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. Once an educational technology (edtech) tool is in a school, the hard work is just beginning due to a number of potential hurdles and challenges that leadership and educators need to overcome. Learn More. If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.

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. In this first post, we explore how Powerful Learning is personal and accessible, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices.

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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. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. Teachers who are putting content online can make content more accessible if we learn these tips. What does accessibility mean?

OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

Even before the global pandemic pushed many colleges and universities to teach students remotely, online learning had become an increasingly important part of higher education. Yet, as this spring’s pivot to online learning showed us, equity remains a significant challenge.

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. Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Classroom Environment Is the classroom bursting with patterned borders on the bulletin boards and bright colorful posters/word walls/anchor charts? This then returns to the furniture needing to facilitate the day’s tasks by being flexible, and active learning environments.

The Shake Up Learning ALL-ACCESS PASS!

Shake Up Learning

The post The Shake Up Learning ALL-ACCESS PASS! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Shake Up Learning ALL-ACCESS PASS. The Dynamic Learning Workshop (valued at $99/year). The Blended Learning with Google Workshop (valued at $99/year).

Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning

The Hechinger Report

After schools switched from physical instruction to remote learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, districts and state leaders assured families they would get devices for students and the technology resources needed to do schoolwork at home.

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. Many of these disabilities affect the information processing and learning experience of children and teenagers, but they are not impossible to overcome. Why e-learning accessibility matters: WCAG and Section 508. WCAG stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. Technology isn’t the only tool we can use to create equitable learning environments, but there are a few ways it can assist in that mission. Students can access learning materials outside of school. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

Today we talk to Rachael Mann, author of The Martians in Your Classroom: STEM in Every Learning Space. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. Related Resources The Martians in Your Classroom: STEM in Every Learning Space “ The Spaces You Will Go ” by Rachel Mann How Does STEM Bring the Real World Into the Classroom?

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How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses

Edsurge

Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

Chromebook Accessibility Features

EdTechTeacher

Accessibility features are an essential part of any operating system. These features can compliment and allow learning to occur across all domains. 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. Locating the accessibility features. The post Chromebook Accessibility Features appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

Learning and growing as educators

Neo LMS

Finding time to engage in professional learning can present a challenge for educators. So how can educators engage in professional learning and find time to connect with other educators, when schedules and responsibilities make finding extra time difficult?

Do You Know Which Websites Your Students Access?

Kajeet

You’ve paid for students to have a 1:1 take-home device and you’ve paid for the necessary online tools your students need to learn and succeed. Here’s another scenario: Students take their devices home and you hope they use this device for educational purposes only.

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. To ensure accessibility, educators need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

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. . Even though 86% of universities currently educate students with disabilities, only 24% of the schools say that they offer those students assistance “to a major extent.” Adapting Physical Learning Spaces.

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. Districts such as Lindsay Unified in California have worked with their local community and government officials to offer free access for families. EveryoneOn.org is a non-profit that works to support families in obtaining access at home.

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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Special Education (SPED) and Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post , I shared some ideas as well as strategies that districts could embrace to establish a realistic remote learning plan taking into consideration both digital and non-digital pathways. You can access it HERE. IDEA remote learning special education SPED

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

I’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning. Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readersWe, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away. For me, that often came in the form of Google Docs with information my students were responsible for and a website for pointing students [.].

Discovery Education and Keysight Technologies Launch New Partnership Supporting Equity of Access in Education

eSchool News

Discovery Education and Keysight Technologies, Inc. These new digital resources, and supporting professional learning experiences, will play a critical role in continuing each students’ academic progress on any device, whether at home or in the classroom.

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments. As K–12 teachers seek to create classrooms where all students have an equal opportunity to learn, they must be mindful of physical and digital elements that could potentially be a barrier for students with special learning needs. . The physical layout of a space can make all the difference for a successful learning experience. Declutter for a More Focus-Friendly Learning Environment.

The post-COVID path to equity and access

eSchool News

As education leaders move forward with plans for what learning will look like “after COVID,” they must consider how to advance equity and access for the nation’s most marginalized student groups.

5 Benefits of online learning for educators

Neo LMS

Online learning utilizes technology to connect students and educators. Research and Markets predicted that the online education market will reach $230 billion by 2025 , and it’s possible that COVID-19 will further increase the popularity of online learning. E-learning

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. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. However, when students went home there was no way to guarantee they’d have any access to high-speed internet when they got there.

Texas fumbles on Course Access leadership

The Christensen Institute

When it comes to using technology to improve students’ learning opportunities, Texas is a pioneer. 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).

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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. As classrooms and digital spaces become more ubiquitous educators must understand how the content they create and put in these online spaces must be made accessible for all. is accessibility. accessibility

With Innovation and Empathy, Remote Learning Becomes Accessible for All Students

Edsurge

This is the second of a three-part series looking at how social-emotional learning strategies can support teachers of students with learning differences during the pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak disrupted daily life for virtually every educator, parent, and student in the U.S.

How to Access Version History in Jamboard

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Access Version History in Jamboard appeared first on Shake Up Learning. You can now access the version history in Jamboard and see exactly what your students contributed and WHEN! Learn more about Google Jamboard here. Access ALL the Google Quick Tips Here!

CoSN2020: Rethinking Accessibility in K?12 Education

EdTech Magazine

The recent shift to remote learning has shined a light on the importance of making digital content accessible for all students. And no matter what schools look like when they reopen in the fall, digital accessibility should be non-negotiable. . At CoSN2020, Marialice Curran, the founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute, explained why digital accessibility — and representation — should be top of mind for all school leaders and educators, and how they can ensure it.

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. We should always be thinking about including universal design for learning (UDL) in all that we do. As a matter of fact, the ISTE Standards for Educators call for educators to design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability (ISTE Standard 5, Designer).

CoSN2020: Rethinking Accessibility in K?12 Education

EdTech Magazine

The recent shift to remote learning has shined a light on the importance of making digital content accessible for all students. And no matter what schools look like when they reopen in the fall, digital accessibility should be non-negotiable. . At CoSN2020, Marialice Curran, the founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute, explained why digital accessibility — and representation — should be top of mind for all school leaders and educators, and how they can ensure it.

CoSN2020: Rethinking Accessibility in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

The recent shift to remote learning has shined a light on the importance of making digital content accessible for all students. And no matter what schools look like when they reopen in the fall, digital accessibility should be non-negotiable. . Marialice Curran, the founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute, explained why digital accessibility — and representation — should be top of mind for all school leaders and educators, and how they can ensure it.

CoSN2020: Rethinking Accessibility in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

The recent shift to remote learning has shined a light on the importance of making digital content accessible for all students. And no matter what schools look like when they reopen in the fall, digital accessibility should be non-negotiable. . Marialice Curran, the founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute, explained why digital accessibility — and representation — should be top of mind for all school leaders and educators, and how they can ensure it.

Equity Is Not Just About Access. It’s About Success.

Digital Promise

In November 2016, over 250 school district leaders, researchers, thought leaders, and other partners came to Baltimore, Maryland to learn from one of the nation’s most forward-thinking school districts, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). 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. Blog Developers Educators League of Innovative Schools