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Sounds of Silence — (UDL Featuring Alt Text)

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 115C

Explore and create: Exploratory Creation lab
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Instructional Designer - Accessibility
Tarrant County College Connect Campus
Lindsay Foster has two decades of educational experience as an elementary classroom educator, a technology applications instructor, and as an instructional technology coach. As an Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mrs. Foster helps students & educators alike build meaningful & engaging learning experiences using technology across the curriculum. Mrs. Foster is a Google Certified Trainer, a LEGO Education US Master Educator, Book Creator Ambassador, and BreakoutEDU Trainer. Mrs. Foster loves to showcase student and educator experiences in the classroom, on the campus and across her district and state, and her speaking engagements have included ISTE, TCEA, MACUL, NCTIES, TCEA ETC, TCCA, TiA, and TXGoo.
Digital Learning Specialist
TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804
ISTE Certified Educator
Anne Truger is an educational technology consultant with over 20 years of conference presentation experience. Anne dreams of a world where technology integration becomes truly seamless and invisible. Currently Anne works as a Instructional Technology Coach for TrueNorth 804 Educational Cooperative. In her free time she provides Google Training for private clients. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator. Anne has presented at APC 2018-2021, ISTE 2001-2021 and at many other local conferences. She enjoys presenting and sharing her lifelong love of learning and technology passion with others.

Session description

A picture speaks a thousand words but what do you do if you have only 120 characters? Learn about applying alt+text to support images, build branding, and help to support all learners and stakeholders. This session will help you to "Shout" instead of playing "The Sounds of Silence" on repeat.

Purpose & objective

Educational Challenge: Understanding the importance of and how to use alt_tags effectively.
Instructional Activities: Attendees will learn what alt tags are, how to identify and create descriptive alt tags, where to locate alt tags in common creation tools such as Google Docs and Word documents, and how to apply alt tags to branding using social media tools including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Engagement using tools such as Pear Deck or Nearpod will allow interactivity and direct, real time response between attendees and session facilitators. Facilitators will also provide opportunities for attendees to apply knowledge learned to #ISTE social media shared photographs and videos to put skills into practice immediately.

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5 Minute Quick Introduction
10 Minutes Explanation of legal issues including ADA, Section 504, WCAG
45-50 Minutes Skills Practice including identifying alt+tag tools within common software and applications such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (I do, We do, You do); writing alt+tag descriptions (I do, We do, You do); opportunities for discussion with other attendees and to compare alt+tags (Share on tool such as Padlet or Google Doc for collaborative learning)
10-15 Minutes Resources sharing
10 Minutes Question and Answer period
5 Minutes Wrap Up

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Supporting research
Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (Kat Holmes)
Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally (Emily Ladau)

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Session specifications

Equity and inclusion
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.