10 Ways to Make Your Classroom Content Accessible Today!

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Cassie Frost  
Accessibility is more important than ever because of the increase in digital learning. We'll discuss 10 ways to increase the accessibility of content that you create and provide to your students, including closed captioning, alt text, OCR, formatting, file naming and font types.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: No software is required- any internet based device will allow the participants to participate in most activities. A laptop or Chromebook will provide the best access for this session, but others will work as well.
Topic: Assistive & adaptive technologies
Subject area: Special education, Not applicable
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to identify common accessibility concerns and how they affect learners in an educational environment.

Participants will be able to identify at least 5 techniques or tools for increasing the accessibility of digital lessons.

Participants will be able to identify constraints of at least 3 digital platforms and identify assistive technology tools that can help mitigate these constraints.


5 Min- Introduction and interactive survey of previous knowledge and teaching scenarios

10 Min- Discussion of what content is considered accessible and what are considerations of accessible content. How does accessible content and UDL work together?

30 Min- Demonstration and exploration of 10 techniques and tools that help create accessible content,. Each technique will be discussed, demonstrated, and examples of how it could be used in a variety of digital settings. Additionally, examples of why it is important who it helps will be discussed. Examples of such techniques will include adding alt text (for screen readers, used in any platform that uses images, necessary for any student with a visual impairment or other need for a screen reader), OCR (optical character recognition for ensuring all digital content is readable by a screen reader), and closed captioning (a variety of methods for achieving this will be discussed).

During this portion, participants will watch, engage in polls and brainstorming sessions, and have an opportunity to experiment with many of the techniques on their own devices.

10 Min- During this time, a discussion of common educational platforms will be held and limitations of each platform will be demonstrated. This is important for participants to understand that there may be different platforms that need to be utilized for different purposes in order for content to be accessible to all learners.

5 Min- Wrap up, including participants sharing ideas and writing down action steps for themselves, questions answered if any are asked, and a short interactive activity that allows participants to use at least one of the tools they have learned about during this session.

Supporting research

The New Assistive Tech- Make Learning Awesome for All- Chris Bugaj

UDL Now!- Novak

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Cassie Frost, Disruptive Teaching, LLC
ISTE Certified Educator

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