Goal is to ‘win over’ reluctant teachers… just like our students, no two teachers are alike. They each have their own abilities and disabilities. In regards to technological fluency, I will have some teachers, laying there crying, rolling over, crawling, pulling up, cruising, wobbling, walking, striding, jogging and running.
Many of us intuitively believe that access to technology will be embraced by most teachers and even alleviate stress. There’s some research that suggests that for some teachers, who will find the demands and worries of implementation of new technology to be stressful.
We need to be reminded that for better or worse, our culture has changed. Families are different. Students are different. Most of the students in our classrooms are NOT like us. At this point I would have teachers add to the list…
How would teachers to react to an in-service that was modeled after their own class?
Rather than get bogged down in a long, elaborate description of UDL, I want to present small snipits or snapshots of information and not only whet their appetites but encourage and prompt them to anticipate and predict key phrases and terms of their own.
Since we will have teachers at different levels of technological fluency, I want to make sure that we don’t overwhelm our ‘reluctant teachers.’ I believe that we can find the right balance of support and accountability that will be motivating and encouraging rather than overbearing and discouraging.
Embracing Technology: The first step in implementing the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Embracing Technology: The first step in implementing the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Daniel J. Ilagan
First, consider the types of students in your class… Diagnosed and undiagnosed students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, forms of autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, lead paint poisoning, victims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, AD/HD, At-Risk, reluctant learners, distracted, unmotivated, etc. etc. etc…..
Have you wondered what it’s like for some of your students to sit in YOUR class for 90 minutes?
Universal Design for Learning There is a mountain of information about Universal Design for Learning- websites on top of websites on top of websites. Can the principles of UDL be boiled down to a few key phrases and terms?
Here are some of the key points, phrases, adjectives… Maintain high standards The student is not disabled- it’s the delivery and assessment that’s disabled Digital Media
More key points, phrases, adjectives… Direct Instruction Multiple Examples Visual prompts and demonstrations Video, audio, music Active presentation of material Organization of presentation Multiple opportunities to respond and assess
More key points, phrases, adjectives… Assistive Technology Assessment that is embedded, on-going, flexible, repeated Flexible presentation Flexible expression Flexible, strategic support Flexible engagement
More key points, phrases, adjectives… Multiple means of: Engagement Representation & Expression in each lesson or unit
Activities for disability simulations and more information about how technology can level the playing field can be found at http://udl-and-simulations.wikispaces.com/
Let’s discuss: Realistic goals for implementation of SMART lessons Support that you need to begin…