Access for ALL: AEM, OER and Digital Publishing Tools

October 21, 2016 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Mike Marotta, ATP, RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC

Mobile devices are everywhere! But…how do we leverage the power of these tools to provide access to print materials for struggling students? This session will focus on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) including: What are they? How to find them? How to use them? Another facet of digital materials is the new push for Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom. In fact, the US Department of Education has launched an entire campaign to get school districts using OERs (#GoOpen). While greater access to materials is positive, what about the accessibility of these materials for students that use AT? We will explore this new world of OER and the interoperability with our AT tools.

Participants will also learn strategies and tools available to let educators create and deliver materials to students and adults – regardless of the devices they are using. Bring your own technology to the session to enhance your learning experience. Participants will have opportunities to utilize apps, software and cloud based creation tools to create personalized, accessible educational materials for use in the classroom (and beyond!). In addition, the facilitator will guide the participants through strategies to create and manage customized electronic materials. Throughout the session, presenter and participants will engage in discussion about the core UDL principles, their relation to mobile devices and digital materials and strategies for digital publishing.

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