多么聪明 Made Accessibility Changes that Impact Millions of K-12 Students

在全国范围内使用课堂技术

You don’t have to be a third-grader to struggle with passwords. 聪明的’s single sign-on technology makes it easy for students to “log in 和 learn.超过半数的美国公立学校都在使用聪明的的工具, their technology has the power to impact the education of millions of students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

而技术有能力成为一个伟大的均衡器, 如果学生不能使用他们的教育工具, 这导致了巨大的学习差距. 聪明的 understood that if their edtech tools are not accessible, 不是所有的学生都有同样的学习机会.

聪明的’s internal team recognized the importance of accessibility for their users, but didn’t know how much work was required to become accessible. 不知道从哪里开始,聪明的转向双端队列 可访问性审计.

 

 

聪明的标志

Screeshot of 聪明的 student portal, displaying how to favorite apps.

Favoriting an app is now keyboard-navigable in the Student Portal,
在应用程序的角落的心脏图标显示.

审计报告后采取的行动

聪明的 dove right into remediating the Student Portal after receiving an initial audit. The 聪明的 team prioritized the Student portal because it is used by the largest group (students), was the least expensive to tackle (due to relative size 和 complexity), 和, 最重要的是, 因为孩子的教育岌岌可危.

聪明的 worked with 双端队列 to measure the Student Portal experience against WCAG标准. 在审计中运用结果和建议, the 聪明的 team executed major improvements to the Student Portal. Changes include improvements to the color contrast in the login screen, reworking decorations to be “additive” 和 “delightful” instead of distracting, 和 developing common user actions like “favoriting” apps to be keyboard navigable.

使用所提供的将用户连接到的问题链接 双端队列大学, 聪明的’s developers were able to better underst和 each issue presented in their audit. When working through particularly difficult issues or issues that needed more context, the 聪明的 team utilized 双端队列 Service Hours for access to 双端队列 subject matter experts 和 guidance on remediation. 双端队列 also assisted 聪明的 in some of the more complex manual testing. 

使用学习软件不应该被能力所限制.”

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-詹姆斯Reffell 聪明的设计总监

Six developers seated around a table, cheerfully working on laptops.
聪明的的开发者参与“可访问性聚会”,” where they would collaborate on accessibility fixes in teams.

为更多用户组练习可访问性

The 聪明的 team recognizes that the considerable improvements made to the Student Portal are not the end of their accessibility journey. 聪明的’s technology is constantly evolving to fit the needs of the classrooms it’s in. 

Not only is the 聪明的 team building new tools for the student portal 和 maintaining its accessibility, but they are already working on exp和ing accessibility work to the Teacher Portal, 哪个有更复杂的功能. 用系统的和程序驱动的方法武装起来, 聪明的致力于建立额外的意识 培训 为其内部团队确保持续的成功. 

为软件开发人员安东尼·福马加利, 无障碍项目的工程主管, a key takeaway for him to practice accessibility in the future was to seek out accessible code from third-party sources 和 to uphold an internal component library that is consistent 和 accessible. Many issues, he notes, were derivative of pulling in inaccessible code from third-party sources. 

People are in the practice of auditing their code for security issues. 为可访问性问题做同样的工作是非常值得的.”

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-安东尼Fumagalli 软件工程师,聪明

致力于扩展和维护可访问性

The scope 和 impact of 聪明的’s tools is in the numbers– over 15 million students use 聪明的’s technology. 为学生创造和维护一个可访问的体验, teachers 和 administrators alike has the potential to better education 和 limit the barriers to learning. 

修复 also resulted in finding new opportunities for innovation 和 improving their product. 聪明的 recognized an opportunity for accessibility in 聪明的 “Badges.” Originally created for young kids to be able to log in without passwords, 聪明的 Badges utilize QR code technology to help kids access their portal. 聪明的 realized this technology was not only great for young kids, but also for students with disabilities that might make it difficult to type or remember passwords as well as a great asset to special education teachers.

通过他们在可访问性方面的持续工作, the 聪明的 team is making important changes that impact millions of US students. Their practice of accessibility equips their team with the opportunity to innovate 和 continue to create a robust educational experience for all.

 

 

 

“We’re learning more 和 more how to do a great job to ensure that all of our products are accessible to folks of all levels of ability.”——詹姆斯Reffell