Special Education

Newsela

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News articles available at five different reading levels that are sorted into topics and linked to common core standards.  You can search for articles by grade level, reading standard, or whether or not it has a quiz.  Create a free teacher account and add multiple classes.  Students create accounts with a special code.  Teachers can assign articles to classes. For all grade levels.

WatchKnowLearn

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50,000 free educational videos that have been categorized and rated for K-12 education.  Use the directory or search for videos by subject and age level. For all grade levels. 

VocabAhead

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Vocabulary words defined and explained in videos. For all grade levels. 

Shahi

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A visual dictionary that includes definitions, examples of word in a sentence, and photos from Flickr, Google, and Yahoo.

Art Beyond Sight

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An art education website for people with visual impairments that combines online learning experiences with an extensive collection of teaching materials, networking and community building tools, and an advocacy and grassroots forum.

DCMP (Described and Captioned Media Program)

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4,000 free-loan described and captioned media titles to provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. 

Readability

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This simple tool gets rid of distractions on a webpage so that students can focus on the text.  Available as a chrome, android, iPad, or iPhone app. 

Lighthouse International Accessibility

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Lighthouse International is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss.  This website was designed to provide information about accessible design, accessible print design, accessibility guidelines for the web designer, effective color contrast, and making text legible. For all grade levels.

Open Text Summarizer

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Paste text or a URL into this tool to get back a condensed version of the text or keywords.  Select the summarization ratio and language of choice.  For use with nonfiction text only. For grades 6 and up.

Text Compactor

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This free web tool summarizes a text.  Paste a text into the box, and use the slide bar to adjust the percentage of the text you want to keep in the summary.  For use with nonfiction text only. For grades 6 and up.

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