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Description: Natural Reader is a professional text to speech program that converts any written text into spoken words. The paid versions of Natural Reader have many more features. Download Free Version: Free to download and free to useCompatible with PDF, Word, webpages & moreMore offline voices More features about Paid Versions: Convert to Audio filesSync with iOS and Android appsUse OCR with Kindle, Adobe, iBooks & more What can NaturalReader do for you? Help people with dyslexia.Allow students to...
Description: Do your patrons need help with writing a paper? Are they having difficulty with math? Struggling with reading comprehension? If your patrons need real teacher help, now you can help connect them to a state-certified teacher through Literati Public. The Online teacher will work through homework problems, step by step, until the student is finished with their assignment. This is real time homework help, available at no cost through Literati Public at your public library. When you need...
Description: The Clerc Center, a federally funded national deaf education center, ensures that the diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing students (birth through age 21) in the nation are educated and empowered and have the linguistic competence to maximize their potential as productive and contributing members of society. This is accomplished through early access to and acquisition of language, excellence in teaching, family involvement, research, identification and implementation of best practices,...
Description: The Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder guidance document from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) includes addressing social communication skills. Because of the characteristics of ASD, we have to think far beyond just reading, writing, and arithmetic to include a wide range of other skills! These social communication challenges can severely limit opportunities in the classroom and in the community. In order for students to be more...
Description: Make & Play Quiz allows teachers to design their own unique board game or "quiz", where students can learn or strengthen their skills by playing a game. Each square can have a Question (Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank or True/False) or an Event (Stop-skip turns, Go forward, Go Back or Get Points). One to four players can play at a time and the games can be shared with others. The cost is 99¢.
Description: Currently 4 videos are available: No Fighting, No Biting! Managing Sibling Conflict The goal of this workshop is to give parents some strategies to cope with conflict between siblings, including situations where one sibling has a disability. Presented by: Meladie Gey Burke, LPC, RPT Transition 101: Agency Linkages Agency linkages are critically important for students with disabilities as they prepare to transition to postsecondary education, training, employment and independent living. The goal...
Description: Access to instruction means everything if struggling readers are to keep pace with their grade-level peers. AIM-VA blog readers love our stories about chosen apps and websites that help to by-pass textbooks, trade books or other traditional learning materials in print when they prove to be barriers to learning. Favorite Apps The following are lists of favorite apps that are shared by reliable sources. They support all learners and may hold special value for struggling students...
Description: This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage. The Parent Toolkit team is committed to building a community of parents, teachers, and experts where ideas and tips are shared regularly. This site includes the following sections: Growth Charts (Academic, Health & Wellness, and Social & Emotional Development) Tips & Guides (Videos, Academic, Health &...
Description: Help your students improve their grammar and writing skills: Create assignments and quizzes without doing any grading Target Common Core skills using your students' interests Provide students with unlimited help whenever they need it Track growth using our color-coded heat maps Teachers can sign up for free and there is a premium version that has more features.
Description: The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students. ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most...
Description: Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. It makes it easy for an entire class to read the same content, but at a level that’s just right for each student. You need to set up an account to access the articles. There is a fee for Newsela Pro.
Description: You can use The New York Times in your classroom to: enhance vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing skills integrate informational text to meet Common Core standards foster critical thinking provide content and concepts relevant to your curriculum spark student interest and stimulate discussion
Description: TeenTribune, TweenTribune, TTEspañol (Spanish version) and TTJunior (hereinafter collectively referred to as "TTribune") is a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. TTribune also includes...
Description: School success depends on a student’s ability to plan, organize and prioritize tasks, materials, and information; separate main ideas from details; think flexibly; memorize content; and monitor progress toward completing tasks. This webcast will introduce strategies using low tech to high tech tools for developing these executive functioning skills for students on the Autism Spectrum.
Description: This web page provides information and resources of particular interest to community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based, working to expand and improve learning opportunities for students. “Education Matters” is a resource that highlights key information to help improve educational outcomes for communities and families (these are available in Spanish).
Description: This website focusing on the five core components of reading offers information and resources to educators and parents with the goal of ensuring that all students are able to read at grade-level by the close of their third-grade year.
Description: Learn24VA is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan. This portal aggregates digital tools, content, and resources to support teaching and learning 24/7. The site quickly searches for Virginia-approved online courses by subject. For example, when you type "German" in the search box, all of the approved German courses would appear in a list.
Description: This site includes: Low Tech Options, App Organizers, Chrome Extensions, and Computer Options.
Description: Over 100 early literacy activities are posted on the PALS website. Activities are sorted by grade level (PreK, K, 1, 2-3) and by literacy skill. Teachers can target instruction to PALS-identified needs with this helpful resource.
Description: Interactive whiteboards are standard in most regular classrooms these days and should be standard in special education classrooms as well. Coming to the board and physically interacting with the material presented can add another dimension to learning for special education students. Plus differentiating the material in interactive whiteboard activities is easy to do so everyone in the class can participate. In this session the presenter will show practical suggestions for helping your special...
Description: Our mission is to educate, guide and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Our aim is to help parents realize their children’s significant gifts and talents, and to show that with their love, guidance, and the right support, their children can live happy and productive lives.
Description: These include: Universal Design for Learning: From Theory to Practice, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning, UDL Myths & Misconceptions, CAST and Project OPEN Present UDL On Campus, UDL Now!, A Discussion on UDL and Learner Variability, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, A Book Discussion, UDL Implementation: Are You Ready?
Description: This 2014 multimedia book, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, can be accessed at no cost.
Description: It is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles.
Description: The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula.
Description: This web site provides educators with an excellent bank of resources for the common core English/Language Arts/Literacy, Math, History/Social Studies, and Science common core literacy standards. These activities can be easily aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Description: Reading Makes Cent$ is a financial literacy program for Virginia students grades K–3.
Description: This includes resources for English, Math, Science and Social Studies as well as resources that are relevant for all content areas.
Description: TED-Ed is a site dedicated to lessons worth sharing. TED, which is known for their stunning video lecture series, has launched a new service that focuses on lessons and education. Teachers, other experts, and pretty much anyone can send an audio file which TED-Ed will animate and place on their site to share with the world. It is a stunning effort powered by real educators and volunteer animation experts. The results are fantastic and engaging. This is another strong entry for those teachers...
Description: We offer over 200 free resources including: Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Job Search and Professional Writing.
Description: EARN is: a safe and structured environment in which young people can communicate, an opportunity to apply knowledge in service-learning projects, and a community of educators and learners making a difference as part of the educational process.
Description: Storyboard Generator is a free tool from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Students can choose a script (or write their own) and create a storyboard. This is a great free tool for teachers to use with their students to help them learn storytelling, presentation skills, and so much more. Easy to use, this is a powerful tool for students of all ages.
Description: Mike DeBellis thinks that there's a big hole when it comes to children finding role models with disabilities in their reading, so he wrote a book called “Charlie and the Cardborad Box,” about a the adventures of a boy who uses a wheelchair. DeBellis says the book gives kids with disabilities someone to relate to, and it also helps spread awareness about disabilities to kids without disabilities. (disability awareness)
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is providing additional information to further clarify the eligibility requirements for students who are identified with a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction to receive free accessible instructional materials through AIM-VA. (Superintendent's Memo- January 9, 2015)
Description: This statement presents an approach for categorizing the evidence base of practices in special education. The quality indicators and the criteria for categorizing the evidence base of special education practices is intended for use by groups or individuals with advanced training and experience in educational research design and methods.
Description: Mind in the Making (MITM), developed by Families and Work Institute (FWI), is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with them. Based on Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI, its mission is to promote Executive Function Life Skills in adults and through them in children in order to keep the fire for learning...
Description: This module describes how teachers can incorporate vocabulary and reading comprehension skills instruction into content-area lessons and will introduce you to a variety of effective practices—including the use of graphic organizers—to help students better understand what they read.
Description: This Module examines some of the reasons that adolescents struggle with content-area text and overviews effective strategies teachers can use to improve the vocabulary and comprehension skills of students with a wide range of abilities and across a variety of subjects.
Description: The K-12 English Language Arts SOL Institutes focused on nonfiction and fiction reading, writing, instructional strategies for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. All of the materials are now posted.
Description: This new interactive tool is designed to help health professionals and others find nutritious recipes as a key strategy for encouraging children to eat healthier meals. Resources include Cookbooks, Recipe Tools and Spotlights. Recipes in Spanish (Recetas en Español) are available too.
Description: Unfortunately, students who struggle with reading have a history of failure and usually do not have the background knowledge they need to succeed. Technology can help struggling students become productive, independent, and achieve while accessing the general curriculum. To encourage our students to become life-long learners we should guide them to self-select the technology tools that are most beneficial. This session will demonstrate free and low cost tools that are available to ALL students....
Description: Getting electronic textbooks is easier than you think. AIM-VA provides easy access for students with IEPs AND resources for students who do not have an IEP. These digital resources complement technology to give struggling learners easier access to educational materials. Would your students benefit from books that offer features such text highlighting, ability to add notes, outlining, personalization of background colors and fonts (including size and shapes), dictionary, a variety of speaking...
Description: Are you using all the tools that are available to improve your students' learning and demonstration of literacy skills? Have your students developed note-taking and study skills? Are they communicating and participating in socially acceptable ways, autonomously and as independently as possible? These are the possibilities of supports through today's mobile technologies, apps, software, and even no tech assistive technology strategies. You will be prompted to login to view this archived video.
Description: Welcome to VSA's educational tool that features short literary works by prominent writers with disabilities. Designed to engage middle and high school students and encourage dialogue about disability and diversity, each Writing Spotlight is accompanied by discussion questions and writing activities to promote language arts skills, including reading comprehension and creative writing. (Writing Spotlights are also available in Arabic, French and Spanish)
Description: The following have been updated: Blended Curriculum at a Glance (#1), Thematic Unit Planning Form (#8), ASOL to SOL Crosswalks (#9) for Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and History/Social Science, and Science Sample Activities (#13).
Description: If your child has a special need or learning difference, you've come to the right place. Common Sense Media gets lots of requests for product recommendations from parents whose kids struggle with traditional learning. Some of their kids have a hard time with schoolwork; others have trouble staying on task or find it difficult to express their feelings.
Description: These apps for special needs were made by the developers at Moms With Apps to assist children and families.
Description: Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and caretakers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective. Our aim is that these videos, along with relevant information and advice from an independent source you can trust, provides valuable insight into whether a...
Description: BridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that provides access to educational and therapeutic tools—anywhere, anytime—allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development.
Description: Bring the story of the First Thanksgiving to life in your classroom! Introduce your class to the first harvest celebration, delve deeper into the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, and take a closer look at the historical significance of the Pilgrims' settlement. (PreK-8th grade)