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Universal design for learning: multiple intelligences and technology in a literature unit in a seventh grade language arts classroom

As we move into the 21st century, students need more exposure to newer technologies and ways of learning. These interactions are necessary for students’ success in their futures. Collaboration is one of the key components in a tool like the Wiki, where students can edit and share information in one place.
 In addition to integrating technology into instruction, it is also important for teachers to emphasize other ways of learning. Howard Gardner asserts that various intelligences exist within every learner. The more teachers nurture all intelligences, the better for the ultimate acquisition of knowledge and skills by the learner.
 
 Sources of Data
 Effective lesson design is vital to merge these concepts together. Employing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) allows teachers to have carefully thought-out plans to reach all learners, and not just a “one size fits all” approach.
 The purpose of this project is to combine technology and Multiple Intelligences within a literature unit constructed using UDL. The lessons can be adapted to any grade level; however, this project will specifically focus on seventh grade language arts standards for California.
 
 Conclusions Reached
 Within a three-week literature unit, teachers can incorporate 21st century technology skills, while also accounting for multiple intelligences, multiple ways of learning. These activities and strategies will provide the learner with valuable skills for their future educational endeavors.

Project (M.A., Education (Curriculum and Instruction)) -- California State University, Sacramento, 2010.

As we move into the 21st century, students need more exposure to newer technologies and ways of learning. These interactions are necessary for students’ success in their futures. Collaboration is one of the key components in a tool like the Wiki, where students can edit and share information in one place. In addition to integrating technology into instruction, it is also important for teachers to emphasize other ways of learning. Howard Gardner asserts that various intelligences exist within every learner. The more teachers nurture all intelligences, the better for the ultimate acquisition of knowledge and skills by the learner. Sources of Data Effective lesson design is vital to merge these concepts together. Employing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) allows teachers to have carefully thought-out plans to reach all learners, and not just a “one size fits all” approach. The purpose of this project is to combine technology and Multiple Intelligences within a literature unit constructed using UDL. The lessons can be adapted to any grade level; however, this project will specifically focus on seventh grade language arts standards for California. Conclusions Reached Within a three-week literature unit, teachers can incorporate 21st century technology skills, while also accounting for multiple intelligences, multiple ways of learning. These activities and strategies will provide the learner with valuable skills for their future educational endeavors.

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