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. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Student engagement Teaching accessibility accessibility features accessibility tools accessible classroom edtech immersive readerA one-size-fits-all classroom is not practical for any group of students.

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

” All Grades All Subjects Computer Science Teachers Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Innovation STEM StudentsRachael 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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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. accessibility digital equity Google for Educators Microsoft

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Technology isn’t the only tool we can use to create equitable learning environments, but there are a few ways it can assist in that mission. Students can access learning materials outside of school. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

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.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

For others we need to differentiate and make the content more accessible to accommodate for a disability. As classrooms and digital spaces become more ubiquitous educators must understand how the content they create and put in these online spaces must be made accessible for all.

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?

Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible

Digital Promise

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. The post Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible appeared first on Digital Promise.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today.

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. Tap Tech Tools to Create a Learner-Friendly Digital Environment.

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.

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. google accessibility Google for Educators

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.

Create and Access Interactive Games With TinyTap

techlearning

TinyTap is both a tool for creating interactive games and books and a vast library of precreated games and content

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

Only 3% of teachers in high-poverty level schools said that their students had the digital tools necessary to complete homework assignments, compared to 52% of teachers in more affluent schools. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives.

bulb - HP Partner to Expand Access to Digital Portfolio Tools

techlearning

bulb Digital Portfolios announced its web application will be pre-loaded on screens of HP.edu devices giving students and teachers immediate access to the tool

Cupper: A Tool for Creating Accessible Documentation

ProfHacker

I recently stumbled across a tool for creating accessible documentation, and while I haven’t had a chance to experiment with it, I’ll be putting it on my list of things to test drive this summer. Software accessibility cupper inclusion inclusive design inclusiveness

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.

Making Math Fun, Accessible, and Real-World Based

EmergingEdTech

Educational Games & Gamification Free Tools & Resources _ Miscellaneous Tools and TopicsMany students dread working with math and have trouble finding the fun in it.

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. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

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 a tech director increased digital access

Education Superhighway

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. The KLIP was able to provide the tools we needed to help schools negotiate better pricing, like Compare & Connect K-12.

This amazing tech tool helps pupils, who are new to English, access learning

EdTech4Beginners

Google Translate now works in real time! It has been an invaluable resource for pupils in my class, who have English as an additional language. Simply download the app , choose your language options and then use the scan feature.

Checklist for Accessible Teaching & Presenting

The Innovative Educator

If we really want to ensure we are including everyone in have access to what we are presenting, technology can take us even further. Here are some ideas based on recommendations from WC3 Website Accessibility Initiative to you get started.

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.

9 Web Tools for Creating Infographics

Teacher Reboot Camp

The following web tools will help students design awesome infographics. Web Tools and Apps. Also, access a library of free clipart, fonts, graphics and backgrounds. Genial.ly is a web tool for creating infographics and interactive visuals.

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How To Effectively Use Educational Assessment Tools

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Overview of educational assessment tools focusing on Summative assessment and Formative assessment. Foremost, it is the most efficient as it gives the teacher’s a method to access learning outcomes as a group. Use assessments as a tool to better your students learnin

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. Many educators are looking beneath the surface inequities of devices and connectivity to consider how digital tools can revolutionize learning and address even deeper inequities.

STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

CUE

The success of the STEAMpunk Playground is partly related to the variety of educational tools made available to teachers through the CUE STEAMpunk Deployment Squadron, which allows teachers to borrow various class-ready coding or STEAM materials. Photo by Danny Silva – www.iteachag.org.

Open Access Week Roundup

ProfHacker

Last week, George wrote about Open Access Week. The first is the oaDIO tool (for lack of a better word for what it is). This is a pretty handy tool for finding available resources that might otherwise appear to be paywalled.

Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. Pick some tools. What are some of Monica’s favorite tools for formative assessment. How should teachers select their formative assessment tool belt.

The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment

The Christensen Institute

But each is masterfully bringing the tools of innovation to create distinct solutions to the interconnected challenges facing higher education. The post The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment appeared first on Christensen Institute.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Different students need the ability to access their learning differently, and we should help facilitate that as teachers. But districts also need to make sure that the “packaged curriculum” intended to personalize instruction is accessible and effective for all students and allows teachers the degree of flexibility that Cox described. Indeed, even with some EdTech tools starting to emerge to serve specifically students with disabilities, the market for these tools remains small.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. Fruth describes this new data access landscape as a teeter-totter effect.

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Creating Color-Blind Accessible Figures

ProfHacker

Many of the default color schemes in Excel and other charting tools used in the social sciences and humanities also produce charts that are difficult for those with vision problems to distinguish. What other resources do you use to create accessible figures?

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers.