Saturday, February 9, 2013

Teaching Every Student

CAST, Center for Applied Special Technology, was founded in 1984 as a nonprofit organization. As a leading nonprofit organization in education, CAST works to advance learning opportunities and outcomes for all individuals through the Universal Design for Learning. CAST’s staff is comprised of a variety of specialists in education research and policy, neuropsychology, clinical/school psychology, technology, engineering, curriculum development, and K-12 development. The section titled “Teaching Every Student” is a place where teachers and other supporting educators in education can gain knowledge and a better understanding about the practices and principles of the Universal Design for Learning.  
Basics, Activities, Case Stories, Planning Using UDL, Training, and Model UDL Lessons for K-12 are all different components of this site to help facilitate the comfort in using UDL in the classroom. I have found this site to be helpful and user friendly. With so many activities and readings provided, I feel as though a new teacher could grasp this content rather easily. 
I completed “Your Three Brain Networks” activity. “When you view an image, all three brain networks are at work. Your recognition network rapidly identifies objects and discerns the overall context. Your strategic network determines how you examine the image and what information you will gain from it. And your affective network determines how long and how carefully you look. All three networks together determine what you actually see.” This was such a fun way to relate this information to myself and see how I best use my brain. I highly suggest you give it a try to see how your brain functions. Additionally, while the case stories have seemed a bit outdated, I always support the use of case studies to help the viewer/individual better relate to the content material. 
Overall, I would rate this site as one of the top sites to utilize when transitioning or looking for answers regarding UDL. With the wide variety of information provided in a variety of formats, all learners can access this site and accomplish their desired educational goals. 

1 comment:

  1. Tara, I really like how you explained the "Your Three Brains Network" activity. I thought that was a fun way to make the information relatable. I had never really thought about how I used my brain before, so this was a pretty interesting exercise. I also like what you wrote about case studies. Case studies can really help illustrate an idea or a concept and help make the concept "click" with the reader. Thanks for sharing!