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Universal Design for Learning with Assistive Techology
“Universal Design for Learning calls for ...
* Multiple means of representation, to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge
* Multiple means of expression, to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know
* Multiple means of engagement, to tap into learners’ interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation”
What Does It Mean to Succeed in School?
“We welcome you to visit our thoughts about ways to consider how all learners can be successful in school and in life. This project has been developed by a group of Apple Distinguished Educators who set out to:
1. Provide examples of a student success stories
2. Provide inspiration for students and teachers and
3. Provide resources and strategies to scaffold learners.”
Inclusion in the Classroom
“Keys to success include:
* Students need to be active - not passive learners.
* Children should be encouraged to make choices as often as possible, a good teacher will allow students some time to flounder as some of the most powerful learning stems from taking risks and learning from mistakes.
* Parental involvement is crucial.
* Students with disabilities must be free to learn at their own pace and have accommodations and alternative assessment strategies in place to meet their unique needs.
* Students need to experience success, learning goals need to be specific, attainable and measurable and have some challenge to them.”
Project Based Learning
About.com’s strategies for PBL in with Special Education Students. " "Project based Learning. Project based learning promotes more permanent learning.""
Less Teaching More Learning
This is a teacher’s article on PBL with ESL students.
National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities
This short paper/proposal on Adolescent Literacy for students with learning disabilities might offer us an opportunity to do some apparently much needed action research It came from the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities site
Enhance Learning With Technology: Differentiating Instruction
Strategies for differentiating content, process, activities, the learning environment, and instruction. Links to research, resources, learning styles, constructivism (PBL), etc.
No/Low Tech Supports
This is a great list of strategies. Some are more appropriate for elementary or severely impaired students, but there are some very good, usable strategies for students some of our teachers might find in their classrooms as well
Inclusion in the Classroom
Information on the whys and hows of including special needs students in the regular classroom Multimedia and Learning Disabilities
Students with Severe Disabilities
Article on the pros and cons of placement for students with severe disabilities.
Curricular and Instructional Considerations for Teaching Students With Disabilities in General Education Classrooms
Strategies for Teaching Special Needs Students in the Regular Classroom
Multimedia Projects and Students with Learning Disabilities
A 1994 article on doing multimedia projects with students with learning disabilities. The article is still relevant today in many ways.
Star Legacy Modules--Mathematics
Web based modules developed by the Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG). Each module provides information about working with students with disabilities. Each interactive module is made up of five components: Challenge, Initial Thoughts, Perspective & Resources, Assesment and Wrap Up.