Let’s think about this:
“The??United States Department of Education??andDepartment of Justice??have just issued a reminder calling for colleges and universities–as well as K-12 school districts–to make sure devices such as e-readers that are required in the classroom comply with accessibility laws…??Kindle devices aren’t accessible to students who are blind or have low vision.”
I believe all children can learn. I work with the Special Education Instructor to provide the least restrictive environment and lessons for special needs students. I’m helping her use her new computers with our students with special needs, and with those without special needs. Look at the classroom and all its visual requirements, all of which were “new technologies” at one time: textbooks, whiteboards, screens, notebooks, bulletin boards, etc.
So no one can use the devices because some of us can’t? We can only use in classrooms what every one can use, or that we can adapt so every one can use? No wonder people want out of public schools: who can innovate when government regulations prevent it?
Surely, those using the Kindle are providing alternatives.
All students have rights to resources, and those rights should not be diminished, or we prevent innovation that does support learning for those with special needs. Think about it: if we had denied the use of computers in the classroom because every one can’t use them, then would we even have universal access on computers?
And, the federal government is planning more for education… Oh my. ??
Advocate. But advocate for innovation not restriction.
I will continue to advocate for the rights of all students to have access to and participate in the world today, especially through and with the technology and its??protocols of etiquette??that are required of them now and in the future.
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