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Google Leverages Chromebook Accessibility Tools for Students with Disabilities

Fine out how Google Chrome OS can help students with disabilities at home

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Google is leveraging Chromebook accessibility tools to help students with disabilities, who are finding this adjustment even more difficult without hands-on classroom instruction and support from teachers and learning specialists. Pixabay

As nearly 1.5 billion students adjusting to learning from home globally, Google is leveraging Chromebook accessibility tools to help students with disabilities, who are finding this adjustment even more difficult without hands-on classroom instruction and support from teachers and learning specialists.

For educators and families using Chromebooks, there are a variety of built-in accessibility features to customise students’ learning experience and make them even more helpful.

To support students with low-vision, one can increase the size of the cursor, or increase text size for better visibility in Chrome OS.

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“Add a highlighted circle around the cursor when moving the mouse, text caret when typing, or keyboard-focused item when tabbing. These colourful rings appear when the items are in motion to draw greater visual focus, and then fade away,” said Laura Allen, Programme Manager, Chrome and Chrome OS Accessibility at Google.

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For educators and families using Chromebook, there are a variety of built-in accessibility features to customise students’ learning experience and make them even more helpful. Pixabay

For students with light sensitivity or eye strain, parents can turn on high-contrast mode to invert colours across the Chromebook (or add this Chrome extension for web browsing in high contrast).

Features that read text out loud can be useful for students with visual impairments, learning and processing challenges, or even students learning a new language.

“Select-to-speak lets students hear the text they choose on-screen spoken out loud, with word-by-word visual highlighting for better audio and visual connection,” Allen said in a statement.

With ‘Chromevox’, the built-in screen reader for Chromebooks, students can navigate around the Chromebook interface using audio spoken feedback or braille.

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“To hear whatever text is under the cursor, turn on Speak text under the mouse in ChromeVox options. This is most beneficial for students who have significant vision loss,” said Google.

Add the ‘Read&Write Chrome’ extension from Texthelp for spelling and grammar checks, talking and picture dictionaries, text-to-speech and additional reading and writing supports- all in one easy to use toolbar.

Students with dyslexia can try the ‘OpenDyslexic Font Chrome’ extension to replace web page fonts with a more readable font.

“Or use the BeeLine Reader Chrome extension to colour-code text to reduce eye strain and help students better track from one line of text to the next. You can also use the Thomas Jockin font in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides,’ informed Allen.

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For students with light sensitivity or eye strain, parents can turn on high-contrast mode to invert colours across the Chromebook (or add this Chrome extension for web browsing in high contrast). Pixabay

Students can use their voice to enter text by enabling dictation in Chromebook accessibility settings, which works in edit fields across the device.

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If dictating longer assignments, students can also use voice typing in Google Docs to access a rich set of editing and formatting voice commands.

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“Dictating writing assignments can also be very helpful for students who get a little stuck and want to get thoughts flowing by speaking instead of typing,” she noted.

Students with mobility impairments can use features like the on-screen keyboard to type using a mouse or pointer device, or automatic clicks to hover over items to click or scroll, said Google. (IANS)

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80% Maharashtra School Students Don’t Report Cybercrimes: Survey

It is also reportes that 33% students deleted content due to which they were targeted for cybercrimes

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37 per cent of the students revealed that they were affected by some sorts of cybercrimes. Pixabay

At least 80 per cent of school students in Maharashtra aged between 10-17 do not report cybercrimes they face online to their parents, teachers and the police, a new survey revealed on Thursday.

The study done with 1,148 children studying in the 6th-9th standard across 18 schools in Maharashtra, found that 33 per cent students deleted content due to which they were targeted for cybercrimes, while 31 per cent informed their friends about it.

The survey by a non-profit startup Responsible Netism and Cyber Peace Foundation, Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) was conducted between October 2019 to February 2020 to understand internet usage trends of children across Maharashtra.

The research found that 37 per cent of the students revealed that they were affected by some sort of cybercrime including their accounts being hacked, cyberbullying, being threatened online, harassment by strangers and even receiving pornographic content.

“Millions of kids in Maharastra today are being exposed to cybercrimes owing to the ease of access and anonymity that internet offers,” Sonali Patankar, Founder President, Responsible Netism, said in a statement.

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60 per cent of students faced other Cybercrimes such as cyberstalking, online gambling, etc. Pixabay

“Our research points to the fact that technology companies are not stringently safeguarding the interests of children towards ensuring their cyber wellbeing,” Patankar added.

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The findings showed that at least 60 per cent of students faced other crimes such as cyberstalking, online gambling, body shaming, added to inappropriate groups online, threatened online, etc.

According to the study, 46 per cent of the students revealed that they were dependent addicted to their devices (phones, tablets, computers) and it affected their studies. The report also revealed that Whatsapp and Tiktok are the two most-used apps by children in the state while PUBG and GTA are the most popular online games amongst children. (IANS)

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FDCI to go Live for Hosting ‘Phygital’ Fashion Week

Phygital happens to be a combination of a physical and digital event

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FDCI presents ELLE FIRST CUT in 2018. Wikimedia Commons

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) took to Instagram to post a teaser that says “FDCI goes digital Indias First Ever Digital Fashion Week”. The event is set to be a ‘phygital one, which is a combination of a physical and digital event according to Lifestyle news.

Confirming the announcement, Sunil Sethi, Chairman, FDCI told IANSlife: “Right now, we have no choice but to invent the wheel and press the restart button. In the lockdown, we are left with doing nothing. Work from home does not apply to us. We had put this on trial and realised we can do it. We have got nods from the designers, the board and the buyers. At the moment, this is what will bring back the excitement and business. We have announced this seeing the mood of the public.”

He added: “We are working for the fashion designers, buyers and the infrastructure that has supported us like the models, makeup artistes. Instead of an on-ground fashion week, we will do it within our office, at Taj Palace or hire a place. We can digitally create a set and we can ask live models to come in. We can then record it and show it the next day or after all five days are done. It will be ‘phygitical’ — on ground (physical) and digital.”

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The dates of the digital fashion week have yet to be finalized. (Representational Image). Pixabay

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However, the dates of the digital fashion week have yet to be finalized; most of the designers would like this to happen in August, informs the Council’s chairman. End July-August is usually when the FDCI hosts its Annual Couture Week.

Earlier this month, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks also announced that they will be held in a digital format. The Indian Federation for Fashion Development’s (IFFD) India Runway Week last year was held on Instagram, which saw 35 designers showcase their collections digitally. (IANS)

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McLaren Removes OnePlus as Partner For The 2020 F1 Season: Report

OnePlus removed from McLaren's partners' page

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MClaren has not listed OnePlus as partner for the 2020 F1 season. Wikimedia Commons

OnePlus has released “McLaren Edition” smartphones for couple of years but now, a Reddit user reports that the British carmaker has not listed OnePlus as partner for the 2020 F1 season.

The removal of the Chinese brand from the list of partners has resulted in the speculation that the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition will most likely not get a successor this year, reports XDA Developers.

OnePlus has been doing special editions of its phones for a few years now.

The OnePlus 5T was available in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Edition, and the OnePlus 6 was available in a Marvel Avengers Edition.

Both of these smartphones were available in limited quantities and in select regions only.

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The removal of the Chinese brand from the list of partners has resulted in the speculation. Wikimedia Commons

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The smartphone maker launched the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, with a new and distinct CMF (colour-material-finish), 10GB RAM and Warp Charge 30 charging technology, to expand the scope of these special editions.

The most recent McLaren Edition device from the OnePlus was OnePlus 7T Pro.

The company recently launched its 8 series smartphones, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Both are powerful as well as expensive and the smartphone maker will have to find a new partner to give that a special twist worth paying more for. (IANS)