UDLUniversal Design for Learning By Jennifer Hicks- MacDonald
How it all began… Someone finally realized there was a problem! UDL is meant to teach to teach to a wide variety of diverse learners. The concept of UDL was inspired by the universal design movement in product development and architecture, which calls for the design of structures that anticipate the needs of individuals with disabilities and accommodate these needs from the outset(retrieved from: http://www.osepideasthatwork.org/udl/intro.asp) .
Examples of UDL in the Physical Environment Wheelchair ramp Alternatives to stairs Handle bars in bathrooms Automatic Doors
3 Principles of UDL 3 Brain networks Recognition Provides multiple and flexible methods of representation which allows students many ways of acquiring knowledge. It is the “how” we teach part of the brain. Strategy Provides multiple and flexible means of expression to provide students alternative ways of demonstrating what they learned. It is “HOW” students respond to our teaching. Affect Provides multiple and flexible means of engagement to tap into the students interests, gives a challenge and motivates to learn. It is “HOW” well students interests are integrated in the presentation and they work with the content. Everyone's brain works differently!
Instructional Examples of Using Recognition: Colored overlays to highlight text Digital Books… Interactive whiteboards… Using the computer/websites….
Instructional Examples of Strategy: On-line concept maps such as Kidspiration or Webspiration Text-to speech software Think -alouds Cooperative learning groups Oral tests
Insrtructional Examples of Affect Are my students engaged? Interactive Software Visual Graphics Working with Peers Songs Games
UDL is for: You, Me, and Everyone In-between
Teachers should be flexible
Design lessons for all learners regardless of ability/disability
Use a variety of tools such as: technology, internet, assistive technology
Relevant appropriate content
Regular Education and Special Education work hand in hand … It’s for the benefit of ALL learners!
Great Resources http://bookbuilder.cast.org/ Wow! What a great way for student to create and publish a book! This site allows students and teachers to create digital books that will read what was written. http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/ This site is for teachers. There are lessons created to help increase participation and engagement. This site will also help you create lessons. http://cst.cast.org/ Strategy Tutor is a web-based tool designed to support students and teachers doing reading and research on the internet. Strategy Tutor helps students read, research, collect and understand information better and more efficiently. For teachers, Strategy Tutor provides a way to easily create web-based lessons embedded with research-based, highly effective learning strategy and vocabulary supports.
It’s Time For UDL and Your School If you want to increase engagement and excitement in learning…Look to UDL! Reaches all learner, disabilities or not Uses a variety of tools such as…. TECHNOLOGY Peer groups Digital books For more information check out: www.cast.org