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

Chromebook Accessibility Features

EdTechTeacher

Accessibility features are an essential part of any operating system. Watch these videos and explore some of the features that can be set so that all students gain curriculum access. Chromebook Accessibility Settings. Chromebook Accessibility – YouTube Series.

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. What does accessibility mean?

Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the digital learning gap. Mind, Brain and Education, 7(3), 152-158.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

As educators we understand that students have a wide range of abilities and disabilities that we must take into account when we teach. For others we need to differentiate and make the content more accessible to accommodate for a disability. is accessibility. accessibility

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.

5 steps to ensure accessibility

eSchool News

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow.

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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Can Campus Tours in Virtual Reality Improve College Access?

Edsurge

GEAR UP schools are given resources to help their students succeed in classes, ensure that their students graduate and, of course, provide their students access to college information. GEAR UP NC’s mission is to help disadvantaged students clearly see the path to postsecondary education.

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. Thank you, Jane, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, for writing a quick overview of that topic’s intersection with education. .

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

This is the most diverse school that I’ve ever been a part of in my 15 years in education,” says school principal Luke Bauer. “We They also embraced a nontraditional educational model. Yet support for these schools within the education department has been lukewarm.

Designing for accessibility in e-learning

Neo LMS

Completely healthy people and people with disabilities are equal in front of the law, they have equal access to education, they can follow any cultural norm they want, and so on, and so forth. Why e-learning accessibility matters: WCAG and Section 508.

Make your Google Docs more accessible

eSchool News

As educators, there are many things we can do to make our Google Docs more accessible to our students. Check out the best practices below to create documents that will be more readable and accessible for everyone, including your students.

EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students

Neo LMS

Undoubtedly eye-gaze technology has created the greatest advance in access for people with serious immobility such as those suffering paralysis or ALS. EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students. Read more: 3 Benefits of using Augmented Reality in education.

Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access

The Christensen Institute

There are a number of organizations emerging to tackle these shortages by using technology to expand students’ access to adult supports in ways never before possible. This is the fifth post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

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

Wisewire

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . Ed Tech ed tech ed tech news education technology future of ed tech

Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap to support students, particularly those most in need. So can companies such as Facebook further support home access for students?

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The post 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives appeared first on NEO BLOG.

Data, Access, and Innovation

techlearning

Highlights from SETDA’s Education Forum

Assistive Technology and Accessibility Resources

Educational Technology Guy

One of the things I do in my role as a K-12 Education Strategist is work on resources for schools to use. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. accessibility assistive technology google accessibility

Announcing the Kajeet Connect Suite: Reliable Internet Access Moves onto K-12 Campuses

Kajeet

Kajeet has historically focused on closing the Homework Gap outside the classroom, but digital equity begins in school with reliable, safe Internet access. Kajeet is excited to announce a new suite of products, Kajeet Connect, bringing our Education Broadband™ expertise onto school grounds.

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. Missouri students deserve every available opportunity to pursue their educational goals. To this end, Course Access programs can have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning outcomes.

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Ensuring Access and Opportunity; Supporting At Home Connectivity

Tom Murray

According to a report released by the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband internet while at home. The data also makes it evident that low-income households – especially our black and Hispanic families – make up a disproportionate percentage of the 5 million families without access. For more on how your district can support students’ at home access, visit FCC.gov.

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readersI’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning.

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. Over the course of three days, meeting attendees collaborated in working groups on topics like competency-based education, personalized learning, and maker research. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, stressed that equity ”is not just about access.

A Practical Way to Increase Access to Mobile Technology Regardless of Age

A Principal's Reflections

We still have a long way to go in many places, but the increase in access provides kids with an array of innovative learning opportunities that continue to evolve. Sites like Common Sense Education and edshelf make it easy to find the right alignment to the right instructional strategy.

Checklist for Accessible Teaching & Presenting

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators usually know the basics of ensuring their tech works before presenting to students, staff, and families. If we really want to ensure we are including everyone in have access to what we are presenting, technology can take us even further.

Texas fumbles on Course Access leadership

The Christensen Institute

But this legislative season, the Senate made a major blunder that keeps students from accessing the educational options they deserve. Larry Taylor introduced a bill that would have removed barriers that block some students from accessing supplemental online courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). Government, Algebra, Art, and Astronomy—offered by school districts, regional education service centers, and the University of Texas.

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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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EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Summer Cox is an exceptional student education coordinator at Henry County Public Schools in Georgia. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. In some ways, personalized learning is catching up to what special education advocates have long believed. As Cox explained: It’s my opinion as a special educator that not all students are the same.

The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment

The Christensen Institute

In a recent paper , I highlight five institutions that are innovating against a triple threat: (1) rising costs, (2) students who are shut out of higher education, and (3) persistent misalignment between what higher education is producing and what the labor market is demanding.

New Training Courses from Google - DigCit and Accessibility

Educational Technology Guy

Google has some great resources for educators at the Google for Education Training Center. They recently added two new courses that are very relevant to educators. 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. Related: Google for Education Resources. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

CUE

The success of the STEAMpunk Playground is partly related to the variety of educational tools made available to teachers through the CUE STEAMpunk Deployment Squadron, which allows teachers to borrow various class-ready coding or STEAM materials. Photo by Danny Silva – www.iteachag.org.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all.

How Do You Make Education Research ‘Accessible and Usable’ for Teachers?

Edsurge

But what’s clearly not working is getting educators to pay attention to this research to inform their own work in the classroom. In the spirit of putting the educators at the center of education research, the nonprofit Jefferson Education Exchange (JEX) and the Institute of Education Science (IES)—the independent research arm of the U.S. With educators’ input, the IES will stick to the same research science that it’s been using for years, Schneider says.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers.

Open Access Week Roundup

ProfHacker

Last week, George wrote about Open Access Week. Another great resources is the post How can Open Access work with Promotion and Tenure? Looking ahead, the Open Education Conference 2016 will be taking place in Richmond, VA this week.

Microsoft Releases Free, Early-Access Version of Minecraft: Education Edition

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan Teachers get a chance to explore Minecraft’s digital worlds in advance of the game’s September release. Classroom Curriculum Game-based Learning

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation.

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

“While the pervasive use of tablets, smartphones, laptops and digital education content is expanding around us, in the classroom, students are not actively using these technologies for learning—even within well-equipped classrooms where access is not the problem,” the report says.