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There's An App for That is a great place to find "apps" for education. Here you will find a table explaining what the app does, classroom uses and the price. Most are free or inexpensive and all are for education. This is a must visit site for integrating technology into your classrooms. K- College use.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of about 21,000 "classic" public domain and open access documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Browse by Author or title. Use text-to-speech software to read this text to students
Accessible Technology: A Guide for Educators For educators new to accessibility and working with students with disabilities, accessibility can seem overwhelming. To help educators teach students with all types of abilities, this guide includes information about accessibility and how to successfully and simply bring it into the classroom.
Badger Accessibility Services (BAS) is a web-based accessibility resource center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They provide services for locating and creating accessible audio and text documents. They advertise, that no matter what the disability, their staff will work to provide the classroom materials needed to make students successful.
Book Builder was developed by the Center for Applied Technology (CAST) This site lets teachers or students build their own on-line books with graphics and sound. A how to guide is available to guide you through the process.
Cmap is an inspiration-type software. It does not have all the imbedded supports Inspiration has, but it is free.
Edublogs - Looking to incorporate a variety of on-line tools into your teaching? Edublogs has
FREE tutorials for 25 web tools that you can use in your classroom when teaching, developing a project or by your students when studying.
Florida's Educational Clearinghouse of Free ClipArt There are too many categories to list. Use clip art to make vocabulary words meaning, scaffold learning, or for anything else you can think of.
*Handwriting Without Tears is a multi-sensory handwriting program for children.
*Inspiration Software Educators can incorporate Inspiration's visual learning methodologies into language arts, science, and social studies curriculum. Download a 30-day trial and view classroom examples.
Literacy Instruction for Individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Other Disabilities - Janice Light and David McNaughton, Penn State.
The goal of the project is to teach literacy to children with various disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Persons using AAC need good literacy skills to be able to effectively construct their messages so they are understood. Being able to read and write also support academic participation, employment, and leisure.
On the website, you will find a description of the curriculum - sound blending, decoding, reading sentences and simple stories, and success stories and applications for students who use augmentative communication. Success stories shows participants practicing their reading skills. The curriculum materials are available for purchase from Mayer Johnson
LiveBinders is your 3-ring binder for the Web. Collect and organize resources. It is free.
Webquests A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and identify evaluation. Webquests offer K-12 students an alternative to the traditional book report or research project.
*Free and For-a-Fee Text to Speech Readers Speech readers read word document or on-line text to students. Why text to speech? Have your students listen to what they write. This helps students hear errors that are easy to miss visually. It also allows students an opportunity to hear and learn material above their current reading level.
*Read Please offers a free and plus version to purchase. Normal and Low vision versions are available.
HELP ReadT is FREE software that reads along with you while you read. A tutorial is included along with a library of books.
Natural Reader offers a free version and a Professional or Enterprise Version for purchase.
Click Speak reads web pages that are opened in Firefox (an online browser which can be downloaded HERE.
Free Typing Programs:
Beyond the usual internet search engines:
*These websites are provided for information only. The Sherlock Center does not endorse these websites and is not responsible for the materials/subscriptions purchased.
- Cha Cha is a human enhanced search engine. Specific questions can be asked via computer or cell phone and answered the same way.
- Kartoo incorporates a visual element to web searches.
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