5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

For others we need to differentiate and make the content more accessible to accommodate for a disability. As classrooms and digital spaces become more ubiquitous educators must understand how the content they create and put in these online spaces must be made accessible for all.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. There are many barriers and factors to providing that access.

Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap to support students, particularly those most in need. So can companies such as Facebook further support home access for students?

Google Accessibility Features and Resources

Educational Technology Guy

Last month, I posted an article about some of Google Chrome''s accessibility features and resources. Google has a great site with resources about all of the accessibility features in all of their products. google accessibility Google for Educators

Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access

The Christensen Institute

There are a number of organizations emerging to tackle these shortages by using technology to expand students’ access to adult supports in ways never before possible. This is the fifth post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

What do we mean when we talk about “access”?

The Principal of Change

What do you think when you hear the word “access” when it comes to education and our students? At first, when you hear the term “access,” many people think about things like access to technology and the Internet.

Ensuring Access and Opportunity; Supporting At Home Connectivity

Tom Murray

According to a report released by the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband internet while at home. The data also makes it evident that low-income households – especially our black and Hispanic families – make up a disproportionate percentage of the 5 million families without access. For more on how your district can support students’ at home access, visit FCC.gov.

Equity Is Not Just About Access. It’s About Success.

Digital Promise

This League of Innovative Schools meeting was focused on equity, and showcased how BCPS is making strides toward providing access and opportunity for all students. Visitors also previewed a mobile innovation lab (a bus equipped with maker equipment, with a great Twitter account ), which will soon give students across the district access to maker learning opportunities.

Teach Access Tutorial: Best Practices for Digital Accessibility

ProfHacker

I recently came across a solid teaching and learning resource devoted to giving designers, developers, and writers a better grounding in creating accessible content. It’s a product of the Teach Access project, which (I have to admit) I don’t know much about.

New Training Courses from Google - DigCit and Accessibility

Educational Technology Guy

The Tools for Diverse Learners Training helps teachers learn how to use the accessibility features in Chromebooks and G Suite to help their students succeed. Google has some great resources for educators at the Google for Education Training Center. Included are courses on Chromebooks, becoming a Trainer, and Fundamentals and Advanced training for using G Suite in the classroom. They recently added two new courses that are very relevant to educators.

Some Recent Useful Links on Accessibility and Inclusive Design

ProfHacker

The resources are available here , and I want in particular to highlight the list of online resources as well as a handful of well-developed hypothetical learner profiles that can help make discussions about universal design and accessibility more concrete.

What It Looks Like to Have Always-Available Access to Technology

Digital Promise

Forty-six Verizon Innovative Learning schools have successfully rolled out tablets equipped with 4G data plans, providing every student and teacher with always-available access to powerful tools and resources, both in the classroom and at home. has leveraged this access with her students.

Open Access Week Roundup

ProfHacker

Last week, George wrote about Open Access Week. Another great resources is the post How can Open Access work with Promotion and Tenure? I’ll be there presenting alongside a great list of Open Education and Open Access advocates, scholars, technologists, and educators.

Cupper: A Tool for Creating Accessible Documentation

ProfHacker

I recently stumbled across a tool for creating accessible documentation, and while I haven’t had a chance to experiment with it, I’ll be putting it on my list of things to test drive this summer. Software accessibility cupper inclusion inclusive design inclusiveness

We Have An Ed Tech-Accessibility Partnership. So Can You!

SETDA Says

Guest Post from Cynthia Curry is Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) What do you get when you combine a state educational technology director with a state accessibility expert?

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Missouri misses Course Access moment

The Christensen Institute

This year, Missouri legislators had a chance to become national leaders in providing their students with access to new learning opportunities. On April 30, the House passed a bill to create a statewide Course Access program with a favorable vote of 110 to 40. To this end, Course Access programs can have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning outcomes. Consider, for example, these stories from students in nearby states where Course Access programs are available.

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Three New & Accessible Resources About Climate Change

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2012 chrisjtse , Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio. Here are three new additions to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change : Climate change in the United States presented in 123 red, white and blue stripes is from The Washington Post.

Open Access Week 2016 Starts Today

ProfHacker

Once again, it’s the time of year for Open Access Week , a coordinated worldwide effort to make Open Access “a new norm in scholarship and research.” Is your campus hosting any Open Access Week events? Profession open access

An Accessibility List of Lists

ProfHacker

It can difficult to keep track of — much less keep up with — the amount of accessibility information out there for educators, developers, and designers. ” [ "Unlock the Access" by cogdogblog is licensed under CC BY

The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment

The Christensen Institute

This is truer than ever in higher education: chronic affordability and access challenges are a byproduct of efforts to make colleges better and more competitive in terms of prestige. The post The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment appeared first on Christensen Institute.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Different students need the ability to access their learning differently, and we should help facilitate that as teachers. But districts also need to make sure that the “packaged curriculum” intended to personalize instruction is accessible and effective for all students and allows teachers the degree of flexibility that Cox described. As EdSurge recently reported , there are a growing number of marketplaces where educators can access teacher- and district-created content.

Washington State Announces Digital Learning Access Grants

Education Superhighway

Last week, the Washington state legislature appropriated $900,000 to further leverage funding from the federal E-rate program, which will bring greater connectivity to schools across the state and make available K-12 digital learning access grants.

MLA Commons CORE and Open Access

ProfHacker

The Modern Language Association recently announced an exciting open-access project, Humanities Core , funded by the NEH. The project is very ambitious and promises to be a valuable asset for researchers, particularly those without access to the expensive databases of large universities.

Districts Explain How to Make Tech Accessible After School

EdTech Magazine

Access Points NetworkingBy Marcia Wade Talbert Digital equity is the topic du jour, but CoSN leaders are showcasing how to make it a thing of the past.

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.

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

Promoters of school choice are unwilling to ensure equal access in regular public schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

Derek Black said: [C]harters, vouchers, and other choice-like reforms are insulting substitutes for equal access to learning opportunities.

Find Open Access Articles Faster with UnPayWall

ProfHacker

It is a free Chrome/Firefox extension that helps you quickly find open access versions of articles you’re searching for. However, open access versions might exist on authors’ own websites, or institutional and subject respositories. Have you heard of Unpaywall?

Using single sign-on to streamline edtech access

eSchool News

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

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New Resource on Open Access, Pedagogy, Learning

ProfHacker

The concept of “Open,” particularly when it comes to Open Access, is something that we’ve written a lot about here at Profhacker. Productivity Teaching open access

Designing for accessibility in e-learning

Neo LMS

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.

CoSN Releases Resource to Address Accessibility Issue

Leadership Lounge

Today, CoSN is pleased to share a one-page resource for school leaders focused on the issue of accessibility. As learning environments continue the move toward digital learning settings, it is critical that everyone involved has ready access to all essential tools and materials. The CoSN document on accessibility can be viewed here. But accessibility impacts more than students. In short, accessibility is part of the education equation.

SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

SETDA Says

Digital Learning Equity of Access FCC instructional materialsToday, online communities are alight with a Day of Advocacy in support of keeping the current Net Neutrality rules in place. These rules were. read more.

Texas fumbles on Course Access leadership

The Christensen Institute

But this legislative season, the Senate made a major blunder that keeps students from accessing the educational options they deserve. Larry Taylor introduced a bill that would have removed barriers that block some students from accessing supplemental online courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). Taylor’s Online Access and Digital Learning bill are so important. It may cost more than $400 to provide because it requires access to lab equipment.

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STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

CUE

At this event, teachers will have access to some of the best education technology has to offer. The post STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible appeared first on CUE Blog. Photo by Danny Silva – www.iteachag.org.

How to create accessible e-learning design

Neo LMS

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.