Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

I have guidelines for cellphone and smartphone use, but it’s a constant struggle to keep kids engaged in lessons and off their phones. One way to solve the access issue is to allow students to use smartphones in class.

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3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

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Plus, the students who struggled with attention didn't miss out on any information since they could access the content through the voice-over, the visuals in the video, and the text in the captions. It's also crucial that when you introduce a new digital learning tool into your classroom, you make sure it will be accessible to your students. Users should be able to access the content in multiple ways and without distraction. Apple Accessibility Features.

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Taking Better Care of Our Devices

More Verbs

Laptops and tablets can be a terrific asset in the classroom. Protection Plan for Students (Make sure it meets MLTI guidelines). Learning-Centered Access Policies & ProceduresBut repairs and maintenance can be expensive.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

On the school side, the students need to become responsible stewards of the tech as well and should be involved in setting guidelines for responsible use. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.


4 Smart Rules to Guide Administrators in Selecting iPad Apps

The 21st Century Principal

Accessibility : Can I access the data or contents or even the app using multiple devices? I need to be able to access it through the web, on my smartphone, as well as my iPad. Guidelines iPad iPad apps technology leadership

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A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students.

4 Reasons why an LMS is an excellent tool for your language classes


A learning management system is usually customized to work perfectly on any computer, tablet or smartphone, so students and teachers will have a great experience using it whenever they want on the device of their choice.

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Technology and Digital Media in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators


By learning to view it as a means of enhancing your lessons and resources, you can provide your students with tools and opportunities they may not otherwise access. Keep these guidelines in mind when you teach lessons that involve screen time in your classroom:[17].

Learn How to Play a Musical Instrument on Your Smart Phone

Ask a Tech Teacher

Your smartphone or tablet is your gateway to the world of music. The app allows the use of either an electric or acoustic guitar, and it employs the tablet or phone’s microphone to hear what the student plays to assess progress.

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6 steps to promote good digital citizenship for all students

eSchool News

They use these tools on their own terms and for their own reasons, many of which aren’t readily apparent to older adults who didn’t grow up with tablets and mobile phones in hand.

Green light for using green screen in classroom activities


Read more: 7 digital portfolio guidelines for outstanding learning performance. If you are already using tablets at your school, that is great since you can use it for this purpose. They can upload videos online or directly to an LMS so students will be able to access them anytime. Makes the College Dream a Reality for Lots of Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

The engaging video summaries of textbook material provide access to more than a thousand full-length college courses. Students join with a free account that can be accessed with mobile apps (with the exception of proctored exams).

Parenting in the Screen Time Era


Traditionally, multiple health and child development establishments have been advising parents to avoid exposing their children to screens and media tools such as TV, video games, computer, video, smartphones and touchscreen tablets to name a few.

8 ways to improve your school or district website

eSchool News

To achieve this, your website should focus on the digital customer experience and feature accessible, searchable and relevant information while being easily updatable, scalable and secure.

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How Crowdfunding Is Matching Teacher Requests to District Tech Policies


Policies, technical guidelines and even legal fine print can occasionally throw monkey wrenches into school requests for resources, particularly on the technology side (imagine requesting a Windows tablet only to find the district doesn’t support that operating system). The hardest thing for us is to get the word out to CTOs, CIOs and tech directors at 15,000 school districts about inputting their technology guidelines into our system,” she says. “We

Adobe Flash End of Life & the Threat to Education


The National Center for Educational Statistics shows only about 3% of schools in 1994 had internet access in their classroom. The adoption of the internet slowly grew until 2002 where finally over 90% of public school had access to the internet. Quick Take: A waning of an era.

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iPads in schools

Learning with 'e's

My colleagues and good friends Martin Ebner and Sandra Schon have released a new e-book in their Open Access 'books on demand' series. Numerous schools all over the world have already focused on the value added to lessons by tablet computers, such as Apple’s iPad.

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9 App Features That Developers Should Consider When Creating EdTech Apps By @SamPatue


when you see my list of must haves you will see I am looking for ways to build more play int learning and make the time with tablets more seamlessly social. I love working on tools available in multiple platforms because it promotes student access. Tweet.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

PBS innovation program is looking for the best digital educators

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All Lead Innovators will receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet. Search for top K-12 educators using digital technology and tools in the classroom open to educators across the U.S.

Texas Education On iTunes U


Access Texas Education on iTunes U through in the resources feature on the home page. Tech Details Audio files (AAC, MP3) with extensions.m4a or.mp3 - up to 500 MB Video files (MPEG-4) with extensions.mp4,m4v, - up to 1 GB PDF or ePubs files of supplemental material (these download to the iTunes library or optionally to the iBooks app on an iOS tablet device) How do you share your content?

This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Follow these guidelines to create a technology infrastructure that support teachers and students. Accessing systems (network drives, online resources, etc.) Wireless access is a key part of many modern organizations. It should be easy to access, reliable and fast.

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How every school can promote safety in a digital world

eSchool News

Then search engines arrived, completely revolutionizing the way students accessed and consumed information over the web. Students have access to more resources and information, allowing them to expand their learning potential beyond their immediate physical environment.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Teacher’s also have access to tutorials and other free class resources via was rebuilt from the ground up in HTML5 making it compatible on any device, including Chromebooks, tablets, PCs and Macs.

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Student Learners become Leaders of Learning – a LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Follow-up


Jefferson students live in a neighborhood with poverty at three times the national average, resulting in limited access to technology in homes. They were excellent at following directions and working within guidelines.

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media: Do's and Don'ts for Teachers

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Establish Transparent, FERPA-Compliant Policies DO: Locate and review your school or district's social media guidelines. DON'T: Start using social media in your classroom if there are no guidelines or consent forms. For instance, set your personal Twitter account to "Protected" so only those who follow you can access your tweets. DO: Use photo-editing tools on your phone or tablet. Make sure information is only accessible to class members.

12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Your agreement should spell out what happens when the guidelines aren’t followed. You can also install an app like Self Control on Mac devices (or other similar tools ) to prevent students from accessing distracting websites.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


COLLABORATE Space provides persistent space to store messages, documents, whiteboards, recordings, meeting minutes, or anything else exchanged on a specific topic or project during a call or meeting at anytime, and is accessible from any device, whether it be a mobile, desktop, or room appliance.

Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading


Most learners have access to a tablet device, iPad, or some other form of smartphone device, but many don't have physical books at home. Not About the Grade: Challenging Students and Encouraging Reflection Once I had platforms picked out, it was time to identify some guidelines. “Technology invites us to move from engaged to empowered.” — From George Couros’ Innovator’s Mindset.

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SEC launches informal inquiry into LAUSD’s use of bonds for iPads

eSchool News

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission recently opened an informal inquiry into whether Los Angeles school officials complied with legal guidelines in the use of bond funds for the now-abandoned $1.3-billion iPads-for-all project. Unified clearly designated funds for technology, but did not mention tablets. But officials have maintained that tablets are a modern equivalent of the traditional computer lab and therefore a legal and appropriate use of bond funds.

Implications of the 2012 NMC Horizon Report for 21st Century School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

Schools are implementing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies that allow students Wi-Fi access using their smartphones. Tablet Computing: Tablets, according to this report, "Presents new opportunities for enhancing learning in ways simply not possible with mobile phones, laptops, or desktop computers, and is esepcially suited for 1:1 learning in the K-12 environment." Implement school-wide Wi-FI access for all students and staff. Providing access should be a priority.

Five Things That Helped Us Survive Summer 2016


As a result, there was one week that I spent a lot of time with my computer and/or tablet tethered to my phone, trying to get things done. It’s a great way to gain access to a wider variety of reading material, and unlike Apple (ahem!),

The TeacherCast Ultimate Guide To Podcasting


You can simply get by with the built-in microphone in your phone, tablet, or desktop computer. They are looking to gain your trust and ultimately gain access to your email so they can promote their content to you. Welcome to the TeacherCast Ultimate Guide to Podcasting.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

on Wednesday announced new guidelines that aim to provide more transparent information for borrowers and more accountability for the companies that manage repayment of federal student loans ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via The Oregonian : “Two former University of Oregon Counseling & Testing Center employees, who blew the whistle on a superior they said accessed an alleged rape victim’s health records without her consent, settled a lawsuit with the school.”