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.

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. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017). Learn More. If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.

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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.

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. School bus Wi - Fi is typically used to provide Internet access to students traveling on their daily routes or to and from school events, such as football games and field trips.

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 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. Just because someone is color-blind, has a hearing impairment or needs a wheelchair to move around, it doesn’t mean that they are unable to learn or can’t achieve stellar academic results.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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. To make classrooms less crowded and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many states and districts are considering a hybrid approach in which some students attend school and some learn from home, such as by having students alternate between in-person and remote learning.

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.

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.

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.

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? She speaks and writes about the future of education and helps educators rethink the learning spaces of today.

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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.

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. Inspire accessibility differentiating Flipgrid flipgrid shorts scaffolding

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

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. But more than two months after the switch to distance learning, many students still don’t have what they need. If we can’t get every student access, that’s going to exacerbate the gaps even more.”

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. To ensure that your life remains accessible Freedom Scientific is offering those in the US and Canada a Free Home License of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion which will expire June 30, 2020. Learn more: [link].

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.

passPORTS Continues to Deliver Virtual Access to CA Parks for K12 Students

CUE

The passPORTS project is making great strides in providing students with access to California State Parks through a blended access approach. The post passPORTS Continues to Deliver Virtual Access to CA Parks for K12 Students appeared first on CUE, Inc.

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. The following tips provide strategies for using technology to create inclusive learning environments. In many cases, companies are developing accessibility features to be built into devices to promote access 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 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.

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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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. is accessibility. Specifically website accessibility. Not everyone will access that content the same way or complete a task like a form fill the same way. accessibility

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 [.].

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. Check out the best practices below to create documents that will be more readable and accessible for everyone, including your students. 4 ways to make your Google Docs more accessible. eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News Teaching & Learning accessibility UDL

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. Not only are those students now at a disadvantage to their well-connected peers, but they have to find creative avenues to get the Internet access they need to use the digital tools paid for by your school or district.

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. But now that so many students are taking courses remotely, in improvised environments that may not be especially conducive to learning, it may take some extra effort to redesign instruction, assignments and assessments to address everyone’s needs. I feel like that's what I've really learned in this situation.

Is Your Remote Classroom Accessible?

EdTech Magazine

By conducting accessibility checks, they can ensure platforms and resources used for online learning are safe and accessible. . Whether education takes place online or on campus, it's essential to ensure that classrooms are inclusive. One way school districts can lead that effort is by evaluating the technology platforms they use. . However, this work is not just for technology departments to manage alone.

Is Your Remote Classroom Accessible?

EdTech Magazine

By conducting accessibility checks, they can ensure platforms and resources used for online learning are safe and accessible. . Whether education takes place online or on campus, it's essential to ensure that classrooms are inclusive. One way school districts can lead that effort is by evaluating the technology platforms they use. . However, this work is not just for technology departments to manage alone.

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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Making access and equity a reality for diverse students

eSchool News

Related content: Did you know online learning can lead to equity? Advanced learning in Michigan.

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. The post Increasing Accessibility for Students on the Web appeared first on EdTechTeacher. Blog Rosey McQuillan accessibility immersive readerUse Immersive Reader on Websites (unofficial) Chrome Extension.