Research found that there are 3 learning networks in the brain.
Recognition network – the “what”
Strategic network – the “how”
Affective network – the “why”
“How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read. Identifying letters, words, or an author's style are recognition tasks” (Center for Applied Special Technology, 1999-2010).
This relates to the principle of presenting information in multiple ways.
Students need to hear, see and learn information in different ways.
“Planning and performing tasks. How we organize and express our ideas. Writing an essay or solving a math problem are strategic tasks” (Center for Applied Special Technology, 1999-2010).
This relates to the principle of providing students with ways to express their learning.
Students need to complete tasks or “do” things in different ways.
“How learners get engaged and stay motivated. How they are challenged, excited, or interested. These are affective dimensions” (Center for Applied Special Technology, 1999-2010).
This relates to the principle of providing multiple ways to engage students.
Students need to learn in ways that are exciting or motivating to them.
What are the benefits of incorporating technology and UDL into the classroom and into our district?
It gives all students an opportunity to learn.
It will help meet the needs of our diverse learners.
It keeps students engaged and motivated.
How does UDL reach all learners?
Each student learns differently.
UDL helps educators think about students’ differences in learning.
Educators can then create lessons and units to meet all learning styles, interests, and diverse needs. Each student will be supported.
The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
“ CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning” (Center for Applied Special Technology, 1999-2010).
Has many resources that are available for educators to help incorporate UDL and technology into the classroom.
www.cast.org RESOURCES UDL Class Profile Maker
This tool gives educators a table to help them organize information about students.
Teachers can fill in strengths that students have within the 3 principles and things that the students can work on.
This can help educators plan lessons and units based on students needs and interests.
www.cast.org RESOURCES UDL Lesson Builder
This website has examples of lesson plans for multiple grade levels which incorporate the UDL principles.
Educators can create lesson plans using the models to help them.
www.cast.org RESOURCES UDL Book Builder
This resource is a way to create online books for students to read.
Teachers can create books centered around different topics and the books can be shared.
Text and audio can be added to the stories for a variety of students’ needs.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Brain research and universal design for learning. Baltimore: Author.
Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning . Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Reprinted by permission of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development via the Copyright Clearance Center. Located at http:// www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes /
Center for Applied Special Technology (1999-2010). Retrieved January 29, 2010, from http:// www.cast.org/index.html