• Manhattan Schools Website Accessibility Training 101
     
    As required by board policy and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Manhattan School's Web Accessibility Training 101 is now available for all teachers and staff who need website editing rights.  The 7 steps below have been designed to take about 2 hours including an hour of that time spent watching a video discussing web accessibility.  You will received 2 hours of re-certification credit for completing this process. You should find the steps concise yet complete, so the hope is that everything you need to complete the process is included here.  Certainly, let the website coordinator know if you have any questions.
     
    Here are the details for the training:
    1. Manhattan Schools Web Accessibility Training  is a Google Form that will be the official training document.    Your submission of the form, with appropriate answers, will verify your completion of the training.  
    2. You need to verify that you have read the Board Policy - 4350
    3. You need to verify that you have read the Plan for New Content
    4. Watch the video Website Accessibility 101, which is a training video created by Blackboard.  
    5. There are then 3 question from the Video or the Reading to respond to.  The timestamp in the video is referenced so you can find the answers by looking back in the video.  
    6. The online WAVE site is referenced in the video and is an excellent online tool for finding accessibility errors in web pages.  You are asked in Section 6 of the Google Form to copy any URL of the school website into the WAVE app and to see what kind of errors you might have.  More details are in the Google Form.  
    7. If you want help with any of this, just let the website coordinator know by putting your comments in the last question on the training form or through email.   
     
    Other comments:
    1. Nobody will have editing rights until the training has been completed.  Completing the training will reinstate editing rights.  
    2. At this time there is NO requirement that everyone must complete the training, but watching the video and completing the process is worthwhile as website accessibility is an important topic, as more and more content is delivered electronically.  
    3. Even without the training your website material will still be active and can be changed.  Changes will just have to go through the website coordinator.   
    4. The re-certification credits will be available as soon as completion.  
    5. This information is also on the website under the District Channel.  Everyone will always have their login available but they will not be editors without the training.
    6. Schoolwires, now Web Community Manager, is working hard to get all the components of their interface up to current Web 2.0 standards.  At this time their interface still generates some errors especially in the area of color contrast.
    7. This training is called Session 101 to open the possibility of more training, where more time would be spent on the WAVE app and the PAVE app, which looks at making PDF files accessible.