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

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.

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?

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

Making Math Fun, Accessible, and Real-World Based

EmergingEdTech

Educational Games & Gamification Free Tools & Resources _ Miscellaneous Tools and TopicsMany students dread working with math and have trouble finding the fun in it.

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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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?

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.

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.

What do we mean when we talk about “access”?

The Principal of Change

What do you think when you hear the word “access” when it comes to education and our students? At first, when you hear the term “access,” many people think about things like access to technology and the Internet.

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.

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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Technology Makes Accessible Possible in Inclusive Classrooms

techlearning

If you are an innovative educator, than you know that you serve students with varying abilities and learning differences

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

The Hechinger Report

. CHICAGO – Laser cutters, robots, 3D printers: when people talk about educational makerspaces, images of expensive, high-tech gadgetry comes to mind. While she does have access to some gadgets, any invention her students make starts off with a prototype made from cardboard.

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.

How the Georgia governor’s race could influence college access there

The Hechinger Report

In Georgia, the governor has a high degree of influence over spending for higher education. Her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, didn’t take a position on need-based aid, but he did pledge to cap state spending, which could limit increased spending on higher education.

We Have An Ed Tech-Accessibility Partnership. So Can You!

SETDA Says

Guest Post from Cynthia Curry is Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) What do you get when you combine a state educational technology director with a state accessibility expert?

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Designing accessible ed tech can be costly, but demand is on the rise

The Hechinger Report

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. They’re putting pressure on ed-tech companies to be more accessible,” Aguiar said.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Device access impacts student achievement

FETC Converge

In 2015, most students reported that they had access to a computer at home or in school, but those without access scored lower on the United States Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress math and reading assessments. Uncategorized digital access edtech Equity NAEP

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

techlearning

The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

Promoters of school choice are unwilling to ensure equal access in regular public schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

Derek Black said: [C]harters, vouchers, and other choice-like reforms are insulting substitutes for equal access to learning opportunities. Education reformers want double standards for THEIR schools.

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!

Make Learning Products Accessible for Students With Disabilities, Educators Tell Vendors at ISTE

Marketplace K-12

Educators at the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education said education companies should focus on text-to-speech capabilities, switch accessibility, assistive technology, and other supports for students with special needs. The post Make Learning Products Accessible for Students With Disabilities, Educators Tell Vendors at ISTE appeared first on Market Brief.