Week 4: Technology and Universal Design for Learning Miriam DiazWalden UniversityDr. Christopher Calvin EDUC-6714I-5 Reaching and Engaging All Learners through Technology January 31, 2010<br />
Inspiration for Universal Design for Learning <br />“ 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.”<br />Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) website: http://www.cast.org<br />
Three principles of UDL <br />Representation: How we present information to students<br />Action and Expression: How we encourage our learner to react to our representations<br />Engagement: How our student are connected to our subject area and to the learning environment<br />Explained the central role of technology <br />
Central Role of Technology in UDL<br />Universal Design for Learning takes the power and flexibility of technology to make education inclusive for all students.<br />
Impact of UDL on student learning my school<br />Increase student achievement<br />Personalized assignments, evaluations and assessments<br />Flexibility for students and teachers<br />
UDL and Brain Research <br /> Recent research in neuroscience shows that each brain processes information differently. The way we learn is as individual as DNA or fingerprints. In its research, CAST has identified three primary brain networks and the roles they play in learning.<br />Recognition networks<br />Strategic networks<br />Affective networks<br />
Implications of Differences for Instruction and Learning <br />Cultural, ethnic, linguistic and academic diversity is supported through the Internet and technological resources that are used to personalized lessons.<br />
CAST Online Tools <br />UDL Solutions Finder (paper backup available in textbook)http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/udlsolutionsfinder.cfm<br />Curriculum Content Resourceshttp://udlselfcheck.cast.org/resources.php#curriculum<br />UDL Lesson Builderhttp://lessonbuilder.cast.org/<br />
References:<br />Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Brain Research and Universal Design for Learning. Baltimore: Author.<br />, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/<br />UDL Tools and Resources<br />UDL Solutions Finder (paper backup available in textbook)http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/udlsolutionsfinder.cfm<br />UDL Curriculum Barriers Finder (paper backup available in textbook) http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/curriculumbarriers.cfm<br />UDL Class Profile Maker (paper backup available in textbook)http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/classprofile.cfm<br />UDL Goal Setterhttp://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/udlgoalsetter.cfm<br />Curriculum Content Resourceshttp://udlselfcheck.cast.org/resources.php#curriculum<br />UDL Lesson Builderhttp://lessonbuilder.cast.org/<br />UDL Book Builderhttp://bookbuilder.cast.org/<br />
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