How to Make Your Website Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities

Gaggle Speaks

Schools must maintain websites that are accessible to individuals with disabilities to ensure compliance with two main regulations: Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In May 2016, the US Department of Justice proposed the use of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Use an authoring tool to create accessible PDF documents. Some authoring tools include accessibility checking functionality for PDFs.

Digital Learning Theories and Frameworks to Elevate Instruction

Teacher Reboot Camp

I often reference the ideas and research by McIsaac and Gunawardena in the Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology. Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology. Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar !


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One surprising barrier to college success: Dense higher education lingo

The Hechinger Report

Half of high school seniors last year didn’t complete the FAFSA form, according to the National College Access Network, which estimates that they’re collectively forgoing $24 billion a year in financial help. The University of Georgia, which this year produced a handbook for freshmen who were the first in their families to go to college, using simple and clear English. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

How to Manage Student Devices for Remote Learning

Digital Promise

With most schools, restaurants, coffee shops, and public libraries closed, students have lost much of their access to public wifi. Work with local businesses and partners to create wifi hotspots where students can safely access wifi while maintaining social distancing protocols.

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Self-Regulation in Blended Learning Environments

Catlin Tucker

How can we help student to set regular, short term goals, manage their time, think critically about the strategies they are using and how effectively those strategies are working, access resources and support, and assess their learning? Handbook of self-regulation (pp.

New routes to success in learning are popping up around the country

The Hechinger Report

Having access to a social network of other people who have dealt with similar experiences is very beneficial.”. Step 6: Create a grammar handbook to describe five Parts of Speech. Giving adults access to college is important to the country as a whole, not to mention their families’ and children’s chances of success,” said Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, the study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

OPINION: Universities around the world must do more to help refugees

The Hechinger Report

Together we created common policies, practices for admission, handbooks and programs to facilitate the integration of students and scholars (members of “Scholars at Risk”). Higher Ed Opinion Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Immigrants and Refugees International . Maria Alhakim has traveled a long road to get to the Bachelor in International Business in English track at Grenoble Ecole de Management in France.

Students will crush goals with the multi-grade level student planner, The Navigator!

eSchool News

Take the Navigator to the next level by customizing the front and back covers, handbook pages, and teacher editions. Planners provide accessibility of schedules and accountability of goals and commitments without the distractions that come with digital devices.

Helping Kids Be Healthy and Whole While Learning from Home

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl – Bio as Submitted Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl is an expert advisor for the WE organization’s WE Schools program, which is accessed by over 18,000 schools across North America – with a special emphasis on social and emotional learning and mental wellbeing.

Top 10 Ways to Give Back While at Home

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl – Bio as Submitted Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl is an expert advisor for the WE organization’s WE Schools program, which is accessed by over 18,000 schools across North America – with a special emphasis on social and emotional learning and mental wellbeing.

Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Water Access in the United States: Health Disparities Abound and Solutions are Urgently Needed : National Institute of Health [mentions the solution used in the show of bottle filling stations]. Contributor to Handbook of Prosocial Education. Jim Bentley on episode 363 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Geo-inquiry helps students learn through geographic based explorations.

How to Encourage Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom


Equitable access and use of resources. Handbook for Achieving Sex Equity Through Education. As an elementary school teacher, you may think your students are too young for discussions about gender.

eBOARDsolutions Announces Major Update to Simbli Policy Module

eSchool News

Access archived versions of policies. eBOARDsolutions Inc., today announced a major update to their online policy management software, the Simbli Policy Module.

Microsoft Education Resources

Educational Technology Guy

Microsoft Innovative Schools Toolkit “The Innovative Schools Toolkit is an accessible and practical guide for you and your school community to begin the journey of innovation.

5 Ways for Students to Become School Reporters Using Social Media

Gaggle Speaks

It’s not the best idea to build an entire handbook of dos and don’ts for your students to follow because that won’t encourage them to participate. K-12 Website Success Handbook. Access Now >> School & District WebsitesKeeping up with social media can be a full-time job. There’s no way around the importance that social media can have on your school or district brand and its overall success.

Does Your Website Reflect a Positive School Climate?

Gaggle Speaks

K-12 Website Success Handbook. Access Now >> Does Your Website Reflect a Positive School Climate? How parents and your entire community perceive your schools is tremendously important. Parents have influence over the overall point of view of the community, government and even their children who attend a school. Here are five ways you can use your website to foster a positive perception of your school climate.

3-Bullet Thursday [Microbits. The War of Art. Video Feedback]

Cycles of Learning

Click here to see pictures of the Microbit in action during my recent Arduino summer camp (click here for our camp handbook). Monthly membership includes, but is not limited to, frequent distributions of detailed online video courses, lesson plans, teaching websites, curricular resources, and access to webinars exploring the world of curiosity, inquiry, and technology in the classroom. My top three strategies, ideas, or tools of the week!

Repost: EPIC! Books free and very useful in context of telepractice


For tips on interactive reading aloud, see here or here , as well as Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Handbook and Jane Gebers' Books are for Talking, Too! This is a repost from 5 years ago (I will do this here and there to point out resources useful in telepractice).

OPINION: The pandemic gave graduating high school seniors new strength and resilience

The Hechinger Report

The advent of easily accessible mental telehealth counseling may be a game changer for students going forward. FAAFP, is a family physician, clinical instructor for UMass Medical School and author of “ The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook.”

Is Your School Website ADA Compliant?

Gaggle Speaks

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently reached settlements in seven states to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities , and it doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down. The mission of the OCR is to provide equal access to education and promote educational excellence through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights. K-12 Website Success Handbook. Access Now >> Is Your School Website ADA Compliant?

Contact Tracing? Sports? Experts Explain School Reopening Research and Recommendations


Department of Education launched the first volume of its COVID-19 handbook , which focuses on the parameters of school reopenings but also on equity concerns for reaching all learners.

How to Migrate Your Student or Staff Email to a New Provider

Gaggle Speaks

Along with this big project comes even greater concerns, such as who will do the work and when, how to reduce the amount of downtime and provide users uninterrupted access to email services, how to assure you retain inbox integrity, and training users on the new platform. To help make your next email migration safe, fast and affordable, we’ve created a new ebook, simply titled, the Email Migration Handbook , to help guide you through the process.

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5 Tips for Administrators on How to Write Engaging School Blog Posts

Gaggle Speaks

K-12 Website Success Handbook. Access Now >> Safe Learning Management School & District WebsitesYou thought the idea of starting a blog was a good one. You had all the right intentions. But the last time you checked, your most recent post was from more than six months ago. Try using these tips to ensure that your blog stays up to date and engaging. Know where the conversation is taking place.

The Pandemic Will Leave More Students Unprepared For College. Developmental Education Must Help.


The data provided earlier regarding the implications of COVID-19 on academic access suggests that more students will undoubtedly experience more learning gaps due to the disruption of the pandemic.

MakerBot Launches Hands-On Learning Guide For 3D Printing In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

New MakerBot Handbook Helps Educators and Students Get Started with Lesson Plans and Hands-on 3D Design Projects. To fill that gap, MakerBot today published a handbook designed to provide educators with a wide variety of ideas, activities and projects to get started with 3D printing. Titled MakerBot in the Classroom: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Design , the handbook includes an introduction to 3D printing and a range of hands-on 3D design lesson plans.

7 School PR Pros to Follow on Twitter

Gaggle Speaks

K-12 Website Success Handbook. Access Now >> The post 7 School PR Pros to Follow on Twitter appeared first on. The way a school handles public relations is a serious task. When looking for tips and strategies for handling positive and challenging situations, sometimes it’s best to take advice from some of your PR peers. Twitter is a great place to find help from other PR thought leaders in education, but navigating Twitter can be somewhat of a challenge.

How to Create a School Website that Parents and Others Will Want to Visit

Gaggle Speaks

Our latest ebook, “The K-12 Website Success Handbook,” is a must-read for anyone responsible for procuring a website vendor or managing the day-to-day responsibilities of a school or district website. Then move on to developing a sound strategy that should include responsive design, incorporating social media, and an easy way to access your learning management system and other tools used inside and outside of the classroom.

University Scholars Plant Seeds In a New Field of Study: Early Childhood Policy


Over the past two years, the consortium has created open-access materials intended to make it easy for universities to start offering coursework on the topic of early childhood policy.

How to Use iBeacons in the Classroom – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe


Instead of asking a participant to scan QR Code or use a short link to access her presentation materials, when the teachers enter her PD space – whether she is in Maine, Boston, or Italy – they receive notifications that take them right to the presentation materials. Julie loves the way that pingable technology has influenced her professional development presentations by allowing participants to easily access information.

From Practice to Paper: How #IntentiontheBook was Born


We’ve also integrated custom iconography to make the book even more accessible and have included handy-dandy reference charts so that readers can at a glance check to see what materials they might need for a particular activity or which activities have suggested applications for their subject area. We, (Dan and Amy), met serendipitously (as with most good things) at SXSWEdu Conference a few years ago when mutual friends brought us respectively in tow to an Austin Mexican food restaurant.

Benchmark Education announces new early learning literacy intervention program

eSchool News

Additional components to help accelerate student growth in literacy include a Progress Monitoring Handbook, an Oral Reading Records Handbook, more than 60 Take-Home Books in downloadable PDF-format to extend students’ learning and support family engagement, 100 Picture Cards, and 26 Letter Cards per grade. A computer with Internet access is needed to access those components.

Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs


For proof, check out the “ Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning.” There’s a lot left to learn about how to teach kids and teens online, the handbook acknowledges.

5 Ways to Create a Stronger School Communications Plan

Gaggle Speaks

Make your communications accessible with a mobile strategy that allows your message to adapt to whatever device your audience members use. Because everything is mobile, everything is also accessible. K-12 Website Success Handbook. Access Now >> School & District WebsitesThe role of a school district communications professional certainly has evolved over the past decade.

How Co-Teaching Helped Our New Teachers Support Students, In-Person and Online


One station involved working on a math journal page that the remote students had access to. Another station involved working on review skills on a math app they also could access.

3 Ways to Add Excitement to Your School Newsletter

Gaggle Speaks

In addition to saving paper, parents can access your blog from anywhere at any time. The goal is to give your visitors an easy way to access information about your school, upcoming events and other relevant information. K-12 Website Success Handbook. Access Now >> 3 Ways to Add Excitement to Your School Newsletter Click To Tweet. Newsletters still play a critical role in a school’s communication plan.