Accessibility of technology

My initial thought of “accessibility of technology” was internet connection, computer, tablet smartphone etc but in actual fact it refers to a broader range of accessible features. VoiceThread wanted to serve the needs of everyone including those with dyslexia, ADHD, living in a developing world with no high speed internet, kindergarten children, elderly and more. They requested input from differently-abled users. Originally Voice Thread decided not to enable video because we don’t usually need video on phone conversations and it can just be distracting. However feedback from Rosemary Stifter at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf and hearing impaired, requested video so that students could participate with sign language. Click on the video and watch this Voice Thread interaction of the students, their facial expressions, emotions and individuality. Although Voice Thread did already offer text the inclusion of video created a richer environment for learning for these students.

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About Karin Potgieter

Originally from South Africa, I have been privileged to enjoy the beautiful lifestyle of Canada. My career in Early Childhood Education has been motivating, ranging from the endearing relationships with the children and families of the Preschool that I owned to the inspirational interactions with my students as instructor of the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. My qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Provincial Instructors Diploma and en route to completing the Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.
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