As Ed Tech leaders promoting Web 2.0 in the educational environment, it is incumbent upon us to adopt an inclusive approach so that physically impaired learners have an equal opportunity to derive the same benefits from 21st Century technologies as non-impaired students. We need to raise awareness of this issue so that Web 2.0 developers and social networking sites begin to incorporate design elements that allow access to all learners regardless of physical ability.

Start by understanding the issue. Here are some useful links to learn more about this effort to bring Web 2.0 to all learners:

Are Social Networking Sites Accessible to People with Vision Loss?

The Inclusion Principle

Web Accessibility Toolkit Resources

Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM)

WEB 2.0: Blind to an Accessible New World

H.R. 3101: Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibil...

Only by raising awareness and becoming actively involved in this accessibility mandate can we enrich all learners through the use of 21st Century classroom tools.

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Tags: 21stCentury, Accessibility, Inclusion, Web2.0


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