Accessibility is huge. Especially in schools. Students come in all different shapes and sizes. They have differing abilities and hardships. We know that one size DOES NOT fit all when it comes to teaching. This is one of the reasons that technology can be a great equalizer. Technology makes tasks that before were difficult or maybe even impossible, attainable to all.
Devices like the iPad have a ton of great accessibility tools already built into the operating system. Apple has done a great job of adding features that make the device usable by all. You can invert screen colors, use speech-to-text, zoom in on the screen, and much more. By the way, check out the work by fellow Apple Distinguished Educator Luis Perez if you want to know more about accessibility on the iPad.
Well I was excited today when I ran into the Google Chrome extension named Read&Write. This extension, when installed in Chrome, will read selected text in any webpage (including Google Docs!). This is great because while the Chromebook has some great accessibility features, it was lacking text-to-speech.
Once you install the extension and allow it to run, it adds a bunch of functionality to your web browser. There are some paid features, but even just using the text-to-speech tool is great!
Check out this video on using the extension, and then get it installed for your students!