UDL or Universal Design for Learning is amethod for designing curriculum to meet thelearning styles of individual students.RepresentationUDLACTION &EXPRESSIONENGAGEMENTREPRESENTATION
Teachers may have students who areprimarily auditory learners, visuallearners, and/or tactile learners. UDL gives the teacher resources tomodify and or accommodate theirlesson planning for the needs of theirindividual students.
Recognition Network --”The “What ofLearning”: How we gather facts andcategorize Strategic Networks--”The How of Learning”:Planning and Performing Tasks Affective Networks—”The Why of Learning”:How learners get engaged and staymotivated
Customizing the display of information basedon learners individual needs Providing alternatives for auditoryinformation including multimedia resources Providing alternatives for visual informationincluding
Providing students with varied ways torespond in the classroom based on theirindividual learning styles Providing students with varied ways tointeract with content materials based ontheir individual learning styles Integrating assistive technology in theclassroom environment
Increase individual choices available forstudents in order to complete assignments Enhance relevance, value, and authenticityof classroom assignments for students byproviding Real Life classroom activities Provide a safe classroom environment byreducing threats and distractions that inhibitlearning
Assistive Technology is technology used byindividuals with disabilities in order toperform functions that might be difficultand/or impossible for them to do on theirown
Walkers and/or Wheelchairs for students whohave mobility challenges Electronic devices that provide text tospeech for students with visual disabilities Keyboards for students who have physicalchallenges writing their assignments Electronic devices that provide students whoare non-verbal with their own voice tocommunicate with others
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) extendsfull civil rights to individuals with disabilities Assistive technology help implement theintent of the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) of providing full civil rights toindividuals with disabilities by providingthem with a reasonable accomodation
Some of our students with disabilities mayrequire Assistive Technology in order toaccess the curriculum. IEP and 504 plans may incorporate AssistiveTechnology plans that must be implemented Assistive Technology may consist ofsomething as simple as large print books tocomplex technological devices includingoptical character recognition devices
Our school district uses Microsoft Productsand there are free Assistive Technology Toolsthat are available for usage within ourWindows 8 platform
Narrator is a screen reader that reads aloudtext on computer screen for students thatare visually impaired Magnifier is a tool that enlarges thecomputer screen and/or part of screen tomake text and images easier to see
Ease of Access center provides the user acentralized location where settings for audioand visual can be controlled Speech Recognition Devices allows users touse their voice to access the computer
Keyboard Shortcuts make it easier forstudents with disabilities to use computers Visual notifications provide users withimportant notifications instead of beingprovided by audio alone
Assisted Technology Resource providesinformation on the Americans withDisabilities Act and Assistive Technology Advocacy Resource provides information onUniversal Design for Learning and its relationto Common Core standards For More Information on UDL, see the CASTwebsite
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