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Unleashing the Power of UDL: Top Digital Tools for the Inclusive Classroom!

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Dr. Peña Bedesem  
Chip Cash  
Dr. Jennifer Courduff  
Dr. Peter Hessling  
Dr. Jean Kiekel  
Dr. Dennis McElroy  
Rachelle Dene Poth  

Universal Design for Learning is a powerful approach to personalized learning for all students. But how do we know what tools are the most useful? In this interactive session, explore the top digital tools for the inclusive classroom, then engage in practical dialogue around easy implementation options.

Audience: Teachers, Professional developers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Universal Design for Learning/differentiated learning
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Learner
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Collaborator
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session is designed to connect teacher education program faculty with pre- and in-service teachers by fostering conversations about how to utilize UDL to select and implement innovative technology tools in the inclusive classroom.

Outline

This session will begin with a short video of UDL at work within inclusive classrooms, and how assistive technology fits within the UDL approach. Then, the team will feature 10 tools with strong UDL capacity that can be used in the inclusive classroom to provide multiple means of engagement, representation and action and expression. Tools will be selected that have been test-driven by members of the ISTE Teacher Education Network, and will include assistive technology, and augmentative and alternative communication tools. Each tool will be connected to one of the ISTE Standards for Students or Educators as well as one of the three UDL principles. We will invite the participants to access and try each of the tools during the presentation so that they feel ready to integrate tools directly into teaching and learning. We will weave a discussion throughout the presentation in order to deepen learning experience for participants. Sample questions to guide the discussion include: 1) How can the tools demonstrated during the session support the learner variability and remove barriers in every classroom? 2) How might you use these tools to align your practice with the new ISTE Standards for Educators? 3) How do/can you use these tools for teaching, learning, or mentoring? 4) How do these tools align with pre-service teachers’ expectations about the technology they will use in their practice?

Supporting research

• Dickenson, P., Keough, P., & Courduff, J. (2017). Preparing Pre-Service Teachers for the Inclusive Classroom. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-1753-5
• Courduff, J., & Duncan, A., (2017). Discovering basics: Assistive technology (AT) implementation and best practice. In Dickenson, P., Keough, P., & Courduff, J. (Eds.), In Preparing Pre-Service Teachers for the Inclusive Classroom. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-1753-5
• Courduff, J., & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A., & Wendt (2016). Grounded in what works: Exemplary practice in special education teachers’ technology integration. Journal of Special Education Technology, 1-13, doi: 10.1177/0162643416633333.
• Courduff, J., & Cannaday, J., (2016). Real world collaborative projects that increase self-directed learning increasing productivity and efficiency in online Masters’ programs: Monitoring and providing timely feedback. In Jaurez, J. (Ed.), Increasing productivity and efficiency in online teaching, 168-185. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0347-7.
• Courduff, J., & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. (2015). Using a community of practice to support technology integration in speech-language pathologist instruction. Journal of Special Education Technology, 30(1), 89-100.
• Dickerson, P., Hall, M. T., & Courduff, J. (2015, September) Moving beyond the basics: The evolution of Web 2.0 tools from preview to participate. In Guzzeti, G., & Dickerson, P. (Eds), The handbook of research on the societal impact of digital media. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing.
• Courduff, J., & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. (2015, March). Technology integration in the resource specialist program environment: Research-based strategies for technology integration in complex learning environments. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching, (8)1, 81-98.
• Courduff, J., Duncan, A., & Gilbreath, J. (2014). Teacher education and principals of effective assistive technology implementation. In DaCosta, B., & Seok, S. (Eds), Assistive technology research, theory, and practice. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing.
• Courduff, J., (2014, February). Is it possible? Accessible and affordable digital tools for students with special needs. Closing the Gap, 32(6) 24-27.
• Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. J., Courduff, J., Carter, K., & Bennett, D. (2012, April). Electronic versus traditional print textbooks: A comparison study on the influence of university students’ learning. Computers & Education, 63, 259-266.
• Courduff, J. (2011, June/July). One size never fits all: Tech integration for special needs. Learning and Leading with Technology, 38(8), 16-19.
• Courduff, J., & Mawhorter, D. (2011, April/May). Tic tack toe: A complicated game of connecting the dots. Closing the Gap, 30(1), 25-27.

Presentations
• Courduff, J., Kiekle, J., Bedesem, P., & McElroy, D. (June 25, 2019). Rockin’ the innovative technology tools that support the inclusive classroom! Accepted panel: International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Philadelphia, PA.
• Courduff, J., Kiekle, J., Bedesem, P., Poyo, S., & McElroy, D., Cash, C., Poth, R. (June 25, 2019). Secret’s out! Top-10-least-known-tools for educators. Accepted interactive lecture: International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Philadelphia, PA.
• Courduff, J. (June 24, 2019). Exemplary special education technology integrators: Personal, cultural, and institutional stories and experiences. Accepted research paper lecture: International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Philadelphia, PA.
• Courduff, J., Kiekle, J., Bedesem, P., Poyo, S., & McElroy, D. (June 24, 2019). Where are we now? Technology integration in teacher preparation. Accepted research paper lecture: International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Philadelphia, PA.
• Courduff, J., Orton, S. (2019, June). AbleNet live webinar. What have we learned about twice exceptionality in the digital age? Strategies for helping our students tap into strengths using innovative technology. Webinar retrieved from https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/recorded_webinars/
• Courduff, J., Wenger, C. (2019, April). AbleNet live webinar. Speech Dude: The freedom series – part 1. Empowering independence and untethered learning for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Webinar retrieved from https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/recorded_webinars/
• Courduff, J., Wenger, C. (2018, October). AbleNet live webinar. Accessibility in Mobile Devices: Updates from the Field. Webinar retrieved from https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/recorded_webinars/
• Courduff, J., Wenger, C. (2018, September). AbleNet live webinar. What do you know about twice exceptionality? Groundbreaking tools for addressing the needs of the twice exceptional students. Webinar retrieved from https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/recorded_webinars/
• Courduff, J., Wenger, C. (2018, June 13). AbleNet live webinar. Speech Dude Tells Even More: Innovative Assistive Technology to Help Your Moderate to Severe Students Flourish. Webinar retrieved from https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/recorded_webinars/
• Courduff, J. (June 26, 2018). Latest word: On the leading edge of technology integration in higher education: Panel presentation. International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Chicago, Illinois.
• Courduff, J. (June 26, 2018). Tools, resources, and ideas for implementing the ISTE standards for educators: Accepted playground. International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Chicago, Illinois.
• Courduff, J. (June 25, 2018). Top 10 tools every new teacher needs! Updated advice for teacher educators: Interactive lecture. International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Chicago, Illinois.
• Courduff, J., Wenger, C. (2018, June 13). AbleNet live webinar. Speech dude tells even more: Innovative assistive technology to help your moderate to severe students flourish. Webinar retrieved from https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars/.
• Courduff, J. & Kula, S. (2018, May 15). Engaging group work in the online classroom environment. Faculty Development Day: Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California.
• Courduff, J., Wenger, C. (2017, September 12). AbleNet live webinar. What do you know about twice exceptionality.? Ground breaking tools for addressing the needs of the twice-exceptional student. Webinar retrieved from https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/meetingArchive?eventId=pbazbfaxzbra
• Courduff, J., Wenger, C. (2017, October 17). AbleNet live webinar. Accessibility on steroids – iOS, chrome extensions and androids – oh my! Webinar retrieved from https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=fy303gk0z6g3&campaign=8wfp267p4ddk
• Courduff, J. (June 27, 2017). Innovative means to inclusive ends: Preparing teachers for the inclusive classroom. International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), San Antonio, Texas.
• Courduff, J. (June 27, 2017). Top 10 tools every new teacher needs! Advice from teacher educators. International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), San Antonio, Texas.
• Courduff, J. (June 26, 2017). Let’s get moving in the digital direction! Innovative teaching in higher education. International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), San Antonio, Texas.
• Courduff, J., Wenger, C. (2017, June 8). AbleNet live webinar. Speech dude tells more: Practical technology for moderate to severe students. Webinar retrieved from https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars/.
• Courduff, J., (2016, November 29). AbleNet live webinar. Accessibility – Unleashing the power of mobile devices. Webinar retrieved from https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars/.
• Courduff, J. (June 2016). Panel presentation: Technology integration strategies of higher education faculty. International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Denver, Colorado.

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Presenters

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Dr. Peña Bedesem, Kent State University
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Chip Cash, Princeton Day School

A long-time educator, Chip works with both students and teachers to incorporate ISTE standards into his practice. As part of the ISTE Teacher Education Network, Chip helps to schedule and create the now-famous #ISTETEN twitter chat, which occurs monthly. Chip has presented with the ISTE TEN team at previous ISTE conferences, and was a past volunteer champion.

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Dr. Jennifer Courduff, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is a Professor of Education at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

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Dr. Peter Hessling, North Carolina State University

I’ve been teaching at North Carolina State University for over 25 years, including almost 15 years of teaching online in some form or another. My Ph.D. is in Foundations of Education from UNC Chapel Hill, so I come at technology entirely from the humanities. My research is in the history of education, online teaching and collaboration, and pre-service teacher beliefs. I’ve been on the ISTE TEN leadership team for several years, usually participating heavily in the ISTE TEN Playground. Occasionally, I like to make short class videos using puppets.

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Dr. Jean Kiekel, University Of St. Thomas

Dr. Jean Kiekel received her PhD from Kansas State University in Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently the Field Placement Director at the University of St Thomas. She has developed an online master's program in Instructional Technology at the university which will be a track under the C&I Master's degree program at UST. Her current research interests include instructional technology in K-12 classrooms, online learning, and teacher induction,

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Dr. Dennis McElroy, Graceland University

Dr. Dennis McElroy is Professor Emeritus from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. He is the 2020-21 ISTE Teacher Education Network PLN President. Dennis is an Apple Educator, technology advocate, and passionate teacher educator. His career has included time serving as a high school science teacher, technology director, Iowa DOE technology consultant, school board member, and university professor. In his free time he is a devoted father and grandfather as well as a gigging musician.

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Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School
ISTE Certified Educator

Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: Emerging Technology. Rachelle has Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, past-president of ISTE Teacher Education Network and on the Leadership team of Mobile Learning Network.She received the Making IT Happen Award in 2019. Rachelle is the author of five books, including her most recent True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us and also has a book with ISTE “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World."

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