From the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials – NC-AEM
Best Practices for Accessible Social Media
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET
Mindy Johnson, AEM Center
Educators are integrating social media into their professional learning routines, their daily communications, and their instructional practices. But how do we plan for variability in our social media followers? Join Mindy Johnson, Director of Digital Communications and Outreach for CAST, to learn easy tips for making your social media posts more accessible and more usable by everyone.
Unable to attend the webinar? No worries! The link to the recording becomes available on this same page approximately one week after the webinar.
Please use this link for more information and to register for this webinar…
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From EdWeb, this free webinar should be of interest to folks here in Maine…
Turn Struggling Readers Into Leaders Using Assistive Technology
Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
In this edWebinar, join Dana Blackaby as members of her student-led “tech crew” demonstrate forms of assistive technology and share personal anecdotes describing how it helps them overcome some of their most daunting academic challenges. These students all have IEPs or 504 plans, but there are times when only the use of assistive technology allows them to overcome barriers.
Sometimes the biggest barrier to effectively utilizing assistive technology in the classroom is the teacher, as many feel they need to be experts themselves before allowing students to utilize it. When students are given the chance to showcase their expertise, however, teachers are often convinced to embrace the technology. Many teachers make students the tech experts in their classrooms. The result is that they regularly demonstrate marked improvements in their reading skills, social behavior, confidence, and public speaking, elevating them to leaders in their classrooms and schools.
This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through middle school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.
Use this link for more information and to register for this webinar…
In March, the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (NC-AEM) hosted a webinar entitled, “AEM in the IEP: Where Do Accessible Materials and Technologies Fit?” Presented by Joy Zabala and Diana Carl, the 60-minute webinar detailed the seven points in the IEP development process at which AEM might reasonably be considered and documented. Participants were also provided with IEP requirements at each point and questions related to consideration of accessible materials.
This webinar has now been archived and posted, available for your viewing. The presentation slides and handout is also available for download.
The following webinar announcement comes from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials…
Free Webinar: Getting Started with Accessible Math
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Luis Pérez & Lynn McCormack, AEM Center, Paul Brown, Texthelp, and Steve Clower, Desmos
MathML is a markup language used to display equations and other mathematical expressions on the web and in other formats such as ePub and NIMAS. MathML is important for accessibility because it allows equations to be stored as structured text rather than images. Unlike images, structured text can be enlarged with good resolution for low-vision users who need magnification. Blind learners can use screen readers that support MathML to navigate and review the parts of mathematical expressions in the correct order, which is important for understanding complex mathematical expressions. But writing MathML code is not for the faint of heart! In this webinar, we’ll show you some ways you can write and use MathML code with little to no coding. We will then also demonstrate a number of other math accessibility tools from Texthelp, Desmos and more!
Unable to attend the webinar? A recording will be available on the webinar’s Event Page approximately one week after the webinar.
Use this link for more information and to register for this event…
The following event is being sponsored by Great Lakes ADA Center:
Accessibility and Inclusion in K-12 Computer Science (CS) Education: Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in the CS for All Movement
Join us for the kick off webinar in the 2019 Accessible Technology Webinar Series.
The session is on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET.
Computer science (CS) is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream K-12 instructional experience. As more students are exposed to CS instruction, it is imperative that school districts, curriculum developers, and instructional designers consider the needs of all students, including those with disabilities. In this webinar, we will share national initiatives focused on inclusion and accessibility, including:
- The CS for All Accessibility Pledge
- Research and development efforts focused on accessibility in K-12 CS tools and curricula
- Pedagogical approaches that schools are taking toward ensuring that all students can engage in CS education that is accessible, and meaningfully engaging.
We will also share accessibility and inclusion challenges faced by the CS education community and necessary steps that we must take to continue moving in a positive direction towards more inclusive, accessible CS education experiences.
Maya Israel – Associate Professor of Educational Technology, University of Florida
Todd Lash – PhD Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Register at the Accessible Technology Series website. This webinar will be live captioned and archived.
Our friends and colleagues at edWeb.net and Learning Ally have announced the following free webinar:
The Wonderful World of Words: Help Struggling Readers Connect with the World of Words and Reading
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Terrie Noland, Vice President, Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally
Words flood our world each and every day. We use words to navigate, to communicate and to share knowledge. For struggling readers, words can be a thief: a thief that sneaks in and isolates students from classroom discourse and from the rich, deep knowledge that is contained in the pages of a book.
In this edWebinar, the following information will be shared to help restore the connection between words and struggling readers:
- Why reading is so hard for struggling readers
- The importance of word exposure and what it means for lifelong success
- When to use words at a student’s decoding level and when to use words at their cognitive level
- How to bring the right words to students that inspire continued learning
This session will benefit K-12 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.
Use this link for more information and to register for this free event…
The video and resources for the October 29th webinar, “How to Check A Website for Accessibility” have been posted. Here is the link to the recording and resources…
The webinar utilized the newly acquired Zoom Webinar platform and captioning services of Kaltura streaming. We are continuing to refine and enhance the quality of this service.
If you have difficulties with the content, please feel free to contact us for support.
Making Everyday Curriculum Materials Accessible for All Learners
The National AEM Center invites new K-12 educators to participate in a free professional development opportunity to improve the accessibility of the materials students use for learning. Many students with disabilities experience barriers to using curriculum materials due to physical, sensory, or learning disabilities. The outcome of the offered professional development is that you will improve students’ access to the same curriculum materials as their classmates.
For this learning opportunity, educators in their first, second, or third year of teaching are being targeted, however, all interested participants are welcome. Small groups from the same school or district are encouraged.
Open Registration is 5/8/18 – 2/5/19: Participant need only register once during the open registration period and are welcome to do so at any time.
Five topics have been selected for online modules related to providing accessible classroom materials. The five topics are directly relevant to the curricular materials you use with students on a daily basis:
One topic will be introduced every seven weeks, with varied options for independent practice between them. Participants will select activities according to the time and effort you choose to commit; based on your choices, the time commitment will range from approximately one to three hours per seven-week topic. AEM Center staff will hold virtual office hours to support practice between topics, and participants will have the option to learn from one another over social media.
Please use this link for more information and register for this free training…