Online Forms: Part 2 – Radio Buttons – TTT Companion

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Published on

May 21, 2024

Prerequisites

✔︎ CHECK Before moving on, is your learner familiar with using online forms and edit fields such as checkboxes? This is an important component we will build upon during today’s lesson. For further information, watch the Tech Tip Tuesday video called Online Forms: Part 1 – Edit Fields and Checkboxes.

Introductory Story: Further Test Questions

✔︎ READ the following story aloud to your learner.


Q is still taking his unit test for Social Studies on Ancient Egypt. So far, his TVI has helped him recall how to navigate edit fields that are featured for the different kinds of questions on the test. He is able to confidently answer questions that require “check all that apply” in the checkboxes on the form. The trouble is, he is encountering a different kind of question now. 

Q has come across multiple choice questions that only have one answer. He expected this, but he’s trying to remember yet again how to simply select one answer out of the four options. The question asks where the Great Pyramid was built and still stands today. First, he accidentally tabs to the next question. Then, when he gets back to the Great Pyramid question, the first option is Cairo and his screen reader tells him that he selected Cairo. This is particularly upsetting during the test because Q knows the answer is Giza, not Cairo. 

What Q is running across in his test and what we will learn today is all about radio buttons. These are also edit fields that occur in online forms and we are going to walk through the steps of navigating this with a screen reader.


✔︎ DISCUSS the guiding question, “How can you properly navigate edit fields that are radio buttons?”

Tip: A radio button is a type of edit field that is a multiple choice question. This is different than a checkbox because radio buttons only allow for one answer to be provided.

Content

One Option Among Many

✔︎ PLAY from 1:40-4:30

Teacher’s Notes: The first thing to coach your learner through is how to help them select not only one option out of the choices, but the specific one they are wanting to select. They will use the up and down arrow keys to navigate the options, rather than the tab key because that will move them to the next question. Every time they move to a new option in the list, the screen reader will label that option as “checked.” It’s important that the last option your learner hears is the one they want to select before tabbing away to the next question. 

Check-in:
  1. Do you find it relatively easy to navigate radio buttons with the up and down arrow keys?
  2. What would make it simpler?

Conclusion: One Section Down, One to Go

✔︎ READ the remainder of the story aloud to your learner.


Again, Q’s TVI has arrived just in time with an answer to his dilemma. What Q hears from his TVI is that this is a different kind of question because there is only one correct answer. This kind of question is called a radio button. By using the up and down arrow keys to hear all of the options for the Great Pyramid question, he is able to leave his selection at Giza. From here, Q tabs away to the next question confident that he has what he needs to successfully complete the test. 

Q has received a lot of good reminders about filling out online forms so far. He has accomplished questions formatted as checkboxes and those including radio buttons. With these skills in his inventory, he is growing in confidence as a learner. 


Activity – Practice Form

In this activity, your learner will fill out this practice form. They will be asked basic questions that will allow them to try out their skills they learned from the lesson in navigating online forms, specifically how to use radio buttons properly. 

Next Steps

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