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Cool Speech

Convert any digital text (online or files) into spoken text with a variety of voices and save as a WAV file. Supports students' engagement with text and boosts listening and reading comprehension.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math

The Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader application reads documents out loud, e-books, standard Windows dialog boxes, clipboard contents (for emails and web text), and incoming instant messages on AOL, AIM, ICQ and MSN Messenger clients. In addition to speaking text out loud, this program is able to write audio data directly to Windows WAV files. You can convert all your documents and e-books into WAV files and then burn them to audio CDs or convert them into MP3 files. Ultra Hal TTS Reader has several high quality voices to choose from and gives you control over speed, pitch, and volume.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math

 
Web Reader  uses text to speech technology along with web page content recognition to read web pages to you. You can configure web pages to be read as soon as they are loaded, read pages manually after they are loaded, or use Cut, Copy, & Paste to read only sections of text.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: visual impairment
Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone
English Language Arts:
Math
Story Patch

Now you can help your child's creativity grow with Story Patch, a beautiful new application for the iPad that children can use to create their own picture books. With hundreds of included images, easy-to-use controls, and the ability to import photos, your kids will be creating fun and engaging stories in no time!
*Story Patch comes with over 800 illustrations that can be used to bring your child's stories to life.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school
Operating Systems: iPad
English Language Arts:
Math

Help your child learn to read with a list of the 400 most commonly used words for reading, writing, and spelling. This app has an audio option that pronounces words aloud and is based on the popular Fry’s sight words list which provides an excellent head start for reading and comprehension. All 400 sight words are divided into 5 grade levels (kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, and fourth grade), according to the sight word difficulty and frequency.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school
Operating Systems: Android
English Language Arts:
Math
Abilipad

Abilipad combines the functionality of a notepad with word prediction, text-to-speech and a customizable keyboard, putting advanced writing tools within everyone’s reach. The intuitive and user-friendly interface will have you taking notes, creating lesson plans, importing photos and designing customized keyboards in no time. An integrated filing system allows you to create folders to manage your notepads and keyboards.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone
English Language Arts: Writing
Math
Visual Thesaurus

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its display encourages exploration and learning. Available both as a desktop version and a web version. Additional features of Visual Thesaurus include Spelling Bee and Vocab Grabber. Spelling Bee: User is challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to the user's individual skill level.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context. Just copy text from a document and paste it into the box, and then click on the "Grab Vocabulary!" button. VocabGrabber will automatically create a list of vocabulary from your text, which you can then sort, filter, and save. Select any word on the list and you'll see a snapshot of the Visual Thesaurus map and definitions for that word, along with examples of the word in your text. 

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature
Math
Think Sheet

Use this program to plan and organize knowledge and ideas by brainstorming about what you have read. The cards can be moved and re-ordered. Each question card can then be connected to several answer cards, creating an organization of ideas and helping students with reading.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math

 
The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBookstore.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school
Operating Systems: iPad
English Language Arts:
Math

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