Webinar on STEM Tech Tools
On Monday, December 12th we hosted a webinar on STEM Tools You Should Get to Know Over The Break. This webinar was a collaboration between ISTE’s Inclusive Learning and STEM PLNs. You can watch either the entire recording, or skip to a specific segment that interests you.
- Karey Kilian – defining STEM, Bloxels, challenges
- Steven Jones – Tinkercad, 3D printing projects
- Julianne Ross-Kleinmann -publishing time, books, STEM PLN Resources
Resources Mentioned in the Webinar
Aside from giving you an opportunity to renew and recharge through quality time with friends and family, the winter holiday break is a great opportunity to explore some new and exciting tech tools to support your learners in 2017. Join us for a fast paced session with Library Media Specialist Karey Killian (Milton Area School District, PA), STEAM Facilitator Steven Jones (District 966, IL), and Lower School Tech Coordinator Julianne Ross-Kleinman (The Foote School, CT), of ISTE’s STEM Personal Learning Network, as they share a number of STEM tools you can use to engage all of your learners and make STEM learning more fun and interactive.
Karey Killian is a certified Library Media Specialist for elementary schools in the Milton Area School District in Pennsylvania. She is a twenty-first century librarian who seeks ways for every student to achieve more by discovering their interests and talents. Those life moments usually occur during time in Makerspaces and Skype lessons. Karey was selected to engage in the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert community and most recently has been awarded the honor of Skype Master Teacher. Being among colleagues and an organization that strive to “empower every student on the planet to achieve more” continues to motivate her to find powerful learning opportunities. Follow Karey on Twitter @CoLIBRAtoRY.
Steven Jones is a STEAM Facilitator in District 96, just west of Chicago. He also has numerous years of experience as an Instructional Technology Specialist in Chicago where he taught K-8 and provided instructional technology support to all staff members. He has collaborated with his colleagues to write grants and bring innovative technology and learning experiences to both teachers and students. Steven has experience teaching a wide variety topics ranging from teaching students to create digital media with a purpose through the Adobe Youth Voices program, programming, circuits, 3d modeling, additive manufacturing, and subtractive manufacturing. Follow Steven on Twitter @mrjonesteaches
Julianne Ross-Kleinmann is the Lower School Technology Coordinator at The Foote School, and serves on the Commission on Technology for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. Previously she was an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Manhattanville College, Lower School administrator in NYC and Connecticut, and classroom teacher. Her passion is instructional technology in the service of teaching and learning. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, an M.S in Early Childhood Education, an M.S. in Educational Administration, and is ABD in Computing for Education Professionals. Julianne has presented at various schools and conferences. Topics include technology applications, integration & troubleshooting, Writers and Readers Workshop, Rubrics and Assessment, STEM, and Room Design. But her favorite presentations have involved co-presenting with her students on the topic of computational thinking using Scratch and Scratch jr. Julianne is an active member of ISTE and the current Chair of the STEM PLN.
World Usability Day Webinar and Slow Chat
On Thursday, November 10th at 7PM EST the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network hosted a free webinar on What’s New in Accessibility to celebrate World Usability Day.
World Usability Day is a single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups who share one common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to our lives are easier to access and simpler to use.
The theme for WUD 2016 was “Sustainable User Experience (UX)” or “Green UX.” One aspect of Green UX is moving existing processes and practices online or “going paperless.” However, when online or digital content is not accessible to all, the potential of Sustainable User Experience can go unrealized for some users. Fortunately, a number of free or low cost accessibility tools are now available in our devices to ensure everyone can use websites, ebooks, and other online resources that have been designed with accessibility in mind.
Below are the recordings from our webinar. We have split up the webinar into three segments, each one focusing on a different platform and lasting about 15 minutes. We are working on the captions and should have those available soon.
Luis Pérez – iOS 10 Text to Speech Features
Rhianon Gutierrez – Google Chrome and Apps Accessibility
Lawrence Walker – Windows 10 Accessibility Features
Resources Mentioned in the Videos
- 4 New Accessibility Features of iOS 10 You Should Know
- Rhianon’s Chrome Accessibility Tips
- TextAloud Text to Speech Software for Windows
- Apple’s Accessibility Page
- Google’s Accessibility Page
- Microsoft’s Accessibility Page
- TextHelp Read and Write for Google
Leading up to the webinar, we will also conducted a “slow chat” on Twitter. A slow chat takes the traditional Twitter chat format and spreads out the questions over a week to allow for deeper reflection, better access to users of assistive technologies, and improved participation across different time zones.
We used the hashtag #InclusiveLNChat to answer the following questions (one per day):
In your own words, how would you define “sustainable user experience” or “Green UX”?
What is the relationship between accessibility and sustainable user experience?
What accessibility features of your preferred platform (iOS, Windows, Chrome OS, etc.) are helping people around the world gain access to information?
What examples do you have about accessibility and usability in the environment? (feel free to share pictures with descriptions)
What challenges still exist in broadening the use of built-in accessibility features to improve user experiences?
The ISTE Inclusive Learning Network provides a number of professional learning opportunities to help its members stay up to date with the rapidly changing and exciting field of inclusive technology.
Visit our Online Presentations page to review recordings of our recent offerings, and check out our Resources page for background information on inclusion, universal design for learning and assistive technology. We are also starting a collection of member submitted Tutorials to help you learn about the latest technology tools for digital inclusion.