The Maryland Assistive Technology Network, MATN Online, presented a webinar in April 2011 on Universal Design for Learning: Focus on Instruction. The recording and Powerpoint is available. Universal Design for Learning is a concept developed at CAST and they call it a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. It's based on the concept that we all have different skills, needs, and interests. Instruction using UDL includes a diversity of ways to present infromation, engage students, and measure learning.
The Maryland Assistive Technology Network, MATN Online, presented three webinars in Fall 2011 on selecting the SETT Framework, a methodology for collaborative decision making in selecting the most appropriate assistive technology for students with disabilities. Three recordings and Powerpoints are available. SETT stands for the Student, the Environment(s), the Tasks required for active participation, and the system of Tools that will meet the student's needs. The National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education has a good article on the SETT Framework.
Making Curriculum Accessible: The Common Core State Standards, Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning is from the Maryland Assitive Technology Network. This 3 part webinar series will focus on strategies for making curriculum accessible in light of the changes in K-12 education with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by Maryland and more than 45 other states. Throughout the series we will investigate how the Common Core Standards target the needs of students, including those with disabilities and how assistive and instructional technology is incorporated into the CCSS, as well as tools and resources that will support access to curriculum aligned with the standards. This will be an opportunity to increase your understanding of the how English/Language Arts and Mathematics instruction is changing and how students with disabilities and technology needs can be supported in achieving proficiency. Session One of the series will introduce the standards and the language related to Special Education, Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning, as well as highlighting the language of the indicators that support the use of flexible resources and multiple modalities, including technology in instruction. A recording and Powerpoint from the 10/12 session on is available.
Soon to be added: Session Two will focus on tools and resources to support implementation of the English/Language Arts Standards, including notetaking and research tools, as well as resources to support the emphasis on complex fiction and nonfiction texts. Session Three will focus on strategies and tools to support implementation of the Mathematics standards, with an emphasis on the use of both hands on and digital manipulatives to increase access to mathematics instruction for students.
The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) SETSIG (Special Education Technology Special Interest Group) webinar from 10/12 focused on the many universal design technologies built-in to the iOS. They also looked at alternative access options to the iPad – from styluses, to keyguards, to switches. Access options built into the iOS and into specific apps were discussed, including the range of switch interfaces that offer compatibility to switch accessible apps – and participants were be given links to resources for finding switch accessible apps. This year has also seen the release of a few more comprehensive alternative access options – offering switch access between apps as well as within many apps. Some of these also offer control of your iPad via wheelchair joysticks. These more comprehensive hardware and software alternative access options were covered – as well as a discussion of the role that the iOS accessibility features of VoiceOver and AssistiveTouch play in alternative access. The recording and materials are listed under Fall Webinar 2012 #3.