Walden University Application 4
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The inspiration for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is to design and deliver curricula, materials, and environments in a manner that makes them accessible and usable to all students. UDL can be seen in educational approaches such as differentiated instruction, teachers as coaches, learning as process, individualized instruction, and cooperative learning (2008).
(1) Present information and content in different ways
-Provide students with multiple examples to demonstrate the content
- Provide multiple media and formats
- Support background knowledge
(2) Differentiate the ways that students can express what they know
-Provide options for physical action
-Provide options for expressive skills and fluency
-Provide scaffolding opportunities
(3) Stimulate interest and motivation for learning
-Offer choices of content and tools
-Provide adjustable levels of challenge
-Offer choice of learning context
The central role of technology in UDL is to support the individualization needed to engage all learners by offering the flexibility to cover the recognition, strategic, and affective networks of the brain ensuring that all students are accommodated.
UDL will provide students, who are widely different in the ways they process, organize, and share information, with the flexibility and individualization needed to be engaged in the learning process (Laureate, Inc., 2009).
Brain research tells us that different parts of the brain network to control the different aspects of learning.
Students come into our classrooms from different cultures and ethnicities, with different experiences, interests, and ability levels. UDL, supported with appropriate technology, provides the necessary flexibility needed to engage all learners and allow them to demonstrate their learning in unique and meaningful ways.
CAST Strategy Tutor- “Strategy Tutor helps students read, research, collect and understand information better and more efficiently. For teachers, Strategy Tutor provides a way to easily create web-based lessons embedded with research-based, highly effective learning strategy and vocabulary supports” (Center for Applied Special Technology, 2009). This tool with help educators prepare our students for the future’s workforce by integrating technology that will engage and motivate students. It will also help students become better readers.
CAST UDL Lesson Builder is a “Free online tool that teaches educators to customize standards-based curriculum to meet individual learning needs” (Center for Applied Special Technology, 2009). Many educators desire to improve their instruction, assessment strategies, and classroom environment, but they are unsure how to make it happen. This tool provides the foundation needed to build an effective lesson where all students will be accommodated.
Center for Applied Special Technology. (2009). UDL guidelines, version 1.0. Retrieved from http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Brain Research and UDL [Webcast]. Reaching and Engaging All Learners Through Technology. Baltimore, MD: Author
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. (DVD). Universal Design for Learning. Baltimore, MD: Author.
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