How AI can make classrooms more accessible

by Google for Education 

At Google for Education, we want to make sure that everyone, regardless of their background or abilities, can access the information they need to learn, grow, and succeed. And we believe that learning is personal, as everyone learns in their own way. That's why we're committed to creating tools and resources that support different learning styles and needs, and that help foster equitable access to opportunity for all learners. 

How AI powers our accessibility tools 
AI helps to make learning more accessible and personalised. For example, for a student who is blind or low vision, AI can help them access information with screen readers. Technology like PDF OCR in Chrome browser extracts text from PDFs so screen readers can read them out loud. And tools like real-time captions can help a student who is deaf or hard of hearing access content — or even help a student who needs more help focusing. 

The future of education and AI 
The future of education is shifting and evolving as the needs of schools — and their teachers and learners — change. AI is playing an increasingly important role in this shift, including making learning more accessible for students with disabilities. For example, AI can be used to create more personal learning experiences for all students, like identifying where students are getting stuck, and providing them with tailored instruction and support with practice sets in Google Classroom. AI can be used to elevate educators, automate administrative tasks, improve accessibility and provide real-time feedback to both students and teachers. 

Partnering to build the future of education 
We believe that everyone has a role to play in making education more accessible. That's why we're working with partners from all over the world, like, to develop new AI-powered tools and resources for educators and students. 

We also provide developer tools and resources to help app developers create accessible apps. For example, we have an accessibility scanner for iOS and Android apps that developers can use to test the accessibility of their apps. There are a few things to consider when creating with accessibility in mind: 
  • If you are developing Android apps, add keyboard support and enable non-touch navigation, ensure text and UI are high contrast, and create descriptive labels to interactive UI elements. 
  • If you are developing for the web, ensure to publish all content as a web page, video or audio with subtitles and a transcript, or an image with alternative text. 
  • We showcase many apps on our Google for Education App Hub, with many integrations including app licensing and Classroom add ons. 
Together, we can make learning more accessible, personal and effective for all students. Learn more about our commitment to accessibility on

Google for Education is a main sponsor for ASCL Annual Conference 2024.  Anu Manthri, Head of New Customer Engagement, England and Scotland, Google for Education, will be delivering a keynote with Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith, Founder of PedTech, on Saturday 9 March.

Andrew Caffrey, CEO, Canopy CIC will be leading a workshop Getting Started with AI: An introduction to Google and AI and what can be ahieved in education on Friday 8 March. 
Posted: 29/02/2024 13:35:42