Accessibility

No classrooms. No teachers. No blackboards. No exams.

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 10, 2012.   At first glance it’s pretty obvious: Colegio Fontán is different. No classrooms. No teachers. No … Continue reading

“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Megan Lawrence Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft    Redmond, Washington, USA   Megan Lawrence is part of a team on a mission to reduce the unemployment rate for people with disabilities. This is a monumental task, but one Lawrence will not shy away … Continue reading

OneNote makes learning accessible for all – Jeff Petty, USA

Jeff Petty, Principle Program Manager, Accessibility Daniel Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility Microsoft Corporation Seattle Washington, USA For students with unique learning needs – and their teachers – one-size-fits-all education tools don’t always work. It’s not a small problem. In … Continue reading

A student’s story: How OneNote changed a life – Kyle Madinger, Canada

This is a story of struggle, perseverance, and ultimately, triumph. Our story starts with a young Kyle Madinger, born on Christmas. “Kyle was a Christmas baby, and was always the youngest in the class,” his father Brent tells us. “So … Continue reading

Hacking the Way to Better Reading Technologies – Jeff Petty and Kevin Larson, USA

Innovation is a word we use a lot here at Daily Edventures. Whether you’re a teacher or a school leader, pushing innovative learning is likely top-of-mind every day. Spurring innovation is also top-of-mind here at Microsoft. For the second year … Continue reading

“I touch the future. I teach.” – Poonam Dogra, India

Teaching in a remote area of northern India presents its share of challenges – from power outages to slow-to-change local attitudes about education. In the face of these challenges, Poonam Dogra has embraced new teaching approaches and technology, and her … Continue reading

“Because everybody is not the same, everybody is different, and the difference is something you should enjoy, that is a feeling you should value. When they go out of the classroom with a smile, that makes my day. That is my kind of day, the kind of way to end the day.” – Michio Inaba, Japan

Please check out this inspiring video giving you a look into the work of Mr. Michio Inaba, previously featured in Daily EdVentures this year. Let’s all congratulate him on his great work in using technology to enable education for all!

“I want my students to be the type of people who won’t quit. Instead of them saying ‘I can’t get an A on my history test because I’m bad at history,’ I want them to think ‘How can I get an A on my history test, even though I am bad at history?’ When students think ‘HOW?’ instead of taking the easy way out and giving up, it leads to more critical thinking and persistence.” – Jane Cui, USA

“Every student is unique in his or her strengths and challenges, and it is the job of the teacher to foster highly individualized learning in response to the student. Not the other way around.” – Ellen Brandenberger, USA

“You can see how many different projects can join together for the same cause.” – Team I Copy You, Qatar

Some of the most exciting projects at the Imagine Cup World Finals competition are the ones that aim to break down barriers and make learning more accessible for all. For Qatar’s I Copy You team, participants in the World Citizenship … Continue reading

“Although Japan seems to have a blessed educational environment, there is a gap due to various factors. Education of physically and mentally handicapped children is behind compared to Europe or the U.S.” – Michio Inaba, Japan

“As best practices are being developed for connected, mobile, personal learning, we need to have the political will to change our historic systems. Seat time, age cohorts, drill and kill – these all have to go.” – Joel Heinrichs, USA

“We want to shape young minds to learn computer science – now when they are at their most creative point in their life. We want students to fuel their curiosity and creativity by developing apps and games relevant to their lives.” – Michael Braun, USA

Text2teach Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Mainstream Implementation in the Philippines

It is hard to overstate the power of mobile devices when it comes to global education. On World Book Day this year, we shared a UNESCO report that showed that mobile technology may be turning the tide on illiteracy. In … Continue reading

International Day of the African Child 2014

On June 16th every year, the African Union and its Partners celebrate the Day of the African Child (DAC), in commemoration of the 1976 protests by school children in Soweto, South Africa. In 1991, the African Union Assembly passed a resolution … Continue reading

Special Education Infographic: How Do You Teach a Superhero

Many people believe learning disabilities are a sign of low intelligence; this belief is wildly incorrect. Specific learning disabilities pose unique challenges for afflicted students and are very real, physiological conditions. Special education comes into play when a student’s education … Continue reading

“If we can trust and empower schools, then we are more likely to unleash creativity, to expand thinking, to provide meaningful and relevant opportunities and experiences for their communities.” – Adam Nye, USA

“One thing that students must learn is to use their resources. Many people have the mentality that they can do it on their own but it is important to have other people’s ideas to be incorporated together. The saying that two minds are better than one is very true. Everyone has different strengths.” – Victoria Parisi, USA

“I would give every child a pen, because with it they could quickly write their story and tell a better story than anyone else. Maybe this could also be a chance for them to actually write down a story that no one has ever written before.” – Zinzi Nsingwane, South Africa

“Work on an app that you feel passionate about…You’ll be challenged every day, so you must be clear of your ultimate vision for the app and who will benefit from it.” – Marc Zimmerman, USA