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Denise C. DeCoste, Ed.D
An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
Technology Integration FrameworkMcAnear, A. (February 2008). School-wide technology integration. Learning and Leading with Technology, p. 5.
Simply put, UDL is the practice of embedding flexible strategies into curriculum during the planning process so that all students can access a variety of learning solutions.
“Universal design for learning (UDL) is a growing practice across the nation, one that is increasingly referenced in education policy briefs, research literature, teacher professional development, and books and articles for educators.”
Sopko (April 2009). Universal Design for Learning: Policy Challenges and Recommendations. Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).
“UDL is a framework that can help you turn the challenges posed by high standards and increasing learner diversity into opportunities to maximize learning for every student. Drawing upon new knowledge of how the brain works and new technologies and media now available for teaching and learning, UDL frames a systematic approach to setting goals, choosing or creating flexible materials and media, and assessing students accurately”
Teaching Every Student website, Retrieved April 7, 2009 from:http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/content/mentors/site_mentor/site_mentor_udl_def.cfm)
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework for removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students
UDL is a framework to support the range of learners that exist in typical classrooms.
This would include gifted students, disengaged students, English language learners, as well as, students with documented disabilities.
Students have: removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students
1. Choices which will engage student interest
2. Options for how they learn
3. Choices for how they demonstrate their learning
Flexible options for student engagement
2. Flexible ways of presenting lesson content
3. Flexible methods of expression, and assessment3 Major UDL principles…
Examples of options that engage student interest
Using models that “erupt”
K. Lee & L. String, MCPS MD
D. Jackson / MCPS MD
L. Perkins / MCPS MD
ENGAGEMENT: removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all studentsInteractive website that demonstrates the energy of roller coastershttp://static.howstuffworks.com/flash/roller-coaster-diagram1.swf
ENGAGEMENT: removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students Choices for practicing skills using a textbook publisher’s online resources
Examples of options for how teachers present information and how students receive information.
Classroom bulletin board
S UlkayMCPS MD
Prentice Hall website http://www.phschool.com
D. Gentry / MCPS MD
PRESENTATION removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students: Using Kurzweil with Public Domain E-Text of the Odyssey
PRESENTATION: removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students Greek Myths at a 4th to 5th grade readability level
PRESENTATION: removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students Biodiversity Video Segment with Closed Captions
PRESENTATION: removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students Video reenactments of history
Options for how students demonstrate their learning
Book report diorama
EXPRESSION removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students: Using a Clicker 5 Word Bank to Support Writing
L Wilson MCPS MD
D Jackson/MCPS MD
A. Dentes & R. Briggs /MCPS MD
EXPRESSION removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students: Using Inspiration as a Prewriting Graphic Organizer
K. Grinham / MCPS MD
V. Rosenberg / MCPS MD
Implementing UDL in the Classroom
The technology now exists to make teaching and learning more adaptable to meet the needs of a wide range of students.
Proactive curriculum design is essential in light of limited resources and limited time to create individualized accommodations. But it will take time.
UDL Solutions Planning Table
Additional Web Resources: removing barriers by anticipating the needs of all students