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What is universal design for learning? UDL is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. Recognizing that the way individuals learn can be unique, the UDL framework, first defined by the center for applied special technology in the 90’s, calls for creating curriculum from the outset that provides the following: multiple means of representation, multiple means of engagement, or multiple means of expression. UDL curriculum is defined into four parts, which consist of: instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments. UDL is intended to increase access to learning, as well as other obstacles. UDL principles also lend themselves to implementing inclusionary practices in the classroom. What is differentiated instruction? DI is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing different students with different avenues to learning in term of things like; acquiring content, processing, constructing, or make sense of idea, and developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability. Students vary in culture, socioeconomic status, language, gender, motivation, ability or disability, personal interests, and teachers can develop personalized instruction so that all children in the classroom can learn effectively. DI classrooms have also been described as ones that are responsive to student variety in readiness levels, interests and learning profiles. It is a classroom where all students are included and can be successful. To do t... ... middle of paper ... ... during activities where other students may not use any technologies at all. Even in classrooms that are well equipped with UDL and DI materials and methods, their assistive technology neither precludes nor replaces the need for UDL or DI overall. Technology has a limitless access of being considered useful to students. For students who are wheel chair bound, If schools appropriately design the efficiently-the use of an elevator can go a long way. I think in today’s classroom, the biggest technology advantage to have in a classroom in typical an IPAD. An IPAD in my opinion is an endless amount of programs and resource. IPAD can give our students an advantage in the learning curve. I have been fortunate to get three IPADS donated to my classroom and it has been a blessing in disguise. Overall, there is a great need for the positives and negatives in UDL and DI.
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