Over the last few months, I've developed a strong interest for Universal Design for Learning. As inclusion is central to my teaching philosophy, it's very important to me to find ways to access all the learners in my classroom.
When I had to choose a topic of interest to base a university project on, it was obvious to me- I want to introduce more people to the UDL philosophy. On that note, I want to share a project I created for a class I'm taking at UBC... enjoy!
The Nitty Gritty
My Set Up
I made my structure out of K'nex (to be specific, the set of K'nex I've had for over 20 years now!). I started by deciding what height I needed, and went from there. I made sure not to see any of the pieces from where my phone was. I taped it down to the table so it wouldn't shift. I held my phone to the structure with an elastic -mostly so it wouldn't fall and crack! I then borrowed a lamp from our office to make sure you couldn't see any shadows. The rest was pretty simple, and using the app was very easy!
one last thing...
Or one first thing, I should say. I plan to be sharing a lot more of my resources and knowledge about UDL, but until then, enjoy my mini-clip!
I've also embarked on additional professional development. A few weeks ago I started my first online course through the University of British Columbia (UBC), as I work towards obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning for Schools.
I am enrolled in ETEC 510: Design of Technology Supported Learning Environment. Already, I am connecting knowledge from my courses at McGill and things are starting to make sense. To be more precise, I am starting to see that I want my classroom to be an inclusive, technology-supported class that has students learn through inquiry and real-word problems. I'll be sharing more about my process as I learn and grow, promise!
But first thing's first: how to store the things in a safe and aesthetically-pleasing way. Since we all got brand new locks on our classroom doors over winter break, that takes care of my security concern. As for my aesthetic solution: I quickly ruled out the expensive options (you know, the ones that are actually meant to store iPads....). Pinterest inspired me, and I conducted some research, and here's the best solution I could concoct.
A dish drainer from IKEA! This dish drainer from IKEA to me more precise. Only 10$, and perfectly holds 8 iPads!
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