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.

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.

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.

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 readers

Knowledge vs. Access to Knowledge

The Principal of Change

When you hire someone, you do not just hire their knowledge, you hire their access to knowledge. It is just that we need to understand that having knowledge is limiting compared to having access to knowledge. “ Access” could mean it is in your mind, or at your fingertips.

How to create accessible e-learning design

Neo LMS

In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning. The things is, there are millions of people out there who are living with some sort of disability, and they all should be able to access online learning content the same as everyone else.

Students Want Access to More Online Classes and Mobile Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A new study finds that students are using tech for self-directed learning outside of school. Access Points Bring Your Own Device Classroom Mobility Networking Online Learning

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.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. Creating authentic learning opportunities to equip a diverse body of students to identify and solve the world’s problems will require risk and change.

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.

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. To this end, Course Access programs can have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning outcomes. Hopefully, the legislature will consider Course Access again during next year’s session.

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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.

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?

Teach Access Tutorial: Best Practices for Digital Accessibility

ProfHacker

I recently came across a solid teaching and learning resource devoted to giving designers, developers, and writers a better grounding in creating accessible content. It’s a product of the Teach Access project, which (I have to admit) I don’t know much about.

New Resource on Open Access, Pedagogy, Learning

ProfHacker

The concept of “Open,” particularly when it comes to Open Access, is something that we’ve written a lot about here at Profhacker. Sponsored by the AAC&U , it is “a connectivist MOOC” around open learning. Productivity Teaching open access

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.

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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Opening up #learning: Access to knowledge

Learning with 'e's

Learning is opening up like never before. Open learning was originally used to describe the opening up on education to previously disenfranchised individuals - those who had not followed the traditional pathways to education. Here's the first: Access to knowledge.

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.

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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What It Looks Like to Have Always-Available Access to Technology

Digital Promise

Forty-six Verizon Innovative Learning schools have successfully rolled out tablets equipped with 4G data plans, providing every student and teacher with always-available access to powerful tools and resources, both in the classroom and at home.

New Training Courses from Google - DigCit and Accessibility

Educational Technology Guy

The Digital Citizenship and Safety Course helps teachers learn how to help their students stay safe online and become responsible digital citizens. 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. Google has some great resources for educators at the Google for Education Training Center.

Accessibility for Web Writers

ProfHacker

For a number of years now, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been seen by many as the international gold standard for making online resources as accessible as possible. then you’ll want to read Dey Alexander’s “ Accessibility for Web Writers.”

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning. 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. Cox has a unique outlook on where personalized learning is headed: she helps oversee the district’s special education programs and strives to ensure that students with disabilities are included in the overall vision for structural and instructional reform.

Some Recent Useful Links on Accessibility and Inclusive Design

ProfHacker

This month I had the good fortune of co-presenting about Universal Design for Learning with Kirsten Behling, Erin DeSilva, Lance Eaton, Kelsey Hall, Marisha Marks, Andrea Milligan, Adam Nemeroff, and Marcie Savoie at the NERCOMP (NorthEast Regional Computer Program) annual meeting.

This amazing tech tool helps pupils, who are new to English, access learning

EdTech4Beginners

Google Translate now works in real time! It has been an invaluable resource for pupils in my class, who have English as an additional language. Simply download the app , choose your language options and then use the scan feature.

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

ProfHacker

As you may (or may not) already know, today is “Global Accessibility Awareness Day.” ” Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written often about the importance of accessibility. What is “Global Accessibility Awareness Day” about?

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

The Hechinger Report

The school librarian from Leander, Texas, was speaking on a panel about how to make makerspaces affordable and accessible in low-income and rural schools. While she does have access to some gadgets, any invention her students make starts off with a prototype made from cardboard.

OneNote makes learning accessible for all – Jeff Petty, USA

Daily Edventures

Jeff Petty, Principle Program Manager, Accessibility. Daniel Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility. For students with unique learning needs – and their teachers – one-size-fits-all education tools don’t always work. Microsoft Corporation Seattle. Washington, USA.

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.

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. What kind of learning environments do high-poverty minority students deserve?

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.

Flocabulary’s Raps Makes Common Core Learning ‘Fun and Accessible’

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Internet Online Learning Online VideoFrank Smith Each video includes a quick news review, a quiz and interactive lyrics to deepen and reinforce Common Core skills.

Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise

Wisewire

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. . Get our Future of Learning newsletter every week.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

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Cupper: A Tool for Creating Accessible Documentation

ProfHacker

I recently stumbled across a tool for creating accessible documentation, and while I haven’t had a chance to experiment with it, I’ll be putting it on my list of things to test drive this summer. To learn more, you can.

SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

SETDA Says

Digital Learning Equity of Access FCC instructional materialsToday, online communities are alight with a Day of Advocacy in support of keeping the current Net Neutrality rules in place. These rules were. read more.

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.

Washington State Announces Digital Learning Access Grants

Education Superhighway

Last week, the Washington state legislature appropriated $900,000 to further leverage funding from the federal E-rate program, which will bring greater connectivity to schools across the state and make available K-12 digital learning access grants.

CFP: ‘Accessible Future’ Workshop in Atlanta, GA

ProfHacker

Regular readers will remember that back in September of 2013 we announced the first Accessible Future workshop , which took place at Northeastern University in Boston. If you are interested in digital environments and accessibility, please apply.

Toolkit outlines steps for ensuring accessibility

eSchool News

Accessibility is a “critical key” when it comes to leveraging technology for all students — including those with disabilities, according to a new toolkit offering accessibility resources and tips for state and district education leaders.

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.

Learn About Digital Accessibility This Summer

ProfHacker

Interested in digital accessibility? Via Anne Janhunen comes word that Microsoft is offering a "Web Accessibility Fundamentals" course on edX. You’ll also learn how to repair inaccessible sites as they exist right now. What new skills are you learning this summer?