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The Future is in the Margins
Transcript of The Future is in the Margins
Authors David Rose, Ed.D. and Anne
Meyer, Ed.D. CAST Summarized by
Tara MacLeod andTricia St.Marie In today's world, new media (digital text, digital images, digital audio, digital video, etc.) provides more flexibility--this media is consider malleable. Rose and Meyer also state, "the more differentiated use of media for instruction reveals that individuals who are defined as "learning disabled" within print-based learning environments are not the same individuals who are defined as "learning disabled" within video-or audio based learning environments." Malleable media is something that allows the content to be represented in many different forms--easily. Brainstorming Today's classroom uses very basic technology such as calculators, word processors and electronic games. They are new tools being used to do "old" things. These tools are only used to increase efficiency but they do not change the educational model. For students with disabilities, technology
tools now make the curriculum accessible
when it was previously inaccessible. New brain research has shown us that
the brain learns differently than we
previously believed even in the same
learner. This research has taught us that there is not one type of learner but rather a great variety of learners. For example, a digital lesson can be transformed to text-to-speech, speech-to-text, text-to-braille, etc. providing multiple means of representation. Even though our culture has adopted a more media rich world, our schools continue to use print based technologies (old school). That means
that some learning disabilities "disappear" in the eyes of both the learners and educators within that
environment. A student with a visual impairment easily disappears with the use of technology, i.e. Join Me. According to Rose and Meyer, "While assistive technologies are of tremendous value, they will not provoke fundamental changes in education for most students with disabilities." In this article, Rose and Meyers introduce us to their concept of teaching and learning. New designs for teaching and learning use media to meet the various learning styles of all students (including by default those with disabilities). Rose and Meyers explain that schools should use multiple means of representations, expression and engagement. These flexible designs are known as Universal Design for Learning. The future of education should lie in Universal Designs for Learning in all areas of education--including assessment. The technologies of today and tomorrow have the capability of shifting the goal of education from mastery of content to a mastery of learning. We need to require educators to use Universal Designs for Learning as an everyday tool for educating all learners. UDL has the capability to change the lives of students with disabilities. The power lies within our educators to make this a reality for all learners.
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