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.

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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.

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.

OPINION: Why creating and maintaining accessible digital resources is neither easy nor optional

The Hechinger Report

Under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disability Act ,public and private universities must ensure that any content made available is accessible, unless meeting accessibility guidelines would result in a fundamental alteration or undue administrative and financial burdens.

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.

Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem

eSchool News

A lack of reliable internet access at home can make flipping a challenge, but by no means an impossibility. Ask any educator, and they’ve probably at least heard of flipping the classroom. Too many teachers have ruled it out on account of their students’ lack of access.

“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Daily Edventures

Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft . As Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Lawrence believes one of the key paths to delivering on this mission is through accessible education technology, and an inclusive educational environment.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. Schools have tried to identify adequate solutions to this problem at a critical moment when all students in school should have reliable home Internet access.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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

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.”

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Access to Nature During The Schoolyear Can Help Students Thrive

MindShift

Educator Jean Turney advises teachers to make use of the natural surroundings for interdisciplinary projects. Turney is education coordinator for Forest Park Forever, a nonprofit that partners with the city of St.

Bookshare Offers Accessible ebooks for Students with Print Disabilities

Class Tech Tips

This month I had the chance to speak with the team at Bookshare — the world’s largest online library of accessible ebooks for people with print disabilities. Android Apps Chromebook iPad Apps iPad/Laptop Use Special Education accessible ebooks dyslexia ebooks

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. The educator can assist learners in the interview process including how to develop interview questions.

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