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These are apps for younger students as well as older Hearing Impaired students.    

 

MyTalk Tools (free app)
Summary:
This app enables people with communication difficulties to express their needs and desires to those around them.

 

Sono Flex Lite (free app)
Summary:
 An easy to use AAC vocabulary app that turns symbols into clear speech.  It offers language to nonverbal users or kids who are not yet in full control of literacy.

 

Dragon Dictation (free app)
Summary:
 Voice recognition application that allows you to speak and instantly see your text. The phone app is free. The desktop version costs $150

 

Speech Central: School Reader (phone app for $4.99)
Speech Central: Voice Reader (free app)
Summary:
Text to speech app that allows student to follow along with text as it is read to them. You can import e-books and convert them to speech. It allows you to import content from iCloud, Google Drive, DropBox and One Drive.

 

Just Books Read Aloud 
Summary:
 The site is intended to be a resource for parents, teachers and children to easily and simply listen to a great collection of children's books.  

 

Funbrain
Summary: Children with learning disabilities in grades K-8 can watch lesson videos and practice their skills in attention-grabbing games like Penguin Drop. Game directions are conveniently illustrated to assist struggling readers too.
How to access:
1. Click here.
2. Select grade level
3. Pick your math grade (each grade level has hundreds of lessons)

 

Into the Book  
Summary: A website to provide engaging reading comprehension activities in English and Spanish. Elementary children with learning disabilities will benefit from dissecting books, such as The Wolf Who Cried Boy and A Pirate’s Life. Short, 15-minute videos are included to teach important reading strategies like visualization and summarizing.
How to access:
1. Click here.
2. Select Students icon (student activities are available in English and Spanish).
3. Select Skip Login.
4. Choose a reading strategy.

 

Adapted Mind 
Summary: From first through eighth grade, students will discover hundreds of amusing reading and math activities illustrated by goofy monsters. Children will start with a quick pretest before engaging in video lessons and taking a confidence-boosting progress assessment.
How to Access:
1. Click here.
2. Select grade level (there are hundreds of lessons for each grade level).

 

Arcademics Skill Builders 
Summary: Arcademics Skill Builders is an online educational video games hub that won an EdTech Magazine 2016 Cool Tool Award. Free, multi-player games are available for engaging students in tricky K-6 content from spelling to algebra and geography. Children with learning disabilities can compete for top scores while boosting their fact fluency. Plus, teachers or parents can access data tracking reports.

 

Xtramath is a free web program for students to learn and drill basic math facts. 

 

AAA Math  A website filled with free, easy-to-understand K-8 mathematics lessons. Interactive pages help remove frustration from tough concepts like division, ratios, exponents, and graphing. Practice questions and fun games like Countdown give students’ instant feedback to prevent learning incorrect methods.

 

Starfall - Grades K-3
Summary:
  This website specializes in reading, phonics & math.  Educational games, movies, books, songs, and more for children K-3.is a free educational website with an optional low-cost membership program that teaches phonics. Young children diagnosed with learning disabilities will load fun activity lessons from letter recognition to reading full-length books. Students can also download swinging sing-alongs, including “Wheels on the Bus,” for fine-motor coordination. Free ELA and Math content which is accessible for hearing impaired with closed captions. Full access is $35.
How to Access:
1. Click here.
2. Select either Kindergarten and Pre K or Grades 1, 2, 3.
3. Under Kindergarten and Pre K, select any icon to begin working on that skill. Under Grades 1, 2, 3, select Math, Language Arts & Music, or Seasonal.

 

Mims House Publishing Ages 5-14
Summary:
Offers free audio and ebooks for students. The site is divided by three different age levels. It offers Award-winning elementary Science & Nature books,adventurous picture books, funny chapter books for ages 7-10, and exciting page-turn novels for 9-14 year old readers (contemporary, science fiction and fantasy).

 

Kids A-Z (app only for iPad or iPhone)
Summary: The Kids A-Z mobile app delivers interactive learning content for Raz-Plus, Raz-Kids, Headsprout, and Science A-Z anytime, anywhere. Kids can choose from a library of eBooks, eQuizzes, and other eResources. With the Kids A-Z app, personalized learning goes wherever the student does!

 

Headsprout
Summary: Headsprout is the smartest kids' reading program on the market today. The program uses effective, interactive online episodes to teach K-5 students the reading fundamentals and comprehension skills they need to become successful readers.  There’s a free trial period for this website.

 

Signed Stories (iPad App)
Summary: This app offers best selling children’s stories performed in ASL with free book, vocabulary builder and fun learning games. Optional captions/subtitles can be customized for children with dyslexia and special needs.

 

For parents: www.readbrightly.com/educational-resources-activities

 

IReady (Math and Reading)
Summary
: For those students who were using IReady prior to school closure will have access to online lessons in both math and reading.
1. Click here
2. Enter your
     a. Username
     b. Password
     c. State 
3. Once you’re logged in, you can choose either Reading or Math. The system will guide you through the lessons.

 

GIFTED

ENGLISH III- GT/AP 
Summary:
 Keep your skills sharp and practice your test-taking skills.
1. Click link
2. Register
3.Practice

 

ENGLISH IV- GT/AP
Summary: Keep your skills sharp and practice your test-taking skills.
1. Click link
2. Register
3. Practice

 

 AP Calculus
Summary: Keep your skills sharp and practice your test-taking skills.
1. Click link
2. Register
3. Practice

 

AP Calculus
Summary: Another place to practice your skills.
1. Click
2. Sign in
3. Practice

 

ACT PREP
Summary:
 Choose from tutorials, Practice Tests and E Books to help you prepare for the ACT test. 
1. Click link
2. Register
3. Choose your practice preference

 

PSAT/NMSQT PREP
Summary: Think ahead! Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT Test now. Choose from Practice items to help you score your best.
1. Click link
2. Register
3. Choose your practice preference

 

AP Assistance
Summary:
 Beginning March 25, 2020, free, live AP courses will be offered that will review the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course, while also including some supplementary lessons from the remaining 25% of the course. These lessons can also be available on demand.
1. Click link
2. Scroll down to Free AP courses
3. Click on the applicable subject for you

 


Khan Academy- All Grade Levels
Summary: Practice skills at your own personal level. Instructional videos are available if you are having trouble. 
1. Click link
2. Scroll down for your grade level
3. Within your grade level, pick the appropriate schedule

 

Alcumus - Grades 5-10 Math
Summary:
Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high performing students with challenging work appropriate to their abilities.

How to Access:
1. Click link
2. Register
3. Close
4. Click link and sign in
5. Select focus (first time only)
6. Click Play

 

Vocabulary - All grades ELA
Summary: Develop your vocabulary both in and out of context at your own pace.
1. Click
2. Sign Up
3. Play

 

Wonderopolis- Science/Social Studies/ELA
Summary:
Interactive website to explore and learn about topics of interest. Non-fiction text and a short video provided for each topic. 
1. Click link
2. Click a topic or search for one of your own

 

OLOGY-Science
Summary:
Science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History. Science topics are explored via games, videos, stories and activities.
1. Click link
2. Explore

 

PhET -Science/Math
Summary:
Provides fun, free, interactive, research based science and mathematics simulations on STEM topics including Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math.
1. Click link
2. Select level
3. Select simulation

 

Keyboarding Skills
Summary:
Practice keyboarding skills in a game format
1. Click
2. Get started
3. Click the lesson to begin

 

Thinking Skills-Elementary Students
Summary:
Practice critical thinking skills with logic problems, visual puzzles and games. 
1. Click
2. Get started

 

Smithsonian Museum-All Ages
Summary:
Explore the Smithsonian Museum virtually. Take advantage of its exhibits in your own home.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art #metkids - Talented
Summary:
Use the map to take a virtual tour of the museum or the time machine feature to explore art from different eras. Videos and suggestions for activities are also included.
1. Click
2. Explore

 

The Metropolitan Opera-Talented
Summary:
Enjoy educational videos and illustrated synopses of operatic plots by clicking on the home page. Other features require a 30 day free trial to access. 
1. Click
2. Explore

 

Kennedy Center - Talented
Summary:
Explore programs and digital resources from the Kennedy Center
1. Click
2. Explore

 

Music/Piano Theory -Music- All grades
Summary:
View lessons and take quizzes on piano and theory
1. Click
2. Explore

 

Music Theory/Ear Training- Music Grades 7-12
Summary:
Music Theory and ear training lessons and practice for grade 7-12
1. Click
2. Explore

 

Vocal Warmups- Music All grades
Summary:
Practice warmups and exercises
1. Click
2. Begin

 

Speech Therapy:

Language:

https://goboardmaker.com/pages/activities-to-go 

https://www.reidhealth.org/blog/speech-therapy-tips-for-parents-to-use-at-home

— This site has basic tips to help parents at home with their kid’s speech and language. 

https://www.speechbuddy.com/blog/games-and-activities/6-free-online-speech-therapy-resources

— This site has 6 links to activities which are helpful and appropriate to speech and language. 

 https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/kindergarten/

—You can click on different grade levels/ages to see appropriate speech and language skills. 

 

Website Freebies

 

ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION
GENERAL ADAPTIVE STRATEGIES FROM MARATHONKIDS.ORG

▶ Use targets or goals that make noise when hit by the ball, or radios under the basket in a game of basketball.

▶ Vary the size, weight and texture of balls so students with visual impairment can more easily tell them apart.

▶ Designate a quiet area where students can take a break from the noise and hubbub, and another area where students can take movement breaks with mini-trampolines or squeeze balls.

▶ Use simple visual reminders and cues, such as photographs of students performing each pose of an exercise routine, to help students remember steps, rules or movements.

▶ Use smaller playing areas with well-defined boundaries, including tactile boundaries.

▶ Use Velcro on balls as well as in gloves, in mitts and on paddles, so every student can have success.

▶ Have students pair up so partners can assist each other.

▶ Lower baskets and nets, enlarge goals and targets, and loosen or eliminate time limits.

▶ Give students choices to help them feel empowered in their physical education.

▶ Keep it consistent: Students with many types of disabilities benefit from knowing what to expect, including what the rules and expectations are, what types of activities they will be doing, what types of noises they will hear and make, and when all of these will occur.

 

ACTIVITY: DANCE WARM-UP

Kids can warm up together for PE class or run club by moving their bodies to music. (Arms, legs, hands, feet and heads all count!) Everyone can first stretch their limbs as a group, and then perform any of the following that they are able to do: waving their arms, bending their knees, rotating their hands, feet and necks, touching their toes, doing jumping-jacks or clapping their hands, and so on. You can incorporate learning about the different muscles by having students call out muscle names, clapping with each one; those who are able can also touch those muscles on their own bodies, such as their biceps, pectorals and quadriceps. Younger students can also have fun warming up their bodies and voices at the same time by roaring and baring their “claws,” making bird squawks while flapping their “wings,” or barking or meowing while crawling on all fours.

 

GAME: LIFE-SIZED CHUTES AND LADDERS

While this game requires a fair amount of equipment and setup, it’s fun for players of all ages and abilities, and a great choice for giving students practice in taking turns while developing their fitness skills.

Lay out a long rope (or series of ropes) on the floor of the gym, arranging it in a path with several straight sections as well as a few bends to change the path’s direction. Then, lay hula hoops interspersed with foam squares along the path, and set cones — weighted, if possible — at each turning point of the rope.

Similar to the board game, players take turns by rolling foam dice and then moving that number of hula hoop/foam square “spaces” along the path. Students with impaired vision can use the rope as a guide, while students on foot or in wheelchairs can step or hop in the hoops or wheel alongside them. Landing on a square sends the player back to the start; the first player to reach the end of the rope path wins. Players can also buddy up and assist each other to the finish line.

ACTIVITY: OBSTACLE COURSE

Students of all abilities can work in pairs to navigate an obstacle course complete with scooters for pulling each other along, hula hoops for stepping or crawling through, ropes laid out on the floor to create a path to follow, a parachute for whole-group play, and more.

GAME: BALLOON POLO

Students can use pool noodles to tap balloons, keeping them aloft in the air. They can divide into teams, set up goals (hula hoops and large open boxes both work great), and follow basic rules about passing to teammates, making goals, scoring points, and what to do when the balloon touches the ground.

GAME: SOCCER

Adapting classic team sports like soccer involves making simple shifts, such as having students walk or wheel instead of run; reducing the size of the playing field and clearly delineating boundaries; and using a larger, softer or lighter-weight ball instead of a traditional soccer ball. Players can also be allowed to use their hands in order to hit the ball or pass it to a teammate. Players in wheelchairs can hold the ball on their laps while they wheel across the playing space. (Note that similar adaptations can apply to other classic team sports such as basketball, softball and more.)

ACTIVITY: CULTIVATE MINDFULNESS

PE teachers and coaches know that mindfulness plays an important role in physical education, and it can also have a positive effect on students’ academics as well as their moods and self-confidence. Best of all, students of all abilities can practice mindfulness, cultivate related skills and reap the benefits.

Start with one of the simplest mindfulness activities: counting your breaths as you breathe slowly in and out as a group. Another great and simple activity involves taking slow, deliberate breaths as you talk your students through relaxing each major muscle group, starting with the head and neck and working downward.

GAME: BOWLING

Adapted bowling is fun and easy for students of all abilities, and it’s simple to set up. Stretch exercise bands between the legs of a chair or desk so that students can use their hands or feet, or enlist a partner, to slingshot a ball across the floor toward bowling pins. Balls can be foam, yarn or any other type that is appropriate for your students; pins can be plastic cones, blocks, smaller balls, or anything else that works. For students with visual impairment, use tape on the floor to mark off the optimal path for the ball.

 

GO NOODLE
Go Noodle is a free educational app that uses movement for the lessons. 
To access online:
1. Go to : Family.gonoodle.com 
2. Select Get Started Now
3. Select Families - Play Now
4. Choose video you wish to watch

To get the Go Noodle app: 
Go to the app store and find GoNoodle.  Download on electronic device

 

Special Olympics.  This one has a few workouts featuring people with disabilities.
To access:
1. Go to: https://www.specialolympics.org/school-of-strength
2. Select the video you wish to exercise along with

Other resourceful APE links:

https://education.lego.com/en-us/lessons/preschool-our-community/physical-activities

YouTube - Cosmic Kids Yoga

https://openphysed.org/activeschools/activehome

https://www.shapeamerica.org/uploads/pdfs/2020/calendar/March-2020-Elementary-Calendar-English.pdf

https://www.shapeamerica.org/uploads/pdfs/2020/calendar/March-2020-Secondary-Calendar-English.pdf

 

By providing this list of websites available for parents to access for educational purposes, Iberia Parish School Board disclaims any ownership, licensure or other proprietary rights therin and admonishes that any users of the same to comply with all copyrighted materials and/or other licensure requirements.