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From Paper to Digital – The Change in Educational Publishing

  The educational publishing industry has used the same business model successfully for decades. Print publishers had developed and implemented effective ways to deal with publishing revenue from new products as well as the push and pull of updating content and earning from old product. One of print publishers’ greatest threats has always been the second-hand textbook market. Before the ...

Assistive Computer Technology – An Overview

Assistive Computer Technology is a term used to describe any piece of computer equipment, hardware or software that is customized or specifically built to make the item usable for a person who has a disability. In many cases accessibility software is developed for and integrated into generally-available devices in order to render them “accessible”. People with disabilities face a variety ...

There Are So Many Good Things about Digital Learning

  The ability to leverage the new medium and elevate the educational experience through interactive features and dynamic elements is the best reason to embrace digital learning. Artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to have an ever-increasing role in a full-sensory digital learning experience, as digital technology improves. As software and hardware become more powerful and versatile, we will be able ...

Why Digital Publishing Should Have a Place in Every Classroom

  The goal of the education publishing industry has always been to help students attain ever-higher learning outcomes, and through the years the tools available to help attain that goal has continually changed. Publishers must now offer learning materials that can meet the needs of the tech- and digital media-savvy populace. The shift to e-Learning has changed the rules of ...

Digital Accessibility in Education

Every educational institution, regardless of how large or the age of the population it serves, is grappling with accessibility issues, and digital accessibility is a big one. Everyone wants to do the right thing for every student, and the imperative is great as new laws and guidelines to that effect are being implemented. There has been steady progress on many ...

More Talk about Assistive Technology in Education

  Text-to-speech (TTS) is a very popular assistive technology and getting quite well-known in the digital publishing industry. Software which enables a computer or mobile device to read the words on the screen out loud to the user has been around in various iterations for a long time now. This technology is becoming a standard educational tool, popular among students ...

ADA Title III Lawsuits are Real and Multiplying

  The numbers are sobering. According to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, if ADA Title III federal lawsuit numbers continue to be filed at the current pace, 2018’s total will exceed 2017 by 30%, caused largely by the continued growth of website accessibility lawsuits. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Title III lawsuits, which concern website accessibility, were filed more often in the ...

5G Will Soon Be Here

  5G networks are the proposed next generation telecommunication standard for mobile internet connectivity, promising faster speeds and more reliable connections for smartphones and other mobile devices. Similar to 4G and 3G before it, 5G is a wireless connection built specifically to keep up with the proliferation of devices that need a mobile internet connection. The “G” in 5G stands for ...

Thinking About Accessibility

  In a perfect world, it would make sense to assume that the internet is truly one of the best things that has ever happened to people with disabilities. Most people don’t think about it much, but if you think back to the days before the internet you will quickly realize why this is true. Before the internet, how did ...