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Based around three Big Experiences a day, Big Day for PreK offers students a comprehensive, integrated, and engaging curriculum that weaves literacy, science, math, and the arts together. Big Experiences provide integrated learning opportunities and introduce children to new vocabulary, concepts, and skills.
 
Relevant Themes
Big Day’s multi-tiered model revolves around eight relevant and child-friendly themes that broaden as the year progresses.
 
Weekly Big Ideas
Using these themes as an anchor, children are guided through four weeks of instruction on each theme. Each week is centered around a Big Idea designed to engage children.
 
Social-Emotional Development
Based on research demonstrating the importance of integrating social-emotional development into preschool curriculum, social skills are interwoven into every activity.

Content Area: reading

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary

Cost: $500+

Use this talking word processor with associated word pictures or animations. A library of onscreen grids provides word banks, sentence structure and story writing activities. Designed for assisting all students with reading skills, it is compatible with switches and scanning methods.

Content Area: reading

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school

Cost: $500+

Use the cloze technique to explore topics of syntax, vocabulary, and comprehension on vocabulary you add to the reading activity. This program allows you to control which words are masked. Can be used on screen or printed as worksheets. Software is switch compatible.

Content Area: reading

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school

Cost: $100-499

Dragon Speech Recognition offers a variety of speech-to-text programs for home, school, and office use. Features accurate speech recognition, dictation and transcription. 

Content Area: writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $51-99, $100-499

Use this software to support writing transcription including legibility and spelling accuracy. Transcription and spelling accuracy are supported through voice recognition permitting students to dictate verbally to the computer and have their dictation translated into digital text. Basic voice commands are available for computer control. This software also allows students to dictate into a portable digital recorder and then have the dictation transcribed to text.

Content Area: writing

Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $100-499

eeZee Mouse is an alternative mouse product that is designed to fit the user's abilities. A tiny Body Sensor provides smooth and accurate cursor control while worn/activated on any part of the body from head to toe, becoming a virtual joystick-in-space. The PRO model uses a microphone & sound detection for clicking; SWITCH model uses external switch(es) and is capable of left and right clicks from a single switch.

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Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $500+

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. In addition, Kurzweil 3000 supports the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) enabling students of all abilities to engage with digital text. Kurzweil 3000 can be used at all levels within a multi-tiered system of support (such as Response to Intervention (RtI)) to prevent students' academic performance from slipping. A new Web License version of Kurzweil provides schools with the tools to assign coursework, receive student responses, and track results; all without the need to host files locally! Check website for other specific requirements.

Content Area: math, reading, writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $500+

MathTalk is speech recognition mathematics software that allows users with disabilities to use voice to access math functions without the use of a keyboard. 

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Graphing
  • PhD and professional levels.

Content Area: math

Grade Level: middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $100-499

Read&Write is an award winning literacy software solution that makes learning accessible for all students, especially those with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. Read&Write's customizable toolbar integrates with mainstream applications for access to any curriculum or digital content with support features for reading, writing, research, and test taking. In addition to providing a number of reading comprehension and text-to-digital conversion tools, this program supports planning and organization with a graphic webbing tool, transcription and editing. Transcription legibility and spelling accuracy are supported with word prediction and spell check tools. A homonym checking tool is also available to support spelling accuracy. Word fluency supported with an e-dictionary and thesaurus. Gold version can be ordered on a USB device.

Content Area: math, reading, writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary

Cost: $500+

Sonocent Audio Notetaker allows users to capture full recordings of classes or meetings, visualizing audio as chunks, phrase by phrase, making it easier to return to a specific part of a recording later. The software and companion app enables the user to bring together all information on a topic, highlight specific sections of audio, add photos, slides, and additional notes to the original recording. Notes can then be exported and shared. Available as either a yearly subscription/license or perpetual license with automatic updates. 

Content Area: writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $51-99, $100-499

Speak4Use offers users wireless voice control of their environment, communications, entertainment and computer applications. The core software platform allows vision and mobility challenged individuals to interact with their computer and control their environment, entertainment and computer applications with simple conversational voice commands.

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Grade Level: transition

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Tazti is a free lightweight speech recognition program that allows the user to navigate social networking sites (MySpace, Facebook, etc.), control iTunes, search Google and YouTube, manage bookmarks, and more through simple speech commands. Tazti cannot handle full-text dictation, but will allow a user to surf the web using only their voice.

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Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

Cost: $1-50

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

Cost: $1-50

Use this product with many word processing programs to support writing skills such as transcription legibility, spelling accuracy and word fluency through word prediction with an expandable vocabulary and through voice recognition. Voice recognition permits students to dictate verbally to the computer and have their dictation translated into digital text. Voice recognition can be used with the word prediction tool as an option. Text-to-speech review of predicted words and text being transcribed is provided.

Content Area: writing

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition

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The Writing with Symbols Bundle includes Communicate: SymWriter and Communicate: In Print 2. 
 
Communicate: SymWriter
Communicate: SymWriter is a talking word processor that matches symbols to words to help students of all ages and abilities increase comprehension and fluency.
 
SymWriter comes equipped with symbol-supported grids for writing, making independent engagement in assignments and projects possible for all students. SymWriter also features built-in supports such as spell checking with symbols, and speech support for reading out letters, words, or sentences. 
 
SymWriter includes more than 8,000 Widgit Literacy Symbols.
 
Communicate: In Print 2
Communicate: In Print 2 helps users create books with pages that face one another while using symbols to encourage independence in desktop publishing. It covers a variety of topics using 7,000 Widgit Literacy Symbols in both color and black-and-white. Communicate: In Print 2 also includes Widgit Pictures, a set of 1,500 clip art and background images for creating illustrations and scenes.
 
Communicate: In Print supports emerging writers with speech feedback and a pictorial spell-checker. Other Communicate: In Print 2 features include:
  • Printable samples and templates that are easily customizable.
  • Ability to import and customize digital images and other graphics in any format.
  • Fully switch-accessible for use on interactive smart whiteboards

Content Area: reading

Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary

Cost: $100-499