How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. However, we can only realize these equity-centered benefits when we use technology in innovative and powerful ways. To better understand how using technology can create equity in schools, we’ll outline how technology creates more equitable situations in the classroom. Three ways technology can help increase equity in schools. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

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. Once an educational technology (edtech) tool is in a school, the hard work is just beginning due to a number of potential hurdles and challenges that leadership and educators need to overcome. Foundry10’s 2018 study focused on technology usage in U.S.

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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. Matter of fact many of the technology […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Student engagement Teaching accessibility accessibility features accessibility tools accessible classroom edtech immersive reader

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.

OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

Debate about the fairness of online learning tends to revolve around technology access. And there are indeed sharp disparities in home access to computers and reliable broadband service. Courses must be designed so that content is easily accessible.

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. Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Classroom Environment Is the classroom bursting with patterned borders on the bulletin boards and bright colorful posters/word walls/anchor charts? This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. accessibility digital equity Google for Educators Microsoft

Chromebook Accessibility Features

EdTechTeacher

Accessibility features are an essential part of any operating system. 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. Learn more about her Early Education Technology strand and other event programming here.

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. After all, “it's not just enough to put materials in Blackboard if it's not going to be accessible,” says Jennifer Albat, instructional designer at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. 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. He or she could be in your classroom or mine.

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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. Teachers have begun adapting their lessons to allow for more at-home independent work now that they are assured that each student has equal access. has leveraged this access with her students.

Rural Districts Face Challenges and Opportunities with Technology Access

EdTech Magazine

By Marie Bjerede Taking the digital leap requires broadband access, proper funding and the right people on board. Access Points Bandwidth Management Ethernet Networking Routers Wi-Fi Wireless

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

Some obstacles can be assisted with the support of technology. 4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. The following tips provide strategies for using technology to create inclusive learning environments. Assistive technology, by definition, relates to any equipment that supports a child with a disability and increase or maintain their functioning in different settings. Model technology use.

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?

Assistive Technology and Accessibility Resources

Educational Technology Guy

I've been working on a resource document that has resoures on Assistive Technology and Accessibility and thought I would share it here: Related: More Accessibility Resources Google Accessibility Features and Resources -. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. accessibility assistive technology google accessibilityOne of the things I do in my role as a K-12 Education Strategist is work on resources for schools to use.

STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

CUE

Finding technology online is easy, but where can teachers get opportunities to try the technology out first hand? The STEAMpunk Playground provides a wonderful opportunity for teachers to get hands-on experience with the technology they have only read about. At this event, teachers will have access to some of the best education technology has to offer. The post STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible appeared first on CUE Blog.

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.

Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access

The Christensen Institute

Even more troubling are the profound gaps between rich and poor students’ access to mentors in general: according to Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, nearly two thirds of affluent children have some mentoring beyond their extended family, whereas nearly two thirds of low-income children do not. There are a number of organizations emerging to tackle these shortages by using technology to expand students’ access to adult supports in ways never before possible.

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.

Education Technology Duality: Nouns, Verbs, and “Everything Just Works”

More Verbs

I write a lot about a learning-focused approach to education technology, including a Learning Technology Framework , an exploration of whether we are talking learning or talking technology , or imploring education technology leaders to focus on learning.

Is technology outpacing you?

Ask a Tech Teacher

In considering the question, Is technology outpacing you? , let’s first look at technology’s place in the current education landscape. We darkly predict that the day will soon arrive when technology erases the need for teachers.

A Practical Way to Increase Access to Mobile Technology Regardless of Age

A Principal's Reflections

We still have a long way to go in many places, but the increase in access provides kids with an array of innovative learning opportunities that continue to evolve. More and more schools are either installing or improving WiFi networks in schools.

Redesigned Cloud Portal to Safeguard Student Internet Access

Kajeet

Mobile Broadband Technology Insight SentinelSince 2016, there have been over 353 reported cyber incidents in K-12. This number from K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center has increased by 20 since the last time we referenced the Cyber Incident Map.

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. Students who haven’t had access to technology since mid-March could face significant problems, said Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, a nonprofit that works for innovation in schools. “If

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. Accessible gaming.

Google Accessibility Features and Resources

Educational Technology Guy

Last month, I posted an article about some of Google Chrome''s accessibility features and resources. Google has a great site with resources about all of the accessibility features in all of their products. The Google Products Accessibility site has a list of 18 Google Products with details and links about it''s accessibility features. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. google accessibility Google for Educators

Technology Makes Accessible Possible in Inclusive Classrooms

The Innovative Educator

Ways Technology Makes Accessible Possible Today, in the modern classroom, this no longer has to be the case for students. Technology makes accessible possible for so many more students than ever before. For that same few hundred dollars per year, at what is often less then the cost of low tech, schools that understand the power of an inclusive classroom, can ensure every student has an accessibility hub available to them.

5 priorities for broadband access

eSchool News

Equitable, reliable, and robust broadband access both on and off campus is essential to support digital learning and prepare K-12 students for life and work. Seventeen percent of teens don’t have reliable access to a device, meaning they can’t complete homework.

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readersI’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning. We, 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 [.].

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

With education turning on the technology skills of students and teachers, its important to gain a rudimentary understanding of foundational technology. Dr. Paul Perry, former teacher, administrator, and nonprofit exec, has put together a brief guide for educators looking to expand learning opportunities for students using technology. That’s a lot of good news about this massive new experiment in learning through technology.

How Coaches Help Teachers Overcome Fears of Technology

Digital Promise

We know technology can be a transformational tool for improving student achievement and engagement, and for driving school innovation. However, districts lose millions of dollars each year in unused education technology products , often because teachers lack professional development support that can help them overcome their fears around incorporating technology tools in their teaching practice.

Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Accessibility is and should be a huge topic of discussion across multiple industries but especially in learning. Reach all learners with Google’s accessibility tools on ep.

As the world goes virtual, big education technology players tighten their grip

The Hechinger Report

Chaudhary is co-founder of the education technology provider ClassDojo, which enables kindergarten through eighth grade students, teachers and parents to share content, schedules and feedback — an obvious and critical need as education abruptly became remote.

How to make remote learning easily accessible

eSchool News

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. K-12 school systems have taken many actions to ensure that students have the technology they need to learn from home, such as distributing mobile devices and wireless hotspots to students who need them and even negotiating deals with internet service providers to extend free or discounted broadband service to low-income families.

Anyone Can Be an Artist with Technology

Digital Promise

In addition to technology and access, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools receive extensive teacher training, support, and the opportunity to engage in a unique, immersive curriculum to leverage technology in their classrooms. Big plans ahead for teaching art through technology.

Announcing the Kajeet Connect Suite: Reliable Internet Access Moves onto K-12 Campuses

Kajeet

Kajeet has historically focused on closing the Homework Gap outside the classroom, but digital equity begins in school with reliable, safe Internet access. Mobile Broadband Technology Insight