National Center on the Use of Emerging Technologies to Improve Literacy Achievement for Students with Disabilities in Middle School

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Project goals:
  • to foster a passionate interest and investment in reading for students who have traditionally been uninterested in, or disenfranchised by, traditional classroom literacy practices
  • to substantially improve the reading comprehension skills of middle school students who have experienced recurrent failure in the domain of reading

The Product:
Udio logo
Udio: The Universal Literacy Network

Udio is a networked reading environment that displays engaging Web content in a supported, personalized, and pedagogically rich format.

Prototype screens (click to enlarge):

System diagram


Project: Review

Findings will be posted as they become available and published.

Data emerging from the initial weeks of classroom pilot testing in fall 2013 suggest considerable potential and reason for optimism about the outcomes of the pilot test and eventually the project.

This optimism is buoyed by ratings of Udio's quality, relevance, and usefulness (QRU) in a survey of experts and of classroom teachers conducted by the Center's external evaluator.

Related presentations and Publications

  • Daley, S. G. (2013). "Rethinking Literacy: Universal Design for Learning, Affective Neuroscience, and Emerging Technologies." Presentation at Learning and the Brain. Cambridge, MA.
  • Daley, S. G. (2013). Making Data Actionable: A Case in Middle School Science. Invited presentation at Learning Analytics: Boston. Cambridge, MA.
  • Ducharme, K. & Hillaire, G. (2013). "5 Lessons Learned About Data Visualization?From Middle-schoolers." Presentation at Data Visualization Summit. Boston, MA.
  • Rose, D. (2013). "Universal Design in Online Learning." Keynote Presentation at Online Learning Institute at ISTE. San Antonio, TX.
  • Rose, D. (2013). "Applications of Neuropsychology for Student Learning." Presentation at California Collaborative on District Reform Meeting. San Francisco, CA.
  • Rose, D. (2013). "Multimedia for Multiple Representations in Literacy." Presentation at Universal Design for Learning Institute: Reaching All Learners (Harvard Graduate School of Education). Cambridge, MA.
  • Rose, D. (2013). "The Universal Literacy Network: Work in Progress." Presentation at New Profit's LDSEL (Learning Differences and Social-Emotional Learning) Conference. Brewster, MA.
  • Rose, D., Hasselbring, T., & Rappolt-Schlichtmann, G. (2013). "Emerging Technologies to Improve Middle School Literacy: The Role of Data Analytics Within a New Universal Literacy Network (ULN)." Break-out Session presentation at OSEP Project Directors' Meeting. Washington, D.C.
  • Rose, D. & Tillinger, M. (2013) "Universal Design for Learning." Presentation at Contemporary Issues in Applied Psychology and Human Development. Boston College. Chestnut Hill, MA.
  • Coyne, P. (2014). "Universal Design for Learning, Comprehension and Online Dialogues: Engaging Struggling Middle School Students." Presentation at Massachusetts Reading Association. Quincy, MA.
  • Coyne, P. (2014). "Fostering Creative Response Using Universal Design for Learning." Presentation at International Reading Association. New Orleans, LA.

Principal Investigators:
David H. Rose, Ed.D., CAST

Ted Hasselbring, Ed.D., Vanderbilt University

Project Director:
Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, Ed.D., CAST

01/01/2012 to 12/31/2016

Funded by:
Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education

Research and Development Partners:
Arizona State University, Boston College

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