Creating Knowledge

Here you will find programs and tools to enable you to manipulate ideas, formulate understanding, and communicate effectively. The learning disabled community is notorious for its inventions and innovations (light bulb, automobile, airplane, George Lucas, Walt Disney, etc.). Learners who are marginalized in school often defy the odds and change the world. Innovation by nature occurs in the margins. 

Today, as we create and communicate with technology, these tools will empower the creative genius of teachers and students alike. We have the tools to be producers of knowledge, instead of just consumers.

(1) If we learn instructional design, we can use screen capture tools like CamtasiaSnagit, and Jing to create our own e-tutorials and multi-media communications. This powerful exercise takes students from passive learning to constructive applications and working knowledge. 

(2) The Promethian Boards in schools come with creative multi-media software for screen capture, screen casting, graphics development and presentations. 

(3) CAST UDL Book Builder: Free, online multi-media book creation tool. Ensures the elements of Universal Design for Learning to effectively reach all students, regardless of disability. 

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UDL Book Builder ™

Enables educators to develop their own digital books to support reading instruction literacy learning. Learn More

Grades: All Grades

(4) CAST UDL Science Writer: Free, online multi-media report creation tool. Breaks down report into sections. Manages drafts, revisions, edits. Text-to-speech feedback, reads your work aloud. Journal and checklists for notes and data. Dictionary, grammar and spell check. Animated helpers and examples.


(5) Lots of CAST resources for students, parents and teachers: 

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UDL Curriculum Self-Check ™

Helps educators build options and flexibility into each element of the curriculum in order to reach and engage all students. Learn More

Grades: All Grades

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UDL Editions ™

Publicized by Google around the world, UDL Editions is a model for presenting classic texts from world literature in a flexible online interface with just-in-time, individualized supports for struggling and expert readers alike. Learn More

Grades: 5 and up

Free
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UDL Guidelines

A set of principles for designing curriculum that provides all individuals with equal opportunities to learn. Created at CAST and housed by the National Center on Universal Design for Learning. Learn More about the National Center on UDL

Grades: Educators


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UDL Lesson Builder ™

Helps educators to design lessons/units of study to meet the diverse learning challenges, skills, and background of students in today's classrooms. Learn More

Grades: All Grades
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UDL Online Modules ™

Launched: 08/17/2009

Two online modules that introduce the theory, principles, and application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to teacher candidates and in-service teachers. Learn More

Grades: Educators

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Strategy Tutor ™

Publicized by Google around the world, Strategy Tutor supports students and teachers doing reading and research on the Internet. Learn More

Grades: 5 and up

Free
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Teaching Every Student

Explains and exemplifies Universal Design for Learning and its classroom applications. Also provides activities, model lessons, and toolkits to support educators. Learn More

Grades: All Grades

(6) Adobe Acrobat Standard ($120). Files created in any program can be saved as PDF for web viewing. Edit PDFs, add bookmarks, add document security, add watermarks, add audio and text comments,  share and collaborate on Adobe.com Buzzword. Store files on Acrobat.com. Share your screen with 3 collaborators with video and chat (only a browser and Acrobat Reader required). Save web pages as PDFs for viewing offline. Convert files to outline view. Straighten scanned images. Create web forms on Acrobat.com and track responses. Create PDF portfolios. 
 
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