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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

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. There are many barriers and factors to providing that access.

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.

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.

Toolkit outlines steps for ensuring accessibility

eSchool News

Accessibility is a “critical key” when it comes to leveraging technology for all students — including those with disabilities, according to a new toolkit offering accessibility resources and tips for state and district education leaders.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Creating Color-Blind Accessible Figures

ProfHacker

Today marks the start of the #1ineveryclassroom public awareness campaign by the UK-based Colour Blind Awareness organization to point out the prevalence of colorblindness and the need for greater awareness on the part of educators. What other resources do you use to create accessible figures?

Accessible Technology Helps Students with Disabilities Pursue STEM Degrees

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Thanks to tech tools and awareness groups, more students have gone further in higher education. Classroom Curriculum STEM

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Access TONS of Free Digital Content via @EDpuzzle and Personalize It for Your Class!

Kleinspiration

Access TONS of Content & Remix It to Fit Your Class! - add your voice throughout the video & insert questions to check for understanding - Education is about building a relationship with your students. 5 - Building a better education together.

GAAD 2016: Raising Awareness About Accessibility

ProfHacker

Today is the 5th annual Global Awareness Accessibility Day. accessibility and users with different disabilities.” Although not mentioned above, the education community should also consider themselves part of the target audience. Profession a11y accessibility gaad

Google Accessibility Features in Chrome (OS and Browser)

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps and Chromebooks , and the Chrome Web Browser, offer a tremendous amount of accessibility features to help vision and/or hearing impaired students. Google Accessibility , Using Google Products, [link] , contains a wealth of information and resources, along with apps, that can help students, and teachers. Make the web and Google Docs accessible to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.NEW!

Unpaywall: Free, legal access to scholarly articles! (and a couple of other strategies)

NeverEndingSearch

High school librarians and education researchers take note! Installed as a free browser extension for Firefox or Chrome , Unpaywall allows searchers to legally access full-text research papers from its index of ten million, legally loaded, open-access articles.

The 4 Biggest K–12 Education Tech Trends in 2016

EdTech Magazine

Access Points Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Networking STEMBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez Here’s a look at back at some of the year’s most impactful and buzzworthy ed tech trends.

Improving online accessibility for students a major issue for schools

eSchool News

As schools make recorded lessons available to students online, they may not be making them accessible. stating that both universities violated antidiscrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts, and other educational materials. Applying ADA to Online Education. It’s also our ethical obligation to include students with disabilities in the [conversation] when we decide to give people access to educational content.”

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.

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

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

These sometimes overlapping groups include students receiving free or reduced-priced lunch, African-American students, English Language Learners and special education students. One way to solve the access issue is to allow students to use smartphones in class.

The big 3: How access, achievement and advancement can close gaps

eSchool News

When it comes to learning, giving students access to a magical mix of high-quality teachers, technology, and the opportunity to develop skills such as collaboration sets them on the right path. But educational gaps remain–gaps in technology access, in achievement, and in opportunity.

10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

The recent report , written by three professors at Montana State University, aims to help educators involved in online learning implement UDL for teaching both general and diverse populations, including students with disabilities.

Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility

Marketplace K-12

After years of questioning the accessibility of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader , the National Federation of the Blind today announced that it will work with the online retailer to improve reading experiences for blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind students. In a statement, the federation indicated it will “collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and applications.” Teachers could view what content their students are accessing, and track their use.

Transition to Digital: Improving Access, Affordability and Achievement in Higher Education

EmergingEdTech

With the increasing cost of a post-secondary education, many students opt to delay or completely forego purchase of required. Original Image Source … and important steps to help you get there!

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

Equity in education is more important than ever. Historically, education has been the primary vehicle that drives upward mobility. Related: How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools? What does educational equity look like?

Opening up #learning: Access to knowledge

Learning with 'e's

Open learning was originally used to describe the opening up on education to previously disenfranchised individuals - those who had not followed the traditional pathways to education. It's something of a revolution for education. Here's the first: Access to knowledge.

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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. Engrade unifies the data, curriculum and tools that educators use every day to drive student achievement and inform district educational strategy.

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Amazon Joins With Purchasing Group to Give Schools Access to Online Marketplace

Marketplace K-12

The post Amazon Joins With Purchasing Group to Give Schools Access to Online Marketplace appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Amazon Educational Technology/Ed-Tech procurement RFPOfficials at the online retailer and U.S. Communities predict the arrangement will allow many schools and districts to avoid having to issue formal RFPs to purchase supplies, including some forms of technology.

3 Easy Web Accessibility Guidelines

The Innovative Educator

If you're an innovative educator, chances are you publish work on the web. If you want others to read that work, then you need to make it accessible. If you publish work on the web, chances are you want others to read that work.

Free alternatives to Microsoft Access, including a web based one

Educational Technology Guy

Access is Microsoft''s well known data base tool. It also can work with SQL and Access files. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. However, it only comes in the higher priced versions of Office and many people don''t use Office at all.

1112 Great GOOGLE CLASSROOM Tutorials by Early Access Testers

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

The Electric Educator - Setting Up your Google Classroom , June 25 including a Google slide show 3. Preview of Classroom for Google Apps for Education from +Google Gooru , June 27 4. Google Classroom Guide: Help and Support for Educators by +Jonathan Wylie of HubPages, June 28 5.

News from ISTE: ThingLink gives educators free early access to its new video editor

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

An early access to ThingLink for Video is announced at ISTE, one of the largest international conferences for educational technology. With ThingLink for Video, teachers and students can enrich educational videos with facts, detailed articles, additional content and questions.

$30 Million Amazon Contract for New York City Schools Held Up By Accessibility Concerns

Marketplace K-12

The National Federation of the Blind questions whether e-books that educators will purchase through Amazon's storefront are likely to be fully useful to its community. Accessibility Ed-tech Procurement accessibility amazon kindle mooc nationalfederationoftheblind screenreader

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student's higher-education experience. 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 Across the Country Challenge the @FCC to Bring #Internet4Schools to ALL of Our Kids!

Kleinspiration

40 Million K-12 Students Do Not Have the Level of Internet They Need in Schools The Federal Communications Commission, FCC, is considering expanding access for kids across the country.