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The Journey of Universal Design for Learning
Transcript of The Journey of Universal Design for Learning
EDUC-6714I-2, Reaching & Engaging all Learners Through Technology
March 2013 The Journey of Universal Design for Learning Universal Design
for Learning (UDL) UDL is a teaching approach designed for diverse student populations. This means YOUR students! It recognizes that we all learn in unique ways, so our teaching should reflect that. UDL provides educators with a framework for creating an environment that meets the needs of our students, promotes learning and gives equal opportunities. Our environment has been adjusted to meet the varying needs of people. Shouldn't our classrooms? Here's a short video that explains UDL more in-depth and how it can help in YOUR classroom, enjoy! Technology allows flexibility for learners. This customization makes learning more enjoyable, fair, and attainable. The role of Technology in UDL & YOUR classroom Universal Design for Learning isn't a fad or another initiative you will be burned out by. Instead, it is a sensible method to approaching teaching and sets our students up for success. By using technology and current research about the brain, UDL maximizes learning opportunities for all. I hope you join me on the path of flexible, creative and empowering teaching!
Not everyone has the
same needs in life Inspiration for UDL came from
barriers in our everyday life So the one-size-fits-all approach is a problem;
in and outside of the classroom. Environmental obstacles made certain tasks unnecessarily challenging for some. UDL is a set of principles that we can use to make our lessons more accessible. the WHAT the HOW the WHY How can UDL help in your classroom? It improves the learning environment of all students regardless of ability or need.
It increases teacher effectiveness and student engagement. Perception Language,
and symbols Comprehension Brain Research and UDL Research has shown that there are three interconnected networks of the brain that are used
for learning. These paths vary from person to person. Three Principles of UDL #1- Present material in a variety of ways
#2- Provide students with various ways to
express and demonstrate their learning
#3- Provide students with various options for engagement UDL came from the architectural movement Universal Design (UD). UD believes that structures and products should be accessible by all. Examples: Voice recognition software, enhanced text, digital texts, alternative keyboards, audio books, wikis, Voicethread, Smartboards, etc. Checkout this site for a free technology toolkit to assist you with UDL in YOUR classroom: http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/ #1- Present material in a variety of ways Ever heard a picture is worth 1,000 words? Why not use visuals in your classroom? Visual supports can remove misunderstandings that sometimes happen when information is only presented verbally. All types of learners will benefit!
What about using larger or highlighted text, or scaffolding your content, even showing videos of students performing the the task you are assigning? Try it! #2- Provide students with various ways
to express their learning Provide students with ways other than a paper and pencil to demonstrate that they understand concepts and always provide timely feedback. #3- Provide students with various
options for engagement Like UD architects, be flexible when creating your classroom environment. Try using a variety of multimedia presentations that include sound and animation. Try flexible grouping. Offer opportunities to display student work. Even go on virtual field trips!
Diversifying your options increases engagement for everyone! Examples: oral or video presentations instead of written reports, project-based learning, sing a song or jingle, have a debate, make a diagram or poster, etc. CAST Resources UDL Class Profile Maker is an organizational tool that surveys strengths, challenges, and interests of your students:
Explore and create UDL lessons with Lesson Builder:
Image Collector Tool helps you find, save, and create images to use in your teaching:
http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/imagecollectortool.cfm Could we use these tools at
West Hills Middle School?? Sure! CAST makes it easy to explore ways that we can teach SMARTER!
All teachers, regardless of their discipline would benefit from the Class Profile Maker as it defines students by their strengths, needs, interests and then generates a class profile. This profile will help personalize your instruction and differentiation.
The UDL Lesson Builder will help us all write more effective lessons while making our content more accessible for all students. It's a great place to start informing yourself about the possibilities UDL affords.
I envision us using the Image Collector to help our large, diverse ELL population. Teaching with pictures will help strengthen their vocabulary, while making them more comfortable in their learning environment. Bottom line on UDL... Resources: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Reaching and engaging all learners through technology . Baltimore: Author.
Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Retrieved from http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/
UDL and Diversity Our classrooms are becoming more and more diverse. UDL lends itself to cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity. It also accommodates high and low achieving students, offering different levels of challenge.