Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Enabling An Accessible Web 2.0"

In the article “Enabling an Accessible Web 2.0” author Becky Gibson has given the scoop on how new technology such as Web 2.0 that can enhance interactions for all people. Gibson gives a small introduction on how the web started and what it has transformed into today and how it is accessible to everyone. Gibson proceeds to explain that Web 2.0 is not just a function to accumulate data but also a collaboration of interactions. Web 2.0 offers many updated technologies such as scripting and CSS, which gives web pages a more user friendly and interactive. With Web 2.0 more web sites are embedding videos and auto clips to enhance their appearance.
Although Web 2.0 has an abundance of new benefits, it still may not be 100% accessible to individuals that rely on assistive technologies. Many Web 2.0 applications are used by the use of a physical interaction such as using a mouse. It also causes a problem when the page is updated in real-time and the assistive technology becomes too overloaded. Gibson continues to explain that Web 2.0 has much work to still do in order for assistive technologies to be used properly and efficiently.
I thought that this article was very insightful. I liked how the author broke down the steps that the web has taken in order to form what it is today. I like how Gibson pointed out the “flaws” of the current Web 2.0 and how it is not yet accessible to people who may use assistive technologies. Just like anything else, there are still kinks to be worked out so that Web 2.0 can really be accessible to any and everyone.

I thought this article was very insightful. I like the way the author broke down all the information by subjects. This made the article easy to read and follow. The information at hand was very useful to all people who are interested in how Web 2.0 was transformed into what it is today. It is also useful for teachers who have students who use assistive technology in their classrooms.

The purpose of the video is to inform viewers of the many types of technologies that are used on a daily purpose to aid students with disabilities. This video on Assistive Technology gives us an insight to what exactly assistive technology is. You will notice that is contains multiple pictures to show examples of types of assistive technologies that are used.


  1. That was a great video showing all the ways that we can better students learning. It only takes someone that cares and a child will go a long way.

  2. I love this video. While watching this video I realized that we are so concerned about making classrooms accessible for students with disabilities but we fell to realized that parents must do this everyday at home and elsewhere for their children with disabilities. We should focus more on working with parents to assist their children rather than concern ourselves with cost and what many may see as an inconvenience.

  3. I must really agree with Courtney and Guy on this video. This video really hit the important details of what assistive technology is and how it improves the lives of others in and outside of the classroom. The video was also not lengthy which surprise me because of how sweet and short it was, but covered what it needed to. Jessie really did a good job with this one.