July 24, 2022
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of school and public life. This week, we are sharing resources that support and encourage accessibility for all students.
The Nora Project Resources for Educators
The Nora Project offers educators activities and resources that promote disability inclusion and connect learning about disabilities to real-world situations. Take your entire class on a visit to a virtual calming room with relaxing music.
Higher Education for Students with Disabilities
This guide helps students with learning disabilities and their parents better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding postsecondary education. Use this resource with individual students or in a group setting at a career or college night.
Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum is dedicated to raising awareness of how culture, identity, and law have shaped the lives of those with disabilities. Use this resource to help students talk about the roles or experiences of those living with disabilities.
Read about the power and strength of people with disabilities through stories formed on the premise that our greatest challenges can become our greatest opportunities. Have your students write their own stories about challenges they have faced.
Explore this extensive resource about learning disabilities. Consider sharing articles and information with parents during conferences or with colleagues during professional development. topics include ADHD, autism, IEPs, and dyslexia.
Integrating the Four Domains
Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are essential skills for all students. Use the tools in this section to find resources for recording audio messages for students, highlighting and wrapping text, using speech-to-text, and more.
Mote is a Chrome browser extension that allows you to add voice notes to Google Documents, Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Google Sheets. It also supports transcription in over twenty languages. Leave messages on students’ slides and documents.
BeeLine Reader Collection
Find over 100 books and stories as downloadable PDFs that use BeeLine Reader to highlight and wrap text, improving focus and tracking while reading. Use the leveled reading passages to differentiate reading for learners in your class.
This tool dictates text and offers several options for personalization: adjust the playback speed, highlight text during audio reading, adjust text size or spacing, click on any word in your reading material to hear the pronunciation, and more.
Speechnotes provides a distraction-free, easy-to-use speech-to-text notepad for use with Chrome browsers. Just click on the microphone to begin speaking. Use this tool to help students with ADHD, poor typing skills, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and more.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Read about the many summer learning opportunities we have coming up, including our OK2Ask virtual workshops and Microsoft in Education Day, a full day of workshops happening this Thursday! We are also sharing a related blog post and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 7/26, 6 PM ET
Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation Pt. 1
Learning menus or choice boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting, and engaging assignments that demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material. This session will teach you how to use choice boards in your lessons.
Wednesday, 7/27, 6 PM ET
Digital Storytelling 201
You or your students have a story idea, but now what do you do? In this session, we'll review the digital storytelling process, discuss tech tools you can use to create your product, and share ideas for managing your classroom during work time.
Thursday, 7/28, starting at 10 AM ET
Microsoft in Education Day – Free Workshops for Educators
Join us on July 28, 2022, for a full day of OK2Ask workshops featuring strategies, tips, and tricks for using Microsoft Office Online to facilitate student knowledge construction. Learn about Flip, Microsoft Forms, the Edge browser, and more!
Attend one session or all four and leave ready to use these powerful free tools in your learning environment »
Infusing Technology Blog
Build an Inclusive Classroom with Microsoft Tools
Using assistive technology supports learners, builds confidence, and encourages independence. Learning more about assistive tools and how to incorporate them into our classrooms is a win for all. View this blog post to learn about several cool tools.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, "What type of assistive tool is most helpful for your students?" Share your choice and view the responses of other educators once you click submit.
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