UDL and Common Core

Common Core states that students should be College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We will take a look at how UDL can support the Common Core in the 4 areas.


UDL Principle: Means of Representation

1. Library of Congress - here you will find primary documents and resources organized by PA State Standards. If you want to learn more about how to use the Library of Congress' digital resources, here is the link to their professional development page.

2. Project Gutenberg- offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

3. ICDL (The International Children's Digital Library) - The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.


UDL Principles: Representation, Action and Expression and Engagement

1. ThingLink Create rich images with music, video, sound, text and more. Share and discover deeper stories through image.

(Tutorial and more ideas here)

2. Storybird Make, read, and share visual stories. Follow a global community of readers, writers, and artists of all ages. How to make a story. Tutorial (text or video) Blog

3. Little Bird Tales Capture a child's voice and imagination with a creative story building tool and share them with friends and family. Encourages creativity and self expression, reinforces reading and writing skills, interactive assignments, support for teachers, Common Core Standards Templates. The site is designed for students ages 3-14. There are teacher accounts.

Tutorial (video or text)

4. CAST UDL Book Builder Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills. Tutorial (text or video)

5. Meograph helps easily create, watch, and share interactive stories. Our first product combines maps, timeline, links, and multimedia to tell stories in context of where and when. Authoring is structured into a few simple prompts on an intuitive interface. Viewers get a new form of media that they can watch in two minutes or explore for an hour. Sharing is easy: the two most viral types of media are videos and infographics ... Meograph is both. Tutorial (text or video) - thanks to Jacqueline Goodburn from Burgettstown Area School District for the tutorial links.

Speaking and Listening

UDL Principle: Action and Expression

1. Voki is a free service that lets you: Create customized avatars, add voice to your Voki avatars, post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile, and take advantage of Voki's learning resources. Tutorial (video or text)

2. Vocaroo is a free service that allows users to create audio recordings without the need to install any software. You don't even have to create an account to use Vocaroo. Tutorial (video or text)

3. Paper Slide videos - were first created by Dr. Lodge McCammon and are a quick, low-tech way to create a video. Students who are placed into a group write and/or illustrate visuals onto paper and flip the papers and narrate (speak) to provide further explanation while another group member tapes the presentation. There is usually one practice “take” and then the actual video is recorded. Tutorial (video). Some examples from Dr. McCammon. Many of his songs are available on Discovery Streaming (search for Lodge).


(Vocabulary Acquisition)

UDL Principle: Representation

1. Free Rice

is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme

and has two goals: provide education to everyone for free and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.Tutorial (textor video)

2. VocabAhead is a free video vocabulary website offers an innovative method to help students learn and remember difficult English words. Tutorial (video or text). You or your students can create videos and upload to the site.