I just finished a tremendous week at Harvard University Graduate School of Education learning more about UDL (Universal Design for Learning). UDL is all about providing students (all students--not just special education concerns) with choices so they can access the curriculum in the way they learn best. The following image is at http://udlandopd.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/udl-guidelines.gif.
UDL is all about providing options for all students in the way that they see the content of the class (in print, out loud, with images, etc.), the way they respond to assignments, and the way they are engaged in the material.
Using UDL ideas has been made much easier by technology. Check out the following sites about using UDL in the literacy classroom:
http://www.udlcenter.org/ (a general overview with resources)
http://cast.org/ (a general overview with resources)
http://tarheelreader.org/ (a site that provides online books in different languages)
http://bookbuilder.cast.org/ (a site that allows students to use images and text to build their own books)
I recommend this Web site because it contains many ways to use UDL even if your classroom doesn't have much technology:
Enjoy! Share the ways you use UDL with me at email@example.com.