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Introduction to UDLinks

Introduction to UDLinks

Author: Jody Waltman

In this lesson, you will learn about UDLinks, an app that allows you to plan instruction using the UDL principles.

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In this tutorial, you'll learn about and see a demonstration of the mobile app UDLinks. We'll begin with an introduction to the UDLinks app. Then we'll walk through the three main sections of the app, the class profile option, the resources section, and UDL principles. Let's get started. The UDLinks app was developed as a resource to help both teachers and parents locate online resources that are aligned with universal design for learning.

Teachers can use the app to search for lesson plans, tutorials, games, practice activities, and multimedia elements. All of these elements can be browsed by topic or searched for by keywords. Let's look first at the class profile section of the app. Here, teachers can refine the list of available resources by creating what's called a class profile. First, you indicate the desired content area and the desired grade level. Then decide what type of resource you are looking for.

Available options include multimedia presentations, lesson plans, simulations, practice activities, tutorials, collaborative tools, and games. Finally, select the desired outcome. What would you like the result to be after implementation of the resource? For example, are you looking to engage your students in a new way, or address content in a new method? Once you've selected your options, a list of available resources will appear. Once you've chosen a resource you can view it on your mobile device, market as a favorite within the UDLinks app, and share it with others.

Another way to locate resources is to use the resources option in the app. Here, you can search for lesson plans, multimedia, and other options by either topic or search term. Once again, when you've located a resource in this manner, you can also save it as a favorite, share it using social media or other methods, and view it on your mobile device. Finally, the UDL principles section of the app contains links to resources for both teachers and parents that are shared directly on the website of the center for applied special technology, or CAST.

You also have quick access to the favorites that you've marked in the app by pressing the favorites button at the bottom of the screen. In this tutorial, we introduced the UDLinks mobile app and you saw a demonstration of the functions of the app, including the class profile section, resources and the UDL principles. Now it's time for you to stop and reflect. Would you find the UDLinks app to be a helpful resource in your classroom or as a parent?

Will you share this resource with the parents and guardians of students in your classroom? For more information on how to apply what you learned in this video, please view the additional resources section that accompanies this video presentation. The additional resources section includes hyperlinks, useful for applications of the course material, including a brief description of each resource. Thanks for watching. Have a great day.

Notes on "Introduction to UDLinks"

(00:00 - 00:21) Introduction

(00:22 - 00:44) Overview of the App

(00:45 - 01:42) Class Profile

(01:43 - 02:04) Resources

(02:05 - 02:24) UDL Principles

(02:25 - 02:37) Review

(02:38 - 03:10) Stop and Reflect

Additional Resources

UDLinks App

This is a great app for the iPhone or Android that allows teachers to plan lessons using the UDL Principles. This app was developed through the collaborative effort of Maryland and CAST UDL as part of a Race to the Top grant. If downloading to an iPad, make certain that you have searched for the app under iPhone, or you will not find it.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/udlinks/id454517781?mt=8 (iPhone)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hcpss.UDL&hl=en (Android)

Scoop It: UDL - Universal Design for Learning

This is a collection of articles and resources for UDL. As this is a Scoop-It site, the resources and articles change daily. Check back frequently for the latest articles on UDL.