Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Carrye DeCrane September 30, 2010 EDUC 6714D-1 – Sherry Lambertson Walden University. Being fair is not treating every student the same way, but doing our best to meet each individual student’s diverse needs.
September 30, 2010
EDUC 6714D-1 – Sherry Lambertson
How do we accommodate the unique needs of ALL students?
Universal Design for Learning! (UDL)
A flexible approach to instruction (Laureate Education, 2009).
Based on the CAST “blueprint” for planning lessons that can be customized for every student.
Emphasizes technology-based resources and strategies.
Center for Applied Special Technology(CAST, 2010a)
Innovators who believe that every student should have equal access to learning.
A resource for those of us who agree! See some suggestions at the end of the slideshow.
Our individual learning profiles and styles are unique – as unique as our fingerprints (CAST, 2010a).
The assistive and supportive technology used by our special needs students:
Textbooks on CD
Voice recognition software
The tools and technology used by all of our students:
Online research database access
Word processing software
Differentiate instruction: audio, video, text
Vary instructional strategies: SmartBoard demos, outlines
Vary instructional activities: games for skill practice, online research, classroom blog participation
Increase motivation with tools they know and use regularly: social networking, video games
Promote self-paced and self-directed work: word processing
Vary assessment products: podcasts, PowerPoint presentations, iMovies, wiki entries
All students receive differentiated instruction.
Students have more access to content through varied instruction.
Students develop a view of technology as a learning tool, not just a toy or social connection.
Students are more engaged and motivated.
The National Center on Universal Design for Learning is an especially helpful site with UDL Guidelines, a forum for professionals to share ideas, and links to advocacy and news sources. This is another site produced by CAST. The link is on their homepage or you can go directly to the UDL Center through http://www.udlcenter.org/ (CAST, 2010b).