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Description: Design to Learn develops instructional tools, assessments and teaching strategies for children and adults with severe disabilities. Our products are especially helpful for individuals who are nonspeaking and for those who have severe intellectual impairment. Many of our materials were developed especially for children with autism spectrum disorders or for children who are deafblind. Some publications are available in Spanish.
Description: This web site is a "joint collaboration between Ball State University and Paws, Inc. Its mission is to encourage children to explore academically sound literacy activities and provide them with tools to express themselves through creative writing programs. It is an internet destination that is free, safe, and fun!" There are all kinds of activities for kids to participate in to show their talents and abilities. Teachers will find lesson plans, curricula, and printable materials in the Teacher's...
Description: Many children with special needs require software that is very simple to operate. Switch software is a type of software program that is operated by only a few defined keystrokes and/or a mouse click. (The newest software programs include: Animated Toys II, Virtual Motor Skills and Story Builder.)
Description: Start-to-Finish Library (from Don Johnson) offers your struggling readers a wide selection of age-appropriate narrative chapter books written at two readability levels and delivered in three media formats. Students accomplish several goals with this unique series; they practice reading fluently and with comprehension using multiple text and electronic supports, while accessing the curriculum’s required topics, genres and literature. In Internet Explorer, if the product videos will not play...
Description: This site includes coloring, games, videos and music for early learning. (Early Childhood)
Description: PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.
Description: The Differentiating Instruction With Menus series offers teachers exciting tools to challenge and reach both gifted and advanced students in the classroom. Whether these students need enrichment, choice in independent practice, or even additional academic options resulting from curriculum compacting, these books provide teachers a complete ready-to-use resource. Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Math (Grades 3–5) contains attractive reproducible menus, based on the levels of...
Description: Expanded to include connections to Common Core State Standards, as well as NCTM standards, this critically acclaimed book will help every teacher and coach to meet the challenges of differentiating mathematics instruction in the K–8 classroom. In this bestseller, math education expert Marian Small explains two powerful and universal strategies that teachers can use across all math content: Open Questions and Parallel Tasks. (Differentiation)
Description: This site has a collection of interactive phonics flashcards and phonics worksheet generators. The flashcards include uppercase and lowercase letters. The worksheet maker produces printable activity sheets. (reading)
Description: This site includes phonics worksheets, free printable phonics workbooks for kids, ESL, or adult literacy programs with an additional section of free online phonics games from Fun Fonix!
Description: Game Goo includes fun, stick-with-you educational games that help develop early reading skills identified as important language arts building blocks in state curriculum standards. For a list of K - 2nd grade educational standards addressed in each game (such as identifying the letters in words), follow the Home button to the Teachers & Parents link. The games are arranged on the menu from advanced (the pink row) to beginner (the blue row.) (phonics)
Description: Researchers set out to collect, categorize, and analyze experimental and quasi-experimental information on adolescent writing instruction in order to determine which elements of existing instructional methods are reported by research to be effective. (Excerpted from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News, which can be found at http://www.ncset.org/enews/.)
Description: Readinglady.com was created to provide support to teachers throughout the country. Teachers come to this site to network and share ideas. There are many free resources housed here, along with discussion groups.
Description: Created in association with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and supported by Part C funding, this is an excellent training website for all ECSE and ECE teachers. Training modules include:- A course on typical child development for children from Birth to 3- A second module for 3-6 (to be developed in the near future)- A course on Family Centered PracticesCourses can be used towards re-certification points and the site has a registry that will keep track of the courses you have taken....
Description: The purpose of this network is to provide consultant services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in school divisions and state operated programs in Virginia. VNOC is designed to promote and enhance educational services for the child or provide needed training for personnel. VNOC professionals have expertise in one or more of the following areas as they relate to children who are deaf or hard of hearing: Instructional strategies; Sign language proficiency; Communication methodologies...
Description: SOLO, from Don Johnston Incorporated, is a software tool that includes word prediction, a text reader, graphic organizer and talking word processor—putting students in charge of their own learning and accommodations. Students of varying ages and abilities have access to, and make progress in, the general education curriculum. This is designed for students in ability level grades 3-9 and interest level grades 3-12.
Description: Teachers around the world use Starfall.com and Starfall high-quality educational products as an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. Parents use Starfall to prepare their children for school, and to support them once they are there. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children. Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.
Description: Use this site to create, read, and share engaging digital books that build reading skills for students. Your universally designed books will engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills. (Create an account to create, modify, and save books.)
Description: AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers (grades 4-12). The Hot Topics in Adolescent Literacy section is available in Spanish.
Description: This section offers both research and practice information on fostering successful reading practices in adolescent students. A section with research-based strategies that offers examples and advice is included as well as information on reading behaviors. Research papers and bibliographies for aspects of literacy are also available.
Description: The Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). You may write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload. All books should be complete, edited, and revised to the best of your ability before publishing them to the site. While you are working...
Description: The National Center for Family Literacy is creating a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. This site includes a section called, "Tools for Literacy Programs," which contains free teacher resources. (families/parent/parents)
Description: This site includes the following for educators: Lesson Plans, Free Professional Resources and Art Techniques.
Description: Dinah Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. (Foldables are three-dimensional, interactive graphic organizers.) This site provides some samples and an online catalog of books, videos, etc.
Description: Guidance designed primarily for service providers regarding effective early intervention for infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing, the extensive resource section is beneficial to anyone working with young children and students with hearing loss and their families.
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES), What Works Clearinghouse WWC) developed the practice guide: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices. This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and...
Description: The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center (MAEC) promotes academic rigor for students who have traditionally been denied educational opportunities and equal access to a quality education. We believe that promoting academic rigor for all students and ensuring that underrepresented groups of students have access to high quality curriculum and instruction are the most effective ways to address equity in the nation's schools. (Service area includes Virginia.)
Description: This document uses a frequently asked questions (FAQs) format, with answers based on the collective experience, to date, of five (three elementary and two middle) public U.S. schools that are implementing elements of Response to Intervention (RTI), including evidence-based instruction, progress monioring, structures for regulating the intensity of intervention, and professional development.
Description: Each grade-level professional development course is divided into critical reading topics, including the five components. Choose to complete one or more of these topics depending on your individual learning needs as continuing professional education credits (CPE) are awarded a section at a time.
Description: Virginia's state professional association for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Inforamtion on legistation, advocacy, and training. Hosts an annual state conference each spring. (SLP)
Description: LD OnLine provides a new article called Learning Disabilities: An Overview. This article provides the basic facts to people who are learning about learning disabilities. Please use it to educate others.
Description: Reading software has transformed instruction for struggling learners and students with disabilities. Since different reading software applications contain different features, it is important that students are matched with software that best meets their specific needs. LD Online has identified five web-based resources that contain detailed information on reading software programs and address specific needs of students with special needs in reading. The following overview provides a synopsis of...
Description: Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages.
Description: Web links related to SMART Boards including software and toolkit downloads, lesson activities, PowerPoint presentations and flash files that you can download and adapt.
Description: These resources include web links for science, including biology, physics and chemistry.
Description: These resources include lesson plans and strategies, online calculators, virtual manipulatives and online math activities.
Description: A web site with a variety of teacher materials. There are a variety of graphic organizers: some can be downloaded for free and some can only be accessed by subscribing to edhelper.com.
Description: The Visual Dictionary is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use rat school, at home or at work.
Description: Welcome to the Hands on Banking® program! Want to take charge of your own finances and reach your goals? Just pick your age group and get started! Whether you want to build your credit, your investments, or your own small business; invest in the market, a home, or higher education; shop for a loan, buy a car, or open your first bank accounts, the Hands on Banking program offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need. This site has courses for Kids, Teens, Young Adults,...
Description: One of the hardest parts about doing academic research on the Internet is figuring out where to start! A search engine or subject portal is usually the first thing to try, but which are the most useful for your research need? Fill in the short form and we'll point you in the right direction.
Description: Levels 1 and 2 cover the following topic areas: Solar System, Universe, Space Stuff and Glossary. You can choose to have the pages read to you. This site is intended for students in grades K through 8. (Science, Astronomy)
Description: 4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students.
Description: In February, 1997, Susan Brooks and Bill Byles began a collaborative effort to extend assistance to fellow teachers. In November of 2000 that project expanded to a web presence known as Internet 4 Classrooms ("i4c"), a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home and even for online technology tutorials. The portal...
Description: ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies. This website has strategies for reading, writing, organizing, discussion and vocabulary in Social Studies (and all subjects!).
Description: Curriculum Creations: To increase active participation in the classroom, explore or download items from the Curriculum Creations section of this site. You may browse by subject area (English, Science, Math, History or Health) or by the type of assistive technology you would like to explore. High-Tech How To's: This section is a resource for assistive technology specialists and others who use technology to promote learning and the inclusion of students with disabilities in the school setting.
Description: 2,473 illustrated dictionary entries! Each word is used in a meaningful example sentence. Most entries have links to a related web site. Just click on an underlined word (or its accompanying picture), and you'll link to a related page. This picture dictionary is available in the following languages: English, English-Dutch, English-French, French-English, English-German, German-English, English-Italian, English-Japanese, English-Portuguese, English-Spanish and Spanish-English. As a bonus for...
Description: Classroom Suite Activity Exchange offers educators, therapists, and others access to hundreds of pre-made activities for immediate use with Classroom Suite. Use this time-saving resource to find and share activities specifically made for Classroom Suite, many including accompanying overlays for IntelliKeys and other AAC devices. Join the Classroom Suite community today to: Share your activities with a strong community of educators Post reviews and comments to guide colleagues Receive regular...
Description: Information to help students achieve progressive levels of mastery so that they may communicate effectively in English and, ultimately, participate fully in society and the world of work. This site includes: Curriculum Frameworks (Blueprints for implementing the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education), Instructional Materials (Information and resources for instructional materials), Recommended Literature (Collection of outstanding literature for children and...
Description: Reading a-z.com offers thousands of printable teacher materials to teach guided reading, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, reading fluency, alphabet, and vocabulary. The teaching resources include professionally developed downloadable leveled books, lesson plans, worksheets, and reading assessments. (Teachers will need to subscribe in order to download the books.)
Description: Reading First is a national reading initiative established under the No Child Left Behind Act.