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Sign 4 Me

Sign 4 Me is an app that provides sign language instruction in 3D. The 3D character can be zoomed in or out and rotated to give the user various vantage points for every sign. The library includes more than 11,500 words. Users can type in sentences, phrases, words and the alphabet and use controls to speed up or slow down signing. This product is intended for the beginning learner or anyone with an interest in learning signs.

Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: deafness, hearing impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh
English Language Arts:
Math
MindNode

MindNode is a mindmapping application, it is a good tool for brainstorming and organizing your life—and iCloud & Dropbox support means you always have your mindmaps with you. MindNode lets you lay out your notes and tasks visually so you can get a bird's-eye view of your project. The interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting ideas, and has an infinitely expanding canvas so you never run out of room.

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone, Macintosh
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

The phonological awareness (PA), vocabulary, and word reading abilities of 19 children with cochlear implants (CI) were assessed. Nine children had an implant early (between 2 and 3.6 years) and 10 had an implant later (between 5 and 7 years). Participants were tested twice over a 12-month period on syllable, rhyme, and phoneme awareness (see James et al., 2005). Performance of CI users was compared against younger hearing children matched for reading level. Two standardized assessments of vocabulary and single word reading were administered.

Content Area: reading
IDEA Disability Category: deafness
English Language Arts:
Math
Writer's Companion

Use this word processing program to support writing tasks: planning and organization, transcription legibility and spelling accuracy. Provides a graphic webbing tool to support planning and organization; webs can be exported to a draft. Editing and revising are supported with a spell check tool and text-to-speech review of drafts. Provides an e-dictionary and thesaurus to support word fluency.

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

Use this assistive technology product with students who are unable to access a standard keyboard and who able to make selections by pointing. The Touch Window is an aftermarket touch window that can be attached to any computer monitor, allowing users to access the computer by touching the screen.

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: orthopedic impairment, traumatic brain injury
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000™ is a comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners (ELL). Kurzweil 3000, is research based and enables struggling readers in grades 3 and above to learn from the same content as their peers as it provides access to virtually any text or curriculum, including print, electronic, and Web-based documents.

Content Area: math, reading, writing
Grade Level: early elementary, 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: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

Use a Lexia program to develop reading skills at every stage. Each Lexia program promotes independent reading as students navigate the program independently. Its structured reading strategies are based on the Orton-Gillingham method of reading remediation.

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

The study examined the effectiveness of a main idea instructional program on and a self-monitoring technique on improving the reading comprehension of middle school students with disabilities. The intervention consisted of a series of seven lessons that were carefully sequenced to teach students to identify key ideas from passages. The study included four culturally diverse sixth-grade students with learning disabilities who were receiving specialized instruction for a reading deficit. Three of the students were male and all were from a small northeastern school district.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: middle school
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability
English Language Arts:
Math
MovieCaptioner

MovieCaptioner is an easy-to-use video captioning software that  will help even a total novice to make their videos accessible to deaf and hearing impaired students. In short, if you can type, you can use MovieCaptioner. It can export many formats, including embedded QT captions, YouTube captions, and captions for DVDs and broadcast TV.

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: deaf-blindness, deafness, hearing impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
Math Blaster

An environment in which students can select from several different math-related activities, earning points and charting their progres.. Different software packages are available, covering grades 1 through 12. A home version is also available through Knowledge Adventure (www.knowledgeadventure.com/).

Content Area: math
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math Counting & Cardinality, Expressions & Equations, Functions, Geometry, Measurement & Data, Number & Operations in Base Ten, Number & Operations – Fractions, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Statistics & Probability, The Number System

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