What is UDL?UDL is the idea of developing one’s curriculum so that all students have equal opportunities to learn regardless of their backgrounds, disabilities or learning styles.http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl
Created From??This idea was developed from the concept of stairs leading into a building. Not everyone can use the stairs, some will use a ramp, some will use an elevator, the need for choice is there.
“UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but ratherflexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.” (www.udlcenter.org)
Education needs to be tailored to the learner tomake sure learning happens across the spectrum
What Does Research Say?Research says that all people bring to learning a differentset of skills and experiences that shape who we are.Learning is based upon the what, how and why oflearning.
Supporting ResearchThe use of stimulation in learning causes brainactivity that aids in information processing. The useof technology, manipulatives, learning varietiesaffects all aspects of the brain and an overall learningexperience. http://www.cast.org/research/udl/index.html
It’s All A Matter of PrinciplePrinciple I: Provide Multiple Means of Representation(The “what” of learning)Principle II: Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression(The “how” of learning)Principle III: Provide Multiple Means of Engagement(The “why” of learning)
Principle I: Provide Multiple Means of Representation (The “what” of learning)How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear and read. Identifying letters, words, or an author’s style are recognition tasks.
To Support Diverse Recognition Networks: Provide multiple examples Highlight critical features Provide multiple media and formats Support background contexthttp://www.k8accesscenter.org/training_resources/RTIandUDL.asp
Principle II: Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression (The “how” of learning) Planning and performing tasks. How we organize and express our ideas. Writing an essay or solving a math problem are strategic tasks.
To Support Diverse Strategic Networks Provide flexible models of skilled performance Provide opportunities to practice with supports Provide ongoing, relevant feedback Offer flexible opportunities for demonstrating skillhttp://www.k8accesscenter.org/training_resources/RTIandUDL.asp
Principle III: Provide Multiple Means of Engagement (The “why” of learning)How learners get engaged and stay motivated. How they are challenged, excited, or interested. These are affective dimensions.
To Support Affective Networks Offer choices of content and tools Offer adjustable levels of challenge Offer choices of rewards Offer choices of learning contexthttp://www.k8accesscenter.org/training_resources/RTIandUDL.asp
Principle IIIOptions:Scheduling goalsProvide feedbackGoal setting and expectationsSelf-assessment
Central Role of Technology in UDL The role of technology is to give both teachers and students different ways of learning, presentingmaterials and learning information regardless of the curriculum subject. http://www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/notech_final2.pdf
The 21st Century classroom gives us the opportunity to teach students how to be productive members of a world of technology. It is our obligation to educate them to utilize the technology to make achievement possible.
Technology Can…… Improve the learning process Provide students with more choices and opportunities Options, options, options Provides flexibility Enhance the language, culture, and academic diversity, closing the gap for the differences in a classroom. Giving students an equal playing field with their studies.
What Does The Technology Look Like? Integrating the Internet, world-wide classroom, and the latest in developments
What Does This Look Like For TMS? Students are more motivated to learn Students can become self-directed learners Students can take ownership into their learning Better comprehension of curriculum
UDL Resources and ToolsCAST UDL Lesson Builder http://lessonbuilding.cast.org This is a site that will help educators create lessons and promote learning for all general education studies for studentsCAST UDL Book Builder http://bookbuilder.cast.org This is a site that will help educators create digital books to support reading and literacy instructionUDL Editions http://udleditions.cast.org This is a site that will give educators technology to support all learners
More Resources……..CAST www.cast.orgNational UDL Center www.udlcenter.org
References The Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Students http://www.k8accesscenter.org/training_resources/RTIandUDL.asp Center for Applied Special Technology. (2009) http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009) Brain research and universal design for learning. Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Baltimore: Author. 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/