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  1. Science Writer:  A Universal Design for Learning Approach to Support Writing Science Reports Elizabeth Murray & Tracey Hall International Reading Association Literacy and Science: Exploring Connections That Promote Engaged Learning May 8, 2011

  2. CAST is currently located in Harvard Mills Square, Wakefield, MA.

  3. Mission Founded in 1984, CAST is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to expand educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development and innovative uses of technology.

  4. Universal Design for Learning Three Principles • Multiple Meansof Representation • Multiple Means of Action and Expression • Multiple Means of Engagement http://sciencewriter.cast.org

  5. Rubrics to Support Content Revisions Introduction Methods Conclusion Results

  6. Additional features: • Progress monitoring • Practice • Teacher side Research Version of Science Writer

  7. Student view of Progress Monitoring

  8. Teachers and students can view Progress Monitoring results

  9. Teacher view of class Progress Monitoring results

  10. Science Writer Research Schools • Four in suburban Boston • Four in Lawrence, KS Subjects • Science Writer – 396 • Word Processing – 212

  11. Science Writer Research Background Measures • Gates-MacGinitie • Keyboarding Writing Measures (content & mechanics) • Baseline report (pretest) • Final report (posttest) • Progress monitoring

  12. Science Writer Research Usage Measures • Student surveys • Electronic event log

  13. Science Writer Research • Both groups improved in content (F=71.51, p<.01) • Science Writer group showed greater improvement than word processing group (t=2.37, p<.05) • 72% of students felt Science Writer helped them improve their writing

  14. Science Writer Research Improvement in writing associated with: • Paragraph headings and sentence starters • Use of animated agents for hints and modeling