Technology and Tools

Learning at Home During COVID-19 (for Educators)

Bookshare is an online library that provides access to over 800,000 customizable, accessible online e-books designed for students with learning barriers. Teachers can create free school accounts and assign books to students, and parents can also sign up students.

Microsoft Accessibility Features

This site outlines accessibility features for Microsoft products. Areas of interest include learning tools and mental health supports.

eLearning Coalition Teacher Resources

Educators and administrators can use these free resources to better understand how to teach online. Included are guides for tools to keep online learning interactive, plus a variety of interactive tools with website and app suggestions.

Boom Cards

Game features keep students engaged with the self-grading exercises in these electronic task cards designed by teachers and therapists. You can buy premade tasks from the store or create your own Boom Cards.

Bookflix

Bookflix pairs fiction and nonfiction titles to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn for early learners. Animated classic storybooks establish familiarity with topics so students can more easily engage with course-assigned readings.

The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution

During COVID-19, Learning Ally offers U.S. educators and schools free access to the Learning Ally Audiobook Solution. They’re also offering access to their Distance Learning Resource Site filled with remote learning activities for teachers, students, and families, and the Square Panda Home Engagement Program for early Pre-K to first graders.

NumberShire

NumberShire is a math game for kids in kindergarten through grade 2, especially those at risk for mathematical difficulties. This engaging game focuses on whole number concepts and skills, and provides individualized instruction and assessment. Recommended by WestEd.

Mathshare

This tool allows students to create and organize the steps they take to solve math problems in order to explain their work. It also allows for dictation for struggling writers.

Learning Differences and Special Needs Guide

This guide offers fun, well-designed apps that were recommended and tested by field experts for students who face challenges learning.

Common Sense Media: Best Special Education Apps and Websites

This resource contains apps and websites to address foundational skills, boost social and emotional skills, and help kids with autism follow a schedule. These resources have been recommended by educators and experts who work with students with disabilities. Recommended by WestEd.

Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities Database

This database contains assistive and educational technology tools and resources to support learning for students with disabilities and their classmates. It contains nearly 400 products using extensive criteria tailored to assistive and educational technologies. Recommended by WestEd.

UDL Scan Tool

This tool from the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities helps teachers understand the alignment of online/digital materials to the needs of those with disabilities. It provides a Google Form or Microsoft Excel tool to examine instructional decisions closely against UDL principles.

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