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. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017). If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.

20 tools for a more accessible classroom

Ditch That Textbook

ALL of our students deserve to have access to the content we are teaching. Luckily with the technology available to us, we can create a learning environment that makes the content accessible to all of our learners. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Student engagement Teaching accessibility accessibility features accessibility tools accessible classroom edtech immersive readerA one-size-fits-all classroom is not practical for any group of students.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Providing access to technology is important but not a complete solution when it comes to getting rid of systemic disparities caused by issues like income inequality, geographic isolation, or discrimination.

Do You Know Which Websites Your Students Access?

Kajeet

Okay, last scenario: In your 1:1 school district, there are students without Internet access at home. Is your school or school district budget being spent wisely?

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

Rachael Mann on Episode 492 The first person to walk on Mars has already been born and is in our classrooms today, so the experts tell us. He or she could be in your classroom or mine. The question is if we’re equipping that child and the others to go behind them with the knowledge and intuitive exploration of making things work together for success through rich making and STEM spaces. Today we talk to Rachael Mann, author of The Martians in Your Classroom: STEM in Every Learning Space.

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Meet NEO at ISTE 2019!

Neo LMS

Bold educators go to ISTE 2019. Meet NEO at ISTE 2019. Proctored assignments allow teachers to add restrictions to assignments, so that students can only access them if certain conditions are met (such as entering an access code) if the start time of the assignment has been reached and/or if the student is accessing an assignment from a specific IP address. See you at ISTE 2019! Be a bold educator at ISTE 2019 and meet NEO in the expo hall at Booth 900 !

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. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. Teachers who are putting content online can make content more accessible if we learn these tips. What does accessibility mean?

Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible

Digital Promise

In this first post, we explore how Powerful Learning is personal and accessible, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices. Powerful learning must be personal and accessible because every learner is different, and the ways in which we learn are complex and variable. Powerful learning practices are attuned to the variability of individual learners and ensure that learning is accessible to all.

Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Environment

Educational Technology Guy

Accessibility is an important topic in education and encompasses the classroom space, digital tools and resources and much more. Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Classroom Environment Is the classroom bursting with patterned borders on the bulletin boards and bright colorful posters/word walls/anchor charts? accessibility digital equity Google for Educators Microsoft

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. In many cases, companies are developing accessibility features to be built into devices to promote access for all. For example, Chromebooks have their own settings menu with accessibility features, while Apple continues to pave the way with its innovative assistive technology practices. Just as it is important to model skills to teach students, the same philosophy can be applied to accessibility features.

5 big ideas for education innovation in 2019

The Christensen Institute

Looking ahead, here are five big ideas I’ll be watching for in 2019: 1. In that vein, in 2019 I’m most excited to watch emerging SEL point solutions targeted at specific, narrow skills or dispositions. In 2019, I’ll be keeping an eye on how districts and schools manage to strike a balance between the tradeoffs of modular and flexible versus integrated and coherent approaches to curriculum.

5 EdTech Trends Educators Need To Watch In 2019

EdTech4Beginners

However, today’s highly skilled tech specialists are more in-demand than ever, and companies who need to fill technical roles have access to pools of pre-vetted talent to match their needs. Technology is fast reshaping the education landscape. The Journal’s 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey reveals that 87% of educators , agree that technology has positively impacted their ability to teach.

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Chromebook Accessibility Features

EdTechTeacher

Accessibility features are an essential part of any operating system. Watch these videos and explore some of the features that can be set so that all students gain curriculum access. Chromebook Accessibility Settings. Chromebook Accessibility – YouTube Series. Locating the accessibility features. The post Chromebook Accessibility Features appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

5 steps to ensure accessibility

eSchool News

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

Increasing Accessibility for Students on the Web

EdTechTeacher

Technology tools can make accessibility possible by creating embedded supports that differentiate and personalize instruction. Microsoft’s suite of programs has several learning tools that create an accessible reading experience as well.

How Smart Tech and IoT are Making Educational Spaces More Accessible

Ask a Tech Teacher

The schools that do place emphasis on the needs of their students often have programs that encourage accessibility as well as accessible classrooms. Smart technology that is connected by the Internet of Things (IoT), however, is beginning to change all of this by making classrooms and campuses around the country more accessible while crafting a better learning environment for every student. Crafting Smart, Accessible Learning Environments.

FETC 2019: Day One

eSchool News

Not the driving rain or 50-degree temperatures could keep edtech enthusiasts from the opening day of FETC 2019 in Orlando. Though I do miss seeing Hawaiian shirts and skateboards at the Surf conference that shared the south side of the Orange County Convention Center, the extra space taken over by FETC makes the conference workshops more accessible, convenient, and right in the heart of the main concourse.

Striking a balance: SEL skills and access to relationships

The Christensen Institute

In turn, we risk leaving out a critical ingredient: not just students’ ability to interact and develop as social creatures, but also young people’s access to relationships and networks in the first place. Slim but troubling data suggests that access to relationships is not altogether equal. Down the line those relationship gaps spell unequal access to information, opportunities, and even jobs. The pitfalls of championing skills over access.

Make your Google Docs more accessible

eSchool News

As educators, there are many things we can do to make our Google Docs more accessible to our students. Check out the best practices below to create documents that will be more readable and accessible for everyone, including your students. 4 ways to make your Google Docs more accessible. eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News Teaching & Learning accessibility UDL[ Editor’s Note: This article was first published on the TCEA TechNotes blog.].

NEW ACCESSIBILITY in Google Apps

Teacher Tech

Head on over to slides.new and check out the new accessibility feature. Accessibility Menu You can also find the new Accessibility menu to the right of the Help menu. The post NEW ACCESSIBILITY in Google Apps appeared first on Teacher Tech. Note, anytime new features are released they ROLL OUT. If you don’t see them, wait up to 2 weeks.) The menu is also available in Google […]. Google G Suite google

Accessibility Features Every Teacher Using Apple Products Must Know About

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In today's post we are highlighting the various accessibility features Apple products provide for its users. 2019 Assistive technologyNot all teachers using these products are fully aware of these features depriving thus.read more.

Mac's Accessibility Features Teachers Should Know About

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

After we have learned about the different accessibility features embedded in iPad we move to Mac and show you what it offers in terms of assistive technology to help students with learning.read more. 2019 Apple Education

“Free college:” Why offering access to something broken does not make it better

The Christensen Institute

But what the promise of free college fails to consider, as The Hechinger Report astutely notes , is not just whether it expands access to those who need it most, but also whether a narrow solution to tuition cost ignores the more critical question of value. Expanding access. Funneling dollars toward programs that truly expand access, and then placing graduates in jobs that have a high ROI, could be a better strategy than simply offering free tuition.

Using School Bus WiFi to Provide Internet Access for Distance Learning

Kajeet

As many districts transition to distance learning for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year , digital equity for students has become more imp erative than ever. For students without Internet at home , accessing and completing online assignments can be very challenging.

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

The post Access does not equal equity appeared first on The Hechinger Report. Maker Academy teacher Gerry Irrizary assisting students in his Design Principles class. Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report. NEW YORK — At New York City’s Urban Assembly Maker Academy high school in lower Manhattan, two things immediately stand out. First, its teachers are rarely standing at the front of the classroom dispensing facts and figures for students to dutifully transcribe.

Spotty internet access for rural students limits achievement

eSchool News

Technology and internet access for rural students in some parts of the U.S. is unreliable at best, and this limited access could adversely affect their learning. Rural students are less likely than non-rural students to claim that their home internet access is “great” (36 percent versus 46 percent). Rural and non-rural students also have differing access to devices at school and at home. Featured on eSchool News IT Management internet access rural schools

Achieving Accessibility for All of Our Learners

MiddleWeb

We have to make it accessible to each and every one, including English learners. Specialist Valentina Gonzalez offers ways to identify obstacles to accessibility and create paths to learning in every subject. Accessibility The Unstoppable ELL Teacher accessibility accommodations content areas English learners expectations modeling practice time Unstoppable ELL Teacher Valentina GonzalezSimply making content available to students is not enough.

ISTE 2019: 10 Keys to the Future of STEAM Education

EdTech Magazine

ISTE 2019: 10 Keys to the Future of STEAM Education. I see this as a learning revolution,” Martinez said to attendees of the ISTE 2019 conference , held this week in Philadelphia. During her “ STEAM to the Future: What’s Next in STEAM, Design and Making ” presentation, Martinez first provided context for the evolution in learning, explaining that as recently as 50 years ago, computer technology was not accessible to the masses.

Student Voices Finalists 2019

SETDA Says

Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning Equity of Access Personalized Learning Project Based Learning Student voiceOften when coordinating a focus group or presenting a new SETDA resources via a webinar, I mention the Why. Why do we spend the time to research and report on policies and practices? Why do leaders gather to collaborate on topics of interest? The Why always relays back to the students. State department of education […].

Ensuring accessible content for all students

eSchool News

One of the keys in developing new digital materials is verifying that those materials offer accessible content for all students. Today, most learning management systems (LMS) and software programs offer some level of accessibility compliance checking. Related: 5 steps to ensure accessibility. Taking the time to review accessibility of materials makes sense to ensure all students can experience success instead of frustration.

NEW ACCESSIBILITY in Google Apps

Teacher Tech

Head on over to slides.new and check out the new accessibility feature. Accessibility Menu You can also find the new Accessibility menu to the right of the Help menu. The post NEW ACCESSIBILITY in Google Apps appeared first on Teacher Tech. Note, anytime new features are released they ROLL OUT. If you don’t see them, wait up to 2 weeks.) The menu is also available in Google […]. Google G Suite google

Making Websites Accessible

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It’s Not Just an Obligation; It’s an Opportunity

6 Things Every High School Senior Should Have Access To Before Graduation

EdNews Daily

In Gary Vaynerchuk’s recent video , My Reaction to the 2019 College Admissions Scandal , he states, “If a parent thinks a kid’s accomplishment is a reflection of them, now you have a disconnect. During senior year in high school, all students should have access, knowledge, and experience within these top six areas of education below. Before high school graduation, every senior should have access to financial education.

CoSN 2019: How Teachers Can Revolutionize the Future of Education

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2019: How Teachers Can Revolutionize the Future of Education. Today when we talk about education, we only talk about three things: the curriculum, the teacher and the assessments,” Zhao told attendees at the Consortium for School Networking’s 2019 annual conference keynote session, Envisioning the Skills Students Need: 2030. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Follow @EdTech_K12 on Twitter for continued COSN 2019 coverage!