Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Foundry10’s 2018 study focused on technology usage in U.S.

5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018

The Christensen Institute

Looking ahead, education innovators have their work cut out for them in 2018. Here are five ways I’m hoping the K-12 education innovation agenda moves forward in 2018: (1) Unpack “just-in-time supports.”. I’m hoping that mainstream edtech conversations dedicate more time to examining these competing pedagogical philosophies—and edtech tools do or don’t support each—in 2018. State ESSA plans are turned in, which in theory makes 2018 the time to focus on implementation.

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My List of Top Ten Videos of 2018

User Generated Education

I think we are living in amazing times whereby we can access and view high quality videos for free! I have selected some of my favorites from 2018. This inspiring talk covers his journey with disability, the importance of access and the role of technology for all learners.

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7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today.

November 2018

techlearning

FEATURES SCHOOL LEADERS ADVOCATE FOR STUDENTS WITHOUT HOME INTERNET ACCESS By Eileen Belastock Here’s how these district leaders have addressed the issue of digital inequity.

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EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students

Neo LMS

Undoubtedly eye-gaze technology has created the greatest advance in access for people with serious immobility such as those suffering paralysis or ALS. EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students. Accessible gaming.

Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise

Wisewire

If a learning platform uses videos to explain concepts, and a designer doesn’t think about the effect of slow internet, students with spotty access are shortchanged. The post Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise appeared first on Wisewire.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The post 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives appeared first on NEO BLOG.

Redesigned Cloud Portal to Safeguard Student Internet Access

Kajeet

Since 2016, there have been over 353 reported cyber incidents in K-12. This number from K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center has increased by 20 since the last time we referenced the Cyber Incident Map.

Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In some of the statistics about online acceessibility , we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. What does accessibility mean?

Announcing the Kajeet Connect Suite: Reliable Internet Access Moves onto K-12 Campuses

Kajeet

Kajeet has historically focused on closing the Homework Gap outside the classroom, but digital equity begins in school with reliable, safe Internet access.

Digital Learning Day 2018: Celebrating Successes While Advocating for Accessibility

Where Learning Clicks

As we again recognize Digital Learning Day, it’s important to remember there’s work to do to increase internet and device accessibility for all students. The post Digital Learning Day 2018: Celebrating Successes While Advocating for Accessibility appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

SXSWEDU 2018 Wrap-up: Systems Change for Adult Learners?

Digital Promise

SXSWEDU 2018 wrapped up last week and once again I was struck by the wealth of information, experience, and innovation being shared across so many sessions. In this movement to consider alternative ways of earning credentials and recognizing skills, it is important to ensure low-income workers and people of color who have had difficulty participating in and accessing our current post-secondary system are able to fully participate in this new system.

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CUE 2018: 5 Steps to Create More Accessible, Personalized Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

CUE 2018: 5 Steps to Create More Accessible, Personalized Professional Development. Teachers have a lot on their plates, and they often felt like the technology coaches were just adding more to their plates,” said Denise Douglas, the district’s educational technology coordinator, in a March 16 session at the Spring CUE 2018 conference. Meghan Cortez (@megbcortez) March 16, 2018. Keep track of EdTech 's coverage of Spring CUE 2018 by bookmarking our conference page.

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

The Hechinger Report

High school students hold a banner while marching to the South Boulder Recreation Center to vote and turn in election ballots in early voting in Boulder, Colorado on Thursday October 25, 2018.

ISTE 2018 Cheat Sheet

techlearning

This can also be a great way to unwind and reflect—or create a plan of action to implement the great ideas you acquired at ISTE 2018. I have had the opportunity to attend ISTE six times, and each time I attend, I discover new ways to make the most out of this wonderful experience.

Checklist for Accessible Teaching & Presenting

The Innovative Educator

If we really want to ensure we are including everyone in have access to what we are presenting, technology can take us even further. Here are some ideas based on recommendations from WC3 Website Accessibility Initiative to you get started.

Data, Access, and Innovation

techlearning

Highlights from SETDA’s Education Forum

A Practical Way to Increase Access to Mobile Technology Regardless of Age

A Principal's Reflections

We still have a long way to go in many places, but the increase in access provides kids with an array of innovative learning opportunities that continue to evolve. More and more schools are either installing or improving WiFi networks in schools.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. DEFINING EQUITY: EMPATHY, AUTHENTICITY, AND ACCESS Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, William J. Wybrant cites the North Dakota Access Pipeline as an example.

How the Georgia governor’s race could influence college access there

The Hechinger Report

But legislators last session did pass a measure that offered some need-based aid to low-income students, showing a bipartisan recognition of the problems of college access and debt that plague the state.

Rural Districts Face Challenges and Opportunities with Technology Access

EdTech Magazine

By Marie Bjerede Taking the digital leap requires broadband access, proper funding and the right people on board. Access Points Bandwidth Management Ethernet Networking Routers Wi-Fi Wireless

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

The Hechinger Report

The school librarian from Leander, Texas, was speaking on a panel about how to make makerspaces affordable and accessible in low-income and rural schools. While she does have access to some gadgets, any invention her students make starts off with a prototype made from cardboard.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

techlearning

The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

Google I/O 2018 - big announcements from the opening keynote - very cool stuff!

Educational Technology Guy

Google kicked off Google I/O 2018 , their developer conference, yesterday, 5/8/18, with a keynote that had some amazing announcements in it. Many will be great for education, including news, accessibility and more. g suite GAFE/Chromebooks tips google google accessibility Google for EducatorsHere is a summary of them with links to more info on each one. I'm pretty excited for these. Google for Education Resources) Google AI is the big topic of the day.

3 insights the Global Prosperity team learned in 2018

The Christensen Institute

Inspired by Julia Freeland Fisher’s recent blog that highlighted what our Education team learned in 2018, I decided to write a blog about three insights the Global Prosperity team learned in 2018. To that end, here are three big insights we learned in 2018.

Designing accessible ed tech can be costly, but demand is on the rise

The Hechinger Report

If a learning platform uses videos to explain concepts, and a designer doesn’t think about the effect of slow internet, students with spotty access are shortchanged. Public schools must make their websites accessible or they open themselves up to legal action.

Will thousands of prison inmates lose access to college?

The Hechinger Report

They actually asked us what is important,” said Nixon, the executive director of the New York-based College and Community Fellowship, which helps women get access to education after incarceration. The program is set to expire at the end of 2018.

Building Community with Get-to-Know You Activities! Baby Savvy’s #ISTE18 Interview with Buncee

Teacher Reboot Camp

Click here to access my Buncee lesson ideas and free templates you can copy and edit and also share with students for them to copy and edit! ShellTerrell) June 29, 2018. ISTE #ISTE18 #ISTE2018 #NOTATISTE #PassTheScopeEDU ISTE 2018 SavvyISTE

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

The school saw 90 percent of its inaugural class graduate in 2018 while surpassing the citywide average in measures of college readiness. The post Access does not equal equity appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? #DLNchat

Edsurge

Can proactive instructional design eliminate barriers to access for learners? Will artificial intelligence play a role in improving accessibility? On Tuesday, May 8 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? We talked about the differences between accessibility and usability, legal considerations under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the concept of UDL (universal design for learning).

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2018)

Hack Education

Meanwhile this year, immigrant, refugee children at the United States border were separated from their parents and kept in cages , deprived of legal counsel , deprived of access to education , deprived in some cases of water.

My 2018 ISTE Sessions

techlearning

I am excited and honored to once again present at the 2018 ISTE Conference in Chicago this June 24th through 27th. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use them with students.

How to Access your Schoology Resources for Simple Lesson Planning

TeacherCast

In this post, we will breakdown Schoology resources and take a closer look at how to exactly utilize… The post How to Access your Schoology Resources for Simple Lesson Planning appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network

How to Access your Schoology Resources for Simple Lesson Planning

TeacherCast

To access your personal Schoology resources. Select the filing cabinet you want to access. Select “personal” to access your private cabinet of content. Select “public” to access open-sources content shared by others using Schoology.