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Making the Digital World Accessible-Assistive Technology Tools

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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 12:00–1:30 pm
Location: Franklin 3-4, Marriott

Cassie Frost  
As our curriculum and classes become more digital, content becomes more accessible for students with disabilities ... if you have the right tools. Come learn about and experience Chrome extensions, add-ons and websites that make your classroom content accessible for all learners.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Special populations/assistive and adaptive technologies
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will understand what Assistive Technology is and why and how it is considered as part of a learner's educational planning.

Participants will understand the importance of making the digital world accessible for all learners, including those with disabilities.

Participants will be able to identify at least three struggles that learners with disabilities may face when navigating the digital world and at least three tools that help provide access for these learners.

Participants will identify strategies that are good for all learners from a UDL standpoint.

The group will participate in lecture, brainstorming, hands on exploration, sharing, and active participation


*Introduction: 5 minutes
*Getting to know you: Kahoot Survey-participant interaction-5 minutes
*What is Assistive Technology?-10 minutes
*Brainstorming & Discussion- Areas of need for Digital Assistive Technologies-10 minutes
*Introduce Chrome Extensions-5 minutes
*Hands on demonstration of Chrome Extensions that provide accessibility for student- Extensions for organization, Speech to Text, Text to Speech, highlighting, screen masking, hiding tabs, grouping tabs, reminders, note taking, timers, homework reminders, font changes, screen color changes, reading supports, and more will be demonstrated- 45 minutes- Participants will be encouraged to download and interact with each extension
*Demonstration of websites that provide content modifications to digital content. -20 minutes
*Action Plan-Brainstorm one unique way a tool demonstrated today can be used in your position with learners-10 minutes
*Wrap up and provide contact information-5 minutes

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Cassie Frost, Stevens Point area school

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