Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Is accessibility baked into to the development process? Let's take a look by looking at social media examples. Who wouldn't want content to be accessed by people who are visually impaired? Twitter has not stepped up its accessibility game.

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.

10 Top Companies That Love To Hire Teachers

EdNews Daily

Khan Academy is a nonprofit that believes online education should be excellent, accessible, and free to use for anyone in the world. For example, you can find roles such as “Special Education Paraprofessional” to “Director of Web Services” to “HR Intern.”

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.

This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

Each company has incredible resources, and each is synonymous with technological innovation. But none will be the company that will change the world with AI. THIS IS THE COMPANY. Equal access to education is the defining challenge in the world today. By Charles Sosnik.

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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Want to expand student access to opportunity? Design to expand their social capital

The Christensen Institute

Half of all jobs come through personal connections and access to warm relationships is a key predictor of longevity and happiness. Take, for example, Gap Inc.’s For example, the nonprofit college coaching app Beyond 12 has built a model its founder dubs “high-tech, high-touch.”

These bold Nigerian companies are targeting nonconsumption, and winning

The Christensen Institute

Nonconsumption occurs when people who would otherwise benefit from purchasing a product cannot do so because they lack skill, wealth, access, or time. If I lived in Nigeria today, having uninterrupted access to electricity would be a fantasy. Take Arnergy Solar Limited for example.

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.

4 examples of engaging vision-impaired students in STEM

eSchool News

Science companies are creating tools that accommodate different needs, and some groups have created science experienced geared toward students with vision challenges.

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. Frankly, most companies develop a product and 508 compliance is an afterthought.

Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice

Edsurge

So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. Finding a (Sustainable) Business Model Grant Hosford, the co-founder and CEO of codeSpark, an app that teaches kids, ages 5- to 10- years old how to code, advised the audience that you can make some choices for your company that appear good at first and even midway through. It does make it kind of challenging on the structure of the company,” Krajewski said. “If

Colleges Face Investigations Over Whether Their Use of Social Media Follows Accessibility Regulations

Edsurge

Nearly 200 colleges face federal civil rights investigations opened in 2019 about whether they are accessible and communicate effectively to people with disabilities. Courts are saying you need to procure digital goods and services that are accessible for everybody.”

To help customers be well, a former weight-loss company thinks beyond the scale

The Christensen Institute

One reason she decided to partner with the wellness company is its focus on community: “I grew up understanding about being active, about being healthy, that was just how I was raised. As my colleague Rebecca Fogg wrote in an earlier blog , the wellness company actively looks for ways to enhance its program by addressing all three elements of members’ Jobs to Be Done—functional, emotional, and social.

Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow

Edsurge

But instead of a classroom, Wolochow now works on the Silicon Valley campus of a company that’s using technology to make learning more accessible to people throughout the world. More companies in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—or STEM—fields are hiring workers with liberal arts backgrounds, according to a recent report. “It’s Wong worked at several fintech firms before joining the mobile payments company.

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.

30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016

TeachThought - Learn better.

30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016. From Apple to J.Crew, these companies offer exclusive discounts on just about everything a teacher could possibly need for the new semester! 30 Companies That Offer Teacher Discounts In 2016. An example?

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students.

OPINION: ‘Our student loan policy has been corrupted by the powerful companies that profit from it’

The Hechinger Report

Together, these developments illustrate just how completely our nation’s student loan policy has been corrupted by the powerful companies that profit from it. Student loan regulators cannot serve students and taxpayers if they are in the pocket of the companies they are supposed to oversee.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

Assessments Become More Accessible With Speech Synthesis—and an Almost Human Voice

Edsurge

Häkkinen leads the Accessibility Standards and Inclusive Technology Research Group at ETS, the 60-plus-year-old nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization that administers K-12 state exams along with the well-known GRE and TOEFL, among other tests. His research focuses on advancing the accessibility of computer-based assessments—for all learners—through a standards-based approach. These are exciting times in the world of assistive learning technology.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

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.

New Company Says by Using Its Service, Students Can Test Classroom Tech Before Arriving on Campus

Edsurge

Founded by a father-son duo, the company launched this year with the goal to create “tier zero” for students and tech support before the school year starts, co-founder Ben Sample (the son in the duo), tells EdSurge. The other cofounder, Jay Sample, says a student visiting the company’s website can click a “scan” button to run tests that are each related generally to the requirements stipulated by the LMS or the school.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments. While multimodal learning environments support the needs of more learners, they require special attention to ensure they are accessible to students who are hard of hearing and/or visually impaired. Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials. Accessibility Is a Process, Not a Box to Check.

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?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

Edsurge

Zach Fansler claimed that part of the TERRA project is government funded, but smaller telecoms providers might not be able to afford access to the fiber if GCI is bought out by Liberty. Before e-rates, schools in the region are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for state-mandated broadband internet access,” the Alaska Democrat wrote. If you think your monthly internet bill is high, try $233,817.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge

TeachThought - Learn better.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge. Below, we’ll look at specific examples of how I’ve used them, and the opportunities and challenges I’ve noticed as a resu lt. by Andrew Ross, Language Teacher in Japan.

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5 keys to making the best staff selection

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The staff selection process is fundamental for a company to function properly, since hiring the appropriate personnel for each position is crucial for a cordial and productive office environment. Education GoConqr Blog Posts companies company employees resources smart links staff selection

Some surprising reasons companies are rushing to help their workers get degrees

The Hechinger Report

But unlike conventional tuition-reimbursement benefits, which many companies eliminated during the recession, the new programs increasingly limit students to taking courses from specific providers — often for-profit and online universities and colleges with poor graduation rates.

U.S. Companies Need Connections, Clear-Eyed Vision in Global Market

Marketplace K-12

Those were some of the takeaways put forward by a panel of company officials and business representatives at the Association of American Publishers PreK-12 Learning Group’s Content in Context conference , being held here this week. See also EdWeek Market Brief members have access to our analysis, “ 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Going Global ,” which breaks down the most common missteps U.S. But companies should also enter into foreign markets knowing the risks.

British Companies Reach Out to U.S. Ed-Tech Market at ISTE, as Brexit Questions Remain

Marketplace K-12

As the the biggest and most confusing economic story in the world churns in the United Kingdom, several British-based education companies are trying clear through the mess to win over buyers and partners at the ISTE conference. The post British Companies Reach Out to U.S. Denver.

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

The Hechinger Report

One way is through acquisitions like the one his university made of the Claremont School of Theology in California, or CST, which is being moved to the Salem, Oregon, campus of Willamette, just as private companies consolidate to increase their size and cost-effectiveness.

Luxury private student housing further divides rich and poor on campuses

The Hechinger Report

A British company called Scape said it is planning to invest $1 billion in private off-campus housing for 2,000 students in Boston, with a goal of eventually expanding that to 20,000. The company has plans to add another 20,000 beds by the fall of 2020.

Technology Is Helping Prison Education Programs Scale. What’s the Catch?

Edsurge

Colleges and universities with prison education programs are increasingly using technology to deliver instruction to incarcerated individuals, even with strict limitations on internet access in correctional facilities. Several have started their own companies.

To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

The Hechinger Report

I was concerned and afraid of what might happen to her, but you cannot cut their wings,” said Aranda, an operations manager for a talent supply chain company. Mothers listen to a representative of the Chicago Gear Up program discuss best practices for helping their children apply to college.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. Offers of financial aid, for example, are notoriously confusing.

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