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.

Can ‘Equity-Based Pricing’ Make Edtech Products More Accessible?

Edsurge

based company is planning to apply that principle to make its software license pricing more equitable for schools and districts. Sometimes, discounts are negotiated on an ad hoc basis, determined largely by a district’s relationship with company salespeople.

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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. As with all League meetings, district leaders rolled up their sleeves and committed to bringing actionable steps back to their districts to foster genuine curiosity and a love of learning in all students. ” During a keynote address at the meeting, Dr. Freeman A.

The Summer of COVID-19 Presents a Unique Opportunity for Education Companies

Edsurge

For companies that target teachers, this is a good time to do some contingency planning as well—to be ready to assist educators no matter what scenario they find themselves in come fall. Companies that provide this assistance to teachers directly will be rich in prospects.

Can Campus Tours in Virtual Reality Improve College Access?

Edsurge

GEAR UP NC VR App is a partnership between the UNC System, GEAR UP NC, AdmitHub and SeeBoundless production company. Besides being an avenue to access information, the GEAR UP VR app is dedicated to connecting students to schools that align with their needs and interests.

How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection

Edsurge

Versions of that sales pitch echoed through the cavernous exhibit hall this week at one of the largest trade shows for tech companies selling to colleges. We walked the exhibit hall here looking for new ways that companies are offering this Big-Data-driven transformation.

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.

Making Art Accessible

The Innovative Educator

I had the opportunity to meet Amanda's students as they were planning an exhibit to be displayed where I work. We discussed some ideas for displaying art in a way that is accessible. As I began speaking, they pulled out their notepads and started taking down ideas about how people with disabilities might access the art they displayed. Ideas for making art more accessible QR Codes QR Codes are a simple way to begin making art accessible.

Zen and the Art of Meaningful Meetings

Edsurge

Last week I had the extraordinary opportunity to spend time in the company of some very smart, interesting and generous university innovators when California State University Channel Islands hosted a meeting for the group, called the HAILstorm. At the end, we were asked to reflect on what we would take away from the meeting and how it might affect our practices on campus. And so can the time to simply meet and talk with peers from other institutions.

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. Meeting with business leaders and entrepreneurs.

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. The theory further reveals that when hiring a potential solution we don’t just consider its performance; we also consider its ability to meet social and emotional needs. Fogg explains, The popular weight loss company understands that today’s consumers don’t just want to shed excess pounds.

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.

Indebted to your mentors? One company’s business model tests repaying connections that paid off

The Christensen Institute

The need for mentoring models that both afford scale and support mentor-mentee relationships is what piqued my interest in a new approach: a company called Pelion is trying to source reliable connections to virtual career mentors and tying the outcome of those connections, as measured by the career success of the mentee, to a financing model called income share agreements (ISAs). How is Pelion set up to scale access to mentors otherwise out of reach for job seekers?

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.

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National FFA Organization, Tractor Supply Company and Discovery Education Join Together to Provide Scalable Access to Innovative Careers in STEM and Manufacturing

techlearning

During the immersive virtual experience, students will learn more about diverse career opportunities within the industry of agriculture and meet Tractor Supply Company employees. To access the site’s free resources, visit here.

Providers Rise to Meet the Challenge of K–12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

Providers Rise to Meet the Challenge of K–12 Data Security. Despite these benefits, many districts’ infrastructures do not meet the standards of the Federal Trade Commission’s Principles of Fair Information Practice , which outline best practices to ensure student privacy and protection.

To Find Diverse Talent, Some Companies Look to College Clubs

Edsurge

College career fairs look like an awkward high school dance: Students circle around company booths, unsure whether to stop and drop off a resume. Companies blindly court juniors and seniors to their floorspace, hoping that they’ll be the right fit for internships and full-time positions. One company is making a business out of helping student associations and companies connect beyond the walls of tri-folds and stacks of resumes at career fairs.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Telecom companies often forget about rural areas because they don’t have high population density.

Meet the Platform That ‘Gets to Know You’—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half

Edsurge

In the year since it launched, the platform has cut in half the time students have to study to obtain the same results, according to company metrics. In the world of college test prep materials and tools, Don Phan considers himself a connoisseur.

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.”

What Every Edtech Company Needs to Know About Schools and Data Privacy

Edsurge

New federal and state laws —and a greater focus on the issue by districts—are giving edtech companies a lot to consider. Specifically, companies may run into roadblocks with legal or data privacy officers if they don’t meet key criteria regarding legal terms, data privacy and security that districts and schools need to see based on local, state and federal legislation. They may wish to allow students to access their data post-termination.

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Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

EdTechTeam

GAME-BASED LEARNING FROM LEGENDS OF LEARNING NOW MEETS SCIENCE STANDARDS IN TWO MORE STATES Research-Based Games Already Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards WASHINGTON, D.C.—Aug.

Meet the Platform That 'Gets to Know You'—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half

Edsurge

In the year since it launched, the platform has cut in half the time students have to study to obtain the same results, according to company metrics. In the world of college test prep materials and tools, Don Phan considers himself a connoisseur.

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

Edsurge

Now in its second year, the four-month accelerator program offers selected companies up to $100,000 from Intel Capital—in exchange for up to six percent of equity—and provides access to GSVlabs , weekly workshops and guidance from self-selected mentors like David Min (VP of Strategic Business Innovation at the Walt Disney Company) or Ronald Chandler (former CIO for the Los Angeles Unified School District). prices on a by-school or company basis.

Thriving SAT Scores: Meet Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert and Shark Tank Winner

EdNews Daily

A few weeks after the first meeting, Shark Tank called me with a request to send in a an eye-catching and creative video pitch. I closed a deal with Mark for $250,000 in exchange for a 20 percent equity stake in my test-prep company. SAT Scores: A New Number.

Meet the All New Flipgrid! #flipgridfever

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Better Access for All Learners. Flipgrid is always evolving because they are a company who listens to their users. The all-new Flipgrid is here!

LIVE: Access All Of Your Files On All Of Your Devices Using @Microsoft_EDU OneNote | @MSOneNote

TeacherCast

One of my favorite moments at ISTE 2015 came while interviewing the OneNote team and I had the opportunity to meet the guys who actually CREATE Microsoft OneNote. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies.

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. It can be a challenge to meet those expectations.

KinderLab Robotics Meets Rigorous Review Standards to Join STEMworks Database

techlearning

The overarching goal of offering students access to a plethora of tools and resources is to create a new population of young people who are STEM-literate, and to improve the economic competitiveness of our future workforce. “We

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.

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlight in New York, Florida and Free Internet Access

ExcelinEd

Welcome to ExcelinEd’s ongoing roundup of creative solutions states and districts are taking to meet the education needs of their students affected by school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several internet providers are offering free internet and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 or college students in an effort to help with distance learning.

Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

Edsurge

Gender is just one part of the diversity problem confronting many technology companies today. As diversity reports from companies like Alphabet, Apple and Facebook reveal, the employee headcounts—especially in senior and executive positions—are overwhelmingly male and white. These companies have committed money, mentors and other resources to provide educational opportunities for underserved communities. And I want to run a video game company.”.

Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

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Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. featured 124 companies from 18 countries—marking the largest class in the accelerator’s history. The company will not take more than $30,000 over the two years.) Both my co-founder and I come from small towns, where we were surrounded by brilliant people who don’t have the opportunities that we enjoyed,” Austin Allred, the company’s co-founder and CEO, tells EdSurge.

CUE 2018: 5 Steps to Create More Accessible, Personalized Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

CUE 2018: 5 Steps to Create More Accessible, Personalized Professional Development. During this meeting, Douglas said that the coaches also collaborated on an instructional mission for the teachers in the district. In order to meet this vision, Douglas said Tulare needed to find an option for professional development that was easy for teachers to engage in. Switching to gamified PD through a partnership with game-based learning company Alludo was a no-brainer.

TCEA 2018: Educators Meet in Austin to Discuss the Future of the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

TCEA 2018: Educators Meet in Austin to Discuss the Future of the Classroom. This annual event brings together educators, administrators and IT leaders to discuss innovative tips on everything from professional development and classroom tech to thought leadership on accessibility.