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Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

--(CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology)

CAST is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. It provides lots of free multimedia tools that you can use in your classroom to make learning accessible for all students. Some examples of these tools include, Science Writer, a web-based writing tool that supports all students in the science report-writing process, Book Builder, that enables educators to develop their own digital books.

 

This website provides a wealth of resources on how to implement universal design in the classroom. The website has videos, tools and examples of UDL implementation in different grade levels.

 

Michigan Integrated Technology Supports is a statewide project focused on assistive technology, instructional framework of UDL and Accessible instructional materials. MITS provides technical support, materials and training to improve outcomes of all students.

 

The Center for Implementing Technology in Education identifies evidence-based practices for integrating instructional technology to support the achievement of all students. It provides a free, self-guided, online professional development course: Differentiating Instruction Through Technologyand tons of other resources. The website also provides a link to TechMatrix, a powerful tool to find assistive technology tools for learning.