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? With UDL, you look at a traditional lesson and start by identifying the barriers.

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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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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.

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Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL. So the focus in the classroom is really developing great independent learning skills, based upon who they are, using the UDL lens of Access , Engage , and Express. Where do we start understanding UDL.

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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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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.

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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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Savvy’s Interviews: Student Voice, UDL, Makerspaces & More

Teacher Reboot Camp

Conference Highlights #ISTE2017 #NOTATISTE digital badges ISTE makerspaces pivot tables student voice UDL universal designSavvy conducted her pre-ISTE interviews at the Badge Summit and at the famous El Mercado shops at Market Square. Below, watch the live video interviews. Baby Savvy was excited to catch up with two of our favorite educators. Baby Savvy spoke to Rodney Turner (@TechyTurner) about student voice and pivot tables.

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


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. Find ways to infuse UDL into learning activities.

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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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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.

Improving outcomes with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

IT Bill

A recent article in the EDUCAUSE Review describes how University of Memphis integrated Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles into their online course development process.

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

FETC Converge

UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing. Uncategorized Action engagement Expression FETC Representation UDLFuture 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? That’s not a trick question—think about it,” Marotta writes. It’s just an ed thing.

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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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5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging.

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Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the needs of all students

Ditch That Textbook

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that aides educators in designing lessons that meet the needs of diverse learners. DitchBook Twitter chat choice innovation learning styles student engagement student learning udl universal design for learning

AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity


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. But what is UDL and what role does it play in creating access for all students? The post AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity appeared first on EdTechTeam.

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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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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 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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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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Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

Leading a Learning Community Providing Instructional Leadership Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context individualized learning innovative teaching and learning innovators mindset katie novak personalized learning UDL universal design for learning

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No Two Learners Alike: Supporting Learning Diversity and UDL

District Administration

VizZle 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. Create goals and folders that can be accessed from desktops, laptops, or iPads and Android tablets, and track data automatically. Date of broadcast: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:55 am EST. Login or Register to watch!

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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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Google’s New Voice Typing Feature for Google Docs


How-To Screencasting UDL accessibility google typing voiceCheck out this fantastic new feature of accessibility and efficiency, now built into Google Docs.

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.

Tap Into Sound with ThingLink & Audioboo

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Learn About UDL Universal Design for Learning supports the idea of designing lessons from the start that are equipped with support for all learners to overcome learning barriers and to meet their diverse learning needs. What this CAST video, UDL at a Glance , enhanced by ThingLink for Video.

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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.

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Are You Co-Teaching or Just Taking Turns?


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Tips for Awakening the Thinkers in Your Room


Constructivist Thinking Two Teachers in the Room behaviorist pedagogy chunking cognitivist concept maps Depths of Knowledge Elizabeth Stein memory skills movement prior knowledge reciprocal teaching SEL two teachers in the room UDL

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?

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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

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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.

How to Help Kids Become Self-Advocates


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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

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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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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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.

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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Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

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 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 Guidelines.

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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.

Bloom's Taxonomy Presented Visually

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

bloom''s edtech education student teacher tools technology udl Inspired by Kathy Schrock''s Bloomin'' iPad , I decided to use to create a collection of visual resources to support Bloom''s Revised Taxonomy. View the collection on

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Captivating Co-Teaching: Engagement & Feedback


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. 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.