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Digital Skills Taskforce Report

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'There is also a second myth that accessibility comes with

unacceptable compromises to product design. This is simply not true

and the; BBC iPlayer, Apple iPad/iPhone, YouView and the YouGov

website are just a few examples that prove that baking accessibility in

from the start creates a better technology product overall.'

 

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Accessible ebook platforms – seven honest deale...

Accessible ebook platforms – seven honest deale... | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
We contacted 13 ebook platform providers to ask about their accessibility credentials. Seven engaged honestly and openly. These are the lessons we learned..
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Digital by default: why digital government can't wait - Telegraph.co.uk

Digital by default: why digital government can't wait - Telegraph.co.uk | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk
Digital by default: why digital government can't wait
Telegraph.co.uk
Each web page is designed with simplicity and accessibility in mind, based on a set of design principles that the US Digital Service is now seeking to emulate.
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TechDis Tuesday - Best Endeavours

In this session we will look at the definition and meaning of special educational needs and disability and how the colleges and providers can prepare for the reforms that become law on 1 September....
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Text-to-Speech, the best apps for tablets

Text-to-Speech, the best apps for tablets | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Many eBook Readers have or not the Text-to-speech (TTS) feature, but clearly it is pre-installed in the eReader and can not be changed.

Via DyslexicIT
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Hopefully the increase in access to e-text will support learners who benefit from text to speech. See also http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/technologymatters/texttospeech

 

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Increase the accessibility of your devise.

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Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.

Published on Aug 8, 2013

What is Google Drive? A complete guide how to use it.
Cloud (storage), Creation, Collaboration, Communication
How to access Google Drive, including from Google+
Cloud storage:
Left hand bar options
Uploading files or folders from your computer
Looking under the drop downs: Drive content and More
Shared with you: you can add these docs to your Drive too
Choosing how to 'sort' the content
Changing from grid to list view
Changing display in settings
Searching within Drive e.g. searching for PDFs and keywords
How to add a new folder and add files into it
How to enter a folder and remove files by dragging them out
'Checking' a folder/file to show more options e.g. move a folder
Choosing multiple files, or selecting 'all' from a folder
How to remove a folder/file - i.e. put into trash
Adding colours to a folder
Adding stars
Introduction - sharing a file
How to open a file; or choosing 'open with'
How to preview a file
Selecting several images to preview in a lightbox
Moving a selection of files
Creation:
Choosing to create documents, files, presentations etc
Naming the document
Files save automatically
How to download as e.g. a PDF - taking it out of Drive
Collaboration:
Taking comments and changes
Changing the language
How to give access to people
Seeing who has access already
Adding in email address
Choosing nature of access e.g. ability to edit a document
Emailing the person with whom you are collaborating
Changing from 'private' to e.g. only people with the link or making it public.
Giving access to a team/circle of people
Sharing the link to that group
Deciding whether to send them an email
Individuals icons will appear in upper right

Using a Google Hangout with the Google Drive app
Communication:
'Share icon' - appearing in several places
Same box as previously, but now can share it to several social networks
You can just choose 'view'
How to send out via Twitter
How the presentation becomes embedded within the message
The form/presentation etc. can be viewed from the Google+ post
Then 'share'
Sharing images from Drive to Google+
Changing the editing rights
Sending the image into a community
How to 'publish to the web'
How to embed that file's code into a website, including the size of the presentation
How to 'stop publishing'
The four elements: Cloud, Creation, Collaboration, Communication 

***Want more AWESOME hints, tips and tricks?***
Check out my blog for loads more videos:
http://www.martinshervington.com


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Accessibility Clearinghouse Home « Federal Communications Commission

The Accessibility Clearinghouse has information on the availability of Accessible products, services, and accessibility solutions.
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Useful evaluations of mobile technologies although focussed on American needs.

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How to teach … esafety and digital citizenship

How to teach … esafety and digital citizenship | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
This week the Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help you teach pupils how to stay safe – and how to conduct yourself - online

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Essential that e-safety works through all education sectors and does not cease when students reach HE.

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CapturaTalk

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Potentially a useful tool to test design of pages too.

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Assistive Technology Conference (run by students)

Inclusion Requires Participation Conference: Student Demonstrations of Assistive Technology Solutions for Learning, Communication, and Physical Challenges EV...
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Some inspiring stuff in here. It's a long video but it really gives a feel for what a difference technology and modified practice can achieve.

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GAAD: Inclusive Education and the Samoa ... - Simply Accessible

GAAD: Inclusive Education and the Samoa ... - Simply Accessible | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
It doesn't really matter whether we're discussing children or adults; it doesn't matter whether we're talking about access in Samoa or in your own country: accessibility is the same everywhere you go.
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The worldwide perspective is a consistent strength of attending to accessibility, especially now that digital markets are easily global, and we will develop an aging population (i.e. increasing proportion of disabilities) with digital dependencies.

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Xerte 2.0 - open source content creation for the masses (in html5 no less)

Xerte 2.0 - open source content creation for the masses (in html5 no less) | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it

Via alistairm
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The approach of Xerte offers the potential to provide students with opportunities to be more creative working with their tutors - it is easy to understand and teach. Students can be more digitally experienced practitioners by exploring the features available to them.

 

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alistairm 's curator insight, April 26, 2013 12:03 PM

With the launch of XerteToolkits 2.0 it's now possible to bring benefits of rich interactive Xerte content to mobile devices. My favourite page types are the connectors (see sample http://tinyurl.com/jtdeg2) but the new flexible web page template is just brilliant - see link main Mitchellmedia link. Resize the browser, try it on your phone. See how it adapts. Any teacher with modest IT skills (eg PowerPoint, basic digital photos etc) can learn how to do this in half an hour. See next TechDis XerteFriday session on Flipping the Classroom - http://tinyurl.com/jtdeg3 and Xerte community site www.xerte.org.uk

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Re: OCR Software

Re: OCR Software | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
That's really helpful Lisa, thankyou.
Whilst I was looking for a PC based program that works with a scanner, the person I'm supporting has an iPad and is often in situations where OCR scanning is required on the move.
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There's a huge repository of knowledge in the JISCMail archives which if often overlooked.

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Scientist Creates Eye Tracker for £43

Scientist Creates Eye Tracker for £43 | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Shane Hickey The Guardian, Sunday 5 October 2014 Device normally costing £20,000 opens up computer use for millions with restricted mobility and could hit shelves in two years A scientist has created a budget device that can control a computer by...
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eBook Platform Accessibility | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

eBook Platform Accessibility | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Today's new post: eBook Platform Accessibility http://t.co/aUFN2rPmrR (@JISC_Techdis) #edtech
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Jisc TechDis - YouTube

Jisc TechDis - YouTube | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Jisc TechDis is a leading UK advisory service on technologies for inclusion. We explore and promote inclusive practices, resources and advice for learning an...
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Many resources and approaches in the TechDis channel. Please share through your sites and collections.

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E-readers prove easy on the eye for dyslexics

Using an e-reader may help some dyslexic students understand what they read more effectively, researchers at Harvard University argue.In a paper published in the journal PLOS One, the authors found that…...
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The advantages of e-books cannot be underestimated for those with print-impairment. See also http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/events/detail/2013/tdtuesday14052013

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Teaching Children With Dyslexia - Accommodations - Reading Horizons

Teaching Children With Dyslexia - Accommodations - Reading Horizons | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it

"As a dyslexic specialist and someone who knows a great deal about teaching children with dyslexia, I see on a daily basis the struggles these students face in the mainstream classroom. What can be written in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) varies from state to state, and, often, dyslexia is not even addressed. Sometimes, if you approach it as a reading disability or a processing disorder, the schools may be more willing to work with you. You have the right as parents to discuss with your children's teachers certain accommodations that will help your children perform better and allow them to measure a more-accurate assessment of their knowledge and intelligence. You may take this list in to your children's schools and/or teachers and discuss with them what they would be willing to do to help your children."


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Improving the understanding of dyslexia and how technology can help, with both condition and practice.

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E-learning and Disability in Higher Education: Accessibility Research and Practice: Amazon.co.uk: Jane K. Seale: Books

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This book should be read in its entirety by anyone working in e-learning or accessibility, and provides a useful resource for anyone teaching in higher education today."—Dr. Simon Ball, Senior Advisor at Jisc TechDis

 

 

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PDF Lab

PDF Lab | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
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Looks like a very powerful tool. Benefits from support and guidance though to help make best use of it i.e. http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/keyinitiatives/pdfguidance

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Training materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties: level All

Training materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties: level All | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it

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Lots of useful ideas here to improve communication with and without technology.

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alistairm 's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:01 AM

Thanks to Lisa Featherstone for pointing me to these excellent resources for working with learners with complex needs.

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Access & Inclusion Case Studies from RSC Scotland Showcase ...

Access & Inclusion Case Studies from RSC Scotland Showcase ... | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
She has become a leading Learner Inclusion Ambassador, representing learners at the college's award winning e-Inclusion group. In addition ... Using In-Folio Accessible e-Portfolio System at Cumbernauld College.
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RSC Scotland - Stars!

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Obama issues Executive Order in support of open data - Creative Commons

Obama issues Executive Order in support of open data - Creative Commons | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. ...

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More accessible forms of data to follow then....

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Why Google Glass is a clear winner for the blind | AbilityNet

Why Google Glass is a clear winner for the blind | AbilityNet | Accessibility and Inclusion technologies | Scoop.it

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Looks promising if affordable, but expect some privacy issues.

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Margaret McKay's curator insight, April 27, 2013 8:22 AM

What? Google’s AI glasses with heads-up display are a clear winner for users who can’t even see? Absolutely. Moreover they promise huge potential benefits for users with a range of other impairments too.

Marie Schoeman's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:36 AM

This article outlines the potential benefits of this new gadget for blind, Deaf and other persons with disabilities.