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. 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.

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Using School Bus WiFi to Provide Internet Access for Distance Learning

Kajeet

As many districts transition to distance learning for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year , digital equity for students has become more imp erative than ever. For students without Internet at home , accessing and completing online assignments can be very challenging.

20 tools for a more accessible classroom

Ditch That Textbook

ALL of our students deserve to have access to the content we are teaching. Luckily with the technology available to us, we can create a learning environment that makes the content accessible to all of our learners. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Student engagement Teaching accessibility accessibility features accessibility tools accessible classroom edtech immersive readerA one-size-fits-all classroom is not practical for any group of students.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

How to make remote learning easily accessible

eSchool News

When school starts again in the fall, it’s likely that a significant number of students will still be learning remotely. One of the key lessons learned in the shift to remote learning this spring was the need to make online instruction easily accessible to everyone.

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. This then returns to the furniture needing to facilitate the day’s tasks by being flexible, and active learning environments.

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.

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.

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. Students can access learning materials outside of school.

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?

Take a Flipgrid 5: Accessibility Done Quick

CUE

In our ongoing series to make differentiation more “bite-sized,” I thought I would take a moment to briefly describe one of my latest attempts in my classroom to make learning more accessible. The post Take a Flipgrid 5: Accessibility Done Quick appeared first on CUE, Inc.

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.

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.

Free access to assistive technology products

eSchool News

If you or your students are suddenly at home with no access to your AT software, Freedom Scientific has you covered. Your health and safety are just as important to us as accessibility. Learn more: [link].

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.

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. 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.

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

Within inclusion settings, all students are placed in the same room to learn alongside each other, as opposed to removing students with disabilities to a separate space. 4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. Read more: How to create accessible e-learning design.

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. Okay, last scenario: In your 1:1 school district, there are students without Internet access at home.

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 encourage you to check out the whitepaper to learn more.

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. 4 ways to make your Google Docs more accessible.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

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.

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 challenge: Remote learning is inaccessible for my students.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

As we enter summer and close the books on the 2019-20 school year—one sure to be more than a footnote in history texts in the future—there’s a new consensus that all students should have the technology they need to stay connected to learning.

Achieving Accessibility for All of Our Learners

MiddleWeb

We have to make it accessible to each and every one, including English learners. Specialist Valentina Gonzalez offers ways to identify obstacles to accessibility and create paths to learning in every subject. Simply making content available to students is not enough.

Increasing Accessibility for Students on the Web

EdTechTeacher

Technology tools can make accessibility possible by creating embedded supports that differentiate and personalize instruction. Microsoft’s suite of programs has several learning tools that create an accessible reading experience as well.

EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students

Neo LMS

Undoubtedly eye-gaze technology has created the greatest advance in access for people with serious immobility such as those suffering paralysis or ALS. EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students. Read more: How e-learning can meet some needs of struggling students.

Free access to Mackin’s Distance learning solution

eSchool News

Macking one of the world’s largest providers of print books, ebooks, audiobooks, and video is offering access to its ebook library and distance learning content for free.

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

Danielle Salzberg, principal, Frank McCourt High School, on mastery-based learning. Teaching something to someone actually helps me learn it better,” says Kendra. Mastery-based learning is a complete paradigm shift for most teachers,” says Salzberg. “It

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments. The physical layout of a space can make all the difference for a successful learning experience. Schools everywhere are transforming their classrooms into modern learning environments.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

These ready-to-use tools can support engagement and c onnection with students of diverse backgrounds and learning levels ; and help educators begin some of these challenging but necessary conversations. Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources .

Spotty internet access for rural students limits achievement

eSchool News

Technology and internet access for rural students in some parts of the U.S. is unreliable at best, and this limited access could adversely affect their learning. Related: Learn how districts are trying to close the homework gap.

Striking a balance: SEL skills and access to relationships

The Christensen Institute

Last week Checker Finn and Rick Hess published the first in a series of reports at American Enterprise Institute on the promise and pitfalls of social emotional learning (SEL) in both policy and practice. Slim but troubling data suggests that access to relationships is not altogether equal.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.