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CAST UDL Lesson Builder

CAST UDL Lesson Builder
Important Notice: Go to CAST's UDL Exchange ( to use our newest support lesson building tool. UDL Exchange lets you use the power of networking to create, remix, and share UDL-informed lessons and activities. The CAST Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder provides educators with models and tools to create and adapt lessons that increase access and participation in the general education curriculum for all students.

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UDL Examples and Resources Disclaimer: The examples and resources highlighted on these pages have been gathered for educational purposes. CAST does not necessarily endorse the products listed, nor does their inclusion here mean that these products are complete expressions of the UDL principles and guidelines. They may illustrate certain principles and not others. Below, you will find teacher-friendly examples and resources that illustrate each of the UDL checkpoints. Exploring these examples and resources not only helps to clarify what is meant by each of the checkpoints but also gives teachers ideas of ways to implement UDL in their classrooms.

Assistive Technology Tools - Assistive technology tools: Writing Find out how to select assistive technology tools that address your child's specific writing difficulties. Assistive technology tools: Listening Learn about assistive technology tools that help with listening. Assistive technology tools: Reading Learn about assistive technology tools that help with reading.

The Inspirational Teacher Series – Nicole Eredics We have started a weekly feature on Special Education Advisor called the “Inspirational Teacher Series“. Our goal is to help SEA readers understand the hard work and dedication educators put forth every day. We also want to highlight the positive experiences of educating our students with a disability. Today is our very first installment of the Inspirational Teacher Series and I couldn’t think of a better person to start with than inclusion specialist, Nicole Eredics. 1. What is your name?

Top 20 Must-Have Educational iPhone & iPad Apps Used By Real Teachers in the Classroom - iPhone app article - Shara Karasic With the advent of the 2011/2012 school year, teachers who have access to mobile technology are scrambling to find the best education apps for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. Educators use apps for everything from communicating with students to inspiring creativity to dissecting virtual frogs. Luckily, we have lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious who share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school. These are the education apps most listed by educators on Appolicious. 1. 3D Brain (iPad, iPhone. Free)

Learning Disabilities in Children: Symptoms, Types, and Testing What are learning disabilities? Learning disabilities, or learning disorders, are an umbrella term for a wide variety of learning problems. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation. UDL On Campus: About UDL (music) [Title: UDL On Campus, Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, Co-President of CAST, appears on the screen.] GABRIELLE RAPPOLT-SCLICTHMANN: Learning is really a lifelong journey and when students come to postsecondary they're incredibly diverse. They have a wide range of strengths and weaknesses and UDL is really about how to make that learning journey tractable for as many of those learners as possible. [Students sit in a circle on a lawn on a college campus. The scene changes to a large display of artwork.

A Glimpse at Current Teaching Practices with Preliminary Survey Results Prepared by Richard Jackson, Kevin Koziol and Lisa Rudowitz from the Teaching Practices Group at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College with the editorial assistance of Nicole Strangman, CAST This article is available in Word and PDF formats. Please also visit the AIM Center home page. Centers: Effective Structures for Differentiation Photo by Woodley Wonder Works This article is written by Katie Haydon, founder of Ignite Creative Learning Studio. Learn more about Ignite at or the Ignite Facebook page. Do you use centers in your primary classroom? If yes, you love them and can’t imagine life without them. If no, you can’t imagine how you could possibly trust your 30 to 35 students to work independently, nor can you figure out where you’d get the time to set them up.

Quick List: iPad Resources For The Classroom One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads in the Classroom. Many schools a all over are investing in iPads in the Classroom and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more. In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme (last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom. iPads For Education While this site comes courtesy of the Department Of Education in Victoria Australia, there is lots of information that can cross the Pacific that you can use in your classroom.

New ‘Dyslexie’ font helps dyslexics read better  AFP/ Those in a study of the font say it improves reading accuracy. A graphic designer from the Netherlands, Christian Boer, has developed a new font to aid his dyslexia. The font, called Dyslexie, isn’t the first of its kind, but according to Scientific American in an article published Wednesday, “it has received much fanfare from sufferers.” Boer first designing his font in 2008 while studying at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and in 2010 a fellow student conducted an independent study on the font as part of a master s thesis project.

Universal Design for Learning Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.[1] Recognizing that the way individuals learn can be unique, the UDL framework, first defined by David H. Rose, Ed.D. of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) in the 1990s,[2] calls for creating curriculum from the outset that provides: Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, andMultiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn.[3][4]

Effective Teaching Practices and the Barriers Limiting Their Use in Accessing the Curriculum: A Review of Recent Literature Prepared by Richard Jackson, Kelly Harper and Janna Jackson from the Teaching Practices Group at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College with the editorial assistance of Nicole Strangman, CAST. Additional edits and revisions by Tracey Hall, CAST. This article is available in Word and Classroom Strategies For Inclusion Of Students With Communication And Learning Disorders ContentIntroductionAbout Communications and Learning DisordersParental Suggestions to Give to TeachersIntroduction Teachers in typical classrooms who are faced with students in their classroom who have ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), SLD (Specific Learning Disability) and/or High Functioning Autistic Spectrum often experience the following feelings. * at a loss for what to do * wanting to pull hair out * overwhelmed * befuddled, confused and dismayed. Every trick of the academic trade teacher have used in the past to contain and direct typical students seem not to work with these students with Communications and Learning Disorders.

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