"Whether you're the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you're undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle."
"his website started as a small project. We were playing around with the idea of making new animals by switching their parts, and the result was Switch Zoo. At first, the zoo had just nine animals, and it was the only attraction on the website. Today, Switch Zoo has 142 species, and the website features additional animal games, music created from animal voices, a reference section about all the animals in Switch Zoo, lesson plans, and poetry, stories and artwork created by students and other visitors. '
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Companion site to National Geographic Kids magazine. Games, videos, photos, stories and more.
"Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing."
"Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children."
"Seussville—the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web—is the place for children of all ages to play and learn with Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully whimsical books and classic characters. The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and all of the Dr. Seuss books leap to life through interactive games and activities that will enrich each child’s reading experience.
Dr. Seuss believed that books and learning to read should be fun and exciting for children. The site maintains this spirit of fun and honors the tenets of his work: discovery, imagination, and creativity. Visitors will explore the lush animated environments as they uncover a wealth of games and information, including a comprehensive Dr. Seuss character guide, a searchable Dr. Seuss book catalog, biographical information, educator resources, parent tips, and more." Printables and lesson plans on the educator tab.
"ABCya! is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer games and activities were created or approved by certified teachers. ABCya! educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn. ABCya! games and activities incorporate content areas such as math and reading while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade games are equipped with sound to enhance understanding."
Companion website to Highlights magazine. Fiction, informational text, puzzles and games.
"Student, Teacher and Parent AAASpell.com Accounts are Free, Safe and Easy to create. Accounts allow you to change or correct lists, remember lists and record practice results. Teachers and parents can create accounts and lists for their students and see practice results. Accounts are not required - you can use AAASpell.com at no cost with or without an account. "
"AAA Math features a comprehensive set of thousands of interactive arithmetic lessons.
There is no cost or registration required to practice your math on the AAAMath.com web site.
Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts.
A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level.
Immediate feedback prevents practicing and learning incorrect methods, which is a common result of traditional homework and worksheets. Practice can continue as long as desired in a non-threatening format which helps build self-esteem and confidence."
Guided Math is a structure for teaching whereby a teacher supports each child’s development of mathematical proficiency at increasing levels of difficulty, within the context of a small group. It is premised on the idea that working with children in small groups, provides powerful possibilities for reaching all children where they enter and taking them to the next level. In Guided Math groups, students engage in standards-based, rigorous, engaging meaning making learning opportunities where the teacher focuses on a particular concept, strategy or skill. Teachers facilitate this learning through hands-on, scaffolded conversations and intensive questioning.
"This site was created to serve as a collaborative, objective resource for educators and administrators who are committed to enhancing student achievement. We invite you to share your knowledge, ask questions, and get expert insight into the issues teachers face each day in the classroom."
Identity safe classrooms are those in which teachers strive to ensure students that their social identities are an asset rather than a barrier to success in the classroom. And, through strong positive relationships and opportunities to learn, they feel they are welcomed, supported, and valued as members of the learning community.
For over 40 years Gary Howard has been supporting individuals and organizations in their efforts to achieve greater equity and social justice in their professional practices and systemic outcomes. Whether it is through keynote speeches, workshops, leadership institutes, online courses, or writing, his central guiding passion is to help create schools and communities that serve our children well and strengthen the foundation of pluralistic democracy.
"LDC CoreTools is an educator-designed online platform that enables teachers to collaboaratively create, manage, and revise Common Core-aligned curriculum using the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) framework.
Using CoreTools, teachers can leverage the wisdom of the LDC community of practice by accessing curriculum exemplars and teacher-created help resources throughout the platform, as well as by utilizing features that allow for real-time co-authoring, commenting, and sharing with teacher colleagues and literacy coaches.
CoreTools optimizes teacher efficiency during every step of the LDC process, which results in increased professional growth for teachers and improved outcomes for students."
Registration required (free).