Traditionally, it’s not been easy to make sure all students learn computer science. Even though computing technology affects everyone living in the 21st century and jobs requiring computing knowledge and skills are in high demand, there are persistent in computer science.
In order to help educators to anticipate and address the barriers to learning that different student populations may face, researchers have been investigating new educational frameworks. One of the most promising is called “UniversalDesign for Learning” or UDL. This approach is even backed by neuroscientific evidence.
With its commitment to making computing technology accessible to everyone, Raspberry Pi is now providing resources on UDI to help make sure underrepresented populations of students will be inspired and empowered to become future technology experts.
A Neuroscience-Based Approach to Creating a Pedagogical Method
TheUDL approach is based on neuroscience, specifically on evidence regarding how different networks in the brain work to process information. One key insight is that individuals vary in how these brain networks function and interact, which means that a one-size-fits-all traditional approach to education won’t work. Instead, there needs to be variations across different learning tasks to address the different cognitive needs of different individuals.
With UDL, teachers plan lessons according to three different principles each of which is related to a different brain network that is involved in learning. The goal is to provide learning activities that allow students toaccess the targeted objectives, feel engaged, build on what they learn, and internalize the knowledge for future growth and development.
The 3 Core Principles of UDL
The UDL framework is organized according to three principles based on three different brain networks involved in learning. For each of these principles, teachers should plan for a variety of pedagogical activities in order to reach and support different students.
The three core UDL principles are:
How Raspberry Pi is Supporting UDL for Computer Science Education
Are you curious to learn more about how UDL principles could be incorporated into your own learning journey or to support the students in your life? Raspberry Pi is partnering with organizations such asthe, which offers detailed guidelines for UDL and the which has UDL lesson plans specific to computer science education.
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