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Transform your Classroom with Accessibility Tools

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, November 30, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Janelle Couch  
Rethink how you teach and make learning accessible for all students. Learn how to use and implement a variety of Microsoft Accessibility Tools including Immersive Reader, Dictate, Translate, and more. These tools will energize teachers to meet the needs of all learners.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants will experience the following tools:

Microsoft Translator (available for PC, Win10, iOS, Android, Windows devices)
Microsoft OneNote (available for PC, Win10, iOS, Android, Windows devices)
Office Lens (available for iOS devices currently)

Tools will also be used in Office 365 Word and OneNote online versions.

Topic: Assistive & adaptive technologies
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Teachers will leave this session with the knowledge of how accessibility tools work and the impact that they have in the classroom. Teachers will be able to see how accessibility tools can impact learning for multiple grade levels and subject areas. Microsoft accessibility tools including immersive reader, dictate, translate, and lens will all be modeled. Teachers will be encouraged to have a conversation and ask questions of how different accessibility tools could be used for their curriculum which will spark ideas and conversation for others.

Supporting research

The use of Microsoft accessibility tools has been a recent focus for Microsoft. The Microsoft website will be a main source of information and resources along with Mike Tholfsen who is a large promoter of Microsoft accessibility tools through the Twitter platform.
As a topic for my current doctoral degree dissertation, all recent and relevant research on accessibility tools can/may be included in the presentation.

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Dr. Janelle Couch, Cobb County School District

As a Technology Training Integration Specialist for Cobb County School District, I empower teachers, students, and district staff with the use of technology.

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