Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Perhaps instructional design is similar to constructing a puzzle. Distinct, yet related, pieces come together to create an object that is stronger and more effective than the individual components. The final project for my Selection and Integration of Instructional Technology class involves designing a learning experience that incorporates and combines a number of critical strategies and methods in support of 21st century learning environments. The elements include support for curriculum standards, the gradual release of responsibility, integrated digital technology strategies, CyberCitizenry, and Universal Design for Learning. Click here to review this integrated technology learning experience.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011
Originally established to eliminate architectural barriers for those with accessibility requirements, educators have recognized universal design as a strategy that can be used to address individual learning styles. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides a framework for course structure, individualized instruction, assessment, and academic engagement. Universal Design for Learning has the potential to maximize learning opportunities for all.
The following are a few applications available for the iPad, iPod or iPhone that can help support a UDL-based learning environment: