Sunday, March 27, 2022

Chromebook Accessibility Tools - Teach with Chrome Webinar

I recently had the privilege to present some of Google's "Teach with Chrome" webinars. These were a series of 30-minute sessions diving deep into how Chrome devices and ChromeOS can be used by teachers and students to improve teaching and learning.

One of the sessions I did was "Teach, Learn, and Collaborate Equally" and was all about using the built-in accessibility tools in ChromeOS, including Select-to-Speak, Dictation, High-contrast mode, Docked magnifier, Automatic clicks, On-screen keyboard, Large mouse cursor, Sticky keys, and more.

Teach, Learn, and Collaborate Equally - Chromebooks include accessibility right out of the box, unlocking learning experiences for students with diverse needs, abilities and learning styles. For teachers on Chrome OS - hear tips and tricks about how using the same OS as your students can create meaningful learning experiences!

See below for the recorded webinar video and session resources.

▶️ Recorded Webinar Video (34 minutes)

🧰 Resources
  • Session Slideshow - PDF link
  • Google Tools to Support all Learners - Google Docs link - This is my detailed resource document on accessibility tools including text-to-speech, speech-to-text, readability, reading comprehension, audio support, focus and organization, navigation, and much more.
  • Google’s Accessibility Blog - Website link
  • Chromebook Accessibility Training Program - Website link
  • Google's "Tools for Diverse Learners" Training - Website link
  • Google’s Accessibility Flashcards - PDF link

⏱️ Enable quick access

To get to the accessibility tools quickly, you can enable the option for the accessibility tools to show up in the system menu. Here's how to do that:
  • Click on the system menu in the bottom right corner (where the clock is located), and then click the settings gear.
  • Expand the "Advanced" portion of the "Settings" and locate the "Accessibility" section.
  • Turn on "Always show accessibility options in the system menu".
  • You can now access these tools quickly by clicking on the system menu in the bottom right corner (where the clock is located), and then clicking the "Accessibility" icon.

🛠️ Accessibility tools

Some of the accessibility tools built into ChromeOS include:
  • Select-to-Speak - Select text and press Search + S to have it read aloud
  • Dictation - Press the Speak button and Chrome will type whatever you say
  • High-contrast mode - Invert colors to improve readability
  • Docked magnifier - Use the top part of your screen to magnify the bottom
  • Automatic clicks - Hover the cursor to have it click for you
  • On-screen keyboard - Use a virtual keyboard to type, get predictive text, handwrite, speak, or add emojis
  • Large mouse cursor - Increase the size of the cursor for easier navigation
  • Sticky keys - Keep the Shift, Alt, or Ctrl keys pressed

Post by Eric Curts. Bring me to your school, organization, or conference with over 50 PD sessions to choose from. Connect with me on Twitter at 

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