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Universal Design for Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom. “Until Learning Has No Limits” cast.org 2018. Tracey Antista Robert Richardson Elementary Flowing Wells Unified School District Tucson AZ AzCEC Special Education Teacher of the Year 2015 – for Innovative Tech
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Universal Design for Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom “Until Learning Has No Limits” cast.org 2018
Tracey Antista • Robert Richardson Elementary • Flowing Wells Unified School District • Tucson AZ • AzCEC Special Education Teacher of the Year 2015 – for Innovative Tech • Board Member AzCEC • Featured in two magazines for TECH use • Awarded several grants so as to continue my work • National Presenter CUE • Keynote Speaker ASHA • State Presenter AzCEC, AzTAP, ADE, and more… aPPsFROManAPPOHOLIC.WEEBLEY.COM
What if you were the one the world needed to be designed around? A World Made For Disabilities commercial
ORIGIN OF UDL Application of UD principles in educational settings
Similarities Access to Buildings Access to Learning
What barriers do you have that keeps you from a universally designed classroom? Anstead, Mary Elizabeth Jordan. Teachers Perceptions of Barriers to Universal Design for Learning Walden University, 2016 lack of planning time lack of information/training lack of sufficient supplies, materials, and/or equipment lack of a UDL lesson template lack of modeled instruction fear/resistance to change
HOW DO WE GET THERE? Become Familiar with the Guidelines http://udlguidelines.cast.org/
Reflect: So What is UDL? The WHY, WHAT &HOWIn Learning Provide Options for motivation Provide Options to show how to best understand Provide options to show what you know
When options and choices are already built into the Universally designed curriculum, fewer modifications are needed for individual differences;Planning becomes more efficient.
PROVIDE MORE OPTIONS Recycle Old Tech in Your Play Center You know that flip phone that’s been in your drawer forever? Now’s the time to break it out! Put out a call to friends and parents for outdated (but safe—for example, with batteries removed) technology Reuse iPad 1 and place in a literacy center with thematic photos Choose Apps That Help Children Build and Create Children love to build and create. It’s why the block corner and art center are always two of the most popular places in our classroom. An apps that promote creative thinking are Imagination Box. The apps let kids draw pictures and write stories on the iPad. Kodable is another favorite. It’s a problem-solving app that also teaches children the basics of computer programming. Encourage Kids to Collaborate With Tech The best tech is shared tech. Research has shown that children who collaborate and work in pairs on an iPad benefit more than those who work independently.
Incorporate AT into Thematic Centers Supports for Participation in Preschool Themes (Let’s participate.org): Teachers in early childhood classrooms frequently plan activities around educational content ‘themes’. Thematic lists of available AT supports • Bugs + Insects • Colors • Compound or 2 Syllable Words • Counting • Early Science Concepts • Fairy Tales • Growing Things • Oceans • Rhyming • Safety First! • Sets, Sorting + Half-whole • Spatial, Shape + Size • Transportation • Zoo
Tracey Antista Email: Tracey.Antista@fwusd.org Website: • https://appsfromanappoholic.weebly.com/udlealychildhood.html