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49: Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners: Accessibility is and should be a huge topic of discussion across multiple industries but especially in learning. I’m going to give you tips, tricks, and resources to help use Google accessibility tools to reach all learners. Let’s get shakin’...

49: Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners: Accessibility is and should be a huge topic of discussion across multiple industries but especially in learning. I’m going to give you tips, tricks, and resources to help use Google accessibility tools to reach all learners. Let’s get shakin’...

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49: Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners: Accessibility is and should be a huge topic of discussion across multiple industries but especially in learning. I’m going to give you tips, tricks, and resources to help use Google accessibility tools to reach all learners. Let’s get shakin’...

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Access the full show notes and blog post here. Accessibility is and should be a huge topic of discussion across multiple industries but especially in learning. I’m going to give you tips, tricks, and resources to help use Google accessibility tools to reach all learners. Let’s get shakin’ y’all. Shoutout Sarah Kiefer recently wrote a wonderful review of the Dynamic Learning with Google podcast series. (Episodes 44-47 - You can find them here!) I appreciate the review so much. Go check out her blog, My Brain Can’t Hold It All. Do you have a question or idea to share on the podcast? Leave me a message here. Quick Tip of the Week In any Google Doc, use the keyboard shortcut, Control + Shift + 8 (Command + Shift + 8 on a Mac), to add a bullet to your document. This keyboard shortcut is amazing if you need to add bullet points quickly to a doc. Accessibility Tools with Google I did a ton of research before deciding to chat about this topic today because I wanted to put together the best resources for you.  Check out Google’s Accessibility page here for a very comprehensive list of features broken down by application. Also, keep in mind that Android devices have built-in accessibility features as well. Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are not just time savers; they are also accessibility features for students and teachers. If any of your students are unable to use a mouse, then these are imperative.  CTRL + T will open a new tab in your browser CTRL + (1-8) will toggle to that corresponding tab within your browser. For instance, if you have 8 tabs open, CTRL + 6 will go to the 6th tab.  CTRL + 9 will take you to the last tab that you have open. CTRL + Shift + T will reopen a closed tab. CTRL + W will close a tab. ALT + F + X will completely close Google Chrome. (Cmd + Q on a Mac) CTRL + +/- will zoom in and out on your browser.  (Use CMD instead of CTRL on a Mac) Check out a full list of Chrome keyboard shortcuts here! For all the shortcuts you can use to zoom in and out and change text, image, and video sizes, use this resource.  Why You May Need High Contrast Colors Some students may benefit from high-contrast colors rather than the regular settings we get with every browser. Some students can focus more easily when the background is black with white text rather than vice versa. Darker backgrounds are also easier on the eyes for everyone.  There’s a Chrome extension you can use to change the color schemes for all webpages. You can find the extension here, but be sure to follow your school policies regarding installing extensions. Text to Speech (Reading with Your Ears) Some of the most useful extensions will read the text on the screen out loud to your students. These extensions help younger students learn how to read, but is also helpful for students who have dyslexia or other learning difficulties.  One of my favorite Chrome extensions is Read & Write for Google Chrome. I shared a post on this extension a while back that you can read here, but essentially you install a toolbar, and then any webpage you visit can be read out loud to you.  This tool is a fabulous accessibility feature to help all types of readers. You can change the voice, the speed, and it has a translation feature as well.  Two more Chrome extensions that will read text from the screen are Speak It and Announcify. I shared these in a previous post about supporting struggling readers.  With Speak It, you highlight what you want to hear, and it will read that section out loud with just a couple of clicks.  Another favorite is Announcify because it does more than just read what is on the screen. It will open in a new page, and then it will blur out anything that is not being read. This is great for limiting distractions.  Speech to Text (Dictation) Essentially speech to text is considered dictation, but this feature is so helpful to many different types of learners. Many apps and devices now have voice recognition built into their interfaces,
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