Teacher Education Students Embrace the Universal Design for Learning Principles

Diane Painter shows how students in teacher education preparation programs at Shenandoah University are learning to use Thinkfinity resources with SoftChalk to develop K-12 lessons that embrace the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. This initiative teaches education interns how they can easily and quickly create lessons that enable them to present content information in many different ways and actively engage their students in a variety of online activities. The teaching interns include a variety of interactive activities in their lessons that allow them to monitor student progress while determining what the student knows.

The presenter will begin with an overview of Verizon Foundation’s Thinkfinity.org website and its many different teaching resources such as lesson plans and student interactives that are aligned to state and national standards. Then the presenter will share some of the lessons that have been created for both direct instruction as well as independent learning.

Presenter: Diane Painter, Shenandoah University

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