Karen Janowski teaches UDL principles on Every Classroom Matters

UDL Principles to Reach Every Child (with Karen Janowski)

Design online learning materials for students with special needs using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles and everyone learns more. UDL advocate Karen Janowski shares a power-packed 10 minutes of ideas for designing online learning experiences to reach every child.  Go on a turbo tour of Karen's popular UDL Toolkit wiki in this show.

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Karen Janowski #72, “Universal Design: How to Personalize Learning for Every Child”

Karen Janowski, Assistive Technology Specialist with the Newton Public Schools, talks with Vicki Davis about the Universal Design for Learning  principles (UDL) that will reach and teach every student. She traced the term ‘universal design’ back to its use in architecture, where it meant a design that was useful to everyone. She advocates teaching every student throughout the school day by using good design tools.

When you design lessons to help those with special needs, everyone benefits. Audio recording, Voicethreads, slideshows (Animoto), and other alternate methods to paper and pencil are her favorites.  Karen emphasizes the reusability of screencasts, as other reusable learning objects (RLO’s).

Karen has built a wiki along with Joyce Valenza, of UDL Resources, just for the classroom teacher who is searching for alternate tools for students.

Karen mentions Cast.org, one of the originators of Universal Design for Learning in education.  Using text to speech tools for assessment is one tip she wishes every teacher knew.  She likes VoiceThread, Schmoop, Rewordify, and TLDR (a chrome extension).

Vicki recommends teachers study Karen's UDL Toolkit wiki to learn more  UDL Principles.

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Show notes prepared by Lisa Durff, Production Coordinator for Every Classroom Matters.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Bow Beaver Efficiency Calculat May 13, 2014 - 10:48 pm

These are cool principles. I have to learn about it and apply it to my students.

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