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Educate All. Empower All. Include All

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Monday, June 24, 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: Room 117

Morrall Thompson   Tiffany Thompson  
Creating content that is accessible is key to ensure success for all students. This session will help educators recognize the importance of accessibility; offer tips for making materials accessible; identify varied audiences who benefit from accessible materials; and create accessible content easily with free technology already available.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Microsoft PowerPoint Translator:
Microsoft Immersive Reader
Office 2016
Office Lens:
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Universal design for learning/differentiated learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Special education
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning.
For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product and learning environment based on student readiness levels, learning styles, interests and personal goals.
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

Educational challenge:

Improve the learning experience to include all learners by utilizing universal design and accessibility practices.

Participants will:

- Understand the importance of creating accessible documents
-Create new and revise old Word and PowerPoint files so they are accessible to everyone
-translate text and audio in real time
-turn printed materials into digital, accessible materials for students
-utilize and modify accessible templates in Office 2016
-Create visually accessible content

Models Employed/Instructional Activities:

direct instruction- 1.) introduction to concepts, 2.) concept formation, 3.) guided practice, 4.) independent practice/cooperative learning/exploration, 5.) reflection (reflective teacher model)

Evidence of success-reflection (knowledge of self, knowledge of students, knowledge of pedagogy) and self-evaluation/self-grading quiz


5 min 1.) introduction to accessibility background (laws, research)
30 min 2.) concept formation (exploration of tools, tips and best practices)
30 min 3.) guided practice (editing and creating accessible content in Office)
20 min 4.) independent practice/cooperative learning/exploration (editing and creating accessible content in Office)
5 min 5.) reflection quiz and self-evaluation

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Morrall Thompson, Digital Scholars
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Tiffany Thompson, Digital Scholars Consulting, LLC.

Tiffany Thompson is the CEO of Digital Scholars Consulting, a Microsoft Global Training Partner Company. She is also a Sr. Instructional Technology Specialist, MIE Educator Expert, Online Content Developer, and Adjunct Instructor. She has 18 years of experience in education & technology. Tiffany is a national conference presenter & speaker. Her enthusiasm for developing 21st century learners and innovative educators is apparent in her professional endeavors. She works with all stakeholders to incorporate technology effectively into the teaching and learning process.

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