ISTE17 Presentation Materials

It was an honor to present Create Accessibility at #ISTE17.  I had two formal opportunities on the schedule to talk about my #GoogleEI project. There is another blog post percolating describing my overall ISTE experience. Until then, I wanted to share my Create Accessibility presentation materials.

Google Certified Innovators Tell All (Panel)

I was one of 10 Innovator panelist who shared different aspects of their Innovator experience and participated in the backchannel with those participants joining us virtually. The event was live streamed and is now available on YouTube. Unfortunately for accessibility, the video is auto-captioned and there are errors throughout, including my contribution.  Below, I have provided a transcript of my contribution.

Transcript (27:25 - 29:01)
Wendy Gorton: Now we have Melissa Oliver who is our Coordinator of Instructional Technology. Also Colorado. and Colorado is about to wrap up their year. So their cohort was the ISTE cohort. So they somehow pulled an entire ISTE out and then came and hung out with us for three days after. So they are some of the most intense that we have every had. But, Melissa, Do you want to tell us a little bit, I'd love to hear about your project now that you're wrapping up after a year of being in the program. Want to share a little bit about what you're up to and your experience?

Me: My project is around bringing accessible design principles into the classroom and teaching students as well as teachers how to make their digital products accessible to all people including people with disabilities. Very much motivated by my own experience, I'm hard of hearing. I have a moderate to severe hearing loss that is progressive. I'm losing my hearing. And so how can we empower students and build empathy around diversity in creating digital products whether it's videos and adding captions Whether it's building websites and making sure the WCAG guidelines. It's really about that. You can learn more at  And to just reiterate what other folks have said it's really about the community. It's not about the 3 days. It's been about the year and beyond. Even though we are wrapping up our cohort it just continues. And so to have access to so many different people and their ideas and support has been tremendous.

Wendy Gorton: Thanks, Melissa.  Give it up for Melissa.

Create Accessibility: Making Online Media Accessible for More Learners

I also presented a one-hour interactive lecture session on different ways to Create Accessibility such as adding captions or alt text. My presentation slide deck is available below as well in the ISTE program online


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