Finding technology resources that help us special education teachers adapt curriculum and accommodate all of the learners in our classroom is a tough order to fill sometimes.
Then there’s always that one time when you need technology to work, and it doesn’t. So you’ve got to quick find another option… or scrap the lesson until later when the iPad is fully charged.
technology resources for special ed header. Finding technology resources for special ed teachers that help adapt curriculum and accommodate all of the learners in our classroom is tough sometimes. Lists of assistive tech, apps, websites, and assessment tools all curated with exceptional students in mind. Blog post at Mrs. D's Corner.

Today’s post comes from Brittany, a very good friend of mine and someone who deems herself as “an educator obsessed with teaching with technology.”

She loves creating and sharing teaching resources for technology teachers, media specialists, and technology facilitators as well as classroom teachers using tech. You can find my EdTech blog posts at Brittanywashburn.com. You may know her from our Guided Coding Stories collaboration with our favorite Old Lady.

Below you will find lists of assistive tech, apps, websites, and assessment tools all curated with exceptional students in mind. Many of these tools would be great for ANY learner!


I’ve been working on this post for a while because I wanted to make sure to bring you a cohesive toolkit.

If it isn’t linked, do a quick Google search for the title and you’ll find it. Some extensions and features were hard to link.

Assistive Technology

Extensions for Chromebooks:

  • Read Aloud – reads out loud the current web-page article with one click
  • Adobe Spark
  • Dyslexia Friendly – increases readability of web pages by changing fonts, contrast, and adding a reading ruler
  • Mercury Reader – removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site
  • DocHub

Chromebook Accessibility Features

In the settings menu on your Chromebook you can adjust the browser features for students with audio/visual needs. 

There are many features including: 

  • chromeVox
  • large mouse cursor
  • high contrast mode
  • screen magnifier

Place a checkmark next to the feature that you want to activate. This feature will activate for the account that is logged in. It will remember this feature until you uncheck it.

Assistive Technology For iPads

There are some great built-in features that come with iPads. You can adjust them in the settings.

I particularly recommend the following:
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  • Voiceover
  • Zoom
  • Grayscale
  • Larger Text
  • Speak Selection
  • Assistive Touch
  • Dictation
  • Word Prediction
  • Guided Access (is great for “locking” students in one app)

Learning Apps that are Great for Students with Learning Delays

Math:

Candy Count
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Tiggly Math
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Touch Math
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Vocabulary and Language:

BlubBlub
Skitch
FlipGrid
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Tracing and Fine Motor Skills:

Sand Draw
Letter Toy and School
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Communication:

FaceTime
Educreations
Draw and Tell
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Puzzles and Coding:

Kodable
Hopscotch
BeeBot

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Learning Websites that are Great for Students with Learning Delays

Keyboarding:

Computer Circus
Crazy Typing
Keyboarding Without Tears (side note from Mrs. D: I have personally used this program in my special needs classroom and cannot rave about it more. It’s fantastic!)

Literacy and Math:

Classroom Technology

This is a list of resources the teacher can use to engage students in the classroom. Use these to push out, interact, and collect assignments.

Seesaw
Nearpod
Appear.in
Quizizz
Bubbl.us
Vocaroo

 

Finding technology resources for special ed teachers that help adapt curriculum and accommodate all of the learners in our classroom is tough sometimes. Lists of assistive tech, apps, websites, and assessment tools all curated with exceptional students in mind. Blog post at Mrs. D's Corner.

 

Together we are better! What technology resources or programs do you utilize that aren’t already listed?

 

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