Hi 422 class,
Amundson wrote the article 5 Steps to an Accessible Classroom Website to bring awareness of the diverse group of people who need to access the information from teachers websites. Diverse groups include English-language learners, those with slow Internet connections, and those who use voice output, Braille, keyboards (not mice), and screen magnifier devices. Teachers as Web developers need to consider all users and adaptive tools so that websites “provide information to the intended audience” and are accessible to all learners.
The author persuades me, as a teacher Web developer, through an emotional appeal by asking me to consider my website as if I were a blind or deaf user trying to access the information—thereby, giving me a problem. Not to worry, her persuasive technique then gives me a “how to” solution. The article doesn’t just discuss the possibilities, but makes creating accessible websites accessible to me by breaking down the Web creation and review process into five steps (1. structure, 2. navigation, 3. text format for non-text elements, 4. logical word choices, and 5. validation tools).
I will apply the information from the article to my future website by making sure I use headers to structure my Web pages, set up Tab key navigation (no drop down menus), allow for gray-scale viewing with appropriate background color schemes, provide title and alt tags, descriptive text, descriptions of images, and a link to contact me.
In conclusion, the article suggests that after applying the suggested five steps to create a website, the final test is to try to navigate on my site or ask someone with a disability to see what is possible if there was no sound, no mouse, no images, and/or no color. The last step is to put the website to the test.
The article aligns with NET for student learning 6b. Technology Operations and Concepts, allowing for students to demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations by selecting and using applications effectively and productively.
Amundson, L. (2009, November). 5 Steps to an Accessible Classroom Website. Learning & Leading with Technology, 37 (4). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/learn/publications/learning-and-leading/digital-edition-november-2009.aspx