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Description: Lexia Reading is a computerized reading program that provides phonics instruction and gives students independent practice in basic reading skills. Lexia Reading is designed to supplement regular classroom instruction. It is designed to support skill development in the five areas of reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel. (From IES What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences)
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: In the primary grades, students with reading difficulties may need intervention to prevent future reading failure. This guide offers specific recommendations to help educators identify students in need of intervention and implement evidence-based interventions to promote their reading achievement. This practice guide was published by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
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: 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: The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) addresses some myths associated with RtI. Myth # 1: The outcome and intent of RtI is identification, and therefore special education remains its own entity that "occurs" subsequent to "trying RTI." Myth # 2: Tier 3 (or the last tier in a tiered model) is only special education. Myth # 3: The major focus of RtI should be identifying students with Specific Learning Disabilities (LD). RtI can be used to “get rid...
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: The Education Department of the Kennedy Center announces the launch of Perfect Pitch, a new online learning tool designed to introduce middle-school students to the instruments of the orchestra through a baseball analogy. In this immersive interactive, you’ll meet the "players" that have brought orchestral music to audiences since the Baroque period. Perfect Pitch includes music clips and important "stats" (or facts) about different instruments. Students can mix and match instrument sounds...
Description: A manual put together for new teachers as well as mentors and other veteran teachers. It is an informative guide related to a variety of issues and good practices that teachers need to be successful in the classroom.
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: 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: 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: 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.
Description: Comprehensive resource for reading that proivdes a calendar, eLibrary, ehandouts, slideshows and more.