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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The blogs / web resources I referred to in my presentation were:
- SET BC’s BCUDL site
- BC UDL Project Wiki
- BC UDL LOR (Learning Objects Repository) – a growing collections of Universally designed lessons
- BC UDL Weblinks – links to a variety of resources including Smartboards
- David Rose – LATA Presentation October 2008 – Marlborough Elem. Burnaby
- Ira Socol’s site: SpeEd Change – His Toolbelt Theory is a must read for all educators
- Paul Hamilton’s Wiki – udl4all – Great collection of freeware and web based tools for classrooms
- Paul Hamilton’s Blog – Free Resources from the Net for (Special) Education
- UDL4All Ning ~ Join the UDL Conversation!!
- Lisa’s Lingo: The Successful Inclusion Program
- “Kate Says” Blog ~ read her post and the replies: “Power of a Word”
- Our Smartboard Forum site