Many of the fantastic organizations we featured this year in NLT are notable for their work in the innovative use of technology to increase access to resources and services for underserved students and schools. From sign language translation to open-source textbooks, these five game-changers are championing accessibility across the education sector:
1. The 1 Million Project
This organization aims to give mobile devices and high-speed internet access to one million high school students over the next five years in order to help close the homework gap.
This non-profit focuses on promoting scientific inquiry, social impact, and diversity by linking university and business partners for educational programming. Their summer residential education program, Summer@Station1, lets students explore the intersections of society and technology.
SignAll has developed the world’s first automated sign language translation program. They are working to install their technology in banks, restaurants, and schools to allow for easier communication between deaf and hearing communities.
4. Open Textbook Network
Since textbooks are incredibly expensive, Open Textbook Network is working to curb the cost of higher education by providing open access to resources necessary for both entry-level and advanced courses.
By collaborating with leaders in education, design, and technology, this non-profit develops learning models and tools that serve, inform, and enhance teaching and learning. They do much of their work in schools with high-needs students, English language learners, and students with disabilities.