Accessible Content for All: Building Equity & Engagement with Tech Tools

Welcome and Overview of Course

Introduction

Think about the learners in your classroom; the student who is two grade levels behind in reading, students who are English language learners, students with disabilities who experience challenges with reading and writing, and students who are at grade level but struggle with focus.  We all have diverse classrooms, so how do we engage ALL learners in the curriculum content?  One way is to infuse a few tech tools into your classroom to provide students with options for accessing content. 

In the Accessible Content for All modules, you will learn about Accessible Educational Material (AEM) and tech tools that are hidden in plain sight in your schools.  You will hear teacher and student accounts of using tools like read-aloud, closed captioning, and translation to increase student engagement.  These modules are self-paced and cover ways to create accessibility within Google, Microsoft, and IOS.  Peruse the modules and explore the topics you want to learn more about.  Create your learning journey toward building accessibility, equity, and engagement in your classroom.

Learning Objectives

  1. Compare and contrast read-aloud tools and strategies for providing access to text for all students.
  2. Reflect on one way you can implement a language support tool for students with hearing loss or multi-language learners.
  3. Create a lesson with captioning to increase student engagement.
  4. Identify 2 ways to make a document accessible to students of different abilities.
  5. Name one colleague you can collaborate with to create an action plan for accessibility in your district or school.

Overview of Modules:  Accessible Content for All

Main Content Areas:

2. Intro to AEM

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3. Built-in Accessibility Features

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4. Read Aloud 

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5. Providing Access to Digital Books

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6. Converting Print to AccessibleText 

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7. Captioning

 

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8. Translation Tools 

 

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9. Designing Accessible Documents

 

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10. Writing Tools

 

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11. Digital Accessibility Requirements 

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12. Technology Accessibility Profile

 

Checklist

13. AEM Checklist

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Module 1: Welcome and Overview of Course

Module 2: Introduction to Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) 

  • Learn about AEM and the main principles that will guide your accessibility journey.

Module 3:  Built-in Accessibility Features Across Platforms

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of built-in accessibility tools across platforms 

Module 4:  Assuring Content Can Be Read Aloud 

  • Explore and compare tools that will read digital text aloud to students

Module 5:  Providing Access to Digital Books 

  • Discover resources for accessing accessible digital book libraries and audiobooks

Module 6:  Converting Printed Text to an Accessible Digital Format

  • Review tools and techniques for converting printed text to an accessible digital format on the fly

Module 7:  Captioning to Improve Engagement and Concentration 

  • Integrate closed captioning to assure all learners can access and engage in instruction.

Module 8:  Translation Tools to Remove Language Barriers 

  • Integrate translation tools to assure understanding by students with diverse language backgrounds.

Module 9:  Designing Accessible Documents

  • Learn to create accessible documents and presentations by following general accessibility guidelines.  

Module 10:  Tools to Support Writing in Accessible Documents

  • Discover robust tech tools for writing, including brainstorming, word prediction, and dictation tools.

Module 11:  Understanding & Communicating Digital Accessibility Requirements 

  • Be Empowered to advocate for your district to comply with digital accessibility requirements.

Module 12:  Assessing Your District's Technology Accessibility Profile

  • Assess the availability of accessible technology and training on accessible tech tools within your district using the Technology Accessibility Profile.

Module 13:  Checklist for Acquiring Accessible Curriculum Content

  • Assure that ALL core and supplemental curricula meet digital accessibility requirements

Module 14:  Resources, Glossary & Research

 

 Questions?  Contact Sue Wright or Kristin Leslie.