The Access Center

Resources for enhancing access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities. Language Art • Math • Science • Teaching & Learning • Universal Design http://www.k8accesscenter.org/index.php

Read Along, Read Aloud

SchwabLearning.org and Don Johnston Inc. have launched a summer read-a-long with a Start-to-Finish rewrite of Tom Sawyer, including both pdf’s of the book and MP3 audio files. In addition, they are offering a 20% discount on select Start-to-Finish books, and a sweepstakes for a collection of adventure titles from Start-to-Finish …

Digital Pen and Paper near $200

Apparently, with a Livescribe smartpen and paper, you can: Listen to your class lecture by just tapping on your handwritten notes. View & listen to your notes on your PC and search by keyword. Email your written & audio notes to your classmates or study group. Translate a word or …

PlaneMath

Years ago, I had the privilege of working on a grant from NASA with a great team of educators and programmers from The Center for Accessible Technology and InfoUse. This set of aeronautics and math activities, called PlaneMath, is the result. The intended audience is students in grades 3-5, including …

Wikijunior develops online kids’ books for free

WikiBooks, whose motto is “Think free. Learn free.” has a special section called Wikijunior, a project aimed at producing full-color booklets for kids 8-11.  The books are being developed and offered online (and some in pdf format).  Some books may also go into print.  One of the current complete titles …

Vocab Grapher: a graphical and auditory dictionary

Think universal design for dictionaries. The Vocab Grapher not only speaks words, it provides a graphical representation of synonyms, antonyms and other related words, using color-coded mind maps.

The Color Bug: Radio-Controlled Art

The RC Color Bug is one cool idea (and one we used to rig up ourselves with remote controlled cars, markers and rubber bands). This lady-bug shaped toy holds markers point down so kids can draw by steering the bug with a button-operated remote. With a little work, we could …