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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework for designing curricula—that is, educational goals, methods, materials, and assessments—that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. This is accomplished by simultaneously providing rich supports for learning and reducing barriers to the curriculum, while maintaining high achievement standards for all students.
(sometimes referred to as differentiated learning ) involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas ; and to developing teaching materials so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability. 
Recognition Networks: Present information and content in different ways (the "what" of learning)Strategic Networks: Differentiate the ways that students can express what they know (the "how" of learning)Affective Networks: Stimulate interest and motivation for learning (the "why" of learning)
These three neural networks work together to coordinate even simple acts like signing a birthday card for a friend. Through recognition networks , we understand the concept of a birthday and identify the card, the pen, our hands as we write, and our signature. Through strategic networks , we set our goal of signing the card, form a plan for picking up the pen and moving it to produce our signature, monitor our progress, and make small course corrections, such as reducing the size of the letters if we begin to run out of space. Affective networks connect us to our feelings for our friend, motivate us to sign the card, and keep us on task.
Technology is a key resource for differentiating instruction and assessment. By incorporating varying aspects of technology into your curriculum design, students will be able to engage in concepts on their own level. Technology opens the possibilities for reaching every student in a variety of ways.
♣ See http://www.neirtec.org/udl/ for a list of very helpful technology tools.
Our campus has a high number of ESL, economically disadvantaged and special needs students. The academic needs of these students are very diverse as well as the background knowledge and home support. By using UDL, we can reach each student on his or her level.
This website provides you with links for resources on curriculum design and online technology tools. I found the technology tools to be the most helpful. Many educators are willing to vary the way the curriculum is taught and utilize technology tools, but they do not know where to access the resources.
This website provides teachers and students with the resources needed to create text to speech for anything and everything on any computer.There is a way to enable Macbooks (and Desktop computers) to read text out loud when highlighted. On a Macbook, there are instructions on how to enable this feature. Students can select any text and hit control+R for the text to be read aloud. Students are able to change the rate of speech, type of voice and inflection via the speech function in system preferences.
This website is the UDL Homepage. I found the classroom scenarios to be particularly helpful.
Every child is UNIQUE; therefore, our educational approach must be equally UNIQUE. References: 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/ Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Brain research and universal design for learning. Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Baltimore: Author. Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Brain research and universal design for learning. Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Baltimore: Author.