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Using AI to Create Universal Design for Learning Lesson Plans 

By Trish Geraghty

I’m sure at this point you have tickered around with some form of Artificial intelligence (AI). But have you considered refining your lesson plans using AI to create lesson plans that are aligned with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. Here are some specific ways in which AI can be used to support UDL lesson planning:

1. Identifying learning goals and objectives: AI can be used to analyze curriculum standards and student data to identify appropriate learning goals and objectives for each student. This can help to ensure that all students are challenged and engaged in their learning. Ex. Ask Chat GPT to create a lesson plan using a student’s IEP goal.

2. Providing multiple means of representation: AI can be used to generate a variety of instructional materials, such as text, images, videos, and audio recordings. This can help to ensure that all students have access to information in a way that is appropriate for their learning style and needs. You can even have students pull up Chat GPT during a lesson to record and current notes in real time!

3. Providing multiple means of action and expression: AI can be used to develop a variety of assessment tasks, such as criterion-reference tests, projects, and presentations. This can help to ensure that all students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the material in a way that is appropriate for their strengths, interests, and abilities.

4. Providing multiple means of engagement: AI can be used to personalize learning experiences, such as by providing students with adaptive learning paths or recommending resources based on their interests. This can help to keep students motivated and engaged in their learning.

5. Planning for variability and flexibility: AI can be used to generate a variety of learning activities and options, such as scaffolding, tiered assignments, and flexible grouping strategies. This can help to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn in a way that is beneficial for their individual needs.

6. Reflecting and revising: AI can be used to analyze student data and feedback to identify areas for improvement in lesson plans. This can help teachers continuously refine their instruction and ensure that all students are making progress.

Here are some specific examples of AI tools that can be used to support UDL lesson planning:

    • Google AI Curriculum Planning Tool: This tool helps teachers identify appropriate learning goals and objectives for each student.
    • Newsela: This tool provides access to a variety of news articles that are leveled for different reading abilities.
    • Flipgrid: This tool allows students to create and share video presentations.
    • Kahoot!: This tool allows teachers to create interactive quizzes and games.
    • Edpuzzle: This tool allows teachers to add questions and comments to videos.

There are so many more too! Take the pressure off of you by starting lessons from scratch. Try using AI tools to create effective and inclusive lesson plans that meet the needs of all learners.

Trish Geraghty
Trish Geraghty, an accomplished educational leader with 20+ years of experience, excels in curriculum development, instructional design, and professional development. Her proven track record includes successful support for schools, districts, educators, and students. Committed to ensuring universal access to high-quality learning, Trish is a visionary advocate for inclusive education. Her innovative approach to curriculum development reflects a keen understanding of evolving standards. Trish's transformative influence extends beyond traditional boundaries, actively contributing to the broader advancement of education. A catalyst for positive change, she inspires excellence in others, shaping the future of education through unwavering commitment and visionary leadership.

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