Digital Transitions

Educators and publishers are working to resolve new issues as our classrooms transition to digital learning environments. Digital Transitions is a resource to help educators to provide feedback and to keep current on evolving transition topics. The current transition topics are: how to convert and create digital materials; information about online assessments; accessible online and digital materials resources; and, the transition to UEB braille code.

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Make Your PowerPoint Presentation More Accessible

This article clearly defines the best practices for creating accessible PowerPoints, including: What to fix How to find it Why fix it How to fix it Each best practice principle has step-...
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How to Add Quality Captions to YouTube Videos

Educators and students are using YouTube and other video sources as educational tools.  However, these videos are often not accessible for students who are hearing impaired.  YouTube videos have an...
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Creating an Accessible Table in Word

General education teachers are creating digital materials to be used by their students.  Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) should spend a little time training general education teachers on how...
With the SAS Graphics Accelerator, sonification is used to present a histogram accessible for users with visual impairments.

Getting Started with SAS and SAS Graphics Accelerator

Our classrooms are using online educational materials.  How can your student with visual impairments or blindness access these same digital charts and graphs?  How can blind college students and...
Grackle Docs: Create Accessible Output from Google Docs

Grackle Docs: Google Accessibility Checker

Grackle Docs is a free program that checks the accessibility of Google Documents.  Simply open your Google Doc and select Grackle Docs from the add-on menu.  Grackle Docs points out accessibility...
Ishihara color blindness test (combinations of various colored dots which create hidden numbers)

How to Design for Color Blindness

Color blindness is the decreased ability to see color or to see the differences in color.  1 in every 12 men and 1 in 200 women are affected by color blindness. Does color blindness impact digital...
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PAVE: Web Tool to Check PDF Accessibility

The classroom teacher shares a PDF document.  How do you identify accessibility issues and fix those accessibility issues so that your student who uses a screen reader can access the document?  Is...
Google Docs is a popular Word Processing software.

Making Google Docs Accessible

No matter what type of computer or tablet your students are using, chances are they are using Google Docs as their word processing software.  Docs is accessible with screen readers; however, the...
Screenshot of a PowerPoint with Accessibility Checker Menu open.

7 Steps to Creating an Accessible PowerPoint Slideshow

PowerPoint presentations are frequently used in K-12 classrooms, college classrooms and in the work field. Are your PowerPoint presentations accessible to all your students? Students with visual...
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Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations for Students with Visual Impairments and Blindness

Want to make your PowerPoint presentations (PPT) accessible for students with low vision and students who are blind? Here's how!  General Education teachers: Make all your materials accessible - you...
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Converter for Drive Document: Convert PDF to Editable Document

Google Drive has an extension that enables users to quickly convert a PDF to an editable document, meaning you can now type on and edit the document.  This is an easy way to scan a print document and...
Information on how to determine image descriptions Alt Tex example: The orbiting paths of the 8 planets in our solar system.

Creating image descriptions (Alt Text)

Image descriptions, also called Alternative Text (Alt Text) are read by screen readers to provide information gleaned from images for students with visual impairments and blindness.  Image...
WEbAIMs' mission is to empower organizations to make their web content accessible to people with disabilities.

Implementing and Evaluation Web Application Accessibility

Web accessibility has recently become a hot topic, especially now that school websites are sharing critical information and unfortunately, are not always accessible.  In this free webinar, Jared...
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Accessibility Matters - and here's what we're doing about it

A Vox Media team met to discuss accessibility and how to implement accessibility standards.  They came up with the following principles about why accessibility matters: People want to access our...
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School Website Accessibility

How is your school/district doing? Can your students use the website? Can they communicate using the same tools every other student uses? Can they use the course materials? Perhaps this will article...
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10 Tips for Creating Accessible Course Content

Educators need to make sure all their students have equal access to course materials, including students with visual impairments and blindness.  Janet Sylvia shares her tips for inclusive design...
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Check for Accessibility Issues: Microsoft

Similar to Spell Checker which tells you about possible spelling errors, Accessibility Checker in Word, Excel and PowerPoint alerts you to possible accessibility issues in your Office file.  Follow...
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Creating Alt Text for images and objects: Windows

Learn how to make images and visual objects accessible by screen readers using Alternative Text (Alt Text).  Alt Text helps students with visual impairments or blindness understand what is conveyed...
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Creating Self-Grading Quizzes with Google Forms and Flubaroo Add On

Teachers can easily create accessible digital assignments, quizzes and tests using Google Forms.  Google Forms enables teachers to create multiple choice, true/false, short answer, etc. questions;...
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Learn how to Create Accessible Word Documents

Microsoft created 10 short videos on how to create documents that are accessible with screen readers.  Each 2-5 minute video highlights a specific topic about document accessibility.  The videos were...

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