UDL

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Classroom Greetings: I Yearn for a Fancy Handshake

Kids select greeting as they enter class   Should I be teaching elementary school? You’ve seen those videos where teachers greet their students with those fancy handshakes and little dances. They look so much fun. Classroom greetings establish strong connections and relationships as well as set the tone for the teacher, students, and classroom. To be honest, I yearn for those types of connections and relationships. And to paraphrase the late Rita Pierson, kids learn from people who they like. […]

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Accessible Documents: Make it a Combo

CC0 Creative Commons, by Engin Akyurt, Pixabay.com A Burger is Good, but it’s Way Better with Fries. I had a little “ah-ha” (Opera) moment the other day while reading Jennifer Pusateri’s blog about alt text. Jennifer talks about developing documents to pro-actively meet Word’s Accessibility Checker (i.e., ADA or AODA regulations) rather than modifying them after the fact.  She also suggests that just because we make a documents accessible, it doesn’t mean that it meets UDL principles. UDL is so much […]

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UDL Research in Higher Education

Research focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is plentiful; the problem is it is not plentiful for higher education. In 2016, Mohawk College began its journey to implement UDL. However, we found ourselves adrift in a sea of research that did not apply to our context, our learners, or our environments. The question became what to do: Trial and error? Try to extrapolate from K to 12 research? Use American studies? Or embark on our own research journey? The […]

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Flipgrid Creates Magic for 20 Somethings Too! (and contributes to UDL)

Flipgrid fun in an integrated marketing class. Smile icon made by Vectors Market from www.flaticon.com In an attempt to make an advertising concept more engaging a few weeks ago, I created physical manipulatives for the students. It fell flat. No magic. So back to the drawing board I went.  Today, I had to teach the same advertising concept but I wanted to try to find some magic or at least a few sparkles.  So, taking some inspiration from all of […]

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Sometimes You Gotta Eat Dessert First – Recruiting Interest

“Life is short and unpredictable. Eat dessert first.” Hellen Keller Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash, @brookelark Why Can’t a Swim Lesson Start with a Game? My son goes to swimming lessons weekly and has been going on-and-off for a little over a year.  Every once in a while he’ll get into the water at the start of class, but mostly, he’ll wait to get into the water until 20 minutes has passed. He tells me that his favourite part […]

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Adapting my Teaching Style to Connect with Introverted Students

My in-class style is energetic, active, and passionate. I know that’s my style and that it doesn’t necessarily connect with all of my more introverted students. So this semester I’m trying to find ways to include those students who, for whatever reason, don’t share the same level of enthusiasm during class. Sure some of the students may identify as introverts, but I think this extends to those who might have lots on their mind, or might not be feeling well, […]

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Free photos – it’s way easier than you think to find and use them

Many of us find ourselves developing PowerPoint presentations, creating teaching & learning materials, and writing content for our blogs. Typically we grab photos from Google images, and then paste the images into their intended destination.  And we do this without concern about copyright, nor sourcing the image.  What? That can’t be.  We generally source written content and teach our students to do the same, but we’re much more lackadaisical when it comes to photos. Technology is helping us to find […]

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What he lacks in pooping, my son makes up in reading – A nod to digital literacy

A literacy double play – Pokemon hunting with app & book. My 4 year old son struggles with bathroom activities but his reading skills are exceptional!  (What can I say, I’m a proud dada.) We’ve committed to reading with my son daily, but we also have also relied on the iPad to supplement our efforts. To that end, we attribute his success in reading in part to the Teach a Monster to Read app. Yes, it is acceptable for a 4 […]

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It’s Time to Dial up Webinar Engagement

Boredom, by Alan Feebery, CC, no modifications, I was on a ed tech webinar this afternoon where the presenter just talked and talked.  There were no questions, interaction, nor asking attendees what they’d like to learn or why they were participating. This translated into NO me.  I bailed within 10 minutes despite being very interested in the educational tool that was being discussed. And even though this was more of a business type webinar, UDL principles can apply. C’mon folks, […]

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Blank Stares after In-class Videos?

I like to showcase videos of award-winning marketing cases during class and in turn, ask the students to review, unpack, and build upon the campaigns. To my chagrin, I’m generally greeted by blank stares and faces after videos, especially if I start asking questions about the content. Guided by UDL principles, I went looking for a solution this week to help students make sense of video content. Goals Help my students to more actively process video content. Help my students […]

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