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10 Tips to make your classroom more accessible

Read more at https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2017/05/10-tips-for-creating-an-inclusive-classroom-today/#ICXYIyIgolLU19xI.99

 

1. Understand why accessible content matters

 

As teachers, you can be proactive and build content for students with accessibility in mind, from the beginning. You might think this isn’t required in your class right now, because no student has requested an accommodation in your class, but this could be because students don’t like to stand out. Disabilities can be invisible, can occur at any time, and for varying durations, so it is likely that you will have a student or parent who will benefit from accessible content.

Watch the introductory video: Creating accessible classroom content in Office 365

 

2. Create well-structured content in Word

 

Headings and Researcher are tools in Word that allow teachers to create well-structured content in a variety of ways. For example, you can use headings to create sections for a paper, help a student break down an assignment into manageable parts, or create a quick table of contents.

Watch the video: Using Headers and Researcher to create content in Word

 

3. Create content that is clear, concise and accessibility checked

 

Teachers know that creating content goes beyond just getting ideas down on paper and that creating well-written documents, that look and sound professional, are very important. Editor in Word will help you and your students create content that is clear and concise. Also, following accessibility best practices is key to creating professional content. By adding Alt Text for images and fixing any errors flagged by Accessibility Checker, you can create content that is easier to follow for students with visual impairments.

Watch the video: Creating content with Word

 

4. Make PowerPoint slides easy to navigate

 

PowerPoint is the go-to resource for many teachers, for both educator and student presentations. However, students with visual impairments, color blindness, or dyslexia often struggle with navigating and using slide decks.

Learn some strategies that will help you and your students create content accessible for all users. , so no need to recreate your content.

Watch the video: Creating accessible content in PowerPoint

 

5. Convey information in multiple formats with PowerPoint

 

Teachers often use PowerPoint to present new information to students and to  keep themselves on track while they teach. These slide decks can also be utilized by students before or after a lesson individually, especially if it is located somewhere convenient, like the OneNote Class Notebook. Accommodate audiences with a range of vision, hearing, mobility and cognitive abilities by including videos, captions, graphics with sufficient color contrast, and text with sufficient font size in your slides.

Watch the video: Creating visually accessible content with PowerPoint

 

6. Use templates to ensure sufficient font size and color contrast

 

Templates are that teachers create content that is likely to be accessible to everyone. There are many free, accessible templates available in Word and PowerPoint –  just do a search starting with the keyword “accessible.” Templates can also help give students a starting point and help them focus on the content, as opposed to formatting or where to begin.

Watch the video: Creating accessible content using templates

 

7. Digitize content with Office Lens

 

Some of the best lessons favored by teachers are often self-created with materials from a variety of resources. Some might be from an old magazine, book, article, or curriculum housed in a folder on the shelf. There are physical pieces of paper that end up getting copied off as a handout for students. Unfortunately, these documents are not accessible to all. With Office Lens, a mobile app from Microsoft with Optical Character Recognition, you can easily transfer most to the digital realm and let students format the text to suit their needs through Immersive Reader.

Watch the video:  Digitizing content with Office Lens

 

8. Update existing content with OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook

 

Many classrooms are going completely paperless by using OneNote Class Notebook – teachers, students and even parents are loving it. Students have access to all materials and information at their fingertips at all times, with no heavy backpacks or misplaced work. Now is the time to go back and ensure that all your materials are accessible for all your students. This video look at ways to make your existing content accessible, without you having to recreate everything.

Watch the video:  Updating existing content with OneNote

If you are looking for a strong example of how one educator is creating inclusive classrooms with the help of OneNote, see this story by Jameson Lee, Assistive Technology Coordinator of Special Education at Catholic District School Board in Eastern Ontario. And if you’re already using OneNote, you’ll want to catch up on our latest updates that improve its usability, navigation and consistency across devices.

 

9. Create live content with Skype and Skype Translator

 

Skype is a fantastic tool for students and teachers to be able to connect with others across the globe. But did you know that Skype can also be used within your own class to help ensure that live content is accessible to all – with options to automatically transcribe and translate conversations? There are so many opportunities for teachers to use this great tool and help all students meet their learning goals without interruption.

Watch the video:  Creating live content with Skype and Skype Translator

 

10. Take the training on Microsoft Educator Community & share your stories

 

There are so many opportunities for teachers to impact the life of a student in positive ways. By relying on the tips you’ll see in this course and Office 365 for Education, you can transform your curriculum easily as you move forward.

Take the course now: https://aka.ms/accessiblecontenttraining

Do you have some tips for other teachers on how you’ve developed inclusive habits in your lessons? Do you have a story about a student with a unique disability who inspired changes in your teaching? If so, please, share your own tips in the comments section of the course above.

We even have a poster for you to print and hang on the walls or your school or classroom, acting as a constant reminder about some of the tips discussed here and in the course.

Read more at https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2017/05/10-tips-for-creating-an-inclusive-classroom-today/#ICXYIyIgolLU19xI.99

 

To access your BIOS on a Windows 10 PC, you must follow these steps.
  1. Navigate to settings. …
  2. Select Update & security.
  3. Select Recovery from the left menu.
  4. Click Restart Now under Advanced startup. …
  5. Click Troubleshoot.
  6. Click Advanced options.
  7. Select UEFI Firmware Settings.
  8. Click Restart.

Into BIOS now and right arrow to system config and down to action keys and enter and up arrow to disable and f10 to save and exit

 

You are called to such a time as this ……

In the Name of Jesus, as a Christian I say, I am sorry for what we Christians have done …in the Name of Jesus.

Jesus called us to love one another and to love our enemies but who and what you think are enemies probably are not. No, your enemy is not that “gay person, political person, the Christian, Methodist, Catholic, Muslim, white person, black person, red person, terrorist, murderer, your past friend/sibling/parent you argued with and the list goes on” The enemy is hate. We humans fear those who are not like us, so speak against what we do not know and in this action show hate. More wars are created in the name of God than all else…..this is not showing God’s love. We are to LOVE.

In this season, I ask you to seek out someone you would never go near and never talk with and LOVE on them—get to know them. You will see they are not so different than yourself. Only by loving someone do you change “your hate perspective as well as theirs”.

A great example is the law Roe VS Wade ruling allowing abortion which has led to even greater hate, calling people baby killers and a whole lot more. The director of a pro-life group at the time when this mother wanted an abortion, decided NOT to go this route of hate and instead would meet Norma Roe in the parking lot and love on her while she smoked. In the process of caring for her, she eventually became a Christian—yes, that is what love does and she has gone onto love and change her world because of it.

Teaching for decades in the poorest and most drug ridden areas in the nation, I can tell you I totally understand the desperation that desperate woman are faced with despite the fact I would rather they choose another route. These women are left alone to …not be able to feed.. this new child if they have it, when she already has other mouths to feed and is homeless most of the time with people who walk by and spit on her and the kids—yes—I understand as I watched it go on while I taught these children. We are called to love even when we do not understand. Instead of hating her or my other moms in the same situations, food and clothing were dropped off at houses—yes, especially where my students lived because I was fortunate to love and teach them daily at school and when they did not show up, I drove by to see what was happening or find the new residence where they were hiding. More times than I can remember, I would walk into abandon houses and ask permission from a room filled with adults completely stoned and in a daze, room so smoky I could hardly see all the people and ask if I could take their children to my house where they would get clean, clean clothes, food and time to play games without fear of danger surrounding them –all year long but especially in the summer because it just all got worse in these neighborhoods (and yes, like wow did God protect my ignorance of the danger that constantly surrounded me as I entered).

Let me tell you EVERYONE knew me in the neighborhood. Kids would come up and beg to go with me "this time" but I always told them I had to talk with their parent(s) first and ask permission. Then we needed to track them down and as I entered another abandoned building and find the parents in huge circles with needles and other drugs around them and ask permission, someone would speak up and say “yes, we know who you are…take them and I would proceed to pack as many in my car as I could. Interestingly, the drug dealers, drugged parents and everyone else protected me in that neighborhood every time I entered. I was not an evil Christian preaching to them. I just walked around loving on them but more importantly, by loving on their children. That is Jesus' Love in action. I even got to the point where one of the adults from another of my students would come in with her van and we would pack as many kids in to take to my house to just love on these kids to take them out of danger—“for such a time as this.”

We –you –“are called to such a time as this” to take action—to fight against hate and that can only happen by loving those you hate (Esther 4:14). The action of love and to love and pray for all, but love is active so go out and show love now and forever.

Becoming a Christian means I have HIM with me all the time, someone to talk with constantly and to show me the path that will benefit me the most and that path IS love. Yes, that means giving up my will but I have discovered HIS is so much better. The love I give out comes back 100-fold and WOW has my life been blessed and changed for the better from loving others so different than myself or the same as myself and slowly but surely someone else comes into HIS kingdom to feel that “peace that passes all understanding” Philippians 4:7—not through hating others, but by loving them.

Go LOVE–

 

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