Chapter 1 Summary:
Chapter 1, “Education in the Digital Age,” begins with a description of two different classrooms and grade levels in a Concord, New Hampshire school district and how they are using the Universal Design for Learning principles for using technology to maximize learning in their classroom. The chapter goes on to discuss how UDL principles can help with the challenges of learner diversity and high standards.
There are 3 main ideas in Chapter 1:
– New brain research has show that students do not have one universal way in which they learn but multiple ways in which they learn. A weakness in one area of learning can mean a strength in another.
– UDL framework works with other educational reform by offering numerous strategies for educational change through new research about how students learn and new uses for technology…
– According to Donna Palley, the Special Education Coordinator/Technology Specialist for the Concord School system, “The concept of UDL is the intersection where all our initiatives integrated units, multi-sensory teaching, multiple intelligences, differentiated instruction, use of computers in schools, performance-based assessment, and others come together.
Personal Reflections on the Chapter
– I grew up in a private school and my classes were very homogeneous in comparison to today’s public schools so I did not have much experience with the varied types of learning presented by the UDL. In my experiences as a substitute teacher; however, I have had several opportunities to see differentiation and technology in the classroom in accordance with UDL ideas. For example, I spent time in a middle school math class in Baltimore County where the teacher used a SmartBoard to help teach algebra. She also had several different worksheets for students to complete that catered to students with different levels of ability with the content.
Discuss how technology might help to address the ideas presented.
– UDL is tied in closely with technology as technologies are very flexible. Technology is able to adjust to learner differences and students with special needs which makes it easier for teachers to differentiate with a variety of media sources.
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