Making Computer Science Accessible to ALL Learners
Participate and share : Interactive lecture
Sunday, June 23, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: Ballroom A: Level 3 (access from escalators in Registration area in Grand Hall on Level 2)
Dr. Leigh Ann DeLyser Joshua Elder Todd Lash
When talking about the ALL in CSforALL we need to include students with disabilities, physical and cognitive. In this session we discuss the types of accessibility issues when planning or selecting curriculum, share some resources, and provide a framework you can use with teachers to plan for students with disabilities.
|Audience:||Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Computer science and computational thinking|
|Subject area:||Computer science|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
Computer Science education is rapidly expanding in schools, even ISTE is launching CS standards for ALL teachers. Yet one critical population often gets left behind in the discussion of "all" - students with disabilities. This session will discuss the physical and cognitive difficulties faced by students with computer science content, and engage attendees in a rich discussion of how to plan for inclusion, rather than react to exclusion. The session will include data from the CSforALL Accessibility pledge (built with Accessibility researchers and advocates) as well as a co-presenter, Todd Lash, whose research is on students with cognitive disabilities in computer science classes at the elementary school level.
Introduction and Framing (5 minutes)
Defining Accessibility - Who needs access and why (10 min)
-- In this interactive segment, facilitators and participants will engage in a discussion of what students are left behind due to accessibility issues.
Resources for Accessibility (10 min)
-- CSforALL will share data from the Accessibility Pledge and a new member search tool that allows teachers to find accessible content.
Planning for Accessibility (20 min)
-- participants will be introduced to a planning guide that will help them consider the needs of students with disabilities in their planning, and think through various forms of scaffolds to support all learners in different types of CS activities (unplugged, online puzzle based curriculum, and open ended problem solving environments)
Recap and Summary (10 min)
-- Presenters will facilitate a discussion with the room about what they learned, how they would use the tools presented, and what tools are still needed.
Federal Legislation that includes guidance on accessible educational materials:
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
When referring to accessibility standards please refer to the following:
Section 508 Standards
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Materials.
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in S&E
Section 508 IT Accessibility Program
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The Universal Design For Learning Guidelines
Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)
Teaching All Computational Thinking through Inclusion and Collaboration website
Quorum programming language
All links available on www.csforall.org/accessibility
Todd Lash is currently a doctoral student in Special Education (UIUC) and a research associate at the Creative Technology Research Lab (University of Florida). Todd’s research interests include increasing the equity in and access to high-quality computer science education for all students. He studies the integration of computer science into K-5 curricula, instructional strategies that address challenges faced by struggling learners in CSed and how Universal Design For Learning (UDL) may be used as a way to engage all learners. Previously, Todd served as a K-5 educator for 17 years and worked as a research associate at the CSforALL Consortium.