ISTE 2013: Perspectives on Universal Design for Learning & Technology

I had the privilege of attending and presenting at ISTE2013 this year in San Antonio. Thanks to Dell and Microsoft for inviting us and giving us the opportunity to showcase TalkingTILES as part of the Special Education Technology track.



Firstly, this conference was HUGE! Unofficial numbers were over 20,000 educators, IT in education pros, and education technology vendors.



One of the areas where I had some great conversations was around Universal Design for Learning (‘UDL’) and learning and teaching special education. In fact, Mozzaz is now a member of ISTE’s Special Education Technology group.

UDL is an interesting concept that is really part of an overall movement toward design in general that involves engineering for flexibility, for alternative access, options and adaptations to meet the challenge of diversity. With TalkingTILES, our mission is to create an Accessible, Adaptable & Affordable solution for everyone who may require assistive care or learning through a mobile app utilizing a lot of the concepts and ideas in UDL.

At its simplest, the scope of UDL is based entirely on three principles:



In real-life practice with our education clients, we actively encourage TalkingTILES to be an integrated component of the individual’s learning program, particularly for a special needs student. TalkingTILES can be used for presenting information through visual symbols and words, to express themselves with personalized pictures and content and to stimulate interest through interactive tiles. This when used with real objects, games, and their surroundings can make for a real engaging and inclusive learning experience.

We’re proud to be part of this initiative and look forward to contributing to the content and concepts in driving UDL forward with TalkingTILES.

To learn more about UDL and technology check out:

www.cast.org
www.udlcenter.org
www.iste.org

As always, feel free to send us an email with your comments and thoughts.

All the best!
Pam – Customer Care

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