Gain understanding about Universal Design for Learning.
Understand the role that technology plays in UDL.
UDL stems from the concept of Universal Design . What is Universal Design?
“ The term “ Universal Design " refers to the movement in architecture and product development that aims to create places or things that are accessible to as many people as possible, including those with disabilities.”
Each person’s brain is as different as a fingerprint. Sensory organs stimulate different parts of the brain and no two individuals are stimulated in the same way (Rose & Meyer, 2002). 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 /
Researchers can watch learning happen in the brain. It is one big network that distributes processing to 3 different areas. Influences on the process can depend on what you are learning and is different whether you are a beginner or good at a task. – David Rose, Brain Research and Universal Design for Learning
How does UDL support cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and academic diversity? EMPOWERMENT
Linguistic - Language choice, online translation, online picture dictionaries, and text to speech.
Cultural and ethnic - Instruction and research can be differentiated “so that students are allowed to explore topics that are relevant to their situation (60).”
Minorities – Exposure to technology. “Minorities historically have not been exposed to technology in significant ways...opportunities need to be deliberately created and provided that allow minorities as much time as possible to use technology in the classroom (60).”
Academic - adjustable levels of challenge (zone of proximal development), choice, engagement, feedback.
(Bray, Brown, @ Green)
CAST online tools and resources available at http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/
UDL class profile maker . It is important to analyze the strengths and needs of your students in order to differentiate, scaffold and challenge as needed. This resource includes a tools, activities, template and tutorial on developing a learning profile.
Your Three Brain Networks Interesting activity that forces self reflection, provides explanation, and separates results into the recognition, strategic, and affective networks. (You may want to print it off and frame when you are finished)
Image Collector This resource provides a tutorial and assistance how and why to find, describe, and save meaningful images to use in classroom.
“ When you view an image, all three brain networks are at work. Your recognition network rapidly identifies objects and discerns the overall context. Your strategic network determines how you examine the image and what information you will gain from it. And your affective network determines how long and how carefully you look. All three networks together determine what you actually see.”
Potential Impact of UDL within my Elementary school
More learning styles would be addressed.
Learning profile would promote participation of all students because teachers would be actively aware of high/low needs and tech tools that could facilitate accessibility.
Focus would be directed to the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of learning, rather than just the traditional focus on the ‘what’ of learning. The combination of the three would make learning accessible to all students.
Examples of differentiation and multiple means of
Animal School Video by RaisingSmallSouls.com was reproduced from "Preparing our Children for Success" by R. Greenwald. This video demonstrates different types of learners, and the need for UDL by using animals as example.
This video, How assistive technology enables dreams, demonstrates the use of assistive technology and the concept of UDL. http://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-enabling-dreams-video
The following wikis have endless UDL links, resources, and ideas