Implementation

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UDL Guidelines - Version 2.0: Examples and Resources

Checkpoint 8.3: Foster collaboration and community

III. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement

Sustaining Effort and Persistence

Key Considerations

  • How does this help learners meet the goal?
  • How does this account for the variability of all learners?
  • Are learners working and communicating with each other?

 

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Example/Resource Why UDL?
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Cooperative Arithmetic: How to Teach Math as a Social Activity

Watch this video for a great example of UDL in the classroom that requires no technology.  A teacher in Anchorage, AK demonstrates his strategies for creating a collaborative environment for learning. 

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: Math
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to view the video; technology not needed to implement the strategies discussed

Why UDL? There are numerous examples of fostering collaboration and communication throughout this video. See how the teacher and students collaborate to co-create an agreement for classroom behavior. Watch students share ideas, practice discussion, constructive feedback, and work in groups.

Students presenting their projects

Peace Helpers: PS 24 Brooklyn, NY

Students practice conflict resolution and peer mediation at a K-5 school in Brooklyn, NY.

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: Peer mediation; conflict resolution
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to view the video; technology not needed to implement the strategies discussed

Why UDL? Peer mediation and conflict resolution is a great example of fostering collaboration and communication across grade levels in order to build a stronger school community.

Students sitting at flat-screen computers

Student Mentors Teach Game Design

Advanced high school students serve as mentors, teaching younger students the fundamentals of game design as  part of McKinley School's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math program).

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to view the video; technology not needed to implement the strategies discussed

Why UDL? Encouraging students to act as mentors to their peers has multiple advantages. Mentors gain confidence and reinforce their skills by teaching others, and peers benefit from individualized coaching.

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Skype

"Skype allows you to make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype for as long as you like, to wherever you like."

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Skype is another powerful example of a tool that can be used to foster collaboration and communication among students across classrooms, districts, states, and countries! 

Four online white boards

CoSketch

"CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images."

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Co-sketch is a tool that allows students in various locations to collaborate and share ideas.

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Glogster

Glogster allows you to create "interactive posters" to communicate ideas.  Students can embedded media links, sound, and video, and then share their posters with friends.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Glogster is a unique tool that allows students to communicate their learning as well as their creativity!

See also:
5.1: Use multiple media for communication

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iEARN.org Collaboration Centre

"The iEARN Collaboration Centre enables youth to learn with, rather than simply about, the world. Find project partners quickly. Read 200+ project descriptions and browse student-produced media."

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? iLearn Collaboration Centre encourages students from around the globe to collaborate and share their ideas. 

 

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ePals

"ePals is a global community of learners, teachers and academic experts in 200 countries and territories...ePals offers safe and secure settings for collaboration as well as built in language keyword filters."

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? ePals is an excellent example of fostering collaboration and communication. This website enables students from all over the world to project share, become pen pals, practice foreign language together, and more!

A box chart demonstrating how zoos work with arrows pointing to an ape, bird, kangaroo and tiger.

Slatebox

Slatebox allows you to markup ideas on embeddable "slates" and collaborate in real-time.

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Slatebox is another great collaborative tool that will enhance communication among students!

X Mind Collaborative Minds written in text with a giant 'X' next to it

X Mind

"Want to share ideas? The world's coolest brainstorming and mind mapping software has now joined the open source community."

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? XMind allows students to share mind maps and express their ideas with their peers.

Last Updated: 01/31/2012

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