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AT Resources

 Check out these web resources!
 


Exceptional Education:

  • www.adaptedlearning.com - a website that allows for Boardmaker design sharing including boards, overlays, and books.
  • www.n2y.com - 3 programs:  Unique Learning, News2You, and SymbolStix which are adapted to have varying levels of supports and visual aids so that all students can have access to world-wide events, educational topics, and realistic symbols for increased understanding of symbol relationships.
  • Prentke Romich's website to support AAC users and programmers.
  • Onion Mountain - LOW TECH OPTIONS to support students (without the heavy cost)!
  • iPad Apps for Autism - this list was compiled by a parent, student, and speech language pathologist. An excellent resource!


General Education:

 

  • T.I.C.K. Is a repository of instructional lesson plans, activities and resources for teachers in Kentucky which are attached to common core and state standards, as well as by grade level check it out.
  • See below for content-specific technology!!

 

Reading (adopted from FDLRS):
 

  • The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities.  Click on "Exploring New Territories" for free webpage supports.
  • Sparkle Box - find printables and handouts to support all core content areas!
  • Online Books & Reading Support

    1. Fry's Readability Graph . great resources from Kathy Schrock on tools to determine the readability level of a body of tex
    2. Enchanted Learning . extensive collection of early learning activities
    3. edHelper . printable worksheet activities in a variety of subject areas
    4. LeapFrog Talking Books . highly popular LeapFrog products. talking books are easy to carry around and use by children and students
    5. StarFall . the ABCs of getting ready to read. extensive materials and resources for early literacy development
    6. Timmy Books . from Riverdeep . these are digital books from the Travel the World with Timmy program. students can make choices to customize each book, hear the book, and print a paper copy out
      1. Timmy in Argentina (Win . Mac9)
      2. Timmy in Japan (Win . Mac9)
      3. Timmy in Kenya (Win)
    7. My Friend (Win . Mac9) . from Riverdeep . activities targeting the use of adjectives
    8. BookBox . inexpensive digital books in a wide variety of languages. many of the books can be read in one language with subtitles in a different language
    9. Book Builder . http://bookbuilder.cast.org/ . from CAST . create UDL based digital books
    10. StoryPlace - Children's Digital Library . the children's digital library. includes a spanish version
    11. Tumble Books . digital books with text to speech and adjustable font sizes in the Readables
    12. News-2-You Newspaper . graphic enhanced newspapers. online samples include regularhigh, and spanish
    13. Communicate: In Print 2 - A desk top publishing tool for creating graphic enhanced reading material.
    14. PowerPoint Books/Region 2 Digital Library . large collection of PowerPoint books created by teachers and therapists
    15. Baen Free Library . free online library of a collection of digital books
    16. MagicKeys . children's online storybooks
    17. ReadingAtoZ . online reading program
    18. America Reads . a great guide for paraprofessionals and volunteers in helping students learn to read

    Higher Order Thinking Scaffolds

    Use graphic organizers to support reading comprehension by providing visual scaffolds for thinking processes like story plot, character analysis, event timelines, compare/contrast, concept maps, brainstorming, and information synthesis. Graphic organizers can also be used to help keep students on task and scaffold longer periods of engagement. For ideas, see the Computer Based Study Strategies at http://cbss.uoregon.edu/ . Tools include:

    1. Graphic Organizers - http://www.teachervision.fen.com/graphic-organizers/printable/6293.html?s2 . free online source of printable graphic organizers in a wide variety of cognitive supports
    2. bubbl.us - http://www.bubbl.us/ . free online mapping software. very basic, simple, and works
    3. Mindomo - http://www.mindomo.com/index.php . free online mind mapping software. supports additional graphics and shapes
    4. cMap - http://cmap.ihmc.us . free concept mapping software for Mac and Windows
    5. FreeMind (Win . Mac) - http://freemind.sourceforge.net . free mind mapping software. requires Java runtime
    6. Inspiration (Win . Mac) & Kidspiration (Win . Mac) - http://www.inspiration.com . commercial concept mapping with extensive image libraries and writing support tools
    7. WordMenu (Win . Mac) - http://www.wordmenu.com/ . a text based visual organization of words by subject matter. 14 day trial


Writing (adopted from FDLRS):

 

 


 


Lined Paper Tools

 

 

Start with the basics. Customize paper to support hand writing. Great for students learning to use pencil grips (remember to check the Low Tech Tools section for pencil grips).

  1. StartWrite (Win . Mac). http://www.drawyourworld.com/strtwrt.html . inexpensive program for creating a variety of visually lined papers and writing guides. excellent program
  2. Stationery Studio (Win . Mac). http://www.fablevision.com/stationerystudio/product.htm . software for creating a variety of visually lined papers and writing guides. includes an extensive graphics library. highly engaging
  3. Free Online Graph Paper . http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ . free online PDFs of various graph papers. includes an online generator so you can create customized graph paper and print it out
  4. Handwriting for Kids . http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/manuscript/alphabets/index.htm . online collection of printable handwriting guides in a variety of sizes.
  5. Letter Machine (Win . Mac9) . basic letter / keyboard exploration
  6. Tux Typing (Win . Mac . Linus) . http://tuxtype.sourceforge.net/download/ . free open source typing program for students
  7. Typing Software Listing . http://www.edinformatics.com/education/computers/typing_software.htm

Productivity Tools

Now build a collection of inexpensive writing tools and word processors you can use in the classroom and your students can use at home.

  1. OpenOffice - www.openoffice.org . free Microsoft Office compatible software for several platforms, including Win and MacX.
  2. Docs and Spreadsheets - www.google.com . free online word processing and spreadsheet. online collaboration features are also included
  3. Zoho - www.zoho.com . an extensive set of free online productivity tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and database. online collaboration features are also included
  4. WordWeb - http://wordweb.info/free/ . a free English thesaurus and dictionary that works with most Win programs
  5. Communicate: In Print 2 - http://www.widgit.com/products/inprint/index.htm . a symbol based desk top publishing program, great for creating symbol rich print materials
  6. Publishing resources, including free clip art, can be found at http://www.paec.org/fdlrstech/books.htm
  7. Thumbstacks - www.thumbstacks.com . free online presentation and remote presentation software
  8. Speaking Notepad - www.qwertystudios.com . inexpensive talking word processor for Windows
  9. TexEdit - http://www.tex-edit.com/ . inexpensive word processor for Macintosh with text to speech that highlights each word as it is spoken
  10. Adobe Reader - www.adobe.com . current version includes extensive commenting tools and a "typewriter"
  11. KidWidget Win / KidWidget Mac - http://www.astoundit.com/products/kidwidget/index.html . an inexpensive publishing toolkit; including Write, Draw, Paint, Music, Games, Calculator, and Dictionary. speech output is included.
  12. Canvastic - http://www.canvastic.com/Canvastic LLC . a graphics and text publishing tool for grades K-8. It includes an adjustable interface that is designed to add tools and features as the student learns the program.

Word Prediction and Talking Word Processors (Audio Feedback)

Word prediction software "watches" what a student writes and provides a list of predicted words based on typical word usage and rules of grammar. This type of tool can help students who have fine motor involvement, type slowly, and/or need help with spelling. Talking word processors provide audio feedback which increases the scaffolding available to students struggling with writing, as well as reading. Most of these programs include both word prediction and audio feedback.

  1. Co:Writer (Win. Mac). http://www.donjohnston.com/products/cowriter/index.html . adds quality linguistic word prediction to any software program or word processor a student is using. use with a talking word processor to get full audio feedback
  2. Classroom Suite (Win. Mac). http://www.intellitools.com . provides word prediction, speech feedback, and extensive writing support tools
  3. WordQ (Win). http://www.wordq.com/ . provides word prediction and text to speech to any writing software program. the company also has a plug-in called SpeakQ for voice to text
  4. Premiere Assistive Technology (Win). http://www.readingmadeez.com/home.php . includes several products with word prediction, as well as talking word processors. you can apply for a grant to get the initial software for your classroom
  5. Read and Write Gold (Win . Mac). http://www.texthelp.com/page.asp . provides several writing tools, including word prediction and text to speech, to any word processor or writing program. there is a mobile version that comes on a USB drive so you can use it with any computer without having to install it
  6. Speaking Notepad - www.qwertystudios.com . inexpensive talking word processor for Windows

Graphic Enhanced Writing

Several software tools provide extensive graphics correlated with words as they are typed, providing an extra layer of visual scaffolding.

  1. Clicker 5 . http://www.cricksoft.com/uk/products/clicker/ . write with words, phrases, or pictures. correlates pictures to words and includes text to speech
  2. Classroom Suite . http://www.intellitools.com . write with words, phrases, or pictures. includes text to speech
  3. PixWriter . http://www.slatersoftware.com/pixwriter.html . write with words, phrases, or pictures. correlates pictures to words and includes text to speech
  4. Communicate: In Print 2 - http://www.widgit.com/products/inprint/index.htm . a symbol based desk top publishing program, great for creating symbol rich print materials

Organize Writing with Graphic Organizers

Use graphic organizers to organize writing activities. Tools include:

  1. Graphic Organizers - http://www.teachervision.fen.com/graphic-organizers/printable/6293.html?s2 . free online source of printable graphic organizers in a wide variety of cognitive supports
  2. bubbl.us - http://www.bubbl.us/ . free online mapping software. very basic, simple, and works
  3. Mindomo - http://www.mindomo.com/index.php . free online mind mapping software. supports additional graphics and shapes
  4. cMap - http://cmap.ihmc.us . free concept mapping software for Mac and Windows
  5. FreeMind (Win . Mac) - http://freemind.sourceforge.net . free mind mapping software. requires Java runtime
  6. Inspiration (Win . Mac) & Kidspiration (Win . Mac) - http://www.inspiration.com . commercial concept mapping with extensive image libraries and writing support tools
  7. Rationale & Reason!Able - http://www.austhink.com . guided reasoning and argument thinking diagramming software (one minute overview) for Windows. requires .net2 which may be on current XP machines
  8. Draft:Builder (SOLO) . http://www.donjohnston.com/products/draft_builder/index.html . build planning, organizing, and draft writing skills and abilities. includes text to speech

Technology for Publishing

  1. Stapleless Books . http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/student_material.asp?id=10 . online tool for children to create simple stapleless books
  2. Free Clip Art . http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/5to14/ . give your students clip art to help them publish
  3. Free DK Clip Art . http://www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk/static/cs/uk/11/clipart/home.html . more free clip art
  4. Imagine Symbols . http://www.imaginesymbols.com/ . free symbols that can be used to make graphically enhanced text
  5. Pocket Mod . http://www.pocketmod.com/ . more ideas for stapleless books
  6. ClickBook (Win) . http://www.bluesquirrel.com/products/clickbook/ . utility that paginates writing done in just about any software program so it can be printed as a book or booklet
  7. TIP - Check out the print-to-booklet feature for instant pagination in Microsoft Publisher.
  8. flickr toys . http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/ . amazing online publishing tools with flickr integration
  9. Shutterfly . http://www.shutterfly.com/shop/product_c10010/Photo_Books . online photo book publishing
  10. TIP - Check out the publishing tools in iPhoto on the Macintosh.
  11. Lulu . http://www.lulu.com/ . online book publishing service
  12. Blogger . https://www.blogger.com/start . free blogging service that includes posting by email, a great way for students to turn in writing assignments electronically or share writing with others
  13. Gaggle.net . http://gaggle.net/gen?_template=/templates/gaggle/html/blog/index.jsp . filtered blog service for schools
  14. Wikispaces . http://www.wikispaces.com/ . free wiki service with great online collaborative tools


Math (adopted from FDLRS):
 Interventions/Instructional Support

These programs provide instructional support by building math fluency and helping students visualize mathematical processes.

  1. Cuisenaire Rods - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuisenaire_rods . concrete manipulatives
  2. Fripple Cookies - (Win . Mac9) - http://www.riverdeep.com . pattern sequencing game
  3. FASTT Math . http://www.tomsnyder.com . software that targets the development of fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  4. Go Solve . http://www.tomsnyder.com . uses graphic organizers to help students plan for solving word problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  5. InspireData (Win . Mac) . http://www.inspiration.com . applies proven strategies of visual learning to data literacy; supporting strong critical thinking
  6. Escher Fun - an activity guide on creating tessellations

Virtual Manipulatives

Virtual manipulatives are great tools for students who need to use a computer for writing and drawing. It provides basic tools like rulers as well as math manipulatives to support comprehension.

  1. Virtual Cuisenaire Rods . http://www.arcytech.org/java/integers/integers.html
  2. bright clique . http://www.indivisuallearning.com . a flexible set of digital tools for demonstrating key mathematical concepts on computers, projectors, or interactive whiteboards
  3. Virtual rulers . 
    http://www.desktopruler.com/products-dr.htm . (Win) 
    http://www.svet-soft.com/ruler.shtml 
    http://www.spadixbd.com/freetools/ . (Win Free . Win Pro) 
    http://www.downloadjunction.com/product/store/15482/index.html . (Win)
  4. Classroom Suite (IntelliMathics) . http://www.intellitools.com . includes animation, manipulatives, text to speech, and multimedia to demonstrate basic math concepts.
  5. Geoboard (Win . Mac9) - http://www.riverdeep.com . electronic geoboard with area and perimeter tools
    • Geoboard Activities
      1. Ages 3-5 . Mouse . Duck Duck
      2. Ages 5-8 . Tree . Numbers
      3. Ages 8-12 . City . Secret Ages
      4. Ages 12-14 . Perimeters . Question . Riddle and the Answer
  6. Visual Fractions . http://www.visualfractions.com/ . includes online tools for learning fractions, PowerPoints to help teach fractions, downloadable worksheets, and downloadable software for creating circle fractions
  7. Illuminations . http://illuminations.nctm.org/ . a collection of online, standard-based virtual manipulatives and lessons, to make math come alive in the classroom and at home
  8. BlockCad - http://web.telia.com/~u16122508/proglego.htm . a free Win virtual Lego land
  9. Lego Factory . http://factory.lego.com/ . free online virtual Lego land
  10. NLVM . http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html . collection of online manipulatives and visualizations for all grade levels
  11. SmartBoard Software - http://www2.smarttech.com/st/en-
    US/Support/Downloads/SBS/Windows/SBSv97Win.htm
     . includes a collection of virtual math tools. Students can run the software on their own computers to practice mathematical concepts

Simulations/Visualizations

These programs give students a way to perform math calculations on the computer as well as provide "math labs" that students can work in.

  1. MathPad & MathPad Plus . http://www.intellitools.com . simulated “paper and pencil” basic arithmetic software for students who need to use a computer to write with
  2. Virtual Pencil . http://www.hentermath.com/ . simulated “paper and pencil” arithmetic and algebra software for students who need to use a computer to write with
  3. Equation Editor Tutorials - http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/ec/equations/equation.html . equation editor is a part of Microsoft Office and enables students to use a computer to enter math equations. to view Vista tutorials go to the Microsoft Office WORD Team's Blog
  4. MathType - http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/products/mathsim/mathtype/ . comprehensive professional version of Equation Editor. 30 day trial version available for Win and Mac9.X
  5. Broken Calculator . http://seeingmath.concord.org/broken_calculator . online simulation of a broken calculator. students must think through how to solve problems using the keys available
  6. Explore Learning . http://www.explorelearning.com . extensive online set of mathematic simulations and visualizations
  7. SELECT Math . http://boston.k12.ma.us/teach/technology/select/index.html . aligns virtual manipulatives and visualizations with standards
  8. GeoGebra - http://www.geogebra.org/cms/ . free software for Win . MacX of geometry, algebra, and calculus simulations and manipulatives
  9. Algebrus - http://www.astrise.com/software/algebrus . a comprehensive visualization tool for higher mathematics. the trial version has some features disabled
  10. Eduscapes . http://eduscapes.com/sessions/smartboard . includes links to a variety of simulations and visualizations

Homework Helpers

Completing homework can be a big challenge for students with disabilities; both from the time involved as well as working through the cognitive processes. These tools can help with basic math through algebra and calculus.

  1. Animated Math Dictionary . http://www.harcourtschool.com/glossary/math2/index_temp.html . provides basic definitions of math terms, along with text to speech so students can hear the definitions and visualizations
  2. A Math Dictionary for Kids . 
    http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jeather/maths/dictionary.html . extensive math dictionary and highly interactive
  3. WebMath . www.webmath.com . online tool that helps students solve math problems, showing step by step solutions. general math through calculus
  4. GraphTablet (Win) - http://www.graphtablet.com/graphtablet.html . a free program for creating custom graph paper
  5. Calculator Collection (Win . Mac9) - http://www.riverdeep.com . basic set of calculators that includes a fraction calculator
  6. Big Calculator (Win) - http://www.sensorysoftware.com/bigcalculator.html . a free basic calculator that can be adjusted for really big buttons
  7. MetaCalc (Online) - http://www.metacalc.com/ . free online basic calculator with size options
  8. KoalaCalc (MacOSX) - http://www.macropodsoftware.com/koalacalc/index.html . a free simple and scientific mode calculator
  9. Calc Thingy (MacOSX) - http://liquidbinary.com/software/ . a simple interface but fairly powerful calculator
  10. MoffSoft FreeCalc (Win) - http://www.moffsoft.com/freecalc.htm . a great basic calculator with adjustable size and color schemes, and a simulated paper tape display
  11. AlgeKalk (MacOSX) - http://goldfishsoft.com/algekalk.html . simple utility that factors numbers, give square root, converts decimals, and more
  12. FrakKalk (MacOSX) - http://goldfishsoft.com/frakkalk.html . simple utility for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions
  13. GoMath . http://www.gomath.com/ . online tool that helps students solve math problems. includes algebra and geometry calculators
  14. Hot Math . http://hotmath.com/ . provides online help and guidance for math problems in most text books
  15. Conversion Tools – http://www.convertit.com . basic online collection of conversion tools
  16. Arty Space Calculator (Win . Mac9) . a conversion calculator
  17. Math Tips for Students with Visual Impairments . http://www.tsbvi.edu/math/ . ideas and recommendations for helping students with visual impairments learn math concepts
  18. Algebra Solver . http://www.algebrasolver.com/index.shtml . an interactive, algebraic problem solver and graphing tool
  19. Microsoft Math (Win) . http://www.microsoft.com/math/default.mspx . all-in-one math homework solution.  solve equations, graph functions, use a fully-functional graphing calculator, solve triangles, and convert standard units
  20. WebGraphing - http://www.webgraphing.com/ . online equation-graphing environment, from simple to advanced calculations
  21. Equation Wizard (Win) . http://www.equationwizard.com/ . algebraic equation solver software. trial version good for 30 equations
  22. Cosmeo . http://www.cosmeo.com/math/ . a fee-based, homework video-tutor for many national textbooks
  23. Translating Word Problems . http://www.purplemath.com/modules/translat.htm . keywords to help with word problem translation

 
 Many  more to come - stay tuned!

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