Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Foundry10’s 2018 study focused on technology usage in U.S.

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

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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.

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Source: Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics Technology was not designed by or for those with disabilities. Is accessibility baked into to the development process? Twitter has not stepped up its accessibility game.

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

We, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away. Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readers

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. Samsung, along with other companies, are working with districts across the U.S.

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.

Students Speak: How Technology Can Transform Learning

Digital Promise

But what impact do these devices have on us, and are we using technology to its fullest potential? In my public high school, we rarely interact with technology, at least not productively. Barriers to providing all students with access to technology.

Coronavirus FAQ: Everything Schools and Companies Need and Want to Know

Edsurge

Tony Wan, Managing Editor Access and Equity How can we accommodate students who have learning disabilities in online instruction and practice universal design principles? There are efforts to collect and share offerings from companies that want to help impacted schools.

Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise

Wisewire

The people designing educational technologies are far removed from the students who end up using them. 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.

Can Campus Tours in Virtual Reality Improve College Access?

Edsurge

These are just some of the goals of a current project at the University of North Carolina's Emerging Technologies Lab , under the direction of Steven King. GEAR UP NC VR App is a partnership between the UNC System, GEAR UP NC, AdmitHub and SeeBoundless production company.

This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

When describing the life cycle of technology development, he talks about over-enthusiasm prior to the real revolution. 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.

Companies Say Blockchain Could Have Prevented College Admissions Scandal

Edsurge

Now, several companies that sell student-record systems based on blockchain—the technology behind Bitcoin—are pitching their products as a way to prevent that kind of fraudulent record tampering in the future. Education Technology Blockchain Higher Education

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. As a technology lover who is blind, Luis F.

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?How Apple, Salesforce and Other “Platform” Companies Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Edsurge

For learners to qualify for work that pays well and for companies to source the talent they need, the market around skills-based education needs to evolve quickly to train students in the technology platforms now required for the jobs they seek. Mind The Skills Gap Many tech industry jobs today require “platform-centric skills,” meaning workers require expertise in using sophisticated and specific technology platforms, such as Salesforce, Tableau or Photoshop.

Alexa Goes to ISTE: Edtech Companies—and Teachers—Debut New Skills for Learning

Edsurge

Four-and-a-half years after Amazon first released Alexa, its voice-activated virtual assistant, the technology is finding its footing in education. Kahoot, a game-based learning company with a trove of millions of educational quizzes, also announced its first Alexa skill this week.

For the Edtech Innovation Today’s Learners Need, Look Not to Companies, But to Campuses

Edsurge

When we focus our attention with laser precision on the edupreneurs who start new companies as the primary source of change, what do we miss? Much like with the entrepreneurs who build companies, these intrapreneurs see a need and find a way to solve for it.

Pearson Sells Mixed Reality Learning Unit to a New Company, GIGXR

Edsurge

As Pearson resumes its education technology investment activity, the publisher is also divesting other edtech assets at the same time. million in two companies: online bootcamp Springboard and Knowledge to Practice, a medical startup.

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. Education News Featured Higher Education Technology

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.

Don’t Call Them Test Companies: How the College Board and ACT Have Shifted Focus

Edsurge

In a statement on its website in May, the ACT said that it is transforming itself from an “assessment company” into “an organization providing learning, measurement, and navigation support to learners.” Education Technology Higher Education

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

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. But our first job is to teach the student, not the technology.

Guest post: Technology in Schools

EdTech4Beginners

In today’s world, technology is increasingly becoming predominant in schools. Students nowadays have access to the latest and up to date technology. Data label, an online label manufacturing company, conducted a survey recently where people were asked whether they feel technology in schools has had positive effects on children. Access to learning resources and tools – (29%). Instant access to information – (18%).

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. You can hardly talk about connections in 2019 without acknowledging the role that technology plays. The post Want to expand student access to opportunity?

Google Aquires Baltimore-Based Educational Technology Firm Workbench

Wisewire

Workbench, a Baltimore-based education technology firm, has been acquired by Google , the companies announced. Sleat told The Baltimore Sun at the time that the idea for the company came from observing the type of lessons his own children, then ages 11 and 14, were receiving at school.

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. After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology.

5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology [Free Webinar]

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers can progress in their use of technology. This webinar is sponsored by Netref , an amazing solution for monitoring and managing student access at the teacher level. Even though we’re busy. Even though we’ve got so much to do. We can do it.

The Next Edtech IPO Might Be This London-Based Language Learning Company

Edsurge

Of all the education technology startups that could go public next, there’s one that’s likely not on your radar: Busuu , a London-based developer of a language-learning platform. Niesner claims the company is on track to hit $40 million in revenue in 2020. The company has raised $4.4

Celebrating Adult Literacy and Technology

Digital Promise

We believe technology can play an important role in adult education and family literacy by providing, at a minimum, anytime, anywhere access. In our work over the last two years, we’ve been heartened by the efforts we see around technology and adult education. In addition, many other traditionally K-12 edtech companies, like Achieve3000 , have begun to look into ways their products might serve adults. More programs looking to adopt technology.

Targeting ‘Inclusive Access’ Deals, College Bookstores Sue Textbook Publishers and Retailers

Edsurge

At the heart of the case are so-called “inclusive access” programs. Pearson stands by the inclusive access model, which offers real benefits to students, instructors and institutions,” said Scott Overland, director of media relations for Pearson, in an email to EdSurge.

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.

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated

EdTech Magazine

Companies Invest in Preparing K–12 Students as Older Sectors Become Tech Integrated. Work in rural, agricultural America has seen major disruption from innovative technology, globalization and a shift away from resources like coal and steel.

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. With that in mind: Be prepared to share a company policy on PII retention and destruction, and have one ready.

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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.”