Thursday, June 26, 2014

Joint ISTE's LITERACY Professional Learning Network for a special session at the 2014 ISTE Conference in Atlanta and see a demonstration by CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology - source of Universal Design for Learning) of its new resource UDIO created specifically to improve Literacy Learning.

Want some quick background on all of this? See this short article just published in EdTechDigest:

Every Student Can Learn

Students aren’t defective, materials and resources are.
GUEST COLUMN | by Mark Gura

This past semester I taught a required course for Instructional Technology majors. Trust me, there’s nothing like swapping ideas with 30 early-career technology teachers to give you a good snapshot of the state of thinking in this field. This was a great learning experience for me as well as the students and chief among its many strong points, this was my first opportunity to use the Center for Applied Special Technology, or CAST’s, ‘Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning’ as the keystone text in a graduate level Education course. I, of course, had been familiar with this important work previously, but this was a great opportunity to look at it with fresh eyes — those of my students. And wow! It proved to be not just the good, informational text I had hoped for, but a truly transformational one.
I’ll paraphrase this book’s very wonderful, central idea:
Students who don’t succeed in learning through traditional instruction don’t do so because of some defect or deficit or learning disability on their part, but rather, because the materials and resources they are presented with are inflexible and unsuitable to meet their particular, personal needs as learners.

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