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?

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. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article.

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.

NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Ascend Math

Last week, the New York Times ran an article on Kahoot, an online quiz system from Norway being played in some schools. The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.”.

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

My article for a joint project between TES and the British Council

EdTech4Beginners

I recently wrote an article for a joint project between the Times Educational Supplement and the British Council. Click here to access the full article. It featured a wide range of teaching strategies and ideas for language teachers to use in their lessons.

Make your Google Docs more accessible

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This article was first published on the TCEA TechNotes blog.]. As educators, there are many things we can do to make our Google Docs more accessible to our students. 4 ways to make your Google Docs more accessible.

Article for TES: How to make sure your students stay safe online, whatever their age

EdTech4Beginners

I recently wrote an article for The Times Educational Supplement (TES). The article features teaching ideas and tips for how to keep children safe online. Click this link to access the full article. education teachers edtech teaching technology cyberbullying e-safety internet safety online education technology in the classroom

Unpaywall: Free, legal access to scholarly articles! (and a couple of other strategies)

NeverEndingSearch

Installed as a free browser extension for Firefox or Chrome , Unpaywall allows searchers to legally access full-text research papers from its index of ten million, legally loaded, open-access articles. Note that the Nature article here would cost $32 to read on Nature.com.

Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

Edsurge

An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. At the start of the MOOC trend in 2012, the promise was that the free online courses could reach students who could not afford or get access to other forms of higher education.

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“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.

A New Tool to Help You Access Paywalled Research Articles for Free

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 17, 2017 One of the biggest concerns of student researchers and academics is access to scientific knowledge stored in the form of journal articles. Many of these articles are not free.read more. Chrome extensions

?Readers’ Roundup: EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Edsurge

We’ve rounded up our 10 most popular articles from 2017, as picked by our readers. Coursera to Charge Fees for Previously Free Courses Once hailed as a portal for free learning materials, accessible to anyone with an internet connection, Coursera announced this year plans to charge if learners want to submit assignments to be graded for certain courses. New years mean clean slates, fresh perspectives and goal setting for the months ahead.

Assistive Technology and Accessibility Resources

Educational Technology Guy

I've been working on a resource document that has resoures on Assistive Technology and Accessibility and thought I would share it here: Related: More Accessibility Resources Google Accessibility Features and Resources -. accessibility assistive technology google accessibility

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

EdNews Daily

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.

EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

A few weeks ago, EdSurge published an article that echoed many of those same sentiments, most specifically that the overreliance on “gold standard” RCT studies is the wrong approach for edtech.

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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. Original Article Source: [link].

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

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.

How Smart Tech and IoT are Making Educational Spaces More Accessible

Ask a Tech Teacher

I haven’t written much about IoT (the Internet of Things–see the end of this article for more resources on IoT) and education. The schools that do place emphasis on the needs of their students often have programs that encourage accessibility as well as accessible classrooms.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

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.

Creating Color-Blind Accessible Figures

ProfHacker

Following colorblind accessible guidelines when creating graphs and charts for publication or display ensures that everyone in your audience can read your figures, something that should be of concern for all teachers and researchers.

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

Yesterday IHE published an article about the “ inclusive access ” programs offered by most major textbook publishers. ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? When we focus on cost, we put inclusive access and OER on equal footing.

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Eminent Open Access: A Little Thought Experiment

iterating toward openness

Via Stephen Downes yesterday, here’s an article about how to use Tor with Sci-Hub in order to privately and securely read research articles you don’t have legal permission to access. research articles still under copyright of disseminators as opposed to authors)?

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. Fruth describes this new data access landscape as a teeter-totter effect. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

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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.

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

As explained by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, during a recent edWebinar , this searchable information will help educational leaders ensure that the materials they purchase are high-quality, aligned with their standards and goals, and accessible to all students.

An article and a powerful conversation: two updates on code name FOEcast

Bryan Alexander

First, EdSurge published an article about FOEcast. Multiple ways of access would be great – i.e., email, wiki, web (both push and pull technologies). Where does the FOEcast project stand in mid-June 2018? (If

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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. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article. Google has some great resources for educators at the Google for Education Training Center.

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Is accessibility baked into to the development process? Their site says: When you Tweet photos using the Twitter app for iOS or Android, or on twitter.com, you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired.

How ST Math Provides Equitable Access for Students in Special Education

MIND Research Institute

This article features contributions from MIND's Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson. Many students face unique challenges in their learning process. You may think that students who are classified as special education need a different curriculum.

Open Access & Copyright: A View from the South

ProfHacker

In all the discussions about open access and copyright, I want to add my story as someone from the Global South who strongly advocates for open access. However, I know that most Egyptian academics have no such access. This goes some way towards equitable access.

Dear Otto: How Do Students Access Twitter in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great question I got from Paul: We are considering the appropriate role for Twitter in schools and as part of my research I read your article “ 13 Reasons to Use Twitter in the Classroom.” With one log-in that is accessed by all students.

Using Your Kindle Tablet App and Chrome 'Send to Kindle' Extension to Read Web Articles

The 21st Century Principal

Having a Kindle means I don''t have to lug around stacks of books or articles to read. One of these options are Chrome extensions that make getting web articles to your Kindle or in your Kindle app almost as easy as clicking on a button.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Public Access Plan to Use PMC Platform for Articles

Sparc

Yesterday, during the annual meeting of the NIH PubMed Central (PMC) National Advisory Committee, NIH staff noted that they were working to include Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-funded articles into the PMC database. It turns out that very quietly, in early March, the VA released its plan for policies ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive.

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Free alternatives to Microsoft Access, including a web based one

Educational Technology Guy

Access is Microsoft''s well known data base tool. It also can work with SQL and Access files. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article.