Simply put, universal design for learning (UDL) is the practice of embedding flexible strategies into the curriculum during the planning process so that all students can access a variety of e-learning solutions. UDL is commensurate with differentiated instruction, but places more emphasis on readily available technology to meet the needs of diverse learners. Read more about UDL on the CAST website.
Assistive technology (AT) means any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.
The term “accessible technology” broadens the definition to mean technology that improves the capabilities of all students, whether identified with a disability or not.
Many resources are right here! The HIAT website offers Tech Quick Guides as well as links to online resources. In addition, there are several courses you can take that will help you integrate the use of technology into the classroom. Within a school building, there are many people who can be resources for you including the media specialist and technology consultant. There are often others in your building who are experienced in instructional uses of technology.
There are some software programs for which the MCPS licensing agreement includes home use rights. See Software Rights for MCPS Staff (pdf).
Refer to one of these web pages: Technology Modernization Project by Year or MCPS Schools by Tech Mod Year.
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