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. Three ways technology can help increase equity in schools.

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

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 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.

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 -.

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.

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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?

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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching students financial literacy with education technology

Neo LMS

Fortunately, education technology makes it easier for both teachers and parents to teach financial literacy and better prepare students for the financial responsibilities of adult life. The post Teaching students financial literacy with education technology appeared first on NEO BLOG.

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. has leveraged this access with her students.

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments. One way to increase the accessibility of classrooms is to remove any unnecessary distractions. Educators must consider additions to assignments to ensure they are accessible for all 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

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.

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.

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

Wisewire

The people designing educational technologies are far removed from the students who end up using them. If a learning platform uses videos to explain concepts, and a designer doesn’t think about the effect of slow internet, students with spotty access are shortchanged.

Students Speak: How Technology Can Transform Learning

Digital Promise

But what impact do these devices have on us, and are we using technology to its fullest potential? In my public high school, we rarely interact with technology, at least not productively. Barriers to providing all students with access to technology.

Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access

The Christensen Institute

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. This is the fifth post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

Maine Learning Technology Framework

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The Maine Learning Technology Framework describes the key elements and components needed to achieve the greatest learning benefit from a district’s technology investment. Note: this is not intended to be a vision for technology, nor a general vision for school.

Striking a balance: SEL skills and access to relationships

The Christensen Institute

In turn, we risk leaving out a critical ingredient: not just students’ ability to interact and develop as social creatures, but also young people’s access to relationships and networks in the first place. Slim but troubling data suggests that access to relationships is not altogether equal.

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.

Technology Makes Accessible Possible in Inclusive Classrooms

techlearning

If you are an innovative educator, than you know that you serve students with varying abilities and learning differences

Can Campus Tours in Virtual Reality Improve College Access?

Edsurge

These are just some of the goals of a current project at the University of North Carolina's Emerging Technologies Lab , under the direction of Steven King. This is made possible by the Emerging Technologies Lab and, in particular, its Innovation Project Manager, Alexis Barnes.

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.

Accessible Technology Helps Students with Disabilities Pursue STEM Degrees

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Thanks to tech tools and awareness groups, more students have gone further in higher education. Classroom Curriculum STEM

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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

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.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

A counterpoint to these figures, is also the finding that 70% of teachers assign homework requiring broadband access. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The post 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives appeared first on NEO BLOG.

6 Things Every High School Senior Should Have Access To Before Graduation

EdNews Daily

During senior year in high school, all students should have access, knowledge, and experience within these top six areas of education below. Before high school graduation, every senior should have access to financial education. Education News Featured Higher Education Technology

How a tech director increased digital access

Education Superhighway

In 2016, EducationSuperHighway worked with the Virginia Department Of Education (VDOE) to hire an E-rate and school technology specialist. She’s a big advocate for expanding broadband access and digital equity, and she has become a key strategic planner for school Internet in Virginia.

5 Steps to Ensure Inclusive Technology for All Learners

Digital Promise

“All learners should have equitable access to powerful, research-based education technology. However, when edtech products are not designed or developed with diverse learners in mind, technology can accelerate and deepen existing inequalities in our education system.

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.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. As a technology lover who is blind, Luis F.

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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.

ISTE NEWS: Microsoft Announces New Accessibility Features

techlearning

Microsoft Education has announced new technology to support inclusive, student-centered learning in the classroom: 

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. Rural and non-rural students also have differing access to devices at school and at home.

Maine Announces Learning Technology Framework

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The true value of laptops and tablets in schools is not learning to use the technology, but rather using the technology to learn. The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI ) have been in place since 2002 and has certainly helped close the Digital Access Divide in Maine.