Education Ideas To Support Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018 is fast approaching on May 17th and will the be the seventh year this day is celebrated. The focus is on an audience encouraging the design of technology (both software and hardware) that will be more accessible to every end user, including those with disabilities.

To support this day, Microsoft are running some cool webinars show casing how Windows 10 and Office365 in Education focuses on creating inclusive classrooms. The three sessions are:

Improving Literacy In Your Classroom With Learning Tools

Date: May 9, 2018

Time: 3:30 p.m. PDT – 4:30 p.m. PDT

Register today: https://www.specialedtechcenter.org/class-details/?class_id=1914

In this session Mike Tholfsen will show how the Learning Tools in Office365 have demonstrated ability to improve the reading and writing levels of students. These tools are expanding to the Edge browser and Outlook so there is an ever wider audience to benefit from them.

Exploring The Accessibility Features In Windows 10 To Enhance Productivity

Date: May 14, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. PDT – 1:00 p.m. PDT

Register today: https://www.specialedtechcenter.org/class-details/?class_id=1915

I am always surprised how few people know about the amazing built in features in Windows 10 that support all users through accessibility tools such as Narrator, Eye Control, Read Aloud and the recently improved Dictation.

No plugins required – built in from the ground up in Windows 10.

Creating Inclusive & Engaging Content With O365

Date: May 15, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. PDT – 1:00 p.m. PDT

Register today: https://www.specialedtechcenter.org/class-details/?class_id=1916

Office365 can now check your content to provide feedback on how accessible it is for all consumers, providing tips on what can be improved. Some of the more geeky/cool features include the ability to embed closed captions in PowerPoint and Sway or using the Presentation Translator to create live, on the fly sub titles to your presentation for those that may be hearing impaired or speakers of other languages (yes, real time translation is supported!).

If you’re looking for ways to support users in your classroom, be they students or teachers, then consider supporting Global Accessibility Awareness Day and sign up for the webinars above.