WHAT IS UDL? UDL is a framework designed to make learning accessible to all students by removing barriers and to provide support as well as to engage all students. It does not remove academic challenges but removes barriers to access.
UDL and the PhysicalEnvironment Universal design is to make the physical environment be as usable as possible by as many people regardless of their age, ability or situation.
Three Principles of UDL
Multiple Means ofRepresentation Itis the “what” of learning Print – textbooks, newspa pers, and web content Auditory – Audio books and software such as a text to speech Visual – Graphic organizers and multimedia text
Multiple Means of Expression Itis the “how” of learning Students vary on how they can express what they know Communication Language Drawing
Multiple Means ofEngagement Offer choices of content & tools & Itis the “why” of rewards. learning. Adjust levels of Motivated students work harder and challenge. longer. Choice of learning They retain context information better. (Individual, small/la rge groups, discussions & projects).
UDL and Technology The Central Role of Technology: It allows teachers to access a wide variety of sources for lessons and activities. It provides many ways for educators to present information to the students in the way of meeting their learning styles.
How Technology Plays a Role in UDL
Impact of UDL on Student Learning Universal Design for Learning helps remove barriers so all students can learn. It builds maximum flexibility into the curriculum. It provides every student with the maximum opportunity to learn. It gives students the motivation and desire to want to learn.
Brain Research Each student brings an unique assortment of strengths, weaknesses and interests to school. Educators must use all three networks; recognition, strategic and affective to help them analyze student’s individual strengths, weaknesses and understand their differences
Instruction & Learning UDL supports cultural, ethic, linguistic and academic diversity in many ways. Reduces barriers Engages learners Challenges students Uses technology tools to help students be successful in the classroom
Technology & Brain Research Digitalmedia allows us to use UDL effectively Text is displayed in different ways (font size, color, and size) Offers flexibility to display content differently. Closed captioned for hearing impaired, talking books and text to speech for non-readers
CAST Strategy Tool This is a free online tool to help students and teachers with Internet research. It will help students in our program who struggle with reading to read, research, collect and understand information better. For teachers, it provides an easy way to create web-based lessons. http://www.cast.org/learningtools/strateg y_tutor/index.html
CAST UDL Book Builder This free online tool helps educators develop their own digital book to support reading instruction for students. Teachers can create, edit, and save work. http://www.cast.org/learningtools/book_ builder/index.html
CAST UDL Lesson Builder Thisis a free tool that provides teachers with models and tools to create and adapt lessons which will be very useful in our program to help meet the diverse needs of our students. http://www.cast.org/learningtools/lesson_ builder/index.html