Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a way to design material that includes everyone, including those with disabilities. UDL helps to “level the playing field” when it comes to reaching all learners. In a school setting it causes teachers to re-think their curriculum so that their lessons can appeal and reach every learner. There are 3 main guidelines that UDL follows: Multiple Means of Representation, Action and Expression, as well as Engagement. This means in a classroom you should be able to present a lesson in different ways as well as be able to allow the students to learn the material in different ways and create activities in different ways
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) effects 3-5% of school aged children. There is no known cause of ADHD but most students are often diagnosed around the age of 7. Some people that have ADHD can suffer from lack of attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
iPads and digital touchpads allow the user to interact with their learning. By using the UDL guidelines, an iPad is able to hit each guideline and extend it beyond with what is needed. Starting with Representation, iPads would be given to each child in a classroom and they would be able to customize their settings to aid with their learning. With Action and Expression, students would be giving a physical responses by interacting with their learning environment. Students are given multiple means of engagement by the different applications that are available.
When using an iPad or another iDevice, there always seems to be an “app for that”! Applications that go through the Apple iTunes store are there to help make things easier and give people a better understanding of what information is being presented.
How would you rather learn?
Which one is easier to understand and relate to?
Which one is more excited to learn?
Do you like immediate feedback?
iPad and ADHD
+iPadsAssisting Students withAttention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
+ What is UDL? Universal Design for Learning Designed to benefit everyone Including those with disabilities Multiple Means of Action and Re-think curriculum Expression Learning guidelines Multiple Means Multiple Means of of Engagement Representation Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
+ What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Effects 3-5% of school aged children – no known cause Diagnosed around age 7 Major Symptoms / Categories Lack of Attention Hyperactivity Impulsivity
+ Why an iPad? Multiple Means of Representation Customize Display Change Audio Spelling / Syntax Help Multiple Means of Action and Expression Physical Responses Navigation Goal Setting Multiple Means of Engagement Choice Collaboration and Communication Challenging Levels
+ There’s an App for That! iTunes App Store Gives a hands on approach to learning Variety of opportunities Different way to present material Manipulating models
+ iPad vs. Pencil Are You Ready? iPad Pencil Select Use the My Learning Style Teacher’s Learning Style
+ iPad vs. Pencil Are You Ready? iPad Pencil See Math Problems in 3D Do the Odd Problems
+ iPad vs. Pencil Are You Ready? iPad Pencil Access up-to-date Textbook that is 5 years old information
+ iPad vs. Pencil Are You Ready? iPad Pencil Immediately Know a Misspelled Word Wait Until it is Graded
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