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EDU 321 / EDU 361 / EDU 369: Ed Tech Tools

This research guide was created for students taking the following courses: EDU 321: Instructional Technology for Educators, EDU 361: Creative Learning in Early Childhood Education, and EDU 369: Teaching Language Arts in Early Childhood Education.

Acceptable Use

Many Acceptable Use policies make students aware of basic internet safety rules before they are allowed to go online independently. The Boston Public Schools system crafted the language of their AUP to make students assume responsibility for their actions by starting each rule with the phrase, “I am responsible for….”

Visit the Boston Public Schools website to learn more about Acceptable Use policies.

Section 508

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended is a set of standards that requires Federal agencies to make ICT accessible to employees and members of the public who have disabilities in a comparable manner to the access experienced by employees and members of the public without disabilities.

The revised Section 508 Standards apply to ICT that is "procured, developed, maintained, or used" by agencies of the Federal government. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers to ICT, make opportunities available for persons with disabilities, and encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.

This information is from https://www.section508.gov/508-training/courses/new/page268732.html.

Create Accessible Products

Learn to create accessible products such as documents, presentations, and more: https://www.section508.gov/create

SweetSearch

 

Since 2009, SweetSearch has been the best place for students - and anyone else - to begin their research. It leverages Google to search only a fully vetted "whitelist" of websites. The original index was created by 50+ librarians, educators and researchers who collectively invested over 100,000 hours in finding the best resources.

NewseumEd

NewseumEd houses an online collection of primary sources, news artifacts, and lessons that help teachers teach media literacy, civics, and all aspects of the First Amendment. No fake news! :)

Autodraw

AutoDraw lets users draw faster with a little help from artists and machine learning.

InsertLearning

InsertLearning is a great way to turn any webpage into a lesson and is available as a Chrome extension.

Book Creator

Book Creator is a beautiful, flexible tool that allows students of any age or skill level to create, publish, and share online books.

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