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 -. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. accessibility assistive technology google accessibility

Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Accessibility is and should be a huge topic of discussion across multiple industries but especially in learning. Reach all learners with Google’s accessibility tools on ep.

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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? This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. accessibility digital equity Google for Educators Microsoft

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

Some obstacles can be assisted with the support of technology. 4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. The following tips provide strategies for using technology to create inclusive learning environments. Model technology use.

Making Print Documents & Posters Accessible

The Innovative Educator

There are times when innovative educators use print documents such as when displaying posters, student work, or infographics on a wall or bulletin board. Usually this material is not accessible to all people with disabilities or who speak languages other than English, but it doesn't have to be that way. For that reason, whenever you create something that's “for print,” you must: Host a digitally, accessible copy of print documents somewhere such as on your website.

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?

Support Struggling Readers District Wide with Assistive Tech

edWeb.net

Assistive technology teachers working at schools in the Fairfax County, VA school district, one of the largest in the United States, are finding that the use of audiobooks is improving access to grade-level content while also developing the love of reading that motivates many students to continue improving. A district-wide approach to assistive technology. FCPS has 30 assistive technology resource teachers, each of whom works with 7 to 10 schools.

Read and Write for Google

SpeechTechie

Once the Chrome extension has been added, within your Google Documents a toolbar is accessible that provides text-to-speech (so, for any document provided to students by the teacher, or as an editing tool), text prediction, picture and text dictionaries, highlighting and more. For SLPs, I especially like the vocabulary tool that will collect highlighted vocabulary words within a document and add them to a new document with definitions and pictures for each word.

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Tech-ing up Communication Books

SpeechTechie

Via an in-person discussion, this idea could easily be floated to parents and a document created and shared on the spot for training (maybe make a new doc every month so they don't get too long). In addressing the two issues above, all service providers can have access to the docs-based "notebook" from any device, so they don't have to go hunting for it during a busy day. apps assistive technology consultation curriculum connections description

Read and Write for iPad

SpeechTechie

Last year I outlined the helpful features obtained by signing up for Read and Write for Google , a toolbar accessible in Chrome that brings to webpages and documents (particularly Google Docs) text to speech (always free) and text prediction, dictionary, and other features (via premium account or teacher subscription after 30 days). To learn more about emerging research on the benefits of text to speech technologies, see this helpful article.

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Travels, Design and Gestures

SpeechTechie

In addition to providing access on iOS devices to Google''s terrific tools for Search, Calendar, Mail, Documents and Maps, this series was partially about app design. In using this app you''d also be teaching your students about the different kinds of gestures that can be used to interact with technology. apps assistive technology consultation curriculum connections executive function iOS planning schema sequencing weather February has been busy.

ASHA 2013 Update- from a Techie Point of View!

SpeechTechie

Giving credit where credit is due ( especially since this is something I whined about two years ago ), ASHA has made good steps in helpful infusion of technology into the Convention. Additionally, WiFi was in my experience generally accessible in conference rooms, and free to boot! This session always focuses on facilitating access to curriculum for LLD students through a strategic language-based focus. ASHA 2013 in Chicago is in the books.

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Google Apps and Chromebooks for Special Education and Special Needs

Educational Technology Guy

Chromebooks and Google Apps are excellent assistive technology (AT) that help students with special needs access curriculum and information. Chromebooks allow students to access curriculum while avoiding their triggers. Chromebooks also allow students to access additional resources to support their learning and address their individual needs. Students can use Chrome as a voice recognition app and type long documents and essays without touching the keyboard.

How Educators Can Support Families of Children with Disabilities During Hybrid or Online Learning

Waterford

4] Principals should be in the loop on things like access to the curriculum for special education, need for assistive technologies, and other accommodations.

GradeCam Introduces Ability to Read and Score Handwritten Letters

techlearning

GradeCam has introduced a new answer format powered by Aita, its proprietary Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant technology, that can read and score handwritten letters and words up to twenty characters in length. All free trial users will have access for 60 Days. As always, teachers can scan and score assessments using any existing mobile, computer, or document camera, and auto-transfer grades with the touch of a button.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. “Developers and [K-12] consumers are now very tuned in,” said Cynthia Curry, the director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning , more commonly known as the AEM Center. As a technology lover who is blind, Luis F.

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Going Paperless Benefits Teachers, Students—and the Bottom Line

Edsurge

Remember the many hours you used to spend preparing and printing documents each week, only to watch them make their way from students’ desks to the floor, the trash bin or the bottom of their backpacks? And as technology improves, so do the benefits for teachers, schools and, most importantly, students. The process of printing documents, making copies and distributing them to students is a perfect example. It’s easier for everyone to keep track of documents.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

Edsurge

Unfortunately, across the board, educators have not been prepared to teach well with technology, let alone teach remotely with technology. In some teacher preparation programs, pre-service teachers are not provided with any opportunities to engage with technology in meaningful ways.

Immersive Reader: A powerful tool to support schoolwide literacy

NeverEndingSearch

As a part of Microsoft’s suite of Learning Tools, Immersive Reader offers readers the ability to : translate over 60 languages for either individual word or by document read text aloud with simultaneous highlighting in a choice of two voices to support decoding, comprehension, focus, and attention. Microsoft Accessibility And Assistive Technologies For Education: A Total Economic Impact Analysis. technology

ESSA Plans: How Are States Improving Technology in the Classroom?

Leadership Lounge

Here at the Center for Digital Education, many IT vendors have expressed interest in understanding the prospective technology procurement activities summarized in the recently published ESSA plans. They include discussions of self-selected accountability measures, state-specific education standards and prospective plans for information technology procurement. Technology Trends. In analyzing these plans we found three noteworthy technology-related trends.

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Change the Game: Using Minecraft to Teach Students with Autism

Edsurge

Minecraft, Autism and 21st Century Learning I was unaware of this early on, but eventually discovered that I wasn’t the only one who found Minecraft useful as an assistive technology for people with autism. When the teacher requires other design challenges—accounting for material cost or using sustainable materials—students must access higher order thinking skills. Education Technology Personalized Learning Technology Tips 21st Century Skills Game-Based Learning

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

In the afternoon they might be given a math or science assignment where they have to document the results. As with so many things, to a certain extent it should be a case of ‘technology to the rescue’! However technology’s effectiveness is always subject to the applicability of its design principles to any particular user. 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Top 10 K–12 Educational Technology Trends

techlearning

Schools often have to address issues of equality and funding to ensure that all students, regardless of economic status, have access to a mobile device in the classroom so no one is disadvantaged. 3 Wearable Technology —Wearable technology is an up-and-coming trend in edtech. Wearable technology covers a wide range of items—from assistive technology for students with disabilities to devices to encourage motivation and participation.

Voice Dream

Technology Tidbits

Also, there are over 36 VoiceOvers in all languages as well as listening to all kinds of documents (i.e. AssistiveTek “This is a fantastic product and one of the best, if not the best, in the Text to Speech category of assistive technology products.” – Disabled World “Voice Dream provides excellent control over both the written and spoken versions of the text. Voice Dream is the best iOS app for text to speech that I have ever seen.

Expert Roundtable: Dispelling the Myths and Misunderstandings About Dyslexia

Reading By Example

Learn more about his work and access online tools, training and resources by visiting TrueLiteracy.in. Rachel Berger is the Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota and also works with Microsoft as a dyslexia and learning disability community assistive tech consultant. Educators can learn more about tools for increasing accessibility and supporting students who struggle with reading and writing in her presentations at FETC 2020 in Miami. .

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

edWeb.net

How do you approach purchasing education technology tools? Noakes emphasized that the process must include an equity assessment—can all of the students and teachers access the tech outside of school? Howard and Noakes: Howard encouraged educators to ask for documented and validated positive learning outcomes with actual kids. Dr. Ayanna Howard is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Zyrobotics, an educational technology company, and the Linda J.

9 Stylish and State-of-the-Art School Supplies

Fractus Learning

RE-vibe Vibration Reminder Wristband Help your child stay on track with the innovative technology of RE-vibe Vibration Reminder Wristband. It was developed by a school psychologist as an assistive technology for students with ADHD and autism but is a helpful tool for any student. This three-ring binder protects classwork, homework and other important documents with it’s padded and zippered design.

25 Essential Teacher Supplies for a Savvy School Year

Fractus Learning

Ideal for transporting papers, binders and other documents from home to school. Save time making documents, and have more time for important classroom tasks. At 8 x 11 inches, you’ll have all of your supplies accessible and on hand at all times. Personalize documents and send-home letters with this Teacher Name Stamp from stampcouture. Guided Reading Strips are an assistive technology ideal for reading and comprehension.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. The deal pairs ENA’s comprehensive infrastructure technology and support services with CatchOn’s unique software as a service tool that delivers essential data about ed tech usage in U.S.

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Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

They are often placed in separate classrooms within public schools and spend large numbers of hours on computers using technology that is not aligned with their specific needs. According to that lawsuit, the GNETS system violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, both by segregating children with disabilities and by denying them access to an equal education. Related: Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands.

“You can build upon [your] power by believing in yourself, your skills and the value these skills can bring to the education system and your students.” – Cynthia Gozzard, Canada

Daily Edventures

In the last 18 months I’ve completed my Microsoft Certified Educator exam, OneNote Office Specialist, and a specialist qualification course – Technology in The Classroom (recognized in Ontario),” Gozzard tells us. This student was identified with a learning disability and was granted a laptop funded by the Ministry of Education in Ontario, with additional assistive technology including the O365 environment supported by our school board.