Technology is part of nearly every aspect of our daily lives, including the public education system. However, students with disabilities and other traditionally disadvantaged students are often not considered from the outset when these technologies are being developed, creating even greater inequalities and opportunity gaps in our country’s education system.
In collaboration with 12 other national partners, NCLD created a set of resources that identify new ways to think about education technology and equity: Inclusive Technology in a 21st Century Learning System. The report explores the conception, design, procurement, use, and continuous improvement of ed tech initiatives.
NCLD also worked with partner organizations to translate how local, state, and national policy makers can play a role in ensuring technology closes educational, economic, and civic opportunity gaps for individuals with disabilities. The following resources include actionable steps and key considerations:
NCLD believes it is the responsibility of many stakeholders to ensure that students with disabilities are provided access to ed tech that facilitates deeper engagement and learning. We also believe that these deeper learning experiences can only happen when ed tech initiatives and products are designed with the needs of students with disabilities and other traditionally disadvantaged students considered at the outset of visioning and design, rather than retrofitted down the road. We hope you will share these resources and join this important conversation about equity and inclusion.
NCLD is grateful for the collaboration of the following partners in developing “Inclusive Technology in Modern Learning Environments: A Local Primer”:
NCLD is grateful for the collaboration of the following in developing “Inclusive Technology in Modern Learning Environments: Student Experiences and Four Key Federal Laws “: