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At FETC 2015, Terry Dobson and Heather Baptie—founders of Links 2 Learning Online who specialize in working with students with severe learning disabilities—recommended the following alternatives to purchasing books:
Bookshare is the world’s largest online library for people with print disabilities. More than 500 U.S. and international publishers have contributed by donating more than 300,000 titles to the collection, making it possible for Bookshare to serve users around the world and ensuring that content is available to people with print disabilities at the same time as their peers.
LibriVox is a non-commercial, nonprofit, and ad-free project that makes books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the Internet. Librivox is powered by volunteers from around the globe.
Unite for Literacy
Unite for Literacy offers free online books. The collection features books with diverse culture themes for diverse communities. Books are available in multiple languages.
Matt B. Gomez
Matt, a kindergarten teacher in North Dallas, created a website to share his experiences as a teacher and his journey to build relationships with every child and every parent. Matt’s website features 170 online ebooks for young kids at this link.
Crack the Books
Crack The Books is an interactive book series for upper elementary students that can be adjusted for reading level. Developed in collaboration with top universities, scientists, educators and specialists, Crack The Books is the ﬁrst standard-based, core curriculum-aligned digital book series that includes both interactive enhancements and universal design accessibility features. Designed for all students, from children with special needs to students who are academically gifted, Crack The Books gives educators a powerful new teaching tool to help students of all academic skill levels meet state standards for reading comprehension.
Cool Digital Tools
The Links to Learning Online founders also shared a collection of other digital tools, including:
Students can easily create a video on their phone or their iPad.
AutoRap by smule
WIth AutoRap, students can select from more than 100 beats from artists like Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Tupac, and Snoop, which will transform their speech into a lyrical masterpiece.
Book creator is an easy book creation app in which students can add video, photos, audio, and links.
BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.
Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk—pets, friends, doodles, and more. With this free app, students simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record their voice. Then they can share their picture with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports.
Dance Mat Typing
Dance Mat Typing is a free website for students to learn typing.
EasyBib creates a bibliography just by scanning the ISBN number on the back of the book.
Freerice is a nonprofit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice has two goals (1) to provide education to everyone for free and (2) to help end world hunger by donating rice to hungry people. The website offers a collection of questions. For each answer you get right, the organization donates 10 grains of rice to help end hunger.
Ginger corrects typos, phonetic mistakes, severe spelling mistakes, and misused words based on the context of a sentence.
Glogster allows teachers and students to create interactive posters.
With Haiku Deck, students can easily create a flawless presentation that can be easily projected, shared, posted, or embedded on a website or blog.
Quizlet is a study website that offers flashcards, test, and study games that make learning fun and engage students of all ages.
Sock Puppets lets students create their own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your student’s voice.
SparkNotes will tell teachers, parents, and students the theme of the book, offer a character analysis, and provide summaries of each chapter.
Spell City is an award-winning, game-based learning tool for vocabulary, spelling, writing, and language arts.
Splat-O-Nym is an interactive vocabulary game for students to practice and reinforce vocabulary skills. Students independently play games that include more than 7,000 synonym questions, 1,000 antonym questions, and 600 meaning-from-context questions. A Lightning Round provides an exciting review.
Story Creator an easy book creation app in which students can add video, photos, audio, and links.
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets students and teachers create and share a quick animated video.
Thinglink allows teachers and students to take any picture and make it interactive.
This Tammy Can Teach
This Tammy Can Teach offers a series of apps that support teaching and learning.
Toontastic by Story Arc
Toontastic allows students to create an animated cartoon.
wordQ is a word prediction program that allows the student type their word and then it will read it back to them.