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) neuroscience research strengths-based mindset thanksgiving two teachers in the room UDL

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Free Webinar: Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

edchat #EdReform #elearning #multimedia #udl Professional development thinglink webinar Are you looking for a user friendly and flexible tool to help you easily create engaging multimedia rich content to redefine teaching and learning?

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Guide Students to Goals Using Action Steps


Setting Goals Two Teachers in the Room action steps Elizabeth Stein goal setting IEP resiliency student choice two teachers in the room UDLSetting goals with students is necessary but not sufficient, writes co-teaching coach Elizabeth Stein.

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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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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.

UDL Explained


Not every consultation between an SLP and a student’s teachers is about technology, of course, but on some level, every consultation is about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL videos

An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

cool tool digital text edtech education free free technology student tools teacher tools tech technology udl universal design for learning web 2.0 This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning.

Liven Up Co-Teaching with These Tech Ideas


Beyond Comfort Zones Two Teachers in the Room Anne Beninghof Brian Friedlander Class Dojo co-teaching comfort zone Elizabeth Stein Marilyn Friend nearpod padlet Socrative technology two teachers in the room UDL Visuwords

What Is Your Classroom’s Learning Foundation?


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

What Should a Co-Taught Curriculum Look Like?


Curriculum Two Teachers in the Room CCSS co-teaching collaboration curriculum Elizabeth Stein FAQ inclusive classroom curriculum two teachers in the room UDLShould the curriculum in a co-teaching classroom setting look different from a typical general education classroom?

Universal Design for Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Being grounded in socio-cultural theory, UDL views learning environments and social interactions more. May 6, 2015 Universal Design for Learning is a framework for learning that includes all students. Universal Design Learning

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Read and Write for iPad


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Highlights from Day 1 of iPad Summit Boston – from Beth


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. Design-Engage-Connect Student Designed Curriculum.

Today’s Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice

User Generated Education

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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Some Resources for Summer Rejuvenation


Once refreshed and centered, co-teachers can look ahead to the new school year by tapping into UDL guidelines and planning tools & templates. Elizabeth Stein offers resources to support the rejuvenation educators need to enjoy, learn, grow, and relax this summer.

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.

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.

Text Compactor: Simplify and Summarize Text

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

free no login udl writing Text Compactor is a free online tool for summarizing and simplifying text. It is extremely user-friendly and requires no login so it''s a perfect tool for students to add to their own toolkits of resources.

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Power Up WHAT WORKS Free Resource Library

Class Tech Tips

iPad/Laptop Use Teacher Tools customizable lessons UDLPowerUp WHAT WORKS resources for struggling students and those with disabilities are now available in the OpenEd resource library.

Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

1:1learning authentic assessment ePortfolio free technology udl An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document effort, progress, and achievement over time.

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).

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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.

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


adults books consultation UDL If I were to make an FAQ page--I can''t think of questions that I get asked frequently enough to form a critical mass--one that would be there would go something like: "We just got an iPad. What do you recommend?"

An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them

User Generated Education

Some ways educators can give students voice is by: Giving learners an opportunity to use their unique voices to show what they know-what they learned (see UDL’s multiple means of action and expression ).

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5 Ways to Make Learning Personal

The CoolCatTeacher

Kathleen McClaskey @ khmmc is Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC, a futurist, education technologist, keynote speaker, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments.

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Digital Differentiation Webinar Series in July

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

digital differentiation elearning flexible learning paths multimedia udl webinar Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences to address the diverse needs of all students.

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.