UNIVERSAL DESIGN FORLEARNING~UDL~and Wood-Ridge High School Working Together To Ensure All Our Students Needs are Met! By: Colleen Meyer
What are the Origins of UDL? UDL is an extension of the architectural movement known as universal design. The universal design movement created structures that accommodated the needs of ALL users, including those with disabilities. Examples include self-opening doors, wide doorways, ramp access, and curb cuts.
CURB CUTS~a prime example ofuniversal design.....Curb cuts, originallydesigned for people inwheelchairs to navigatecurbs also eases travel forpeople pushing strollers,skateboarders, pedestrianswith canes, or even theaverage walker.
What is UDL? What is UDL?Universal design benefits the diverse needsof special populations which increasesusability for everyone; the UDL planscurriculum with the needs of ALLlearners in mind.(Rose and Meyer, 2002)
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNINGUNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING-a universally designedcurriculum is a curriculum that has been specifically designed,developed, and validated to meet the needs of the full range ofstudents who are actually in our schools, students with a widerange of sensory, motor, cognitive, linguistic, and affectiveabilities and disabilities rather than a narrow range of students inthe “middle” of the population (Hitchcock and Stahl, 2003). ? Is this what we always have in mind as we rewrite the curriculum and create our lessons?? ? Is this what we always have in mind as we rewrite the curriculum and create our lessons?
Universal Design for Learning extendsuniversal design in two key ways:______________________________________ 1. It applies the idea of built-in flexibility to theeducational curriculum.2. It is supporting not only improved access to informationwithin classrooms, but also improved access to learning.( Rose and Meyer, 2002)
THE 3 KEY PRINCIPLES OF UDL1. Provide Multiple Means of Representation -The "WHAT" of learning2. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression -The "HOW" of learning3. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement -The "WHY" of learning *This link displays a graphic representation of the UDL Principles and thecheckpoints of each:http://www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/updateguidelines2_0.pdf
The 3 UDL Principles are based on the3 Brain Networks (3 systems for learning):
THE 3 BRAIN NETWORKS EQUAL ~DIVERSE LEARNERS~ Brain research tells us about individual learning differences- three systems for learning. It is important to understand the 3 brain networks to understand how students process their information. http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl Strategic Networks -Learners plan and perform tasksRecognition NetworkS differently. They-Learners gather facts and organize andcategorize what they see, express ideas inhear, and read differently. their own unique ways. Affective networks Learners get engaged and stay motivated in different ways. How they are challenged, excited, or interested depends on the individual.
Instructional Methods for Principle One: Multiple meansof Representation~Recognition networksIt is important to give students ● Offer print and digitalvarious ways to acquire graphic organizersknowledge.Some essential methods include: ● Provide multiple examples ● Provide relevant web resources with multiple ● Highlight important formats for information information (archival magazine, primary source photos, speeches, etc.) ● Present content utilizing multiple media and formats ● Build or activate background http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/udl/udl_06.html knowledge
Instructional Methods for Principle 2: MultipleGUESS WHAT I FOUND Means of Action andAFTER CREATING THE Engagement ~StrategicGLOGSTER ON THIS Networks ....(click on thePAGE....... link below) "Glogster EDU’s platform fulfills the http://cmeyer101.UDL Principles of: Multiple Means ofRepresentation, in order to give edu.glogster.diverse learners options for acquiringinformation and knowledge; Multiple com/instructional-Means of Action and Expression, to methods-meyer/provide learners options fordemonstrating what they know; and Multiple Means of Engagement, to tapinto learners interests, offerappropriate challenges, and increasemotivation" (Glogster EC, Inc., 2012).
Instructional Methods for Principle 3: Multiple Means of Engagement~Affective Networkshttp://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/udl/udl_06.html ● Offer choices of content and tools http://fkompar.edu. glogster.com/glog- ● Provide adjustable levels of 1187/ challenge ● Allow students to choose from a variety of reinforcers ● Allow options for the learning environment or context ● Utilize flexible grouping
What are the immediatethoughts, words, ideas,reminders, etc... that pop intoyour head as you look at thisimage? http://www.transcribeyourclass.ca/hts.html
Central Role of Technology in UDL"Technology, in particular digital media, makes UDL implementation practical and achievable ina diverse classroom. Digital materials make it possible for the same material to be flexiblypresented and accessed – even adapted on a student-to-student basis"Reflection: What do you use in your classroom?● Web-based timelines, graphic organizers, and mind maps?● publish writing online and create online portfolios, books, newsletters, etc...● engage in online discussions with peers and teachers as well as people from all over the world● record and edit audio● use interactive whiteboard http://edtechteacher.org/index. php/teachingtechnology/86- great-tech-tools● create rubrics, tests, quizzes, surveys, maps, and games online● organize, edit, and bookmark research online
Role of Technology and Brain ResearchTechnology.....who would have thought a few years agotechnology would play such an essential role on ourstudents lives.Remember, there is no such thing as a "normal" learner. Therefore,through the integration of technology, multiple ways of presenting thesame content can be done effectively By supporting the differentrecognition, strategic, and affective networks of different learners,students are provided with access to information and access to learning.http://www.financebehavior.co.uk/news/barter-system-history-past-present-and-future/10/09/2010/
Impact UDL and Technology Has on Student Learning atWood-Ridge High School Right Now....● Devils Advocate (Online School newspaper)● Blue Devils Nation TV Channel● MAP Testing (Aligned with the CCCS)● Google Docs Reflection: What else● Turnitin.com do we offer our students? What impact has UDL and● Web 2.0 Toolbox Technology had in your classroom?● TV Production and Communication● Web Design● Acellus● District/Teacher Websites/Powerschool● Interactive Whiteboards......
UDL supports Cultural, Ethnic, Linguistic, and AcademicDiversity To customize Do you.... To customizelearning, teachers ● use classroom media such as learning, teachersneed to create and digital text, sound, images, and the Web? need to create andimplement lessons ● give options for gaining implement lessonswith flexible goals, information, for expression, andtools,flexible goals, with teaching for content selection, tailoring the learning experience to each tools, teachingmethods, and student? methods, and *A UDL curriculum takes on theassessments. burden of adaptation so that the assessments. student doesnt have to, minimizing barriers and maximizing access to both information and learning.
CAST ONLINE TOOLS AND RESOURCES We, the teachers of● UDL Editions by Wood-Ridge High School, CAST (Classic texts provided could use each of these online giving individualized supports to build reading strategies.)http://udleditions.cast.org/index.html tools and resources to● CAST Strategy enhance our efforts to meet Tutor(A free tool supporting the diverse learning needs students and teachers doing reading and of our students, as well as research on the internet). http://cst.cast. org/cst/auth-login our academic goals.● CAST Teaching Every Student(Tutorials, tools,templates, and activities are provided to helpput UDL into practice.http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/
~"UDL is truly astrategy "for allseasons andreasons"~ (Seibert, 2007).
References CAST, Inc. (2002–2011). Teaching every student: Tools and activities. Retrieved from http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/CAST, Inc. (2012). About UDL: Learn the basics. Retrieved from http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudlEdTechTeacher Inc., (2012). Technology Tools for teaching and learning. Retrieved from http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/teaching-technology/86-great-tech-toolsHitchcock, C & Stahl, S (2003). "Assistive technology, universal design, universal design for learning: Improved learningopportunities." Journal of Special Education Technology (18) 4: 45-52.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/Seibert, C. (2007). Learning is universal. Lessons for all reasons and seasons. Don Johnston Inc., Retrieved from www.donjohnston.com/research/articles/PDF_docs_for_articles/The IRIS Center for Training Enhancements. (n.d.). Star legacy modules.Retrieved on March 16, 2012 fromhttp://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/udl/udl_06.html