How to create accessible e-learning design


In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning. The things is, there are millions of people out there who are living with some sort of disability, and they all should be able to access online learning content the same as everyone else.

Designing for accessibility in e-learning


Completely healthy people and people with disabilities are equal in front of the law, they have equal access to education, they can follow any cultural norm they want, and so on, and so forth. Why e-learning accessibility matters: WCAG and Section 508.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition). " Tagged on: July 30, 2017 Tristan Harris: The Manipulative Tricks that Tech Companies Use to Capture Your Attention | TED → A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. Tagged on: July 30, 2017 Postmortem: What to Do After a Security Incident | Linux Journal → Incidents happen.

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Make The Best of YouTube in Your Teaching Using These Guidelines

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 12, 2017 YouTube is absolutely one of the best video hosting platforms teachers and students can draw on to access, curate and share educational video content. It also provides a powerful more. Repost

Zapzapmath adds multiplayer option and more to their popular app

Ask a Tech Teacher

The program had me update my login to the new standards and made it easy to add students under the new guidelines. That means whatever digital devices students use — be they desktop, laptop, iPad, or Chromebook, they can access Zapzapmath.

Introducing The Idealis, An Open-Access Journal for Library and Information Science Research


There’s a new resource for librarians looking for high-quality, open-access library and information science research, The Idealis. ” You can consult their collaboratively written Editorial Guidelines and submit your work (or work that you know of) to the website.

OPINION: Why creating and maintaining accessible digital resources is neither easy nor optional

The Hechinger Report

Under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disability Act ,public and private universities must ensure that any content made available is accessible, unless meeting accessibility guidelines would result in a fundamental alteration or undue administrative and financial burdens.

Learn About Digital Accessibility This Summer


Interested in digital accessibility? Via Anne Janhunen comes word that Microsoft is offering a "Web Accessibility Fundamentals" course on edX. We’ll discuss the legal landscape behind accessibility, as well as the importance of making your web pages readable by all users.

10 Do’s & Don’ts for Creating Accessible School Websites

The Innovative Educator

This includes making all public-facing content accessible to them. It requires that the City of New York make its websites accessible to the disability community.

Looking for a Summer Volunteer Opportunity?

Ask a Tech Teacher

When you sign up, you choose a topic, access mysimpleshow, and create your explainer video. Note: School guidelines vary depending upon their missions. I have written in the past about mysimpleshow , an easy and clever way educators can create explainer videos.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

12 Fresh Ways to Assess Student Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Students (primarily elementary age) log into their BrainPop account and access a teacher-assigned video or search for one of their own. Teachers post questions, provide guidelines and expectations, and students respond.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. jackiegerstein and Barbara Bray @bbray27. Crossed posted at [link].

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From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education


The college library, catalog, financial aid, admissions, registration, and of course, the school’s website, all have important digital services and are all easily accessible on the net. Under previous FCC action, internet-service providers (ISP) were prohibited from blocking, slowing-down or speeding-up access to web content and services. Under the new FCC guidelines, these historic protections will now be crippled.

What is Standards-based Grading?

Ask a Tech Teacher

This means students have clear guidelines for how to define success over time, making it easy for all stakeholders in a student’s learning to determine if they are accomplishing what must be done for college and career.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

9 Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

You think they’re OK because you disabled the online access — think again. You can find age-specific guidelines, videos, and articles that offer advice, resources, and more from parents and experts.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

What follows are the general guidelines I use to plan and structure my professional development workshops. During my math workshop, participants used technology to: Access the workshop slides.

Benetech, Macmillan Pioneer Effort to Make All Digital Books ‘Born Accessible’


Among its main social-impact missions is to ensure that educational texts—print or digital—are accessible to every learner, regardless of impairment or disability. If we can push that accessibility work upstream to the publisher, all of a sudden that book is born accessible,” says Turner.

6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)


A “search the Commons” feature is also a great resource for locating usably licensed content that can be adapted, remixed, or reproduced according to clearly defined guidelines. Educators can utilize this content in the classroom to ensure all students have equal access.

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How to Cope with Bullying

Ask a Tech Teacher

Cyberbullying— a discussion on what cyberbullying is; for older students or as a guideline for you when teaching the topic. Right to digital access. October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

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The community college “segregation machine”

The Hechinger Report

A working group met in November to come up with guidelines for how California’s community colleges must revamp their approach to remedial education. Higher Ed News achievement gap community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education completion Race Testing

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

2017 Common Sense Census: media use by kids age zero to eight. A new 2017 survey of technology use at home shows the gap in computer access is rapidly closing. Even high-speed internet access is becoming more commonplace.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students.

What some colleges are quietly doing to help undocumented students

The Hechinger Report

Meanwhile, at Berkeley, after receiving inquiries from 169 schools since 2013, the undocumented-student resource center in February launched the beta version of a website offering guidelines on what services similar offices should offer, and how.

Why bother with theory when you’ve got big data?

The Christensen Institute

Throughout the two millennia that preceded a true understanding of its cause, many remedies were prescribed, and by the 1830s something like clinical guidelines were developed for the prevention and treatment of the disorder. Researchers got what we might refer to as “noisy” data from implementations of their clinical guidelines. Without a drive to understand the causal mechanism for scurvy, these guidelines did not evolve much. Big data is hotter than ever.

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Help Your Kids Spend Screen Time Wisely


The new guidelines are as follows: 18 months and younger : no screen time. that are easily accessible through a navigation pane. A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics re-evaluated appropriate screen time limits for young children.

3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to Jennifer Gonzalez talk about 5 Tech tools to try in 2017. But again, follow your guidelines. And if somebody becomes a patron of you, they could then access all of those downloads or all of those posts that you make.

Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

Tom Murray

These policies typically promote positive behaviors, expectations, and guidelines. Encourage high levels of access. We believe that regardless of how the plan is developed, districts should work to ensure maximum access, student (and employee) ownership, and relevant stakeholder input.

A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement


So use some of these as guidelines: Chunking: Instead of just breaking modules into linear ones (one thing after the other), you could try to explore chunking the content together by topic. Online learning is a terrific way to create stimulating learning environments for students.

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: The Impact of School Lunch on Student Performance

EdNews Daily

As the USDA worked on turning the guidelines into regulations, pushback came from several groups. Access to proper nutrition can help students maintain psychosocial well-being and reduce aggression.

TOP TIPS for Classroom Management in the Digital Age


This can be done digitally with an accessible slideshow or clear instructions for students to begin working straight away. for “Guidelines for Online Sharing”.

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Digital Promise

a vibrant and accessible teaching guide packed with strategies for implementing Common Core standards using UDL. Autonomy is an essential gateway to engagement, according to the UDL guidelines ; when students feel empowered, they become more excited to learn. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here.

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Some Quick Guidelines for Better Typography


Evan Snider and George have written on ways that designing with accessibility in mind can make a document more readable, which is certainly true. Calvez mixes text, pictures, and gifs to illustrate, not exactly rules, but certainly guidelines for using type to communicate more effectively.

Can we innovate our way out of the opioid epidemic?

The Christensen Institute

New guidelines and regulations have been implemented to limit opioid prescribing. When existing solutions exceed consumers’ needs, Disruptive Innovations take root in less demanding applications, typically offering less costly and more accessible alternatives that eventually move up market to displace established competitors. There will be no silver bullet to end the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.