Literacy (Reading & Writing)
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Description: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
Description: Explore our Web site to learn how we are living our mission to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The DCMP is an idea that works thanks to funding by the U.S. Department of Education and administration by the National Association of the Deaf. Services The DCMP provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf,...
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: The vision of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (hereafter known as The Departments) is that 1) all young children will have adults in their lives who are well-informed on how to use technology to support learning at various ages; and 2) all young children will have opportunities to learn, explore, play, and communicate through a multitude of approaches, including the use of technology. The purpose of this policy brief is to:...
Description: The AIM Explorer is a free simulation that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software. Magnification, custom text and background colors, text-to-speech, text highlighting, and layout options are presented in a logical sequence to help struggling readers decide which of these supports might help them to access and understand text. The AIM Explorer is designed to be used by a reader working collaboratively with an...
Description: ATware Solutions, LLC. has been formed by a multidisciplinary team of people from several Virginia universities to produce software and hardware that can be used by people with disabilities, or professionals and families assisting people with disabilities.
Description: This free AIM Navigator App is the mobile form of an online resource that facilitates the process that guides the work of a collaborative team as they work through the AIM-related needs of individual students. It is not a screening or diagnostic tool. The Navigator consists of a series of guiding questions to assist teams with decision-making about need, selection, acquisition, and use of accessible instructional materials. Learning supports for completing each decision-making step are available...
Description: This free app is designed to help determine if students are eligible for accessible materials from AIM-VA. It is an universal app designed for both iPhone and iPad.
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: The goal of this website is to provide a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to: Learn about and plan your child's educational program Understand your legal rights and responsibilities Access local resources including school system contacts and disability services in your community Access an abundance of resources, including instructional strategies, assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed.
Description: This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. The pilot project is specially designed for students ages 13 and over and as part of a social studies, history, civics, government,...
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: The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with...
Description: Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
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: 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: This video presents the fundamentals of UDL.
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 Assistive Technology program prepares you to expertly engage with people who have disabilities and offer them innovative options for home, work, school or community. This 100% online graduate program is from the Top 20 ranked special education division at George Mason University (GMU), where assistive technology has been a special focus of research for more than 30 years.
Description: Founded in 2009, the National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information UDL Basics, Advocacy, Implementation, Research, Community, and Resources.
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: For many educators, applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles is viewed as a philosophical approach for designing curriculum, shaping instruction, selecting instructional materials/technology, and developing assessments that provide greater access to learning for all students. Designing curriculum and instruction for diverse learners using the principles of UDL at the outset enhances the classroom environment and requires less retrofitting and adaptation by classroom teachers.
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: 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 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 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: What do Federal laws require of a public school to meet the communication needs of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities? Will the aids and services required be the same under both Federal laws? Does the school have to give a student the aid or service the parents request? What types of aids or services could be required for students? Where can I get more information about the rights of students with hearing, vision or speech disabilities? (U.S. Department of Education)
Description: Resumen: Cómo facilitar la comunicación con los estudiantes con discapacidades auditivas, de visión o del habla
Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching, learning, curriculum development and assessment that uses new technologies to respond to a variety of individual learner differences. IDEA 2004 defines Universal design using the same definition as the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. (The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, ECTA)
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: The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education is excited to announce that it will be offering four Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed) this fall, three of which are brand new, and all of which cover a wide variety of topics. They are flexible and can be accessed at any time, in any place, and on any device. Topics include: Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change, New! Fractions Foundations, New! Disciplinary...
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)
Description: CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes. It is produced by the journalists at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion website are available free of charge throughout the school year. We strongly advise you to preview each program before showing students, as you are the best judge of the appropriateness of its news content for your specific class. (Current Events)
Description: EconEdLink is the leading source of online economic & personal finance lessons & resources for educators, students and afterschool providers.
Description: 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 Virginia Standards of Learning, and for other states, the Common Core standards. (Grades K-12)
Description: The BrainLine team sorted through many resources to compile this list of apps for mobile devices for people with a brain injury, their families and caregivers.
Description: A critical part of improving developmental and educational results for children with disabilities is using effective practices in early intervention, wherever services are being provided—an agency setting, the home, and across the child’s natural environment.
Description: n2y is your home for effective symbol-supported tools and materials for your students with special needs. The products include: 1. "news-2-you", an online newspaper that connects the classroom to the world with news stories that provide new information on reader-friendly themes. 2. Unique Learning System is a complete standards-based curriculum program designed specifically for students with special needs. 3. SymbolStix is the first and only online symbol library available for personal use in...