ICTI-180: Accessibility in the Digital Classroom

Learn how to integrate accessibility in your digital classroom.

Students come to our classrooms with a variety of learning styles and abilities, and as teachers, we work diligently to meet the needs of each student. It is easy to provide extra time on assignments, additional learning support or using assistive technologies is easy in our face-to-face classrooms. However, what happens when students try to access our materials in the digital classroom? In this online professional development course you will learn effective strategies and best practices for making your digital classroom accessible to all students.

Target Audience: Current and pre-service K-12 educators and administrators

If you’re thinking about these sorts of questions, this course is for you!

What is accessibility?

In the 21st century classroom, many of our curricular materials, learning experiences, and classroom communications happen online.  Sometimes that content or information is only provided through a website, an app, or social media. But can all of your learners (and their parents) access that content? ICTI-180 will show you what it means to make digital content truly accessible to all learners.

Why is Accessibility important in the digital classroom?

There is nothing more rewarding as an educator than watching a student have an “ah-ha” moment in front of your eyes.  But what if students with amazing potential and unique talents were prevented from having those “ah-ha” moments because the content we gave them to learn was unusable? In ICTI-180, you will learn how students with disabilities experience the web and how accessibility and universal design can positively impact that experience.

How can I apply accessibility best practices with students?

After gaining an understanding of how to use accessibility best practices and universal design, the next step is putting those strategies into action to transform learning and sharing that know-how with colleagues. In this course, you will explore the Technology Integration Matrix and its relationship to accessibility, create a captioned video, and incorporate your digital creations into a living resource for K-12 teachers across the world.

Credit

This course represents 20 contact hours. All iTeach courses align with national standards for professional learning. Check with your district staff development office to ensure they will accept this course for in-service points.

Standards

This course will help teachers meet the National Education Technology (NET) standards 1-5.

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define accessibility and identify the applicable laws to ensure all students have equal learning opportunities.
  • Identify the importance of accessibility by experiencing the web through the eyes of students with disabilities.
  • Utilize tools that assist content builders to identify inaccessible content.
  • Compare and contrast an accessible and inaccessible site.
  • Create a captioned video.
  • Develop the ultimate K-12 educator’s guide to accessibility.

Upon satisfying the requirements for this course, participants will receive a course completion certificate. This certificate will awarded to participants who:

  • Satisfactorily complete all modules within the specified time period
  • Maintain a score of 70 and above throughout each module
  • Receive a final score of 70 and above for the course

Certificates will be emailed directly to participants once the facilitator submits final grades and the course completes its review.

This course is organized into five modules completed over four weeks.  Each week, learners will review materials and complete online activities within each module.  A badge will be awarded following the successful completion of all modules.

  • Course Orientation Overview
  • Week 1: What is Accessibility?
  • Week 2: Why is Accessibility Important in the Digital Classroom?
  • Week 3: Where Does Inaccessible Content Hide in the Digital Classroom?
  • Week 4: How Can I Apply Accessibility Best Practices?

Modules will be released weekly throughout the four weeks of this course. On average, participants will spend three to five hours per week completing the course, for a total of twenty contact hours. The weekly hours reflect the average amount of time a participant will spend completing assignments and activities and will vary depending upon the learner.

Our ICTI-180: Accessibility in the Digital Classroom facilitators are qualified instructional technology experts, committed to empowering educators in using digital tools to improve students’ success. They will guide you through each module, answer you questions and provide you with timely and specific feedback. 

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