Universal Design for Learning

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Universal Design for Learning

UDL Facts for Educators

UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that helps all individuals learn.UDL provides a blueprint for a flexibile approach that can be customized to meet the needs of all learners through instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone.Reference:

Universal Design for Learning

I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation--learners differ in how they perceive and comprehend informationII. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression--learners differ in how they can navigate a learning environment and express what they knowIII. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement--learners differ in how they are engaged and are motivated to learnReference: guidelines

The 3 Principles

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Additional References:-National Universal Design for Learning Taskforce (

-Powerful additional technologies using the principles of UDL enable easier and more effective customization of curricula for learners.-Many technologies are simple, cost-effective, and have built in supports, scaffolds, and challenges to assist learners.-Brain research has shown that all brain networks are different for every learner, so technology can be used to meet the needs of each network.Reference: Laureate Education, Inc. (Producer). (2009). Brain Research and UDL [DVD] Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Online Note-Taking

1. Bookbuilder-educators can develop their own digital books to support reading instruction2. UDL Lesson Builder-teaches educators to customize curriculum to meet diverse learning needs3. Strategy Tutor-supports teachers and students while doing reading and research on the internet4. UDL Curriculum Self Check-helps educators build options and flexibility into the curriculum5. UDL Editions-classic texts presented online that provides support for struggling readers and added-value features to engage all learnersReference:


Gutenberg Project

Tech tools for learning

Our brains are made up of 3 networks:1. Recognition-sense and put meaning to what we see2. Strategic-monitor actions and skills3. Affective-evaluate patterns and assign emotional significanceAll brains are different, which is why there is no normal student--the 3 networks of the brain are different for everyone which is why UDL is beneficial and targets all networks of the brain.Reference: Laureate Education, Inc. (Producer). (2009). Brain Research and UDL [DVD] Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Technology in UDL

UDL helps all learners regardless of background because diverse learners are taken from where they are and moved forward.Reference:

CAST Online Tools

News Map

3 Networks of the brain

Presentation for Franklin Area High School