Thursday, November 16, 2017

Accessibility: Virtual Reality in Education!

I recently read Gordon LaMont's article Virtual Reality in Education: Changing Expectations, Opportunities, Accessibility, & More - EmergingEdTech. What really stood out for me were the four ways in which this technology will change the accessibility for students. 

Here's what Gordon LaMont wrote:
Disadvantaged students: VR experiences are delivered via a headset so almost every student can participate in lessons which utilize it. Practically, this means disabled students or those who don’t do well in conventional teaching environments will be able to participate in lessons to the same extent as everyone else.

Remote education: Students with mobility issues, or students in remote and isolated locations also stand to benefit from VR, which has the potential to transcend geographical limitations and bring the classroom to them. By creating a ‘virtual’ classroom space, previously hard-to-reach student groups will have a new level of access to both teachers and resources.

Virtual travel: Field trips and travel to special events is often unfeasible for students and schools due to financial or logistical reasons. While it can’t comprehensively replicate the experience of ‘being there’, VR does offer opportunities to take ‘virtual field trips’, exploring and interacting with otherwise inaccessible locations, in settings across the world.

Interaction opportunities: In the same way that it offers travel opportunities, VR also has the potential to connect students to educators and speakers in different parts of the world, and give them access to information and knowledge unavailable in the local classroom. In theory, students will be able sit in on lectures, converse with authors and scientists, or even try their language skills out on native speakers.

Please read the entire article HERE!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Google Drive Tip: Add Document to Multiple Folders Using Shift-Z

Google Drive Tip
Add your document to multiple folders using "shift-z"

1. Go to your Google Drive and highlight the file you want to add to a different folder
2. Hold down the shift key and z
3. Select the folder
3. Done!

Beware: If you delete the document, it will disappear from all folders. This is because "shift-z" doesn't copy the actual file to the folders, but adds a point to the real file (wherever that file is). 

Want to remove the file from a particular folder? Right-click on the document and select "view details" then select the "details" tab. You'll see the parent folders listed under location. Remove a folder by clicking on the "x" next to it. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Google Calendar: Get Your Agenda Emailed Every Day

  1. Within your Google calendar, click on the gear in the upper right hand corner and select settings.
  2. Click on the calendars tab.
  3. Click on edit notifications.
  4. At the bottom of the page to the right of Daily Agenda, check the box.
  5. You will receive an email with your agenda every morning at 5:00am in your current time zone.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Chrome Extensions for Accessibility

Chrome Extensions for Accessibility

presents a wonderful web page with 14 Chrome 
extensions to support students with learning challenges!

Visual Difficulties
Hearing Difficulties
Physical Difficulties
Attention/Focusing Difficulties

They also include an animation on how to add a Chrome extension!

The term “Assistive Technologies” is defined by the American Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as, “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.”

There are many types and degrees of “disabilities”, and designers of Assistive Technology have been creating more and more tools as solutions for the myriad of ways individuals struggle. The PBS Parents website separates these devices into 8 categories: Access and Environmental Control, Aids to Daily Living, Assistive Listening, Augmentative/ Alternative Communication, Computer-Based Instruction, Mobility, Positioning, and Visual Aids.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Video Calls in the Classroom: You Can Do This!

Video Calls in the Classroom: You Can Do This!
by Matt Miller at Ditch That Textbook

For step-by-step details, click HERE


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Google Docs-Comments: Auto-Notify your Collaborator

You might get in a comment conversation in a document, sheet, presentation or drawing and want to make sure someone sees your comment. Type that person’s e-mail into the comment with a plus (+) in front. Then, add anything else you want to that comment and submit it. Google will automatically send an e-mail notification to that e-mail address to check the comments on your file.