Special Education

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.

A.nnotate

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A.nnotate is a free online tool that allows collaborative annotating of documents and images. Annotations can appear on the page or in the margins. Notes are indexed and searchable. You can set a document to private or share with others. For all grade levels.

Curriculet

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Curriculet is a free digital reading platform. Teachers can enrich reading by embedding questions, quizzes, and media. Texts are available in the book room and public domain, or you can use an article from the internet or upload your own text. Also allows tracking of common core literacy standards. For all grade levels.

Actively Learn

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Actively Learn is a free online e-reader that allows teachers to add content such as questions, images, and videos to a text to help guide the reading. Choose from hundreds of public domain texts, use internet articles, or upload your own text. Also have access to embedded common core aligned questions and multimedia. Also allows you to assess and analyze data.

Rewordify

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Rewordify is a free online software that simplifies a text. Paste text into the box and click "rewordify text". The difficult words are replaced with easier words and highlighted. You can hover over the highlighting to see the original words. Rewordify also provides a reading level for the text, lets you choose from six different rewording levels, and has settings that allow you to manipulate how the highlighting appears. You can also save and share the results. This software includes tools that help with learning the difficult words that were replaced.

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