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Tools for the Special Education Teacher

by Beka Horton, Kelli Puusepp and Jennilyn Pittman

Beka Horton

on 29 May 2014

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Whoooo's looking for Tools for the Special Education Teacher?
Reading & Writing
Learning Disabilities
The following tools are for the teacher of students on the Autism Spectrum. These tools can be useful with students that have classic Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, as well as other developmental disabilities. Enjoy!
This website is for the National Autism Resource and Information Center. This is a very useful place to find tips about classroom organization, IEP's, transitioning, and job training as well as blogs for teachers.
This website is a great resource for both parents and teachers. Browse the site and you will find lesson plans, activities, sensory ideas, and games. You will also find a forum where teachers can share and communicate with each other.
For your
iPad, iPhone or iPod
1. Autism Emotion
- teaches emotions to children with Autism through the use of photos, text, narration and music!


Model Me Going Places
- teaches social skills to use when out in the community. You can use this app to practice how to behave in the Grocery Store before going on a trip there!
that may be
Technology tools for students with Autism:
1. www.jacobslessons.com
- An amazing online resource for teaching students with Autism. A simple click of the mouse leads you to a wealth of interactive lessons specifically designed for the Autistic learner! Teach things such as sequencing, matching words to pictures, sight words, receptive language and more!

2. dttrainer.com
- A tool for students that teaches activities and skills through video modeling by evidence-based discrete trial teaching techniques.
Educational BLOGS

The Autism Helper- theautismhelper.com
This is a blog created by a teacher of Autistic children. She blogs about topics relevant to any special education teacher. The site also has information on classroom organization and ideas as well as products that may enhance your lessons!

Professional Tools for Teachers:
1. Vizzle- www.monarchteachtech.com
Vizzle is a visual teaching tool specificially designed for students with Autism. It allows you to make your curriculum interactive and fun for the students. Teachers can join for a free 30 day trial to have access to lessons for the SMART board and on the computer. You can pull up lesson templates, and you can create, edit and share your ideas with other Vizzle members!

2. Adapt 4 Autism- www.adapt4autism.org
This is an online toolbox for teachers to find professional tools to help with lesson plans and adapting lessons to cater to each student's ability level. There are additional links and resources as well as specific curriculum ideas!
Websites & Tools for Students
Websites & Tools for Teachers
Blogs Focusing on Technology, Poverty, & At-risk Students
The Autism Classroom- theautismclassroom.blogspot.ca
This blog is by another teacher. She teaches students with high functioning Autism. On her blog, she has links to all of her Pinterest boards that may be useful! She also has some useful boardmaker ideas as well!
Free Apps
Useful Videos
Boardmaker is a visual tool for students with Autism. It is especially useful with non-verbal students who use pictures to communicate.
Useful Twitter IDs to follow:
- Karen Simmons is an author of several books about Autism. She tweets all kinds of useful articles and information about autism ad resources available.

- This is also an author, but the books are more specific about how to set up an Autism classroom and tips for teaching strategies. She tweets useful information about Autism apps and classroom management.

Direct reluctant readers when they finish a book to this website to help them find a new book that will keep their interest.
A useful website that can help you to stay up to date on the latest technologies is www.techgenie.com. The tabs across the top of the screen allow you to navigate through software, websites, gadgets and more! You can also type into the search bar what you are looking for to find specific information quicker!
Find the correct Lexile leveled book for your reading level. Remember to read books within your level--50 below your level and 100 above your level. For example if your Lexile level is a 840 you should read books with Lexile levels between 790-940--this will help strengthen Lexile growth.
Submit your paper to check for grammar errors. Receive a detailed report on all mistakes.
Paper rater checks for spelling, grammar, and plagiarism mistakes. This free web tool will give suggestions on how to improve your writing.
Need help with the ever changing rules of MLA format? Check out the Purdue Owl that has all the latest tips and examples.
Strong reading & writing skills are the glue to the academic puzzle. The tools in this section will help teachers with students that are classified as learning disabled. These tools will help students that are following the general education diploma track or a 50/50 career diploma track place the puzzle pieces together to their success.
Edmodo is a district and teacher approved educational based social media website for the classroom. Post assignments, quizzed, videos, PP, and endless possibilities. Think of Facebook for the classroom, but even better.
Looking for a fiction/nonfiction article that focuses on a specific skill and strategy. ReadWorks contains an abundance of short articles that are high interest; each focusing on your students reading levels. Each article contains lesson plans for when you are in a bind. You will also find novel units at ReadWorks from poetry to realistic fiction.
Create great free rubrics at RubiStar or look for rubrics already created by other teachers available for sharing.
RubiStar Example
This blog is a practical guide to technology integration. There are posts about using the iPad in the classroom, how to make an inexpensive green screen, as well as starting up an online book club. The owner and author is Ben Rimes, a K-12 technology specialist in Michigan.
This blog primarily focuses on urban poverty as it relates to educational policy. The author Corey Bower became frustrated with the education system after trying to teach in an inner city New York school for two years. Now, he is a professor of leadership at Niagara University. Expect to read posts about frustrating classroom conditions, the differences in high and low performing schools, and why everyone should have a liberal arts education.
Brian Crosby is the author of this blog and a teacher who specializes in “at risk” students. He shares his ideas for learning in a personal style and encourages other teachers to understand that sometimes learning is not linear.
Scholastic is great for the READ 180 teacher. They talk about books, trends, and life of a reading teacher.
states that they are

a leading source for K-12 teacher leaders covering instruction, school environment, classroom technology, curriculum, and more.
Socrative is a smart student interactive system. Get your students involved by answering polls, questions, or short quizzes using a tablet, smartphone, or laptop. Up to 50 students may participate at one time.
Want your students to blog about events that are happening in class? Blogger is powered by Google and helps you create a free blog page for class interaction.
WeVideo helps you create free videos--5 GB or you can pay a monthly fee--20 GB for 50 users. After viewing the how to use video I felt that WeVideo is as easy as Animoto--you have the choice of creating your video in a storyboard format or timeline.
Paragraph Attack: Reading Strategy--
Give struggling readers confidence in attacking reading passages to help develop comprehension skills to successfully answer test questions. Students will learn how to circle the title, number paragraphs, underline topic sentences, boxing in important words, and eliminate wrong answers.
How to Organize Your Essay--
Learn how to organize your essay for any class or standardized tests. The author of the video discusses writing a hook, a thesis, supporting paragraph, a conclusion, and paragraph transitions.
useful websites
My name is Jenny Pittman.
Myths about Learning Disabilities
Test your knowledge of Learning disabilities
First Stop in learning about Learning Disabilities
My Life with a Learning Disability
Websites & Tools for Students
Blogs Focusing on Technology for Students with a Learning Disability
Friendship Circle Blog
Learning Disability Blogs
More Free Apps for students with a Learning Disability
Myths about Learning Disabilities
Learning Disability Blogs
Free App for Blogs


Professional Tools for Teachers:

Literacy Information and Communication System
Links for Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities
Great Schools
SC Assistive Technology Program
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Scott Hamilton

A great place to blog about anything a student would like to talk about with their learning disability.
Another great place to compare what is happening due to learning disabilities with other students.
An excellent place to find out about teaching LD students
A good place to keep all of your "links" together and easily accesable.
When looking for resources for students with ADHD, this should be one of the first places to check.
Just want to keep the facts straight about LD. Check this out.
You can check out just what you need to know about how much you know about LD.
Be prepared when it is important to know what to say about your disability.
A place to find answers when you find out your child may have a learning disability.
Just to view how they feel.
Check out just a few free apps that are offered.
Free Apps
Technology that may be helpful
More helpful technology
Smart Kids
By: Beka Horton, Kelli Puusepp and Jennilyn Pittman
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