Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Supporting absent students and those with physical impairments

We’ve been bringing you bite-sized tutorials recently inspired by our Teaching with Technology qualifications, designed to aid those taking the continued personal development courses. However, you don't need to be preparing for an exam or working towards a certification to take value from an area of study, and these short tutorials and activities can be of used by teachers and educators just wanting to further their own pedagogy by increasing the integration of technology into their everyday classroom endeavours.

Today we’re going to look at how Microsoft technologies can help those students with sensory or learning impairments, and also see how they can support students who may be absent from the classroom for any reason.

Supporting all students with accessibility tools

As highlighted in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, there should be no barriers to taking part in education. Going to school is a human right and difficulties of any kind should be overcome to include all young people. Physically impaired students sometimes face challenges accessing learning. Microsoft technology offers solutions to help make learning more accessible.

In this tutorial you will:

  1. Learn how to customize a computer to make it more usable for physically impaired students.
  2. Learn how to customize teaching materials to make them more accessible for all students


Supporting absent students with PowerPoint and OneNote

Access to high quality, regular education is essential for young people and is one of UNICEF’s articles on Children’s Rights. Sometimes students cannot attend school. These students will fall behind if they cannot take part in learning activities for a long period. It is always possible to send text-based material, but with technology it is possible that absent students can stay more engaged in learning activities, including hearing the voice of the teacher.

In this tutorial you will:

  1. Learn to create a PowerPoint presentation including audio.
  2. Learn to create digital audio feedback as a part of OneNote page.
  3. Learn to share a document through OneDrive.


If you’ve missed our previous Teaching with Technology blogs, you can find them here:

Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Using Bing Maps and Translator for global collaboration within Office 365
Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Researching with OneNote & Word; Creating digital stories
Teaching with Technology Tutorials - Office 365 for cloud based learning; Remove classroom walls with Skype
Teaching with Technology Tutorials - Preparing for students for employment; Learning Suite for project based learning

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