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udl institute orange township school district day iii udl in the classroom

UDL InstituteOrange Township School DistrictDay III: UDL in the Classroom

Presented by KavitaRao

August 13, 2014

ela and ccss in a middle school classroom
ELA and CCSS in a middle school classroom

Exploring Imagery Through Beowulfhttps://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/descriptive-details-sensory-language

As you watch, write down keywords on your note card (do not try to write whole phrases, just key words)

ela and ccss in a middle school classroom1
ELA and CCSS in a middle school classroom

Categorize your keywords

Goals (G)

Materials (Ma)


Assessment (A)


ela and ccss in a middle school classroom2
ELA and CCSS in a middle school classroom

What were some notable strategies that Katie used?

How can you use (or modify) these strategies?

classroom videos
Classroom Videos
  • Handout has 3 video links.

(Elem, MS, and HS)

  • Select ONE video and watch it.
  • Consider connections with UDL and debrief with partner/small group.
paws project
PAWS Project

Developing expository writing skill in Science

Provides scaffolds throughout the process

Students carry over the skills learned to other content areas

paws project goals
PAWS Project Goals
  • Develop research skills
  • Practice expository writing
  • Integrate technology and multimedia
  • Increase relevance and engagement
writing with paws
Writing with PAWS
  • Let’s watch a student example
  • Instructional Scaffolds:
  • Student & Teacher guides
  • Mnemonics
  • Step-by-step process
  • Multimedia Scaffolds:
  • Photographs as prompts
  • Audio feedback
scaffold power 8 mnemonic
Scaffold: Power 8 mnemonic

Pick a topic or idea,

Picture organizer,



Write words,

Write sentences,

Evaluate/edit, and


Based on 6+1 Traits of Writing (Culham, 2003) and POWER acronym (Harris et al, 2008)

paws step by step
PAWS Step by Step

Article has all resources available for download

Teaching Exceptional Children online


udl resources on the web
UDL Resources on the web

Websites that support:



Memory and Organization

Digital Text Sites


UDL Editions

  • Read a story
  • Comprehension levels
  • Built in Text Help

Tar Heel Reader

  • Various books
  • Read aloud

UDL Book Builder

  • Create a story
  • Organize information and retell it
  • Add visuals, text and audio
  • Use coaches to make connections and ask extension questions
memory and organization
Memory and Organization


Online graphic organizer

Simple Wikipedia

Simplied pages

digital text sites
Digital Text Sites


Unclutter your page



Text Analysis Tools

Free text analysis (i.e., word count, lexical density, Gunning Fox readability index)

parent s guide to udl
Parent’s Guide to UDL

Free E-Book: A Parent Guide to Universal Design for Learning

This Parent Advocacy Brief will help parents learn the basics about the UDL approach and it offers helpful tips for talking with your school about it.

try out these websites
Try out these websites

Go to http://tinyurl.com/udlwebsites

On a reflectionnotecard:

Select twosites of interest

How can youusethis site in theclassroom?

Whatwouldyoutellcolleaguesabout it?

how to video
“How To…” Video
  • A fun activity that incorporates UDL principles
how to video what skills does it support
How To Video:What skills does it support?
  • For young children:
  • Plan and act out a skill
  • Practice skill
  • For older students:
  • Organize information
  • Plan out steps
  • Express themselves
  • Teach concepts to others
how to video what do you need
How To Video:What do you need?
  • USB camera, smartphone camera or laptop webcam
  • Free software (Picasa)
  • Paper (to write out steps)
  • Creativity and collaboration…
how to video technical tips
How To Video:Technical tips
  • Be ACTIVE (tell a short story)
  • During the filming process:
    • Use CLOSE UP shots
    • Be aware of LIGHTING
    • AUDIO is important
  • Everyone should have a ROLE
  • Credits: Get everyone in the final shot somehow
creative projects
Creative projects
  • Technology will keep evolving
  • Think creatively about how to use digital technologies for pedagogical purposes
  • Design learning environments that can be engaging and supportive for diverse learners