+Universal Design for LearningThe concept of UDL is the intersection whereall our initiatives – integrated units, multi-sensory teaching, multipleintelligences, differentiated instruction, use ofcomputers in schools, performance-basedassessment, and others – come together.Donna Palley, Special Education Coordinator/Technology Specialist
+UDL is about minimizing barriers forALL studentsUDL means we are proactive…not reactive.
+UDL for the art roomADHD students “Quiet place” for trouble with concentrating Advanced notice for transitions Goals posted Table Captains Extra time for assignments Private message box for questions Offering students ability to stand while workingJust as we prepare in advance for “lefties”, we can also be proactivein removing barriers for other student populations
+Understanding the Learning BrainLearning is distributed across three interconnected networks.RecognitionNetworks“What?”StrategicNetworks“How?”AffectiveNetworks“Why?”
+ Recognition Networks: The “what” of learningPerception and comprehension. The way studentsgather facts and categorize what they see, hear andread.UDL: provide multiple ways of presenting informationStrategic Networks: The “how” of learningPhysical action. The way students organize and expressideasUDL: provide multiple ways for students to communicatethe goal of the lesson.Affective Networks: The “why” of learningMotivation. The ways students become engaged andstay motivatedUDL: provide multiple means for stimulating interest
+How might this change our teachingmethods? Learners are not simply “disabled” or “bright” Learners differ within and across all three brain networks, showingshades of strength and weakness that make each of them unique. Understanding the unique strengths and differences of individualstudents can help us to create flexible curriculums that help allstudents to succeed. Teachers must evaluate how we teach based on how our studentslearn. Individual brain differences means no single, traditionalinstructional method will work for all students.
+ Art Education tends to be a subjectthat falls naturally into the UDLmodel. Varying tools and media and also providing a variety ofoptions for action and expression satisfies theStrategic Network.
+ Art Education tends to be a subjectthat falls naturally into the UDLmodel. Projects where the goal is specific but broad enough for eachstudent to communicate individual feelings, choices andpersonal reflections naturally provide motivation as themeans to satisfy the Engagement Network.
+How can Art Educators better stimulatelearning in the Recognition Network?Presenting the material in theold way may not keep ourstudents’ attention.“ Today’s teachers have to learn to communicate in thelanguage and style of their students.”- Marc Prensky, founder of The Digital Multiplier, an organizationdedicated to eliminating the digital divide in learning worldwide.
+How can Art Educators better stimulatelearning in the Recognition Network tosupport UDL? By providing multiple and stimulating means of presentinginformation, we can better engage the Recognition Network. Inthis way, we can harness the attention of all of our studentsand also stimulate their enthusiasm.
+Presentation technology availablefor art educationLCD projectorscontinue to beinvaluable forproviding themeans to presentvideos, photographs and liveprojections.
+Presentation technology availablefor art educationEven with low cost digitalcameras, stunningphotographs of visual aides forlessons can be created tofurther establish a concept.
+Presentation technology availablefor art educationLumens LadibugHigh DefinitionDocument Camera
+In Conclusion, UDL is a frameworkfor making curriculum moreinclusive by... Creating a curriculum built to encompass all learners, not justthe “average” learner Being proactive Discovering barriers to leaning Being flexible and providing options in our curriculum design Teaching in a manner that encompasses the way the studentsof today learn.