Managing references with Paperpile


As we write, we need a convenient way to insert citations and manage reference lists. We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink over the years writing about reference managers , such as Zotero and Mendeley , that can help us accomplish those tasks. Ah, research.

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Rachael Mann on Episode 492 The first person to walk on Mars has already been born and is in our classrooms today, so the experts tell us.

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Accessibility vs Inclusion. What's the Difference?

The Innovative Educator

It's the law Making the world accessible to those with disabilities isn't just the right thing to do. For example, in 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

Mendeley: Free or Inexpensive Research Reference Manager for Use Across Devices

The 21st Century Principal

I tried several reference manager options, but Mendeley seems to help me manage all the articles I am collecting as a part of my research in a manner most compatible to my own organizational needs. administrator web tools free apps free web tools reference managers

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Teach Access Tutorial: Best Practices for Digital Accessibility


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.

Accessibility for Web Writers


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.”

An Easy-to-Access Guide to Instruction


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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.

Open Access & Copyright: A View from the South


In all the discussions about open access and copyright, I want to add my story as someone from the Global South who strongly advocates for open access. However, I know that most Egyptian academics have no such access. This goes some way towards equitable access.

Transcription and Accessibility—New Partnerships from Microsoft and Amazon


On the heels of one another, two tech titans recently announced higher-education partnerships that leverage transcription technology to make educational materials more accessible to a broader swath of learners. Nine classes at the university are currently piloting Microsoft Translator, according to Brian Trager, the associate director for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s Center on Access Technology.

3 Easy Web Accessibility Guidelines

The Innovative Educator

If you want others to read that work, then you need to make it accessible. There are sites you can refer to like Web Aim and you can look at these 5 infographics for details. If you're an innovative educator, chances are you publish work on the web.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge

TeachThought - Learn better.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge. These are some of the benefits (engagement) and challenges (accessibility) of learning through video games. The post Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge appeared first on TeachThought.

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10 Do’s & Don’ts for Creating Accessible School Websites

The Innovative Educator

This includes making all public-facing content accessible to them. In more and more places, this refers to website content as well. It requires that the City of New York make its websites accessible to the disability community.

Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility

Marketplace K-12

After years of questioning the accessibility of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader , the National Federation of the Blind today announced that it will work with the online retailer to improve reading experiences for blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind students. The accessibility issue became an obstacle last year when Amazon won a $30 million contract with New York City schools to develop an online e-book storefront for educators. EdX Settles Justice Department Complaint Over Online Access.

With 3D Technology, Special Education Students Can Focus on Content—Not Access


But the boy had never touched an ox or even a cow and had no reference for the animal. McKenzie has since created dozens of his own designs for objects to help bridge the accessibility gap between his visually impaired students and the sighted counterparts with whom they share classrooms and teachers. With computer assisted design in particular,” he adds, “it’s sometimes possible to create instant access.” He can worry about content, not access.” “What’s an ox?”

Opening up #learning: Access to knowledge

Learning with 'e's

Here's the first: Access to knowledge. Putnam's view of the Internet is similar to many other educators - it has provided unprecedented access to the world's knowledge. Reference Putnam, R. Learning is opening up like never before.

Whether synchronous online course activities meet accessibility guidelines may depend on how you use them.

IT Bill

Web-conferencing can be used to prepare students for upcoming assignments, review recent material, offer virtual office hours, and more… but what about accessibility? Our campus recently adopted a policy that essentially requires all online instruction meet accessibility guidelines.

Alaska Native students pursue STEM, with great success

The Hechinger Report

As a group, the students, who refer to Schroeder as Herb and to their program by its acronym, outperform most of the rest of the country on measures of math and science.

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We are a nation of migrants, not a collection of diplomas

The Hechinger Report

Yang went on to say that the immigrants he referred to as “distressed” are being scapegoated for downswings in the economy that they didn’t create. immigration policy should allow greater access for citizens of certain European countries because of our supposedly stronger cultural ties.

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On Mother’s Day, skip the flowers and invest in the moms

The Hechinger Report

In 1976, as he began to make his case for the presidency, Ronald Reagan repeatedly used the pejorative phrase “welfare queen” — a dog-whistle reference to Linda Taylor , who had defrauded the U.S. However, access to on-campus childcare has been decreasing over time.

College dreams often melt away in summer months. ‘Near-peer’ counseling is helping keep them alive.

The Hechinger Report

But the incoming Queens College junior has been trained by the nonprofit College Access: Research and Action (CARA) to help guide students like Tasnia through the transition to college.

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.

How This Apprenticeship Helps Educators Achieve Once Out-of-Reach Career Goals


Emily Tate / EdSurge) Bernardino refers to an exhaustive list of competencies laid out in a spreadsheet that she made herself. Education Technology Workforce Training Access and Affordability Professional Development

Luxury private student housing further divides rich and poor on campuses

The Hechinger Report

The suit claims that these student employees were also expected to work “off the clock” to plan and attend events, mediate disputes and refer fellow students to support services as needed — typically without overtime pay.

As college enrollment falls, recruiters descend on a state that still has lots of applicants

The Hechinger Report

Otherwise-qualified applicants who don’t get into one of those campuses are referred to a less crowded one. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

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Why are tribal college students slow to ask for financial aid?

The Hechinger Report

Many of those students may be the first in their families to attend college and may have limited reference points about how applying for financial aid works, said Crazy Bull, who wrote the forward for the report.

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Thousands of students cross the U.S.-Mexico border every day to go to college

The Hechinger Report

They refer to themselves as “transborder,” a term that originally appeared in academic literature. We’re a different kind of student because we’re not DACA students,” Morín said, referring to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. “We’re

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Present Slides with Captions for Screen Readers with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

While facilitating a webinar series for MyInfinitec, an agency whose goal is to provide access to the core curriculum for all learners, I’ve taken another deep dive into the current accessibility features in Google.

Why an LMS? Why Canvas?

Tech Helpful

While we are not a full fledged competency-based school in the way we teach, we now have a place where administrators can quickly have access to class averages on assignments and even dig deeper to see individual student results.

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Not going it alone: International education programs in an age of isolation

The Hechinger Report

But a Canadian scholarship program gives refugees access to both simultaneously. On track to drop out, she was referred to Sunburst Youth Academy, a military-style program offered through the Orange County Department of Education and the California National Guard.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Like much of rural America, Garfield County is on the wrong side of the “homework gap” — a stubborn disparity in at-home broadband that hinders millions of students’ access to the array of online learning, collaboration and research tools that are enjoyed by their better-connected peers.

Bridging the divide between ed tech research and the classroom

The Hechinger Report

It includes references to notable earlier works, to insure that context isn’t lost. One California superintendent told Digital Promise that the new website helped him quickly answer questions by providing fingertip access to relevant research.

LA’s school counselors strike back

The Hechinger Report

California ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to counselor access: there’s an average of one counselor for every 682 students, far exceeding the recommended ratio of one to 250. At 7 a.m.,

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