1. Welcome to the Inclusive Learning Playground at ISTE 2016! At this station we will explore accessibility tools. Because making it digital does not equal making it accessible. Sometimes, more specialized Assistive Technology tools are needed to ensure Access for ALL.
2. How are you currently using technology to engage your learners, monitor their learning, and ensure access? Have you gone “more digital”, but still have learners struggling to successfully engage with content? There are technology tools that may be necessary for some students to access content, and these tools might just be beneficial for all students.
We will focus on the Devices, but it is important to remember that there are Assistive Technology professionals, companies and organizations avaialble to support you in considering, purchasing and implementing AT tools.
4. There are so many examples of Assistive Technology. You may or may not be familiar with the wide range of tools, but examples include: Text-to-speech – where the computer/device reads typed text. Speech-to-text – where you speak and the device converts your speech into text. Word Prediction – where the device guesses what you are trying to type and offers selectable suggestions. Digital Graphic Organizers & Mind-mapping – for brainstorming and organizing thoughts Digital/Multimedia note-taking – because in a digital environment, we can easily incorporate text, drawings, audio recordings, video, images, etc into our notes! Organizational Tools – Calendars, checklists, reminders, task-breakdown tools that can be so powerful in supporting a wide variety of learners, and adults! Tools to provide multiple means of representation, expression and engagement: Alternate access tools to access the computer or device – the mouse isn’t the only way! We can control our computer with eyegaze, touchscreens, switches, onscreen keyboards, and more. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – gives voice to individuals who can not speak. Environmental Control allows control of electronic devices in the environment for individuals with physical challenges. And, if you are not sure where to begin, there are AT Assessment tools: such as the Protocol for Accommodations in reading (PAR), the writing productivity profile (WPP) and the SETT framework which considers the student, the environment, the tasks that need to be accomplished, and the possible tools available.
5. Do those Sound like some great ideas? Yes – and it is also the law. Not only are we ethically bound to consider access for our students, we are legally bound, too! There are a number of laws that govern ensuring accessibility for all.
Doesn’t that cover us?
Interested in learning more? Click on CAST’s UDL at a Glance video to learn more about UDL.
As technology has evolved, many Technology tools previously considered “AT” are now readily available to ALL. Who knows what the future may hold! Can you predict it? My colleague Chris Bugaj thinks he just might! Click on the link to his TED talk video to explore how those of us working in special education assistive technology have been using tools that have now become mainstream. What might be next? Be sure to turn on the close captioning button available for seeing the text of the video while watching! A great way to support those who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing, as well as to increase the exposure to text for those students struggling with literacy.
9. There are so many amazing technology tools, but lets explore some of the favorite AT/UDL tools, Ideas and resources
10. Get ready to sip through a firehose! Take the tools that serve you and leave the rest behind – you can always come back and view again!
Don’t underestimate the power of built-in accessibility features! No matter what operating system you are using, there are system-level supports available! Direct links to these resources for Mac, Windows, iOS, Chrome, Android are provided here. Be sure to take a look at the fine work of my Colleague and fellow ISTE board member, Luis Perez!
12. Yes – it is time to move to the cloud. For you and for your students. No more printing out papers and slipping them in a box on your desk or under the door! The dog can’t eat homework in the cloud. The cloud is your friend! Embrace Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, etc. ...anywhere but on your desktop or USB… What happens if you lose your device?? Your professional life won’t be over if you store your brilliant ideas in the cloud! In addition to just storing files, using web-based technologies allow for Sharing, collaboration, and Easy access for students (and teachers)who struggle organizing materials. Paper-based activities can be redefined when leveraging the power of technology. If you are attending ISTE, I know I am preaching to the choir!
NO doubt there are more because this is changing all of the time! Look at: Voice-typing, Research and Video Notes- Do you flip your classroom?
Check out the Google Chrome Web Store!! Voice-typing is a FREE tool in Google Docs that allows you express your self in writing through dictation. You speak and your voice will be translated into text. It works beautifully!
The Research feature is another Cool Tool available in Google Apps. It makes it easier and more efficient to research topics and collect information by brining your google search box immediately to the right of your document or slide – allowing for easy drag and drop of information.
Are you flipping your classroom? How do your students take notes? What if they could take them digitally using the add on app Video.Notes. This allows you to type notes while watching the video. Your notes are automatically synched to the specific point in time on your video.
15. Students with Print-based disabilities such as Learning Disabilities, Vision Impairment or Physical disabilities have the right to accessible educational materials. CAST’s AEM website is a great place to start to learn more about the requirements, process, tools and resources for creating and acquiring accessible text. This might include making sure that Websites and PDFs are accessible, as well as joining digital book repositories for accessible text such as Learning Ally, Bookshare or Accesstext. Also, as this moves mainstream, take a look at the accessible text options with the Kindle! The Kindle HD provides reading enhancements that include text to speech, whispersynch for voice which syncs the text and audible files for a book, and Immersion reading which will highlight text while being read by the voice from the audible file. Necessary for some, beneficial for all! It was recently announced that the newest Kindle will include more advanced features for the blind. Other tools for making seemingly inaccessible text accessible include FireflybyKurzweil and Read&Write for Google chrome.
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16. There are a growing number of tools used to enhance access to digital representations of information, including documents and video! Did you know that you can embed student supports and comprehension questions into a video or a document? Edpuzzle, Educanon, actively learn, scribble and QR codes are just a few of growing number of tools available.
17. We can’t forget the power of the iPad! There are so many apps available to support a wide range of student needs. And add an element of engagement that is simply not available with other tools. Voice Dream reader is a key app for supporting students who require text-to-speech. This app allows you to pull in files from Google Drive, Your email, Dropbox, Bookshare, etc. and have it read to you with a comprehensive suite of customizable accessibility settings.
18. Notes don’t only have to be on paper. There are learners who either can not or do not benefit from writing everything down. Luckily there are a variety of efficient multimedia tools to help!
Classroom Polling, discussion and collaboration tools can also be a wonderful way to provide access to all learners, allowing learners time to process information and formulate a responses, or share thoughts with anonymity – as well as allowing teachers to take a pulse of how EVERY student in the classroom is managing the concepts being taught and redirect the course accordingly. Poll Everywhere - provides Live online polling of class using cellphone texting! It can be anonymous! Google Forms – Digital collection of responses for a variety of question types and easy at-a-glance representation of answers. Plickers – use QR codes for Low-Tech polling of class using multiple choice questions, printed codes, and Instructor’s cell phone. Data is collected. Padlet - Online Discussion/Sharing board using multimedia objects. Kahoot - Online multiple choice quizzes Today’s Meet – For back channeling and supporting collaboration and sharing
20. Technology changes at an exponential rate. How do we keep up? Expand your professional development outside the four walls of your classroom or the building. Connect with others using social media! Twitter use Hashtags(#) to follow a subject, post questions and hear back from your tribe! Favorite hashtags include: #atchat #edtechchat #spedchat #ntchat #udlchat and #inclusiveILN of course! Tweetdeck is a great resource for viewing all of your hashtags – impossible to do on a tiny phone! Don’t give up on Facebook to support your professional development in addition all of that wonderful time-wasting nonsense! More and more educators are using pinterest, symbalo, youtube, sites and blogs to share information. Who will you follow? Model Lifelong Learning!
21. Next Steps. Which step would you like to explore hands-on?? The NEXT time you are confronted with a struggling student, you now have an idea of the tools that are available to support that student! Identify resources to support your ongoing learning: Inclusive Learning Network? Twitter/Social Media?Others? Be KIND to yourself, you can’t make a digital transformation all at once! Pick a tool(s) to Explore! Think big and start small. Keep adding tools to your toolbelt!
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22. Feel free to use explore introductory how-to videos for each of these tools by clicking or copying & pasting the thinglink.
Show Inclusive Site 23. There are numerous AT resources available for further learning. A few are shared here.
24. There are also a growing number of UDL resources available for further learning. Here are some to explore. Show UDL center Site
25. Thank you for your time exploring tools for accessibility! We look forward to seeing you online!
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ISTE 2016: Inclusive Learning Playground
Assistive Technology Tools for Accessibility:
When making it digital is not enough for Access for ALL…
1. How are you currently using
technology to engage your
learners, monitor their learning,
and ensure access?
2. Have you gone “more digital”,
but still have learners
struggling to successfully
engage with content?
There are specialized tools that may
be necessary for students to access
What is Assistive
The Technology Related Assistance to
Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988
(Tech Act) first defined AT:
Assistive technology device
"any item, piece of equipment, or product
system, whether acquired commercially off the
shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to
increase, maintain, or improve functional
capabilities of individuals with disabilities."
The Tech Act described an assistive
"any service that directly assists an individual
with a disability in selection, acquisition or use
of an assistive technology device."
• Word Prediction
• Digital Graphic Organizers & Mind-mapping
• Digital/Multimedia note-taking
• Organizational Tools – Calendars, checklists
• Tools to provide multiple means of
representation, expression and engagement:
• Polling Tools, Edpuzzle, Actively Learn,
• Alternate access to the computer/device
• eyegaze, touchscreens, switches,
onscreen keyboards, etc.
• Augmentative and Alternative Communication
• Environmental Control
• AT Assessment tools: uPAR, WPP
AT and the Law
“Accessibility” According to Office of Civil Rights:
Students with disabilities must be provided the
1. acquire the same information
2. engage in the same interactions, and
3. enjoy the same services as students without
disabilities with “substantially equivalent ease of
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973(Section 504)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
For K-12: The Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act
(1997,2004 reauthorized) defines
and requires AT for students in K-
12. AT must be considered in ALL
Individualized Education Programs
In Higher Ed: Students Self-Identify
Representation, Expression, Engagement
Universal Design for Learning is
an Educational Framework that
guides the design of
1. learning goals
With intentional consideration of the
diversity of learners.
1. Provide multiple means of
When students do not face barriers to
accessing materials their engagement
2. Provide multiple means of
action and expression (HOW)
Allow use of multiple tools and modes
for students to communicate their
3. Provide multiple means of
Make sure all students can access the
materials by offering alternatives to text,
audio and visual information.
AT & UDL
Just because you build a ramp does not
mean you no longer need the wheelchair…
UDL supports needs of ALL learners
by guiding Curriculum Design and
making the learning environment
with as much flexibility and choice
AT supports the needs of INDIVIDUAL
learners by overcoming barriers in
We need BOTH.
Many Technology tools previously considered
“AT” are now readily available to ALL.
Video: Disability-led innovations for the
Masses by Chris Bugajj
Top 10 Favorite
1. Built-in Accessibility Features
2. The Cloud - Google Drive, Dropbox,
3. Google Applications & Add-ons
4. Chrome Webstore - Extensions
5. Accessible Text resources
6. Tools to embed supports in text
7. iPads, Apps & Accessories
8. Alternate Note-Takers
9. Class Polling Tools
10.PLNs/PLCs - Using Social Media
for Professional Development
Do you know the power you
have in your own device?
Google's Chrome Browser: (YES, USE THIS
Google's Android OS:
AND - Luis Perez’s youtube channel! Videos on
Accessibility and UDL
2. Storage in the
• If you lose your USB or device,
• The Cloud is your FRIEND
Drive, Dropbox, onedrive,
• The Dog can’t eat homework in
• Helps those who struggle
• Allows for Sharing,
Collaboration & Redefinition
• Drive - put your files in the CLOUD
• Docs, Sheets, Forms, Drawing, etc.
• Collaboration - sharing files & folders, Remote
• Feedback - using comments feature and
viewing draft history
• Voice Typing - Built-in Feature of Google Docs.
FREE Voice Recognition. “Tools->VoiceTyping”
• Research - “Tools->research”
• Highlighters - highlight text notes and written
• NEW - “Tool->Document Outline” added to
Google Docs March 2016
• FREE Add-ons -> Get Add-ons
• Kaizena - add voice notes to provide
feedback for students in Google Docs
• EasyBib - tool for citing sources
• g(math) - for equations
• Video.notes – for annotation videos
4. Google Chrome
YES! You can add apps to
Google Chrome Browser...just
like in the Apple App Store!
Google “Chrome Web Store” and
prepare to get lost in all of the
SpeakIt - Reads text on any website or google
docs to proof written work
Screencastify - simple tool to video record your
screen - great for tutorials!
Kami - Free tool to annotate PDFs (Draw, type,
Extensity - To manage your extensions!
Chrome web store launcher
Movenote - Free Google Drive tool to present your
documents (Powerpoints, articles, reports,
etc.) with Video
RWGC - comprehensive reading, writing, note-
taking support. FREE for educators
Snap&Read - Leveled reading, study Tools
Co:Writer universal- word prediction
• Accessible Educational
• Accessible Websites
• Accessible PDFs
• Learning Ally
• ReadandWrite for Google
• Voice Dream Reader App
• Kindle - Reading Enhancements
• Text to Speech
• Whispersynch for Voice
• Immersion Reading
6. Tools to Embed
Mike Phillips video - with
Questions and supports
Add comments, quizzes, etc to
worksheets, videos, files!
• Edpuzzle Chrome Extension
• Actively Learn
• QR Codes
• Black and White and Scanned All
• Sonnocent Audionotetaker -
multimedia 3-column notes,
including audio highlighting of
• Notability - multimedia note-taking
• Evernote - multimedia note-taking
• Scrible - annotate websites and
• VideoNot.es – Google App –
Flipped classroom? Let students
• LiveScribe Pen - record lectures,
combine digital/handwritten note-
Poll Everywhere - Live online polling of
class using cellphone texting!
Google Forms – Digital collection of
responses for a variety of question
Plickers - Low-Tech polling of class
using multiple choice questions, printed
codes, and Instructor’s cell phone.
Padlet - Online Discussion/Sharing
Kahoot - Online multiple choice quizzes
Today’s Meet – For back channeling
10. Social Media
• Hashtags(#) to follow a subject
• Professional Blogs
• Professional Listservs
Model Lifelong Learning!
#atchat #edtechchat #spedchat #ntchat #udlchat #inclusiveILN
Technology changes at an exponential rate… How
do we keep up?
Which tool would you like to
Baby steps, one step at a time...
1. The NEXT time you are
confronted with a struggling
student, you now have an idea of
the tools that are available to
support that student!
2. Identify resources to support your
a. Inclusive Learning Network
b. Twitter/Social Media
3. Be KIND to yourself, you can’t
make a digital transformation all
4. Pick a tool(s) to Explore!
● Google’s Research Tool
● Videonot.es app for Google
● Read&Write for Google Chrome from
● Snap&Read from Don Johnston, Inc.
● Co:Writer from Don Johnston, Inc.
● Firefly by Kurzweil
● Zaption or EdPuzzle
● Actively Learn
● VoiceDream Reader app for iPad
• ISTE’s Inclusive Learning Network
• Quality Indicators for Assistive
• The SETT Framework for AT
• The Wisconsin Assistive Technology
• Easter Seals www.easterseals.com
• Chrome as AT
• Technology and Media Division of the
Council for Exceptional Children
• Conferences: ATIA, CTG, CSUN, ATCNE
• CAST: www.cast.org
• National Center on Accessible
Educational Materials (AEM)
• National UDL Center:
• UDL Implementation and Research
• Video: The Myth of Average by Todd