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Creating inclusive classrooms with Office 365 education

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Creating a collaborative, inclusive classroom has many moving parts and pieces—and finding the right balance can be challenging. Special education teachers are constantly on the hunt for technology and tools that give students with disabilities an environment that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible. Here are some tools from Microsoft that can help.

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Creating inclusive classrooms with Office 365 education

  1. 1. Cathy Harley Kenichiro Chiba Michael Heyns Malavika Rewari Robin Lowell
  2. 2. Today’s discussion will cover 3 things 1 2 3 What Office 365 is and how it is designed to be accessible An educator’s experience using Office 365 in an inclusive learning environment Where you can find free services and support for accessibility Microsoft
  3. 3. Access can change your students’ lives. Microsoft
  4. 4. What is Office 365 Education and how is it designed to be accessible? Microsoft
  5. 5. What is Office365 Education? • Office apps & services that allow you to organize, collaborate, and engage students • Enables getting work done from the device of your choice. • Works online and offline. • Includes apps built for education and are student focused and teacher inspired. • Students and teachers can get Office 365 Education for FREE! Microsoft
  6. 6. How is Office 365 Education designed to be accessible? Office 365 enhances in accessibility monthly, based on feedback from people with a range of vision, hearing, speech, mobility & reading abilities To make is easy for you use productivity technologies with: • Dyslexia • Alternative Input Devices • Assistive Technologies • Ease of Access Settings To make it easy for you to create content that is usable by: • Checking for accessibility • Describing visual content • Captioning audio content • Retaining accessibility upon export Microsoft
  7. 7. “To build the next decade of innovation, Microsoft must take universal design and accessibility to heart” - Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
  8. 8. How can Office 365 help create an inclusive learning environment? Microsoft
  9. 9. Hear from Robin, a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert Microsoft
  10. 10. What does an inclusive environment looklike? • Students work independently, efficiently and confidently in a format that best suits them. • Accessible technologies let: Students consume content in their preferred way Students make content in their preferred way Students collaborate inclusively Students stay organized Microsoft
  11. 11. Let’s see some applications that letstudents consume content in their preferredway • With built-in read modes • With ease of access settings or assistive technologies Students consume content in their preferred way Students make content in their preferred way Students collaborate inclusively Students stay organized Microsoft
  12. 12. The value of Learning Tools Challenge • Dyslexia is estimated to impact 1 in 5 people • 73% of classrooms have readers that span 4 or more grade levels * • 72% of classrooms have special education students * • 52% of classrooms have English Language Learners * Proven Solution • Improved decoding and sustained attention with Read Aloud • Reduced errors and increased speed with Text Spacing • Improved word recognition and comprehension with Syllables Microsoft * Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation survey of 20,000 public school teachers
  13. 13. Learning Tools in thenews Microsoft
  14. 14. Demo: Learning Tools Microsoft
  15. 15. Gif of Learning Tools in Word
  16. 16. Gif of Learning Tools in WordOnline
  17. 17. Reading Mode in Edge Browser (turned OFF) Microsoft
  18. 18. Reading Mode in Edge Browser (turned ON) Microsoft
  19. 19. Ease of Access Center Microsoft
  20. 20. High contrast mode in Windows 10 (turned OFF) Microsoft
  21. 21. High contrast mode in Windows 10 (turned ON) Microsoft
  22. 22. Magnifier Microsoft
  23. 23. Narrator Microsoft
  24. 24. Let’s see some applications that letstudents make content in their preferredway • Content that is accessible • Content that is backed by research • Content that is polished and professional Microsoft Students consume content in their preferred way Students make content in their preferred way Students collaborate inclusively Students stay organized
  25. 25. r Demo: Creating, researching & reviewing documents Microsoft
  26. 26. Editor helps bring out your best writing Write with Confidence • Help finding errors • Help choosing the right suggestion • Guidance on writing issues Write Easy-to-read Documents • Compelling and appealing to your audience • Clear and concise Inclusive Design to benefit everyone • Synonyms alongside each suggestion aid choice between similar-looking suggestions • Read Aloud aids comprehension of proofing suggestions • Spell checkers are more likely to offer suggestions when the typed word is very different from the intended word Reduces the energy students spend for low-level processing like spelling, and frees up “mental desk space” for the higher-level cognitive tasks involved in writing. Microsoft
  27. 27. r Demo: Editor in Word Microsoft
  28. 28. Polished and Accessible presentations – with ease PowerPoint Designer automates slide Layout for images • Drop in an image, and get professional-grade design ideas for image layout and colors • Improved keyboard accessibility - less need to manually position & resize images • Spend less time figuring out high quality designs, and more time preparing your message Automated alternative text suggestion for images (coming in the future!) • Inserting a recognizable image will automatically give it computer-generated alt-text • Presentation owner can easily view and modify alt-text • Lets students using screen readers access content in a richer way • Decreases the time teachers spend to ensure that content is accessible for all students Microsoft
  29. 29. r Demo: Designing a presentation Microsoft
  30. 30. Let’s see some applications that letstudents collaborate inclusively • With captions for those who cannot hear • With screen-reader friendly co-authoring for those who cannot see • In virtual spaces that can be navigated hands-free or eyes-free Students consume content in their preferred way Students make content in their preferred way Students collaborate inclusively Students stay organized Microsoft
  31. 31. Desktop Online Universal
  32. 32. Word with Office 365 will let screen readers more effectively announce comments, track changes, presence of co-authors Microsoft
  33. 33. r Demo: Collaborating with a group in Word Microsoft
  34. 34. Skype Preview app with the latest Windows 10 offers automated captions when translate is turned on for calls Microsoft
  35. 35. Skype Translator in action in a classroom Microsoft
  36. 36. Let’s see some applications that letstudents stay organized • Office Lens • OneNote • OneDrive • and more! Students consume content in their preferred way Students make content in their preferred way Students collaborate inclusively Students stay organized Microsoft
  37. 37. Office Lens lets you take content from the analog world to the digital world Microsoft
  38. 38. Demo: Staying organized in OneNote Microsoft
  39. 39. Conclusion Microsoft
  40. 40. What to know where to go to learn more? Microsoft
  41. 41. Get Office 365 for free Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, plus additional classroom tools. Learn more and get free Office 365 for you and your students at office.com/education Microsoft
  42. 42. Learn about our approach to making Office 365 accessible by design Microsoft
  43. 43. Online resources to learn more • Microsoft.com/Accessibility for an overview of our commitments, guiding principles and accessibility features in our products • Twitter.com/MsftEnable for news, updates and insights • Aka.ms/InclusionMechanics for demos of Office 365 accessibility enhancements • Aka.ms/A11yInO365 for blogs about Office 365 accessibility plans and progress Microsoft
  44. 44. Accessibility sessions for IT Professionals Slides, recordings and highlights available for • Overview of Office 365 Accessibility • Deep-dive on SharePoint Online Accessibility • Panel Discussion on Technology Strategy for an Inclusive Workplace Visit this page to access these: http://aka.ms/A11yIgnite Microsoft
  45. 45. Free training for educators Learn more on education.microsoft.com/GetTrained/accessibility Microsoft
  46. 46. Help articles on Accessibility 100s of articles on updated every month to help Office users • Create accessible content • Use applications with assistive technologies Visit this page to access these: http://aka.ms/officeaccessibility Microsoft
  47. 47. Disability Answer Desk for accessibility support Visit this page to learn more: http://aka.ms/accessibilitysupport Microsoft
  48. 48. Install learning tools for OneNote Available today for free in OneNote for PCs Being extending to more platforms and applications by end of the year. Learn more on www.onenote.com/learningtools Microsoft
  49. 49. Call someone on Skype with CC in near real time Available today for free in Skype Preview or in Skype for Windows (consumer) Learn more on Skype Translator Blog Microsoft
  50. 50. Learning Time Short-talk Topic 1:35-1:55pm Experience enhanced usability with screen readers in Office 365 3:05-3:25pm Get things done efficiently with just a keyboard in Office 365 4:35-4:55pm Discover ease of access settings that personalize the computer for students with disabilities 5:05-5:25pm Tips and tricks for creating accessible content easily with Office 365 Microsoft
  51. 51. aka.ms/accessibilityfeedback

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