February 19

UDL-Sunshine Coast-February 19, 2010

Here is an updated version with some added links for this presentation. All of the links are live so you can view the resources referred to.

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I really enjoyed my time on the Sunshine Coast. What a beautiful place – wishing I had stayed longer… perhaps forever… Hoping to hear more from Sweet Cascadia soon!! 

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January 12

Sunshine Coast UDL Presentation

Here are the slides from my UDL Presentation on the Sunshine Coast. The links within the presentation are live – enjoy exploring!

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January 9

North Vancouver – January 6, 2010

Here are the slides from the UDL presentation I did in North Vancouver at Balmoral Jr. Secondary School on January 6th, 2009:

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If you click on the “full screen icon at the bottom of this slide show it will be more readable. The links within the presentation are live – click on them to view the site refered to in the slide. Please post any comments or questions as responses to this blog post.

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October 22

Horizons 2009 ~ CUE BC Presentation ~ What is UDL?

CUE BC 2009 - UDL_1

We had five “learning intentions” for participants in this presentation.

  1. To gain an understanding of UDL
  2. To understand why it is important that we understand and embrace UDL in our classrooms now as we are eager to meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations, and as we need to make decisions about the types of technology we purchase and the pedagogy that drives it’s use.
  3. That UDL is not about the technology.
  4. That UDL is a subtle shift in paradigm that is having a profound impact on learners
  5. That creating Universally Designed schools and classrooms is a journey into which we have taken our first steps with a long way to go…

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April 17

UDL Presentation at the CASE Spring Conference

Today I spoke at the CASE (Council of Administrators of Special Education) conference. I was thrilled to have been asked to be a part of this conference and very much enjoyed sharing the exciting things that have been happening in Coquitlam. I based most of what I said on my previous blog posts “How UDL has changed my job” post and my “UDL Success” post. The most important messages I wanted to share during this presentation were:

  • Our appreciation and thanks to the BC Ministry of Education and to SET BC for their role in bringing the UDL movement to BC. We are very excited to be a part of this shift in paradigm.
  • That this project is perfectly timed with a change in the questions educators are asking about technology. In the past educators questioned “why” and “should we” use technology in education. Now educators are asking “what?” and “how?”. Universal Design for Learning provides a framework within which teachers can make informed decisions about the use of technological tools to help students succeed at school
  • The amazing progress our students have made in gaining reading skills since we began the project, and what we believe to be the reason for their success.

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October 24

UDL Weblinks from the Birchland Team Presentation ~LATA

What a great day! David Rose was inspiring, really reminded us why we have worked so hard this year – and renewed our energy. We also had a great time sharing our Journey so far with those who came to watch our presentation. I want to blog so many things I learned today… the only problem is time – I must write my IEPs this weekend…

As promised, here are the weblinks that were shown in our presentation today – I hope I got them all. If I have missed anything either post a comment, or send me an email – there is a Contact Information tab above. I will update this post with any additions. Also, if you have some links you would like to share please post them in the comment section below or email them to me. Click on the site names below and the sites will open.

Nancy’s weblinks:

  • Math PowerPoint Presentations: Nancy showed a PowerPoint presentation from this site about rounding numbers. There are many other concepts posted here illustrated by PowerPoint Presentations. (http://www.hcbe.net/itc/powerpoints/math.html) 
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: Today Nancy demonstrated the use of a Java program that demonstrated place value through interactive manipulatives.(http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vLibrary.html)
  • The Expanded Notation activity she showed can be downloaded from the SMARTTech website. You need SMART Notebook software for this file.
  • Math Zone: The team has found many userful math activities here. (http://www.mathszone.co.uk/)
  • Math Playground: This site is full of exciting learning activities that our teachers are using in their classrooms. (http://www.mathplayground.com/)

Darryl’s weblinks:

  • Sheppard Software: Darryl showed us an activity in which the kids determine if an animal is an herbivore, omnivore, or a carnivore. There is also one about the food chain and many others that the kids enjoy. (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/)
  • BBC Schools: I am currently drawing a blank on what he showed from this site but I know there is lots of cool stuff here. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/) 
  • Jeopardy Template: Here is one of the sites where you can download Jeopardy templates (and a number of other game show templates). Playing the game is an excellent way to review facts in preparation for tests. It was really powerful also when the teachers began having the children build the games themselves by reading the chapter, coming up with questions, and then play the games as a class. They had to determine what were the important points and create the questions. Great activity. (http://www.murray.k12.ga.us/teacher/kara%20leonard/Mini%20T’s/March%20Mini%20T-Games/Games.htm)

Craig’s Weblinks:

  • Kurzweil: If you are not already familiar with this software here is a link to more information. It can be purchased through PSAP for school use in BC. 
  • Into the Book: This is a new one Craig found — the one about the pirate. Great tool for working with Adrien Gear’s Reading Power to help students become more able to attend to the imporant aspects of what they read. The reading ‘powers’ on this site are: visualizing, summarizing, synthesizing, making connections, prior knowledge, inferring, evaluating, questioning. (http://reading.ecb.org/)
  • Brain Pop: We ran out of time for this. It is a site to which we purchased access. You can look at some of the clips free however. The teachers have been using this one as part of their instruction in a variety of subject areas. They are also using it to help motivate thier students to write during their ’10 minute write’. (http://www.brainpop.com/)
  • Iknowthat.com: Another great resource Craig found that he didn’t have time to show. (http://www.iknowthat.com/com)

Anita’s Weblinks:

  • My Delicious Links: All of the above links and many many more are posted here.
  • Do to Learn: This is a web site with a variety of excellent activities for early learners or students with special learning needs.

Thanks so much to all of you who attended our session. Please contact us if you have any questions.

February 15

Web Links from CTA Conference Presentation

Thanks to those of you who attended our UDL presentation today – and thanks for visiting my blog! Below are the links we spoke about in today’s presentation. If there are any others that I forgot about please post a response to this blog and I will find them for you. Remember that all of these and many others are also tagged on my Del.icio.us site: http://del.icio.us/astrang.

Motivational sayingsPlease also feel free to post questions you have about UDL. Being able to better meet the needs of our students can be overwhelming and would have been very difficult for us without the assistance and support we received and the collaboration we have participated in with other UDL teams across BC. Please know that we are eager to support other teachers who want to begin to investigate UDL and are eager to hear from you and work with you to help you begin this journey. The only way to start is by beginning small and then gradually incorporating new ideas.

Here are the links… 

Carol’s SD43 Assistive Technology Wiki (It has a comprehensive list of programs that can be used to provide support for students with various disabilities)

Sheppard Software (it had the animal adaptations web sites)

Science Probe

Cricksoft (I can’t see how to get to the virtual compass or the virtual geoboard so will find out from the others and post a better link ASAP)

Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station (the online art lessons)

Natural Reader (a free text reader which works with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Email etc.)

Virtual Manipulatives (The one with addition and subtraction using the place value chart)

If you want to know what a Wiki is or what a del.icio.us social bookmarking site is check out the Common Craft video posted on one of the Blog entries below