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

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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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.

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.

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?

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. There are many barriers and factors to providing that access.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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. Note: this is not intended to be a vision for technology, nor a general vision for school.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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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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.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology.

6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home

TeachThought - Learn better.

6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home contributed by Maria Winters DiMarco We’ve discussed five reasons to teach digital literacy in the classroom. In reading Paul’s post, I couldn’t help but to take a step back and think about the growing number of children around the country who barely have access to […]. The post 6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home appeared first on TeachThought. Technology New Teacher

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.

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.

Ensuring Access and Opportunity; Supporting At Home Connectivity

Tom Murray

According to a report released by the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband internet while at home. The data also makes it evident that low-income households – especially our black and Hispanic families – make up a disproportionate percentage of the 5 million families without access. For more on how your district can support students’ at home access, visit FCC.gov.

Mac's Accessibility Features Teachers Should Know About

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

After we have learned about the different accessibility features embedded in iPad we move to Mac and show you what it offers in terms of assistive technology to help students with learning.read more.

How Smart Tech and IoT are Making Educational Spaces More Accessible

Ask a Tech Teacher

The schools that do place emphasis on the needs of their students often have programs that encourage accessibility as well as accessible classrooms. Crafting Smart, Accessible Learning Environments. Using smart technology to accomplish this is nothing new.