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  1. Workshop Goals • Raise awareness about Universal Design for Learning so that teachers can: • Use collaborative planning to increase the options for presentation of content, engagement of learners, and representation of mastery • Consult with curriculum, technology, and media specialists to support the learning of all students • Seek professional development to support universal design • Explore the use of software to enhance UDL

  2. Universal Design Origin and Definitions “Consider the needs of the broadest possible range of users from the beginning” Architect, Ron Mace

  3. Retrofitting • Drawbacks of Retrofitting • Each retrofit solves only one local problem • Retrofitting can be costly • Many retrofits are UGLY!

  4. Examples of UD Solutions

  5. Universal Design • Not one size fits all, but offers alternatives • Designed from the beginning, not added on later • Increases access opportunities for everyone

  6. Universal Design for LearningSnap Shot Universal does NOT suggest that there is a single solution that works for everyone. Employs Flexibility Includes Alternatives Sets Appropriate Goals Separates the Goal from the Methods Fixes the Curriculum NOT the Learner

  7. Learning Differences The Learning Brain Affective Networks Recognition Networks Strategic Networks Universal Design for Learning • Multiple means of representation • Multiple means of expression • Multiple means of engagement

  8. Your Typical Class: How many students… • do not read at grade level? • have disabilities & IEPs? • receive academic support outside SPED? • may be gifted? • are from homes where English is not spoken? • qualify for free/reduced lunch? • move during the year and are replaced?

  9. Typical Methods, Assessments, and Materials • Lecture presentation • Class discussion of text • Answer end-of-chapter questions in writing • Create a poster illustrating key points • Essay question test • Multiple choice test • Videotape • Textbook

  10. Vygotsky Theoretical Framework: • Three Things Necessary for Learning • Recognize patterns in perceptual information • Have strategies for acting upon the patterns • Be engaged in the task

  11. So the teacher must: • Provide multiple means of representation • Provide multiple means for expression • Provide multiple means for engagement

  12. Networkability Versatility Ability to be marked Transformability

  13. Multiple Means of Representation: Weekly Reader AbleNet Edition: • Specifically designed for students with disabilities • Three levels of adapted literacy • Picture symbol supports • Worksheets/Activities in comprehension, writing, vocabulary, math, science, social studies, health and much more. • Bonus activities: community based instruction, surveys, interviews, recipes, games, interactive bulletin boards, and much more.

  14. Using a SmartBoard in the Classroom

  15. Multiple Means of Expression: • Using PowerPoint Technology of Sharks ABCs By: Jaden

  16. Multiple Means of RepresentationScreen Readers Read&Write GOLD, award-winning literacy support software, gives an added boost to people who need support with reading, writing and learning by making support tools available right at their fingertips. Student uses free online text reader to read text while in the classroom Verbose Text to Speech Converter Converts Text to Voice - Save as mp3 or wav

  17. Multiple Means of Engagement Classroom teacher uses SMART Response devices to enable active responding by all students Classroom teacher uses low-tech devices to enable active responding by all students

  18. Multiple means… • Since 2007 curriculum publishers must have digital versions available. • Are curriculum teams considering ordering digital versions? • Example from Scholastic •

  19. UDL and the Learning Brain Recognizes information, ideas, and concepts. Applies strategies to process the information. Is engaged. Vygotsky

  20. UDL and the Learning Brain Task is too difficult for learner ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT Task is too easy for learner

  21. Using UDL calls for: • Multiple means of representation • Multiple means of expression • Multiple means of engagement

  22. Introduction toRead&Write 9GOLD

  23. Objective Use the key features of Read&Write GOLD in order to familiarize yourself with the functionality of the software

  24. Key features for training • Speech • Spelling support • Word Prediction • Dictionary • Homophone Support • Scanning • Fact Folder • Fact Mapper • Screen Masking • Translator • Study Skills

  25. The Toolbars • Choice of Toolbars: • All Features • Reading Features • Writing Features • Research Features • My Features • Study Skills • Docks to sides or top

  26. Speech Utility • Texthelp voices specifically tailored to its use • Adapt the pronunciation of words • Choice of on screen visual displays • Speech Maker • Daisy Book Reader • Screenshot Reader • Pronunciation Tutor • Ability to read PDF files

  27. Spelling Utility • Speech enabled • Specific LD errors identified • Audible definitions & Sample sentences • Custom Dictionary • Auto corrections • Phonetic map • Error Log

  28. Word Prediction • Learn as you type • Customize display • Customize database of words suggested • Phonetic based predictions • Homophone indicator • Dictionary look up • Language classifications and context indicator • Speech feedback

  29. Dictionary & Word Wizard • Speech enabled • Choice of Basic, Advanced or Web • Defines Nouns, Verbs Adjectives and Adverbs • Easy to use • Sample sentences and descriptions • Word Search • Browser buttons

  30. Scanning • One button scanning to • PDF - the scanned image looks exactly the same as the source image recommended if layout retention is important. • Word – scan in to Word with the Recommended when need to edit the text. • HTML - automatically converted into a font size, color and background color of choice. • Multi-page scanning. • WIA and TWAIN

  31. Fact Folder • Research / Revision aid • Author, Source, Category cited • Output to MS Word or HTML • Bibliography

  32. Fact Mapper • Online Mind Mapping utility • Brainstorm, Revise, Outline • Output to Word • Output to HTML

  33. Screen Masking • Tint screen • Aid reading and improve focus • Underline • Choice of colors • Has Spotlight option

  34. Translator • Online • French, Spanish, German and Italian • Translation can be read aloud • Adapt : • Language • Voice Speed • Font Size

  35. Study Skills • New Study Skills toolbar • Will work in MS Word and Internet Explorer • Summarize Button • Page of text Summarized into a percentage of the original text

  36. Fact Finder • Performs Internet search on word(s) • Range of search choices • Launches from any application • Efficient way of searching on a given subject • Add your own

  37. Calculators • Speech enabled • Standard & Scientific • Blackboard type audit trail • Undo button • 5 memory functions • In document calculations • Value converter

  38. Speech Input • Integrated voice recognition • Speech supported training • Alternative words • Simple to use • Speech feedback of composed text

  39. Read & Write GOLDat work Let’s choose a few items from the menu bar video tour. That’s fine but don’t forget to return to the last few slides after the tour part is done.

  40. Literacy Support Software Product Read & Write GOLD • Currently 3 schools are participating • in a MDE grant using this software • Pipestone, Marshall, and KMS What about me? My school might be interested too! If Wilber waits until the next slide he will feel better.

  41. Literacy Support Software Product Read & Write GOLD • Additional software will be offered through another grant • Read:OutLoud, computer software that is an accessible text reader that provides below-grade level readers access to the general curriculum. (Don Johnston Inc.) • -ClassMate Readers, The ClassMate Reader is a portable text reader designed to boost reading and learning independence. Students can listen to the audio version of their textbooks and study materials, while following the highlighted text on screen. Students gain access to their curricular materials anywhere and anytime with this easy-to-use device. (Don Johnston Inc.) • -BookSense Daisy Readers, a portable digital book player from GW Micro plays audio books and music files, and does text-to-speech. (GW Micro)

  42. Investigate a bit more… • Short video demo from CAST (discusses UDL books) • Embedded supports utilizing “Text Help” with Call of the Wild,call_of_the_wild.html • Read and Write Gold (part of today’s demo) • Read OutLoud

  43. Investigate a bit more… • Research links: • RMC Research Corporation 05-07 study - Washington State • TextHelp web research listings • Sample Grant Proposals: • TextHelp

  44. Contact Information for UDL Team • Darwin Dyce (507) 537-2287 • Diane McCarron (320) 231-5184 • (several new members will be joining soon) E-mail addresses

  45. Thank you for your attention. Don’t miss a chance to play with this program by installing the 30 day FREE demo. And…if you leave contact information we can send you information on an upcoming MDE grant opportunity. Presentation by Darwin Dyce at the SW/WC Service Cooperatives SMART User Conference, Oct. 15, 2009