Early Childhood Educator Preparation: Teaching UDL with Technology for Equal Access
Friday, March 30 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Edison Ballroom D
Abstract: This presentation explores a study that introduces principles and practices of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with technology through the use of specifically created lesson plans. The UDL lesson plan templates support teacher candidates to intentionally incorporate multiple representations of information, multiple methods of expression, and multiple means of engagement. Information and strategies used ensure equal access for teacher candidates and their students. The participants’ thinking and experiences in their planning and implementing universally designed lessons were documented in a variety of ways using mixed methods and triangulated data. This data provides insight into the use and efficacy of universally designed lesson plans in teacher education. Findings included themes of multiple approaches to learning, diversity; student engagement; flexibility; and equal access to learning.