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UDL in Your Classroom
It is important for you to understand the basis and the context of UDL, but what is most relevant, of course, is how you can use UDL in your classroom. In this part of the site, we use a case study to look at ways you can apply UDL in four main areas of a school curriculum:
In every area of the curriculum, the key to using UDL is to reduce or eliminate barriers to student learning. This requires applying UDL’s 3 main principles of representation, action and expression, and engagement in a systematic way. Even excellent teachers can unintentionally have barriers that prevent some students from learning. As you explore the case study, look for ways you can use UDL principles to utilize all 3 brain networks to optimize learning and eliminate learning barriers in your own classroom.
UDL Virtual Tour
After reading the UDL Case Study, take a virtual tour of classroom to see every day examples of UDL Principles. To navigate through the classroom, click and drag the mouse to the left or right. Click on hotspots and magnifying glasses to zoom in on specific examples. You might recognize your own classroom in some of the examples featured here!
NOTE: Some features of the virtual tour are unsupported in Internet Explorer. It is best to use Firefox or Chrome to interact with the virtual tour.
In the age of differentiation and individualization, exit cards can be a great asset for assessing students frequently. There are a wide variety of ways to produce exit cards that will appeal to all learners. Click here for tips from Edutopia.org.
The National UDL Center offers video stories from four districts that partnered with CAST to infuse UDL into their classrooms. Click here to view the stories and be sure to look for the ones from Baltimore and Cecil counties!
Looking for ways to make information more visual for certain learners? Check out Popplet, a free App that can help you or your students to create timelines and graphical organizers quickly and easily.
Digital technology can be extremely helpful in implementing UDL principles. It is more flexible than traditional print textbooks, and gives educators and students more options for teaching and learning. However, you can still use many of the principles of UDL even if you do not have access to digital resources. Ultimately, UDL is more of a philosophical mindset to promote learning for all students than an approach relying on particular technologies. Every teacher can help his or her students by including some aspects of UDL in the diverse classrooms of the 21st century.