Device Descriptions

COMMUNICATION

Boardmaker v. 6:  Software that creates symbol-based communication and educational materials.  It has over 4,500 picture communication symbols that can be used for creating schedules, books, social stories, flash cards, worksheets and more.  

ChatPC by Saltillo: Portable hand-held device weighing 12.5 ounces accessed by finger touch with a 4” diagonal screen size.  It has a color dynamic display and over 3000 PCS symbols are included.  Each button can be customized for individual needs.

Clip Talk: One or two message communication device that can be attached to a tubular or rectangular object by a spring reinforced clip.  One 20 second message or two 10 second messages can be recorded and re-recorded.  It is activated by either a built in switch or external switches.

Digital Camera: A camera that can be used to take digital photographs that can easily be imported to a computer for printing or used on a device overlay.

DynaVox V: This is a fully integrated communication system with dynamic display and pre-programmed communication pages.  Page sets are language based, taking into account the communicator’s age, ability and the context of the communication.  It features a color touch screen, several access methods including scanning and updated AT&T Natural Voices and Acapela HQ voices for improved speech clarity.  The device also serves as a laptop computer, or can be a dedicated speech device.

DynaVox V Max: This is a fully integrated communication system with dynamic display and pre-programmed communication pages.  Page sets are language based, taking into account the communicator’s age, ability and the context of the communication.  It features a color touch screen, several access methods including scanning and updated AT&T Natural Voices and Acapela HQ voices for improved speech clarity.  The device also serves as a laptop computer, or can be a dedicated speech device.

DynaVox DynaWrite: This device is similar to an AlphaSmart in appearance but it has a larger screen and VeriVox® voice technology for speech output.  It gives augmentative communicators very natural- sounding speech-output.  It has built in word prediction, adjustable font sizes and can be used in place of a computer keyboard to control the computer.

DynaVox XPress: A handheld communication device using the InterAAct language framework.  It has a 5 inch screen, weighs 1.5 pounds and has a touch screen with “drag” and “sweep” features similar to an iPod.  Other features include categorized vocabulary lists, visual scenes, quickfires, core words and a keyboard.

 

GoTalk 9+ by Attainment:  This device is lightweight and portable.  It has 9 message buttons on 5 levels for a total of 45 recorded messages plus 3 core messages that stay on each level.  

GoTalk 20+ by Attainment:  This device is lightweight and portable.  It has 20 message buttons on 5 levels for a total of 100 recorded messages plus 5 core messages that stay on each level.  GoTalk is also available as an app.

GoTalk Pocket by Attainment:  This device is lightweight and portable.  It has 6 message buttons on 5 levels for a total of 30 recorded messages.  

LAMP Words for Life app by Prentke Romich: LAMP Words For Life™ is a full English vocabulary augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines the PRC Unity® language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles and strategies. LAMP™ is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles.  

LightWRITER by Zygo:  LightWRITERS® are small portable text-to-speech communication devices with dual displays that allow the device user to see what they are typing and a second out-facing display that allows for communication in a natural face-to-face position.  This device has word prediction that can be switched on or off and a memory feature that can store frequently used words or phrases that can be retrieved with a two key selection.  

Loc-Line switch mount: Loc-line is ball and socket modular hose.  It can be used to make flexible switch mounts that are easily repositioned.

Partner-Assisted Communication System for an Auditory Scanner: A communication system that involves a partner to provide auditory prompts (questions).  The partner acts as a “Scanner” and replaces switch scanning by the user.   The user makes choices by indicating yes or no to the partner’s questions.

Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) is a way of organizing whole word and symbol vocabulary in a communication book or speech generating device to provide immersion and modeling for learning.  The aim of PODD is to use aided language stimulation and provide vocabulary for continuous communication all the time, for a range of messages across a range of topics in multiple environments.

Prentke Romich Unity: Unity is a unique language system used to represent language in an AAC device. It uses a small set of easy-to-recognize pictures combined in short sequences to produce words, phrases, and sentences.

Proloquo2Go and iPad: Proloquo2Go™ from AssistiveWare provides a communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It has natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, automatic conjugations, and a default vocabulary of over 7000 items.  It is fully expandable and is used on an iPod touch or iPhone.

Say-it! SAM handheld communicator by Words+: This palm-sized device weighs 10 ounces and runs fully customizable communication software.   Voice messages can be recorded and linked to buttons and nine speech synthesized voices are available.  

Six level communicator by Enabling Devices:  This direct selection, digitized speech communicator features six levels of recording capacity, with eight, five-second messages per level for a total of 48 messages.  Each message area is 2 inches square.

Speak for Yourself AAC Language app: This app is based on vocabulary research of the most commonly used words.  Eighty percent of the words that we use to communicate are comprised of a core vocabulary of 300-500 words.  119 of these core words constitute the main screen of Speak for Yourself.  Each of these buttons links to additional related core vocabulary words and personalized, programmable vocabulary.  Motor planning remains consistent throughout vocabulary selection.

Speech to Speech Relay: This service provides operators (communications assistants) for people with difficulty being understood by the public on the telephone. People can call 7-1-1 to reach an operator who is trained to be familiar with many speech patterns and to have excellent language recognition skills. The operator will place the call and repeat words as needed in a three way calling environment.

Tobii Sono Flex is an AAC vocabulary app that uses symbols to provide language for nonverbal users.  The software is programmed with many phrases and situational vocabulary.  This software helps those students in the developmental stages of language by modeling appropriate phrases during communication.  This application is easy to edit.  It is available on the iPhone, iPad and on PCs and dedicated speech devices via  Tobii Communicator.

Step by Step Communicator:  This device has a single button that is recorded with digitized speech. It plays messages in sequence to encourage conversational turn-taking.

Talking Photo Album:  Simple, inexpensive, easy to use digitized speech device that has many potential uses.  Records up to 4 minutes of speech; there are 24 pages and each page holds ten seconds.  This device is excellent for pairing speech with digital pictures.

Tech/Scan 8 Plus by AMDi:  This is a multi-level augmentative and alternative communication device that combines the standard direct select communication devices with the benefits of scanning.  The device includes “real-voice” high quality audio reproduction, linear and step scanning modes, and three different scanning speeds.  The plus version includes auditory prompts, external phone jacks, rechargeable battery, and an indicator light for charging.  In addition, the plus version has a standard message length of 6 seconds and an extended message length option of 23 seconds per message.

Tech/Speak by AMDi: This is a multi-level augmentative and alternative communication device designed to aid communication through direct selection and using recorded (digitized) speech. It has 32 locations, with a choice of 2, 4, 6 or 12 levels. It is manufactured with a shatter-proof, drop-resistant case. 

Vantage Plus by Prentke Romich: This dynamic display communication device offers messages through icon sequencing.  It contains Unity programming that allows for vocabulary selection up to 3000 words, in addition to an Activity Row and Page based vocabulary.

READING/WRITING

Bookshare.org: An online service that provides books in specialized formats for people with disabilities.  Individual and school memberships are free.  Bookshare members download books, textbooks and newspapers in a compressed, encrypted file. Text is read using adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text-to-speech).  Reading material is also available in mp3 format and can be accessed on the web.  iOS and Android apps are available.

BrainBuilder software by Advanced Brain Technologies:  This computer based training program is designed to assess and build auditory and visual sequential processing abilities and build short-term memory and thinking skills.

Clicker 5 by Crick Software:  This software program combines a talking word processor and word/picture grids that allow the student to write with whole words, pictures or phrases.  The talking word processor (Clicker Writer) allows the student to use a keyboard, or they can click on items in the Clicker Grid to send them to the Clicker Writer. Students can hear words in the Clicker Grid before they write them, or hear what they've written in Clicker Writer.  Full-screen Clicker Grids (without Clicker Writer) can be used to create multimedia presentations and talking books.  Pre-made grids provide lessons in sentence structure and fact building.

CliffNotes:  Summaries of books by chapter or entire story with character analysis and study help quizzes.  

Clearly: A Google Chrome extension that makes web pages easy to read by eliminating distractions.

ClozePro by Crick Software: This assessment tool builds a cloze activity from any text. ClozePro is effective for standardized test preparation and alternate assessments.

Communicate: SymWriter by Widget is the upgrade to Writing with Symbols.  It is a talking word processor that matches symbols to words.  

Connected Mind: A Google Chrome app that creates mind maps with images, shapes and color similar to Inspiration software.

Co:Writer by Don Johnston: This word prediction program helps struggling writers by using word prediction to translate phonetic or inventive spelling.  A speech feedback feature helps students write grammatically correct sentences.

Draft:Builder by Don Johnston: This program has three views: an Outline view, Notes view and Draft view.  The Outline view also creates a visual map of topics that can be re-arranged.  In the Notes view, notes can be connected to topics and subtopics before they are organized.  The Draft view lets you easily move your ideas from the outline and notes into a draft.

Dragon Naturally Speaking by Nuance: A voice recognition program that types as the user speaks into a microphone.  It saves the user’s speech files and learns writing style, so it becomes more accurate with use.

Find Out & Write About by Crick Software: The Find Out and Write About series is a factual, curriculum-based series of Clicker activities in a Talking Book format.  Activities are designed so that students learn about information then write about it using pre-made grids.  There are three differentiated levels for each title.  Topics would be appropriate for science and social studies lessons.  There are eleven titles available.  

Foxit Reader: A free PDF reader that includes features for commenting, highlighting and underlining.  It converts PDF files to simple text and includes a Read Outloud feature.

Get A Clue software by FableVision, Inc: This web based vocabulary program uses the WATStm System (Words and their Stories) — a vocabulary acquisition process based on inductive reasoning.

Grades K-2 Headsprout Early Reading program is an online, supplemental reading program designed to take a non-reader to the mid-2nd grade reading level.  Skills taught include: phonemic awareness, letter-sound combinations, decoding, vocabulary and comprehension.  Lessons are interactive, animated and adapt to the student.  The program can be used at home as well as at school.  Performance reports track students’ progress through each lesson and can be accessed by teachers, parents and administrators.  

Grades 3-5 Headsprout Reading Comprehension online lessons teach strategies to help master factual, inferential, summative, and vocabulary comprehension.    

Inspiration Software: In Diagram View this program allows the user to create graphic organizers to link their ideas.  Symbols and images are available to represent ideas that can be linked in any number of combinations to show the relationships between ideas.  The Diagram View can be switched to the Outline View to finalize the written project.

IntelliTools Classroom Suite 4: Computer software tool for children pre-k through grade 5 designed to help children in the areas or reading, writing, and math.  Explicit instruction, constructive practice, and embedded assessments are part of the research-based lessons that can be used right out-of-the-box, or customized based on each students’ needs.  Access can be made in a number of different ways including keyboard, mouse, switch, or IntelliTools keyboard with

overlays.

iPad with iWordQ app: The iWordQ app is a simple text editor app with in-context word prediction, similar in features to the WordQ program mentioned above.  

Kidspiration Software: Created for K-5 learners, Kidspiration® uses visual learning principals to strengthen word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension and written expression.  Symbols and images represent ideas that can be linked to show the relationships between ideas.  The new version has visual math tools to help with problem solving skills.

Inspiration: This program is designed to help students plan and organize written work.  In Diagram and Map views, ideas are represented by images and linked by their relationships.  Ideas can be expanded and re-arranged easily.  Diagrams can be transferred to an outline with one click.  

Learning Ally: a service that provides books in audio format for a person with a documented print disability, such as a learning disability, visual impairment or other physical disability.  They have an extensive online catalog that members can access.  Audio books are recorded in DAISY format and can be downloaded for playback on a computer or mp3 player with digital rights management.

Livescribe Pen: This pen is used with dot patterned paper to record what is being said as it writes.  A single word can be written as a topic reminder, and the entire topic discussion will be recorded.  The discussion can be played back by tapping the pen on the word.  

MAPS Interactive Technology website http://teachers.mapsnet.org  Graded content area skill activities and websites for K-5 students and teachers

Michigan eLibrary www.mel.org  Online resource for magazine and newspaper articles and reference sources that can be searched by keyword, author, title, or subject area.

Natural Reader converts any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words with Microsoft voices.  Also available as an app.

Planet Wobble by Crick Software: This series includes animated talking books and related onscreen activities along with full color print books to use away from the computer.  Activities include matching patterns and words, sentence construction, recognition of high-frequency words, comprehension questions, and story writing.  There are three differentiated levels

Reach Interface Author by Applied Human Factors: This on-screen keyboard is a keyboard that appears on the monitor.  It can be used with any word processing software.  Features include: word prediction, many keyboard layouts including high-contrast, and speech output.

Read and Tell books by Slater Software:  These books are combined with PixWriter software by Slater that is similar to Clicker 4.  Students can read a book and answer comprehension questions using a writing grid and talking word processor.  There are numerous literature titles to choose from and three levels; primary, intermediate and teen.  

Read and Write for Google: A Chrome extension that works with web pages and common file types including Google Docs and PDF.  Features include text to speech with dual color highlighting, a built-in dictionary and word prediction.  It will also simplify and summarize text on web pages.  Snapverter, an add-on, will convert pictures or scanned documents, such as worksheets, into editable text.  

ReadPlease: Text to speech software for Windows operating systems.  Reads any text on the screen and highlights words as they are read.  Voice and rate options are available.

SparkNotes:  Study guides and discussion forums offered on various academic subjects. Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots.  Videos SparkNotes are also available. 

SpeakQ: This software program combines word prediction and speech recognition so that the user can select spoken words from a list of choices or type to display a list of words that can be selected with the mouse or keyboard.  The text to speech feature reads the text for easier proofreading.

Spelling City: A free, online resource designed to teach spelling and vocabulary.  There are 25 interactive learning games and activities to help students practice word lists and vocabulary words.

Starfall.com a website to teach children to read with phonics

Start-to-Finish® Books by Don Johnston: This library of books is available in two reading abilities; grades 2-3 and grades 4-5.   Interest level is grades 5 – 12.  Books are age appropriate and available in a wide variety of titles, both chapter books and core content.  They can be purchased as paperback, audio or for the computer.

TalkTyper:  A voice recognition option when using the Google Chrome web browser.  One sentence at a time is dictated and either accepted or revised.  Options for adding punctuation, copying to clipboard, printing and email are easy to use.

Victor Reader Vibe:  This DAISY CD player is used to read books in DAISY format and can also play commercial CD’s and MP3’s.  It has navigation buttons so that pages, chapters or sections can be selected easily.  There is also a voice speed selection.

Windows onscreen keyboard: Instead of a physical keyboard, this keyboard displays on the screen with all the standard keys.  Keys are selected with a mouse or other pointing device.  Features include hover and word prediction.

WordQ: This word prediction software is used along with standard word processing programs.  It suggests words based on the first letter typed and provides speech feedback to help with editing.  Creative spelling and homophone support is a built-in feature.  Also available as an iOS app.

Worksheet Wizard by Premier: This software program allows for text to speech and editing in a scanned PDF document. Worksheets that are scanned as a PDF can be read aloud and completed using the keyboard vs. paper/pencil.  A cloud product connects documents to Google Drive or Dropbox. PC only

Write:Outloud by Don Johnston: A talking word processor that helps students self-edit their written work.

WYNN™ Literacy Software Solution by Freedom Scientific: Program designed to help individuals with dyslexia, dysgraphia and aphasia.  Reads text aloud while highlighting spoken words and provides support for writing, studying and productivity.

MATH SKILLS

Coin Abacus by PCI:  An electronic teaching tool with realistic looking coins and bills that slide from left to right - sliding right adds money, sliding left subtracts.  An LCD display indicates the total.  

Coin-u-lator by PCI: A hand-held, coin counting calculator with realistic coin and dollar buttons.  It can add and subtract any combination of coins and bills up to $99.99 and provides both visual and auditory feedback.

MathPad Plus by IntelliTools: This software allows the user to organize math problems directly on the computer.  It is designed for anyone who has difficulty using pencil and paper for math.  Problems can be viewed vertically or horizontally, numerically or as word problems.

MathTalk by Metroplex:  a software program that works with Dragon Naturally Speaking and allows the user to voice math problems including algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and graphing.  

Math Workshop Deluxe by PCI: This software program has eight activities and games that cover basic operations, problem solving, fractions, pattern recognition, estimation, and spatial thinking.

Money Calc by PCI: This calculator functions as a money math calculator by showing the dollar signs and ending zeros on money calculations.  It has realistic coin and dollar buttons in addition to number buttons.  The tax and tip buttons can be programmed for different amounts.

Money Skills by Marblesoft: This software program has five activities that teach counting money and making change.

Pizza Math by PCI Publishing:  This software program helps students practice basic math concepts using an interactive format.  Students can start at the beginning of the program or select topics and activities to work on based on individual needs or interests. Units include Patterns, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, and Fractions.

Scientific Notebook by MacKichan Software, Inc.: This program is an easy-to-use word processor that completely integrates writing mathematics in natural notation.  It includes a built-in computer algebra engine that allows the user to solve equations within the document.  A user can compute symbolically or numerically, integrate, differentiate, and solve algebraic and differential equations. With menu commands, you can compute with over 150 units of physical measure.  The program can also import data from graphing calculators.

XtraMath: This web based program helps increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic.  Teachers receive email reports that track student’s progress.

BLIND/LOW VISION

Braille +Mobile Manager by American Printing House for the Blind:  This small, Linux-based PDA has a 30-gigabyte hard drive and wireless capability. Features include an address book, calendar, word processor, MP3/DAISY player, voice recorder, journal, web browser and e-mail.  It also features a Braille keyboard.  

Braille Embosser: Produces a Braille document like a printer creates a print document.  It embosses the dots onto special paper.

CCTV: An electronic magnification reading system that projects a magnified image of printed material onto a dedicated video monitor.

Dome Magnifier: A handheld magnifier for small print

Duxbury Braille Translator by Duxbury: This software for Windows provides translation and formatting conversion from regular print to Braille (and vice versa), and also provides word-processing for working directly in Braille as well as print.  It is compatible with all Braille embossers.

i-vu Magnifier: A portable digital magnifier provides 5 – 20x magnification on a 2” LCD backlit screen

Perkins Brailler:  A simple machine used to write Braille

TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read): A Google Chrome extension that creates a summary of any web article.  Summaries can be 25%, 50% or 75% of the original article.

Talking Typer for Windows by American Printing House for the Blind: This keyboarding tutorial speaks and displays lessons onscreen.  It includes drills, practice and typing games.  It’s adjustable to the student’s level of skill and sight impairment.

ZoomText by Ai Squared: this screen magnification software enlarges documents, email, and the Internet up to 36X.  Color, contrast and brightness controls help to eliminate glare and make the mouse cursor easier to see.

ALTERNATIVE ACCESS (SWITCHES, INTERFACES, ETC)

Big Keys LX Keyboard: This keyboard has 1” square keys and will type only 1 character regardless of how long the key is depressed.  It is available in ABC or QWERTY layouts and several color combinations.

BIGGY: Big ultra-visible cursors for all programs.

BIGtrack Trackball: A three inch trackball that requires less fine motor than a standard trackball and is ruggedly built.

IntelliKeys USB by IntelliTools: Alternate keyboard that comes with pre-printed overlays in QWERTY or Alpha layout.  Keyboard can be customized for different access settings (required lift off, sensitivity, etc.)

Laureate Software: Programs that focus on language development and feature extensive data collection and built in reports.

Mini Dome: This is a touch activated toy designed for use by children with neurological and sensory disabilities. Designed to provide visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation, pressing on the dome or its base plate causes the confetti and sequins in the dome to spin, activates music, and causes the dome to vibrate.  

Mini track trackball mouse: This thumb controlled trackball is designed for use off-table.  An index finger trigger action is used to select.  Button controls for left click, right click, mouse wheel and 4D trackball.

One handed keyboarding: A typing tutorial that instructs how to use one hand for keyboarding.

PowerLink 3 Control Unit by AbleNet: This device allows for switch operation of up to four electrical appliances.

Ultra mini touchpad keyboard: This wireless keyboard is designed to be held in two hands and typed with two thumbs, similar to texting on a phone.  A touchpad controls the cursor.  Swiping the touchpad acts as scrolling.

LIGHT TECH ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Carbonless notebook: This spiral bound notebook has 2-part carbonless paper that allows another student in the class (who takes good notes) to easily share them.  

Colored Filter Overlays: These colored acetate sheets allow the black ink on the printed page to show through.  Many different colors are available.  Overlays can often help those with contrast sensitivity and ease visual stress.

Disco Sit: an inflatable cushion that benefits kids that need to move while sitting.

Franklin Children’s Talking Dictionary: This Franklin dictionary has an automatic phonetic spell corrector that speaks word choices and definitions for vocabulary support.  A personal vocabulary word list can be created and the dictionary has a homophone guide to distinguish like-sounding words, i.e., to, two, too.  

Franklin Collegiate Speaking Dictionary: This dictionary has a spell search function based on phonetically entered words.  The user can hear each word in the list of choices and definitions are provided for over 200,000 words.  This device includes a thesaurus and grammar guide.

Franklin model 1840 speaking dictionary & thesaurus: This speaking dictionary pronounces words and definitions aiding comprehension of new vocabulary words.  It has a grammar guide and users can create their own word lists.

Franklin Speaking Language Master: This model has a large screen and keyboard.  It pronounces words and reads definitions.  It has 500,000 synonyms & antonyms, a grammar guide and 2 user word lists.  It comes with a sturdy case.

Franklin Speaking Language Master Special Edition: This Franklin has a high contrast keyboard and a large, clear display.  Its features include phonetic spell correction for 110,000 words, 500,000 synonyms & antonyms, full speech output, a grammar guide and user word list.

Goldtouch Adjustable Keyboard: This keyboard is designed to fit a range of body types to properly straighten wrists and arms while aligning the shoulders to achieve a neutral typing posture.

Handwriting without Tears: A curriculum for teaching handwriting

Highlight tape:  This tape can be used to highlight information in textbooks without damaging the book.  It can be useful for retrieving information such as vocabulary words.  Another suggestion is to supply several colors and ask the student to put green tape on nouns, purple tape on verbs, etc.

IRONMAN Triathlon® Data Link® USB: A watch that has customizable PDA features such as; schedules, appointments, contacts and alarms.  Software is included for customizing these functions.

Label maker: Easy to use QWERTY layout keyboard makes adhesive backed labels that can be taped onto assignments in place of using paper/pencil.

Morency Rest: Arm support that clamps on to most desks.  Provides maximum wrist and forearm support, lessens muscle activity and reduces fatigue.

Pencil grips: There is a variety available designed to improve comfort and position.

 

Slant Board: Transforms a flat surface into an ergonomic desk that adjusts to different angles to reduce neck, back, and eye strain.

Talking Clever Clock: This electronic learning clock teaches students to tell time and solve elapsed time problems. It has a Self-checking quiz feature with two skill levels.  

Talking Clever Clock Workbook:  32 reproducible worksheets include four skill levels.  Students learn concepts of quarter-hour and, half-hour measurements in conjunction with the Talking Clever Clock.

WatchMinder3 by Watchminder: This watch has two modes: Training and Reminder.  It allows for up to 30 reminder messages to be programmed and messages can be repeated daily, weekly, monthly or annually.  The watch can be set to either vibrate or beep at the pre-set times.

UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Compass Learning: Online assessments, personalized curriculum and monitoring program for grades K-12.  Secondary programs cover math, reading/language arts, science, social studies, and cross-curricular studies.  Grade 9-12 courses range from intervention, credit recovery and remediation.

Digital MP3 Player: Digital MP3 players are very lightweight and portable and can sync with a computer to upload or download books, music, and other files of interest.  One advantage is that many books, magazines etc. are now available online through services such as Amazon.com and audible.com.

Digital Voice Recorder: Digital recorders are available with USB connectivity and file management features.  Folders can be created for each class and lectures transferred to a computer for later listening.

Do2learn.com: Free printable resources

Evernote is free software designed for note taking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms (including Microsoft WindowsMac OS XChrome OSAndroidiOSWindows Phone, and WebOS), and also offers online synchronization and backup services.

Flip Video: A small handheld video camera that connects directly to a computer via pop-out USB, without the need for a cable.  Accompanying software, Flipshare, allows for easy online storage and sharing of videos.  

Freeprintablefun.org: A Blog with numerous activities, especially for students with autism.

Funbrain.com: a website with educational games that teachers can sort by grade and content area.  

Forte’ by Advanced Keyboard Technologies: This portable word processor has built in keyboarding tutorials and word prediction.  It has speech output so students can hear their written work for self-editing.  Spell check, dictionary, thesaurus, and cut/copy/paste are standard features.  The Forte’ has a USB port for transferring files via flash drive.  A math application has been added that provides activities and practice of basic math fact as well as a calendar feature.

Ginger software: This program uses a unique text-correction algorithm that automatically analyzes the context of errors in written English and selects the most appropriate semantic and grammatical correction.  It automatically detects and corrects unusual spelling mistakes, misused words and grammatical errors.  Corrections are based on the context of the sentence and only the alternatives with high semantic and grammatical fit are selected.

Google Calendar: Free online planner available anywhere there’s an Internet connection.

Google Earth: This free online program searches satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings anywhere on Earth.  

Great Lakes Digital Library:

Iknowthat.com: A website of educational standards based activities categorized by grade level and subject area.

Khan Academy is a free online library of educational videos, practice exercises and assessments.  Videos are short in length, students can work at their own pace and progress reports are available to the student and teachers.  Basic math is covered along with higher level instruction in math, calculus, geometry, sciences and history.

Lumosity is an online training program with exercises that enhance memory and attention.  Activities address memory, problem solving, attention, speed and flexibility.  

Survival Signs software: This software features 40 indoor and 40 outdoor survival signs presented using international symbols and illustrations. Narration and voice prompts guide students, making the program effective for visual learners and those with limited or no reading skills.

TimeTimer: This tool is a simple, visual depiction of elapsed time.  It can be used to promote efficient use of time, master the concept of time, encourage autonomy and independence, and achieve better time management.  

United Streaming: digital video-on-demand and online teaching service to help improve students' retention and test scores; it is aligned to U.S. state and provincial standards.

www.facthound.com: FactHound is a Web portal designed to provide students with the accurate and current resources on the Internet.  Students can visit www.FactHound.com and search by book ID number, title, keyword, or ISBN for additional information. FactHound will fetch a list of approved and recommended Web sites matching the search criteria.