Technology can be a great equalizer for students who need a more visual or hands-on approach to learning, and there are several effective and free resources now available to assist struggling learners. This session will review a few that we found to be particularly helpful, and provide an overview of how much technology has evolved to help our neediest students.
Universal Design for Learning
Universal design as used in IDEA is based on the definition found in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998:
“The term ‘universal design’ means a concept or philosophy of designing and delivering products and services that are usable by people with the widest possible range of functional capabilities, which include products and services that are directly accessible (without requiring assistive technologies) and products and services that are interoperable with assistive technologies.”
UDL definition from CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology):
“Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all.”
CAST web site: http://www.cast.org
UDL Guidelines Graphic Organizer: http://www.cast.org/publications/UDLguidelines/UDL_Guidelines_v1.0-Organizer.pdf
UDL Technology Toolkit: http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/
Exploring New Territories: Comprehensive List of UDL resources by category (Flexibility in Representation, Flexibility in Expression, and Flexibility in Engagement) starting on page 12.