Planning for an accessible new school year

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Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:45pm

With the new school year comes the promise and excitement of many challenges, not the least of which is how to ensure teaching and learning resources are accessible to students.

Primary school aged students sitting on ground, teacher sitting behind the students, smiling

Online learning programs and downloadable resources including videos form a significant complement of learning activities with which students will engage in 2015. Access to media and technology becomes paramount in this equation.

Students with diverse learning needs, including those with hearing impairment or deafness and those who are blind or have low vision require accessible options for their learning.

Teachers need reliable and current sources of captioned video and also information about technology for increased classroom access. Underpinning the necessity for accessible resources is the need for inclusive teaching practices and consideration of Universal Design for Learning principles, for the long term benefit for all students.

Ongoing support in learning more about captions and how they can be used in the classroom is available through Media Access Australia’s resources for teachers, which include lesson plans for K-12  and ‘how to’ videos.

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