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

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.

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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.

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.

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

Educational Technology & Accessibility in the Age of COVID

EmergingEdTech

Image Source: Unsplash This year has been a year of change, and that’s putting it lightly. It’s been a year of change, especially for children who are in school. Some of these children are used to. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 [.].

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. If you pay attention to accessibility principles when designing online courses, healthy students won’t even notice it, while this could mean the world to someone living with a physical disability.

Is Your Remote Classroom Accessible?

EdTech Magazine

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. 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.

Is Your Remote Classroom Accessible?

EdTech Magazine

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. 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.

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

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. Trying something new can be intimidating, especially when teachers are concerned about how to salvage a lesson if use of a new technology tool fails.

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. That’s a lot of good news about this massive new experiment in learning through technology.

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.

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. With a pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate, approach to instructional design, educators can begin to support and enhance lessons with an array of tools. More and more schools are either installing or improving WiFi networks in schools.

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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EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students

Neo LMS

In this second (and last) post in our mini-series on EdTech that revolutionizes access for differently abled communities ( last time we explored tech that enabled visually disabled students) we’ll explore eye-gaze technology — the rapidly advancing assistive technology that is offering physically disabled students enormous freedom in terms of accessing education, communication, information and entertainment. 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. Technology plays an immense role in how education is transforming, and growing numbers of learning activities happen online. WCAG stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

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.

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

Expanding technology’s influence

eSchool News

This week, we’re focusing on some expanded technology and engineering developments. For instance, Plus, when it comes to technology and engineering skills, girls are outpacing boys. Technology also can be key in delivering social and emotional education. And a new study found that the resource gap–including technology funding and access–is critical to closing the achievement gap.

Maine Learning Technology Framework

More Verbs

The Maine Learning Technology Framework describes the key elements and components needed to achieve the greatest learning benefit from a district’s technology investment. The Framework is intended to support teachers, tech leads, librarians and other school leaders in their efforts to leverage technology to improve student learning experiences related to learning targets and outcomes. How they are applying their technology to improving accessibility for students.

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. You probably won’t see many of us using technology to find creative ways to communicate with and express our ideas to diverse audiences or to research new ways to fix our planet, like you might at other schools. Barriers to providing all students with access to technology.