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Top Technology Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Top Technology Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities


I've been working on this post for a while because I wanted to make sure to bring you a cohesive toolkit. Below you will find lists of assistive tech, apps, websites, and assessment tools all curated with exceptional students in mind. Many of these tools would be great for ANY learner!

If it isn't linked, do a quick google search for the title and you'll find it. Some extensions and features were hard to link.

Assistive Technology

Extensions for Chromebooks:

  • Read Aloud - read out loud the current web-page article with one click
  • Adobe Spark
  • Dyslexia Friendly - increases readability of web pages by changing fonts, contrast, and adding a reading ruler
  • Mercury Reader - removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site
  • DocHub

Chromebook Accessibility Features

In the settings menu you can adjust the browser features for students with audio/visual needs. There are many features including: 

  • chromeVox
  • large mouse cursor
  • high contrast mode
  • screen magnifier 
Place a checkmark next to the feature that you wish to activate. This feature will activate for the account that is logged in. It will remember this feature until you uncheck it.


Assistive Technology For iPads

There are some great built-in features that come with iPads. You can adjust them in the settings. I particularly recommend the following:
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  • Voiceover
  • Zoom
  • Grayscale
  • Larger Text
  • Speak Selection
  • Assistive Touch
  • Dictation
  • Word Prediction

Learning Apps that are Great for Students with Learning Delays

Math:

Candy Count
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Tiggly Math
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Touch Math
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Vocabulary and Language:

BlubBlub
Skitch
FlipGrid
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Tracing and Fine Motor Skills:

Sand Draw
Letter Toy and School
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Communication:

FaceTime
Educreations
Draw and Tell
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Puzzles and Coding:

Kodable
Hopscotch 
BeeBot

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Learning Websites that are Great for Students with Learning Delays

Keyboarding:

Computer Circus
Crazy Typing

Literacy and Math:


Classroom Technology

This is a list of resources the teacher can use to engage students in the classroom. Use these to push out, interact, and collect assignments. 
Seesaw
Nearpod
Appear.in
Quizizz
Bubbl.us
Vocaroo

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Technology Tutorials and PD Presentations for Teachers

Technology Tutorials and PD Presentations for Teachers


Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you!Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you! 

This premium member's library has over 120 tech tool tutorials. In addition to the tutorial, each tech tool page includes a downloadable (in Google Slides or PowerPoint) PD presentation that walks you through the tech tool and gives ideas for using it in the classroom. 

Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you!
This is a peek at what the library looks like. You can view more by clicking on the image. 

FAQ for the Technology Toolbox for Teachers

Wondering what you’ll use this for? Here are some ideas:

  1. Teach yourself the latest and greatest tech tools as your own pace. Feel like a pro when it is time to use them with your students. 
  2. Use the tutorials and ideas to guide a PD presentation for the staff at your school. They will really appreciate learning from you. *Reach out to me if you want to use this information for a bigger-scale presentation. 
  3. Get inspiration for lessons to try with your students. These ideas are just the beginning! 

How are the tech tools chosen?

I pride myself in staying up to date on technology tools. I read publications, blogs, and Facebook groups daily and keep a running list of new edtech tools to check out. The vetting process includes making sure the tool is useful for elementary age students. If I can come up with at least 2 ideas for use at the elementary level then the tech tool makes the list. 

How many tutorials are included?

As of today there are over 120 tutorials included. As new tech tools come out I research them and add them to the list. Since I started the Tech Toolbox for Teachers I've added dozens of new tools to the list and only 6 tools have been discontinued. 
Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you!





And SO many more!

In addition to the tech tool tutorials I have also added professional presentations I've done for virtual conferences.
  • Digital Interactive Notebooks for ELA
  • Keyboarding Instruction that Works
  • Tech Skills for Teachers
  • How to Rock at Teaching Virtually
  • iTECH Model Research
  • Using Coding Robots to Teach the 4 C's

Why is the tech toolbox a subscription?

In total it takes me about an hour for each tech tool to research it, create the tutorial steps, create the PD presentation, and make the page for it in the library. As I continue adding new tech tools I want subscribers to have access to them. A monthly subscription means you can access the library at any time, find what you need, and know it is the most up to date information. 

Can I use the PD Presentations to give training to staff at my school?

Yes you can! This membership is perfect for technology facilitators and instructional resource teachers because all of the work is done for you. Just download the PD presentation, read it over, consider adding your own presenter notes, and you're ready to go. I just ask that you don't share the presentation file with anyone else. 

Where do I sign up for the Technology Toolbox for Teachers?

You can find all of the details and sign up by clicking here. There are 10 sample tutorials and PD presentations that you can check out to make sure it will be a good fit for you. 
Still have questions? Email me any time! 
Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you!

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May Activities for the Computer Lab and Distance Learning

May Activities for the Computer Lab and Distance Learning


Digital Activities for grades k-5 for May that can be used in the computer lab or at home during distance learning.
Normally these monthly blog posts are a round up of the activities that can be used for the month in the computer lab. Since schools are closed right now, we have to pivot a bit. Luckily, almost everything that makes a great computer lab lesson also makes a great distance learning activity! Check out these recommended digital resources for May. 

How to use this blog post: find the grade level you're interested in and then read about the activities. Click on any images to go to the product description to learn more about it. You'll see some activities in multiple grade levels. This either means that differentiation is provided to make the lesson appropriate for multiple grade levels, or it includes multiple grade levels of activities for the tech lab.

Kindergarten Digital Activities for May

Timely Tech can be the main activity for the month of May. Kindergarten students can do the activities for Shades of meaning, synonyms, and word families. 
We can bring some math instruction into tech lessons with digital hundreds charts with a Cinco de Mayo theme. 
A favorite every month is digital pixel art. The level 1 option for these is perfect for Kindergarten because it works on their mouse or trackpad skills with all drag and drop practice. 

First Grade Digital Activities for May 

For the main activity for 1st grade for May, students can complete the software lessons with a keyboard theme. If you're assigning these during distance learning, you'll want to make your own instructional videos based on the devices your students have at home. 
First grade students get to pick between level 1 and 2 of the digital pixel art. They have so much fun completing the designs that they don't realize all of the mouse practice they're getting. 
Then first graders can finish up the slides that Kindergarten didn't do in the Timely Tech set for May. These activities work in Google Slides or PowerPoint. 

Second Grade Digital Activities for May

These digital puzzles are harder than they look, which makes them a great warm up activity for any grade level. Second grade students can handle the first level that is included in this set. 
The main activity for May for second grade can be Timely Tech. The slides on Number words, Decorate an apple for teacher appreciation, Make new words, Sort by Syllables, Sight words mystery picture, May prompts, Shapes flowers should keep them busy across several sessions. 
A great early finisher activity that ties together tech and math is spreadsheet mystery pictures. These activities require students to follow directions to fill in each cell in the chart. The level 1 option is great for 2nd grade. 

Third Grade Digital Activities for May

Digital Pixel Art makes a great warm up activity for any grade level. 3rd grade usually does well with level 2 or 3, depending on the skills they have. 
Depending on when the end of your school year is, 3rd graders can start the End of Year Memory eBook and work on it over several sessions. There are 17 digital activity slides, so you can pick and choose which you want your students to fill out. Most years I split the slides between 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades so that each year they complete one that is different. 
Students can practice a bunch of skills at once while completing a Mother's Day Digital Card with this digital glyph card. Younger students could probably do this activity with help but might get frustrated working with the tiny shape pieces. 

Fourth Grade Digital Activities for May

A great warm up activity during the month of May for 4th grade is digital multiplication and division review. I like to use this with 5th grade students too since they can always use the practice. 
4th grade students love to complete these digital end of year slides. I pick 5 or 6 slides for each grade level (3-5th) to complete. 
For an early finisher activity for the month of May, 4th grade students can do the first half of this Timely Tech set. This includes the slides for decoding, make a chart, search practice, vocabulary scramble, and fact or opinion. Sometimes I also duplicate a few of the coding slides for 4th graders to complete too. 

Fifth Grade Digital Activities for May

Level 4 of the digital pixel art makes for great keyboard shortcut practice for 5th grade students. This set makes a great warm up activity for the month. 
5th grade students can do the rest of the slides from Timely Tech for May as the main activity. This includes crossword puzzle typing, digital math, coding, and creating an infographic and diagram. 
The digital End of Year Memory Book is a big hit with all of the grade levels. I let 5th grade students choose their slides since they "graduate" from elementary school. 
There you have it. Digital Activities for grades k-5 for May that can be used in the computer lab or at home during distance learning. Pin this blog post to get back to later:
Digital Activities for grades k-5 for May that can be used in the computer lab or at home during distance learning.



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Technology Gift Guide for the Holidays

Technology Gift Guide for the Holidays


Technology Gifts for Kids organized by prices. Click on this image to go to the PDF Gift Guide.
Technology Gift Guide for the Holidays


The PDF format makes it really easy to share with your students' families via email or a link on your website. 

The gifts are organized by budget. To see specific age recommendations, click on the individual product. The Amazon listings have all of the relevant information, including reviews. 
Technology Gift Guide Organized by Budget

Technology Gift Guide Organized by Budget

Technology Gift Guide Organized by Budget

Technology Gift Guide Organized by Budget

Technology Gift Guide Organized by Budget

Technology Gift Guide Organized by Budget

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