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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

New Training Courses from Google - DigCit and Accessibility

Educational Technology Guy

The Tools for Diverse Learners Training helps teachers learn how to use the accessibility features in Chromebooks and G Suite to help their students succeed. Google has some great resources for educators at the Google for Education Training Center. Included are courses on Chromebooks, becoming a Trainer, and Fundamentals and Advanced training for using G Suite in the classroom. They recently added two new courses that are very relevant to educators.

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.

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.

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?

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

The Hechinger Report

The school librarian from Leander, Texas, was speaking on a panel about how to make makerspaces affordable and accessible in low-income and rural schools. While she does have access to some gadgets, any invention her students make starts off with a prototype made from cardboard.

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.

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. As the costs of devices decreases they are now less expensive than buying paper, pencils, notebooks, calculators, printers, rulers, and all the other tools. In what ways do you ensure all your students have customized their devices to ensure all accessibility needs are met?

Use WAVE Tool to Test Web Pages for Accessibility

ProfHacker

Are you concerned about making sure they’re accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities? This tool is a product of WebAIM, which I’ve written about before.) Introducing the new WAVE Accessibility Extension for Firefox – [link].

Toolkit outlines steps for ensuring accessibility

eSchool News

Accessibility is a “critical key” when it comes to leveraging technology for all students — including those with disabilities, according to a new toolkit offering accessibility resources and tips for state and district education leaders.

MLA Commons CORE and Open Access

ProfHacker

The Modern Language Association recently announced an exciting open-access project, Humanities Core , funded by the NEH. The project is very ambitious and promises to be a valuable asset for researchers, particularly those without access to the expensive databases of large universities.

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.

Free alternatives to Microsoft Access, including a web based one

Educational Technology Guy

Access is Microsoft''s well known data base tool. OpenOffice / LibreOffice Base - OpenOffice and LibreOffice are free alternatives to Microsoft Office and both have a database tool called Base. It also can work with SQL and Access files.

Access to a Digital Reading Tool Empowers Students to Discover and Enjoy eBooks

techlearning

Equity of access and the opportunity for deep personalization are founding principles of many 1:1 programs. The promise of educational technology is that it allows every student to experience instruction tailored to his or her learning style and specific learning needs.

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Google Accessibility Features in Chrome (OS and Browser)

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps and Chromebooks , and the Chrome Web Browser, offer a tremendous amount of accessibility features to help vision and/or hearing impaired students. Google Accessibility , Using Google Products, [link] , contains a wealth of information and resources, along with apps, that can help students, and teachers. Make the web and Google Docs accessible to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.NEW!

Make Classroom Tools More Accessible to All Students

techlearning

Useful text-to-speech app and extension unlocks the written word. Techlearning News App of the Day

Some Good Tools to Access Open Digital Textbooks

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In response to a couple of requests we received from our readers here in EdTech and Mlearning, we went ahead and curated for you the collection below. This is a list featuring some popular platforms.read more

Internet Access Makes College Applications Easier for All

Kajeet Extracurricular

Homework Gap Tools and TipsThink of everything that goes into a college application. Transcripts. Personal essays. Teacher recommendations. Standardized test scores. Application fees.

S.C. districts access digital literacy tools for free

eSchool News

The initiative will help prepare students for college and career success by offering access to a comprehensive digital literacy skills curriculum and provide teachers and students with assessments that can identify technology challenges. Digital Learning and Tools News

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.

Students Thrive With Fewer Access Restrictions to Digital Tools

Gaggle Speaks

Restricting access to digital learning tools isn’t the best way to keeps students safe. “We wanted to still have some control while teaching students how to use those tools in a positive way,” she said.

Remote Desktop Connection – Access Your Desktop from Other Computers at Your School

EmergingEdTech

Access Your Computer from Other Computers? Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection tool is a powerful, simple application that can make your life much. Free Tools & Resources _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics access your office computer from the classroom configure remote access to your computer remote desktop access configurationOnce it’s set up, it’s a Breeze!

CoSN Releases Resource to Address Accessibility Issue

Leadership Lounge

Today, CoSN is pleased to share a one-page resource for school leaders focused on the issue of accessibility. As learning environments continue the move toward digital learning settings, it is critical that everyone involved has ready access to all essential tools and materials. The CoSN document on accessibility can be viewed here. But accessibility impacts more than students. In short, accessibility is part of the education equation.

Access TONS of Free Digital Content via @EDpuzzle and Personalize It for Your Class!

Kleinspiration

Access TONS of Content & Remix It to Fit Your Class! - Videos are a powerful tool that could help teachers to have more meaningful time with their students. However, to create a video from scratch is time consuming and requires expensive tools.

How to Evaluate Your Web Pages for Accessibility

ProfHacker

” Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be writing some ProfHacker posts concerned with disability, accommodations, accessibility, classrooms, and digital environments. Introduction to Web Accessibility, ” from WebAIM. Profession Reviews a11y accessibility

3 steps to a more accessible classroom

eSchool News

Plus, the students who struggled with attention didn’t miss out on any information since they could access the content through the voice-over, the visuals in the video, and the text in the captions. Evaluating accessibility. “Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!”

Translate Open Access Resources with Annotran

ProfHacker

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written here previously about the collaborative online annotation tool Hypothes.is and about the Open Library of the Humanities , and we have long been proponents of Open Access resources. How else can you see this tool improving access?

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.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

Making Accessible Games with Twine Audio

ProfHacker

I’ve written about both Twine and Twine 2 as platforms that are very friendly to completely new developers and those who haven’t previously programmed, but Twine is also a platform that can offer accessibility from the user end.

Excellent Tool for Accessing Multiple Search Engines with One Click

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

search tools February 27, 2015 Search All is a cool web app that allows you to conduct a quick search on different search engines. With one click you can search for the same topic on a wide variety of search.read more.

Access Your Stuff with Parallels Access

Kathy Schrock

Parallels Access screenshot Parallels Access is the coolest new program for your iPad and your Mac or Windows computer! Take a look at a quick screencast I made from the iPad running the Parallels Access Program. The Parallels Access solution has two components. There is an app you install on your iPad ( Parallels Access ) and it has a 14-day trial. There is then an agent you install on each of the computers you want to access from the iPad.