Accessibility is about providing opportunities for the learner to both access the learning AND share what has been learnt.
Let’s take a child who has difficulty reading (there could be a number of reasons here, age, new to the language, dyslexia etc) We provide them with written instructions to direct a task but they will instantly struggle to access the activity, this is very different to them struggling to do the activity, by the way, the only barrier apparent at first is that they can’t read what they have to do.
So a solution might be to tell them what to do, this way hopefully they understand the verbal instruction. The problem though is that they only get that bit of information once, whereas the students with the written instructions can check multiple times. So although it looks differentiated, it isn’t equal.
Let's look at another example.
A child is asked to share what they have learnt about the Battle of Agincourt, the task is to create a presentation and present to the class. One of the students in the class (usually more than one by the way) is an introvert, the idea of presenting in front of a group is way outside their comfort zone, although they know a great deal, they feel so uncomfortable in front of the class that they don’t present it well and miss out lots of information they know.
A solution might be that they read off of their slides instead, that way they don’t miss anything. The problem is though that they are not creating a very effective presentation, nor are they presenting it in an effective way, so the task really doesn’t develop anything (other than cementing a fear of talking in front of people)
Both of these examples are true and happen in classes every day, they are not designed to cause learners to fail but often result in that outcome.
So how does the use of technology impact on this?