UDL Free Online Tools that Support Learning

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UDL Free Online Tools that Support Learning

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?


Free Tools To Support Reading and Writing

Enhancements for Microsoft Word

Firefox Web Browser Add
-
ons

F
ree Online Text
-
to
-
Speech

PowerTalk for PowerPoint

Natural Reader

Accessibility Features in Adobe Reader

Digital Storytelling & Multimedia Presentation

Digital Storytelling Articles by Silvia Tolisano on Langwitches

Digital Storyte
lling Links

Digital Storytelling & Multimedia Presentation
--

Online Options

Animoto

PhotoShow

VoiceThread

Mixbook

Digital Storytelling & Multimedia P
resentation with Photo Story 3

Examples of Classroom Uses of Photo Story 3

Photo Story 3 Resources

Screencast Tutorials


ReadWriteThink

http://www.readwritethink.org/

This website is a partnership of the

International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of
English (NCTE), and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation to provide educators and students with access to free
-
of
-
charge content regarding best practices and resources in reading a
nd language arts instruction.

The Poetry Archive


http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do

An extensive collection of poets reading their
own work. You can enjoy listening to the voices of contemporary
English
-
language poets and of poets from the past. There are activities and materials specifically designed for
teachers and for children.


Resources for Multimedia Presentations

Copyright Issues

Graphic Resources

Audio Resources



Free Resources from the Net for (Special) Education

Websites that Support Curriculum (K
-
12)

(Resources to Eng
age Learners and Support Interactive Learning)


Google Sketchup

Scratch

(Tunes for your concepts)

General Teacher Resources

http://www.cast.org/nationalconsortium

http://www.funbrain.com/pts/

http://www.teacherxpress.com/

http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/

http://www.education
-
world.com/

http://www.teacheruniverse.com/home.html

http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/

http://teacher.scholastic.com/

http://www.classroom.com/comm
unity/community.jht ml

http://www.eduplace.com

Sped and Disability Services

http://www.cec.sped.org/

http://ideapolicy.org/pmp.ht
m

http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/

http://www.rfbd.org/index.htm

http://www.bookshare.org/

http://www.kidsource.com/NICHCY/

Education Research Sites

http://airweb.org/index.html

http://www.edc.org/

http://www.terc.edu/

http://www.wested.org/

Online journals

http://www.eschoolnews.com/

http://www.glef.org/

http://www.
edweek.org/

http://www.ascd.org/

http://www.pdkintl.org/

http://www.readingonline.org/

http://www.educationnews.org/

http://fno.org/


Notemaking Tools/Templates

http://www.englishcompanion.com/Tools/notemaking.html


Science Online/Technology

Tools
/Interactive Sites

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_7th_science.htm

http://www.mrspage.com/life.php


http://glencoe.mcgraw
-
hill.com/sites/007874184x/student_view0/online_student_edition.html



Free Tools for Study Skills



CueCard

-

an electronic flashcard program download with multiple features including
ability to import audio and graphics. Keeps track of correct responses and
can be printed
out.



Study Stack

-

create interactive web
-
based flashcards or use ones that are already created;
if you use stacks that are already created, check them first as there are errors in several of
the cr
eated stacks.



Flash Card Machine

-

allows the user to create interactive web
-
based study flash cards.



Quizlet
-

described as an online tool for learning vocabulary



Do to Learn

-

Free
Feelings
and
Emotions
Games,
excellent for social skills instruction



Springdoo

-

a free audio and video email tool



Yackpack
-

audio email or free live conferencing



Eyejot

-

"Video messaging in a blink," video email tool



Better Fonts

-

Dafonts

-

free fonts



PDF Creator

or
Cute pdf

-

free PDF conversion tools



Bubbl.us

-

free brainstorming and organizing tool



Read/write/think

-

Interactive digital activities (click the student materials link and then
click the interactive links
-

there are many to choose from)



Diigo
-

a powerful social annotation researc
h tool, with highlighting features



Cast UDL Book Builder
-

Check
out a previous post
to learn about this free online to
ol
for creating digital books with embedded prompts.



Checklists

-

linear alternative to rubrics, easily create guides for students' projects.



Visual Schedules

-

best for younger students.



Note Star

-

helps organize notes and bibliographies for essays and research papers.



Thinking Blocks

-

a creative, interactive math resource to help students understand how
to solve word problems.
Watch the video here

to learn how to use it.



Photo Story 3 for Windows

-

you will be amazed at how quickly you can create slide
shows or movies from your class photos. Upload your photos in seconds, easily add
music
and you have a year end presentation of your class activities. MANY other uses.

CAST Learning Tools

http://www.cast.org/products/index.html


UDL Editions by CAST (Ages 10 and up)


http://udleditions.cast.org/


UDL Edi ti ons by CAST are cl assic texts from worl d l i terature presented i n a fl exi bl e onl i ne i nterface that provi des
just
-
i n
-
ti me, i ndi vi dualized supports for struggl i ng readers, and

added
-
val ue features that engage novi ce and
expert readers al i ke.


SAM Animation
.

It’s designed to give students (even really young ones) the power of making stop
-
action
animations to share their ideas and understanding. The environment provides a unique experience for
students to grapple with challenging problems in mathematics, scien
ce, engineering, and more as they
engage in the process of generating animations.

http://udlspotlight.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/spotlight
-
on
-
sam
-
animati
on
-
a
-
cool
-
udl
-
tool/


Toys & Tools
-

Links

http://www.netlingo.com/smiley.cfm

-

Emoticon dictionary

http://zamzar.com/

-

Free online file conversion

http://www.archive.org

-

Website with free archival material

http://www.Freeplaymusic.com

-

Music and sound effects that are free to download for
classroom use

http://www.voicethread.com

-

Tools for having conversations around media

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/comix.php

-

Create your own comic strip.

http://www.macinstruct.com/node/69

-

How to Use Comic Life in the Classroom

http://sketchup.google.com/

-

Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create, modify
and share 3D models. It's easier t
o learn than other 3D modeling programs, which is why so
many people are already using it.

http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx

-

Kids Zone
-

Create a graph

http://songza.com/

-

Songza is the single best place to search for and listen to music on the Web.
Find a song and listen immediately, in one place.

http://www.createsurvey.com/

-

Create online surveys

http://www.mindmeister.com/

-

Online mind mapping

http://www.snapfiles.com/screenshots/zacbrowser.htm

-

Zac Browser
-

Zo
ne for Autistic
Children is a content restricted web browser that was developed specifically for children with
autism spectrum disorders. It provides a full
-
screen interface with access to games, music and
other online activities that cater specifically to

kids who display the characteristics of autism
spectrum disorders, like impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication,
restricted interests and repetitive behavior.


Electronic Books/Text/Resources

E
-
Books, Text and Readers

Here is a great resource for primarily free e
-
books, e
-
text, and other digital resources.

Bookshare.org
-

Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities

Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities.


Includes a searchable
online library of over 42,000 books.



Graphic Organizers


Bubbl.us

Free application for brainstorming online. Create simple and colorful mind
-
maps.

Webspiration

Online 'visual thinking' tool by Inspiration. Free with registration.

Belvedere

Open
-
source downloadable software 'intended to help secondary school students learn critical
inquiry skills that they can apply in everyday life as well as in science'

Free Mind

Free mind
-
mapping java
-
based software

Mindomo

Free web
-
based mind
-
mapping software

Mindmeister

Collaborative mind
-
mapping.


Create up to six free collaborative mind maps.




Notetaking

Ubernote

Take notes from anywhere!



Free Tex
t
-
to
-
Speech



WordTalk

-

a free text
-
to
-
speech program for the PC that works within WORD and
Outlook and highlights each word that is read. Includes a talking spell checker and a
talking thesaurus. Watch this
teachertube.com video that I created

to learn how to use it.
It's best to watch it full screen.



Natural Reader

-

another free
text
-
to
-
speech software program which converts any
written text to speech (Word, pdf, websites, emails)



Click,Speak

-

a free Firefox extension that reads the Internet and highlights phrases and
sentences as i
t reads



PowerTalk

-

free text
-
to
-
speech for PowerPoint presentations



Talklets
-

make any website talk, embed in your website, blog or wiki



Read The Words
-

Register first, upload file or choose text or website to read, a recording
is generated which you can listen to online or download to an mp3 player, upload to a
blog, etc. Very Cool tool worth letting

your students explore.



Spoken Text

-

online text
-
to
-
speech MP3 converter



YakIToMe!

-

Listen to important documents, PowerPoint presentations, emails, RSS
feeds, blogs and
novels. YAKiToMe! is multi
-
lingual (English, Spanish, French ...) and
brings you the world's best text
-
to
-
speech (TTS) synthesis technologies. Easily converts
to podcasts.


Free Literacy Tools



StarFall

-

Pre
-
K
-

2nd grade online activities that promote literacy



GenieBooks

-

Decodable books in Powerpoint



Story Line On
line
-

Listen to stories re
ad by Screen Actors Guild members
-

follow along
with the text



Planet eBooks
-

Free classic literature to download (middle school and up)



Cast UDL Book Builder
-

Check

out a previous post
to learn about this free online tool
for creating digital books with embedded prompts.



UDL Editions
-

Leveled support for seven texts geared for ages 10 and up



Poetry Foundation

-

free resource to find poetry by category, by name, by title, by author,
or by first line. It's digital, attach a v
oice and it's now accessible!

Free Graphic Organizers



Bubbl.us

-

free brainstorming and organizing tool



Mindomo
-

online mind
-
mapping tool, easily share with others



Belvedere
-

designed for k
-
12 population



CMAP
-

concept maps



Free Mind

-

mind
-
mapping tool



Mindomo
-

mind
-
mapping tool



MindMeister
-

online collaborative graphic organizing tool



Exploratree
-

thinking guides and more (definitely wort
h exploring)



Dabbleboard

-

freehand graphic organizer and visual whiteboard, fun and easy to use

Writing Tools



Ginger Spelling

-

"Ginger provides an automatic spell checker, through an intelligent
automatic context
-
based correction of spelling mistakes and misused words." Excellent
correction, currently in beta, available for download for use within Microsoft Word. Add
this to yo
ur classroom computers and tell your students about it so they can download it
to their home computers.(PC only)



Ghotit
-

an online contextual spell checker service, a great spell checker for students with
LDs!
Tell them to add it to their home computers.



Wacky Web Tales

-

an online "madlib" tool




Writing Fix

-

Interactive Writing Prompts



Read/write/think

-

Interactive digital activities (click the student materials link and then
click the interactive links
-

there are many to choose from)



Our Story
,
Mnemograph
-

collabo
rative, online Time Line tools



ToonDoo
-

Online comic strip creator




Math Tools



Math Playground

-

excellent site for Math activities for K
-

8, make sure to
explore the Mathcasts. Mathcasts allow students to review math when THEY
need to.



Thinking Blocks

-

a creative, interactive math resource to help stude
nts understand how
to solve word problems.
Watch the video here

to learn how to use it.



GraphCalc

-

O
nline Graphing Calculator



National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

-

a library of uniquely interactive, web
-
based
virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for
mathematics instruct
ion (K
-
12 emphasis)


Study Skills Tools



CueCard

-

an electronic flashcard program download with multiple features including
ability to import audio and grap
hics. Keeps track of correct responses and can be printed
out.



Study Stack

-

create interactive web
-
based flashcards or use ones that are already created;
if you use stacks that are already created, check them fir
st as there are errors in several of
the created stacks.



Flash Card Machine

-

allows the user to create interactive web
-
based study flash cards.



Flash Card Fr
iends

-

online, interactive flash cards



Quizlet
-

described as an online tool for learning vocabulary



Awesome Highlighter

-

tool that highlights text on a web page; save the URL or email it



Create note taking templates in Word



Use "Power of Color" within Word (background color, highlighting color and font color
tools) to reinforce concepts, to determine salient points and fo
r review



Use the "Organizational Chart" in the Diagram Gallery that is part of the Drawing
Toolbar in Word to reinforce concepts and relationships which promotes learning.



In Word, press the Alt tab + mouse click within a word to access the Research pane.
When you are online, you will instantly get a definition of the word.

Research Tools



UDL Strategy Tutor




Bib Me

-

Bibliography Maker

Free Collaboration Tools

(these
are accessible anywhere!)



Google Docs and Spreadsheets

-

allows students to collaborate on work from any
computer including while at home



Zoho
-

full suite of online, collaboration to
ols
-

word processor, presentation, notetaking
(can insert audio), spreadsheets, planner. Worth exploring!



Go 2 Web 2.0

-

here you will find every Web 2.0 application imaginable. There are tools
for everything. Cons
tantly updated!



Web 2.0 Tools
-

(These tools especially benefit the learner with reading, organizational
or attentional issues as the material can be easily retrieved, read or listened to online)

o

Wikis
-

provide group collaboration opportunities and study
guides

o

Blogs
-

provide opportunities for written expression without time constraints and
can use text
-
to
-
speech, spell check, grammar check etc. before posting. Blogs are
great for students who are less vocal IN class, for a variety of reasons, but still
w
ant a chance to participate in discussions

o

Podcasts/videocasts

o

Web
-
based social bookmarking tools such as
Delicious
or
Portaportal
-

create
class favorites that your
students can retrieve anywhere to help them study

Multimedia and Digital Storytelling Tools



Voice Thread

-

capture audio for online digital storytelling. THIS IS A MUST HAVE!
The pro version is free to K
-
12 educators
.



Photo Story 3 for Windows

-

you will be amazed at how quickly you can create slide
shows or movies from your class photos. Upload your photos in seconds,
easily add
music and you have a year end presentation of your class activities. MANY other uses.



ScrapBlog
-

Create online multimedia scrapbooks from your text, video, audio and
photos



Flip Books

-

Create online multimedia scrapbooks from your text and photos



Animoto

-

create fully customized videos of user
-
selected images and music almost
instantaneously. The web app
liciaiotn does all the work once you select your images and
audio. This one is so cool!



Building Wings: How I Made it Through Schoo
l
-

A free "
Readers Theater
Implementation Toolkit
" accompanies this autobiography by Don Johnston "which helps
learners take charge of their learning potential!" Learned about this from Valerie who left
a comment.

A
dditional Free Tools



Project Spectrum

-

Google Sketchup Tutorial for use with students on the Autism
Spectrum



ZacBrowser

-

Web Browser designed by a grandfather for his grandson who is on the
Autism Spectrum. Appropriate for young children or those with developmental
disabilities



Do to Learn

-

Free
Feelings
and
Emotions
Games, excellent for social skills instruction,
also check out the
Fire Safety

and
Street Safety

songs for students with cognitive
disabilities



Yackpack
-

audio email or fre
e live conferencing



Eyejot

-

"Video messaging in a blink," video email tool



Better Fonts

-

Dafonts

-

free fonts



PDF Creator

or
Cute pdf

-

free PDF conversion tools



Diigo
-

a powe
rful social annotation research tool, with highlighting features



Cast UDL Lesson Builder

-

provides educators with models and tools to create and adapt
lessons that increase access and participation in the gen
eral education curriculum for all
students.



Checklists

-

linear alternative to rubrics, easily create guides for students' projects.



Visual S
chedules

-

best for younger students.



Note Star

-

helps organize notes and bibliographies for essays and research papers.



Imagine Symbols

-

4000 free realistic symbols. Import these into your clip art folder for
easy access.



Audacity

-

Free, cross
-
platform software for recording and editing sounds



Jott
-

Use a

cell phone to send emails or voice messages, great for students to send
themselves reminders, homework assignments, to
-
do lists, summaries of class instruction
,etc. This can be an effective strategy for students with executive function, organization
or w
ritten output issues. Check out
additional ideas here in this blog post
.



Click N Type Virtual On Screen Keyboard



Pics4Learning

-

copyright friendly image library for teachers and students



100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner


For those unfamiliar with the term, a
learning style

is a way in which an individual approaches
learning. Many people understand material much better when it
is presented in one format, for
example a lab experiment, than when it is presented in another, like an audio presentation.
Determining how you best learn and using materials that cater to this style can be a great way to
make
school

and the entire process of acquiring new information easier and much more intuitive.
Here are some great tools that you can use to <a href=">cater to your individual learning style,
no matter what that is.

Visual Learners

Visual lear
ners learn through seeing and retain more information when it’s presented in the form
of pictures,
diagrams
, visual presentations, textbooks, handouts and videos. Here are some Web
resources that cater
to those needs.

Mind Mapping

Get your ideas charted out in a visual format with these easy
-
to
-
use online brainstorming and
organizational tools.

1.

Bubbl.us
:
This flash
-
based mind mapping tools allows you to chart out your

thoughts in a
colorful format, share them with friends or embed them in blogs, websites and emails.

2.

Free Mind
:
Mind mapping is easy and free with this Java tool. You’ll be able to ma
nage your
class notes
, lay out a paper and more completely online.

3.

WiseMapping
:
You can access your mind maps from anywhere with this online tool. You can l
ay
out words, pictures, ideas and more easily with WiseMapping.

4.

Mindomo
:
Premium versions of this mind mapping tool come at a cost, but you can get access
to the basic version for free. It allows you to add links, pi
ctures and text to mind maps and share
them over the net.

5.

DeepMehta
:
This mind mapping tool is built around the idea of knowledge management and
cognitive psychology. The open source tool allows sharing, emailing a
nd even contains an
embedded calendar.

6.

MindMeister
:
Collaborate with your
Mind42
: The name of this tool represents "for two", and is
indicative of the collaborative nature of th
is mapping tool. It can make it easy to keep track of
your ideas, share them with friends and teachers and take them with you no matter where you
are.

7.

RecallPlus
:
Students can organize their notes, create flashcar
ds, make use of 3D tools and more
in this great mind mapping tool.

8.

Mapul
:
This mind mapping program has basic and premium levels and allows users to map not
only text but images and hyperlinks as well.

9.

DebateMapper
:
If you’re struggling to understand a debate for your
classes

try creating a
visual

representation with this great mapping tool.

10.

CMapTools
:
CMapTools is free for students to use and allows them to create and share all kinds
of knowledge maps.

11.

Thinkature
:

This site allows real
-
time collaboration on flow charts, diagrams and mind maps
with features that include color organization and freehand drawing.

Charting and Diagrams

Love to put information into charts and diagrams? These tools

can help you do that.

13.

Gliffy
:

Gliffy makes it easy to lay out ideas in flow charts and diagrams or to create floor plans
and technical drawings to help you better
visually understand

information.

14.

FlowChart
:
Create great flow charts for your classes using this online tool, which comes
complete with drawing tools and objects as well as co
llaborative tools.

15.

DrawAnywhere
:
This online program allows you to create diagrams and flow charts to represent
all kinds of information. Best of all, you can log in from anywhere to get access to your diagrams.

16.

AjaxSketch
:
This web
-
based drawing tool makes it easy to not only create flow charts and
diagrams but to do freehand drawing as well and you can use it right from Firefox.

17.

XML/SWF Charts
:
Those familiar with XML will be able to turn their data into colorful and useful
charts with this downloadable tool.

18.

yEd
:

Is a very powerful graph editor and creation tool that can be used to quickly and effectively
generate drawings and to create easily read and laid out graphs and diagrams.

19.

Graphviz
:
If you’ve got a lot of information a
bout the structure of a website or anything else for
that matter, this tool can help you to easy map it out into a graph or network.

20.

Kivio
:
Kivio easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application that is part

of the KOffice
suite of programs. It comes with features to network diagrams, create organization charts, build
flowcharts and more.

21.

Project Draw
:
This program is a feature
-
rich web
-
based vect
or drawing application that will
allow you to create diagrams and graphs of any kind of information as well as making a variety
of other kinds of drawings.

22.

Best 4C
:
This Web
-
based tool allows

you to create and share charts from anywhere, making it
easier than ever to diagram and draw your ideas.

23.

LovelyCharts
:
Charts created through this tool really can be lovely with full color capabilities and
load
s of graphics.

Videos

and Photos

Find everything you’ll need to learn through videos and pictures with these tools.

24.

Google Video
:
Google Video is chock full of educational videos that can help explain everything
fro
m how to use Second Life to learn to explanations of psychological illnesses.

25.

YouTube College
:
Sign up with your individual college and share videos with fellow students on
this College
-
based version of
YouTube. You can post your own visual notes and slides or look at
those of others.

26.

Picasa
:
Picasa is Google’s answer to photo sharing and you can upload images from an art
history or anatomy class and study them from
anywhere on the Web.

27.

Flickr
:
This social networking and photo posting site can be a great way to share images from a
class with your
classmates

or look for images to back
up your notes.

28.

Scooch
:
Scooch is a Web
-
based slide show program that will allow you to post photos and make
slide shows that you can share with others over the Web.

29.

Perse
us Digital Library
:
In need of visual representations of manuscripts or sculptures from
ancient Rome and Greece? You can find tens of thousands on this online library and database.

30.

Teachertube
:
Teachertube is a g
reat place to find instructional videos on just about everything.
You can learn about the formation of mountains, world history and economics on this useful
educational site.

31.

Screencast
-
o
-
M
atic
:
Create a video or photo of your screen with this helpful online tool. It can
be a great way to remember how to do tasks on the computer or just to share images online.

32.

Jing Project
:
This tool allows you to
snap a photo of your desktop, make recordings of your
activities and email or IM them to anyone.

33.

Visuwords
:
Text dictionaries don’t always give visual learners the explanations they need. This
dictionary is graphic
ally based, making it easy to see what concepts or ideas are represented.

34.

KartOO
:
Along those same lines, Kartoo is a visual search engine, giving you results laid out in a
networked chart so it’s easy to see how topi
cs relate.

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners do best in classes where listening is a main concern.
These lea
rners

prefer
verbal lectures and discussions. Auditory learners can get a leg up on their learning with these
Web tools.

Podcasts

Get all kind of supplementary education materials through these great podcast tools.

35.

ProfCasts
:
Turn a PowerPoint presentation into a useful and portable podcast using this tool. It
can be a great way to put class materials into a format you can bring with you anywhere.

36.

Moodle
:
Post and share podcasts with an interactive online community using Moodle. You can
not only post your own podcasts but get access to those of others that could provide
educational value to you.

37.

First Class
:
This collaboration and communication software offers a podcast publishing feature
that can be great for educational purposes.

38.

Podomatic
:
Find, share and publish your podcasts t
hrough Podomatic. You can search for
existing podcasts that may cover topics you’re researching or that are relevant to your classes.

39.

Podcast.net
:
Podcast.net provides a huge listing of podcasts from all over the Web
. You’ll be
able to find just about anything you need in an easy, audio format.

40.

Educational Podcast Network
:
Narrow your search for podcasts down to those dedicated to
education. You can learn about everythin
g from math to dance right on your iPod.

41.

PoducateMe
:
Don’t know the first thing about podcasting or how you can use it to make
education a little easier? This site has all the information you need.

Presentation To
ols

Put your notes or classroom information into an audio format with these handy apps.

42.

Zoho Show
:
This great online tool allows you to create, edit and share presentations online
making it easy to c
reate interactive homework assignments or to organize your notes in an
audio
-
visual format.

43.

Eyespot
:

Users can create video mixes online and share them with others on this site and can
even add effects to their graph
ics and music.

44.

Thumbstacks
:
Thumbstacks allows users to create a web
-
based presentation or slide show and
then share it with others.

45.

SlideShare
:
This site takes more of a ne
tworked approach to creating presentations allowing you
to post your presentations and browse those of other users.

46.

Empressr
:
You can access your organized class materials or projects from anywhere with this
tool an
d share them with friends and other classmates easily.

47.

ThinkFree Show
:
If you are using PowerPoint to organize your class notes into a more visual and
audio conducive format then you can take advantage of this site

which makes it easy to take
them to the Web.

48.

AuthorStream
:
Another PowerPoint centered program, AuthorStream makes it simple to upload
and share your presentations.

49.

Toufee
:
If

Flash is more your style you can use this online tool which gives you the tools needed
to publish and play flash presentations and movies.

50.

PhotoStory 3
:
Make your slides for class a little more interesting with this free program from
Microsoft. You can add special effects or your own voice narration.

Audio Tools

Listen and edit your sounds and music with these tools.

51.

Jamglue
:
Mix and edit your audio clips with this online tool and when you’re done, share the
finished product with other online visitors in a YouTube like format.

52.

Audaci
ty
:
One of the most popular free audio editors out there, audacity is multi
-
featured and
allows users to record and edit in all kinds of formats.

53.

Wave Surfer
:
Visualize and manipulate sounds with this fre
e and customizable tool.

54.

Looplab
:
Create and manipulate short loops and phrases with this great sound editing tool.

55.

LAME
:
This open source tool makes it easy to e
ncode and manipulate MP3s.

Text Readers

Understand material better when it’s
read out loud
? These Web tools can do that for you.

56.

Adobe Acro
bat Reader
:
You may not know this, but Adobe Reader has a feature that will allow
the contents of the document to be read out loud. It can be a great way for the more
auditorially inclined to get through readings.

57.

Read Please
:
Cut and paste text or type it directly into the input form on this site and the
program will read it to you. It can be a very useful tool for making sure essays and projects are
written correctly.

58.

T
ext Reader
:
Here you’ll find a tool that will give you audio for any text you feed into it.

59.

Expressivo
:
This simple text reader will give you a variety of audio readings when you paste or
type text into the entry
form.

60.

ItCanSay
:
This site has a great online text reader and can also give you some help pronouncing
difficult words that aren’t said like they’re spelt.

61.

Midomi
:

While not quite a
text reader, this tool couldn’t be left out of this list. It’s a search
engine that is based on sound rather than text. It can be a more intuitive way to find things if
you respond better to sounds.

Audio Books

Those who have trouble retaining information
from printed words can listen to their assigned
reading instead with help from these sites.

62.

LibriVox
:
This site provides free audiobooks for books in the public domain and has numerous
titles. If you don’t find what you

want, see if you can volunteer to create a recording of the book
yourself.

63.

History and Politics Out Loud
:
Here you’ll find speeches, historical information and more in an
audio format, making it easier to
take in and absorb for the auditory learner.

64.

Audible
:
This subscription site allows visitors to download from thousands of audio books, both
best sellers and classics

making it easy to find what you need for class.

65.

Project Gutenburg
:
Books that are no longer under copyright can be found here and there is a
special section for audio books, both read by computers an
d by humans.

66.

Free Books.org
:
If your class is reading an older text you may be able to find a free version of it
to listen to on this site. It contains recordings of numerous out of copyright books.

Kinesthetic Le
arners

Kinesthetic learners do best when they interact and touch things
. They prefer a hands
-
on
approach to
le
arning

and enjoy interacting with classroom materials and those around them.
These tools can help keep these inquisitive learners busy.


Note Taking Tools

No matter what you’re reading or watching you can make it more interactive by taking notes and
these
tools can help.

67.

MyNoteIT
:

This great tool allows students to take and store their notes online, edit them with
the help of classmates, look up words or terms you don’t understand and keep track of things
you need to

do.

68.

Google Docs
:

With this program from Google you can take notes online, save them, and even
send them to your peers for collaboration.

69.

Notely
:

Keep your class notes, to
-
do li
sts and more organized and easy to access with this site.

70.

NoteMesh
:

This site allows students from the same class to share notes by creating a wiki,
making it easy and practical to work together.

71.

Stu.dicio.us
:

Here, students are able to actively organize their class materials, take and store
notes, share information and even link to online reference sites.

72.

ShortText
:
This is a very simple tool

for taking notes online. Simply enter your text, hit save, and
you’ve got an online note you can revisit anytime you like.

73.

YourDraft
:
Take notes with this rich text editor and share and save them online.

74.

Stickkit
:
Get an intelligent sticky note with this great online program. It looks at the text on your
notes and can recognize important dates, bookmarks, emails and more, organizing them for you
and making it easy to stay on
top of everything.

75.

SyncNotes
:
If you use a PDA this can be a great way to keep your notes accessible on both your
main computer and your portable device.

76.

JotCloud
:
If you’re the type that loves to put sticky notes all over everything then you’ll enjoy
this online note taking tool. It allows you to create clouds of stickies anywhere you need them.

77.

NoteCentric
:
Store and shar
e your classroom notes with this innovative site. It keeps your notes
organized so you can reference them later and you can easily access it through a Facebook
account.

Bookmarking

Mark references for later while you’re researching with these tools.

78.

del.icio.us
:
This online tool makes it easy to mark sites you find interesting to use for later
research or to send to friends and project partners.

79.

Clipmarks
:
Don’t waste time searchi
ng through webpages you’ve already read to find the
content you needed. Instead, clip it out this this tool. You can clip and email bits to yourself as
you go making online research more active.

80.

Wizlite
:
Don’t just save
online material for later, highlight and tag it just like you would a real
book with this great online tool.

81.

i
-
Lighter
:
Help make online reading a little more hands on with this highlighting program. It
allows you
to mark parts of online text you found interesting or want to revisit later.

82.

Web
-
Chops
:
Web
-
Chops allows you to clip out any part of a webpage then save and share these
clips. It can be a great way to
study for tests

or prepare for papers in a more interactive fashion.

83.

Furl
:
This social bookmarking site makes it easy to keep track of webpa
ges you were interested
in, share them with classmates and keep them organized for research.

84.

Ma.gnolia
:
Search through sites others have bookmarked as interesting or use the site to
highlight your own information from
the Web and keep it in an easy to find place.

85.

Blinklist
:
Make lists of sites that are relevant to whatever you’re working on with Blinklist. If you
have a blog, you can even have the links appear automatically on i
t, making them super easy to
access later.

Interaction

Get involved with the material with these online applications.

86.

Flash Card Machine
:

This site allows you to create web
-
based flash cards to study the
information you have for class using text and pictures.

87.

Quia
:

With Quia, you’ll be able to create your own online quizzes and educational games to help
you study your materials in a more interactive fashion.

88.

Quizlet
:
Quizlet makes it easy to study things like vocabulary words with it’s online study tools.
You can make quizzes, use your friend’s or browse existing flashc
ards on the site.

89.

Pauker
:
This open source program will test your short and long term memory with a system that
makes it easy to create and reuse flashcards and quizzes.

90.

Learner.org Interactives
:
Need a more interactive explanation of a concept from class? You’ll
find dozens of educational ones here that can help explain geology,
pharmacy
, chemi
stry,
math

and more.

Collaboration

These chatting and networking tools can make it easy to interact with classmates and friends.

91.

Meebo
:
This website allows students to IM from anywhere, even computers without the
software installations for major programs like AIM, Yahoo!, MSN and more.

92.

Campfire
:

Here students can create password
protected chat rooms to discuss their
assignments, collaborate on projects or just chat. Best of all, you won’t need to install a thing.

93.

CollegeRuled
:

Students can set up class message boards, create to
-
do lists and

interact with
classmates on this site.

94.

Campusbug
:

This site provides a social learning network where students can interact and chat
with each other while asking questions and getting answers about class materials.

95.

Facebook
:
One of the most popular social network sites for students, Facebook provides a place
where classmates can come together to chat about assignments, keep up with their lives and
post links to sites, videos
and photos.

96.

Backpack
:
Backpack allows students to organize their notes, to
-
do lists and calendars while
sharing information and working with classmates.

97.

The Campus C
enter
:
Students can get together and network on this site and also have access to
note taking and spreadsheet programs.

98.

JotSpot
:

Working in a group just became easier with this online wiki tool that allows students t
o
share notes, project ideas and information in an easily accessible format.

99.

WebBrush
:

Collaborate in a fun and creative way with this tool that lets students send drawings
and graphics to one another.

100.

Grouptivity
:

This site allows students to use email to start a group discussion about class
projects and assignments or just to complain about their professors.

UDL Toolkit

Online Whiteboard


skrbl.com

The complete
web

whiteboard. Start skrbl & give out your URL; instantly share online.
Collaborate with others or, keep skrbl your own private

web space. Type notes, sketch drawings,
upload pictures, share files… Everyone sees the same screen, Everybody stays on the same page.

Or try
Dabbleboard
at
http://www.dabbleboard.com/draw

Social Bookmarking



del.icio.us

del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website


the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your
bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any
computer

and add
bookmarks from anywhere, too. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your
bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.

Graphic Organizers


bubbl.us

Bubbl.us is a simple and free web
application

that lets you brainstorm online.

Cool Tool


The Awesome Highlighter

Show them what’s important


highlight! The Awesome Highlighter lets you highlight text on
web pages and then gives you a link to the highlighted page.

Click
here

for a screencast on how to use this awesome tool.

Text To Speech


Voki

Voki is a site which allows you to create and personalize avatars with your own voice. You can
make your “voki” look like you or choo
se different characters

Voice Notes in Microsoft Word


Wordtalk

WordTalk is a free plug
-
in developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97
upwards), which can help people with reading difficu
lties use Microsoft Word more effectively.

File Converter


Zamzar

Copy and paste URLs or download videos and convert them to new file formats to save them on
your portable drive. Also convert picture, music and othe
r file formats as well.

Online Spell Checker
-

Ghotit!

Ghotit offers unique writing and reading online services for people who suffer from dyslexia,
dysgraphia or people who are not native
-
English speakers.
Ghotit’s first service is an online
context sensitive
spell checker

UDL Math Resources


On
-
line Manipulatives


http://arcytech.org/java/



http://www.shodor.org



http://www.ies.co.jp/math/java/index.html






3
-
5 UDL Math Resources


3
-
5: Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning
Article: E
stimation
-

Direction

from the Standards
http://www.goenc.com


Application: All About Estimation
-

http://www.aaamath.com/est.html




3
-
5: Probability and statistics
Application: Collecting, Representing,
and

Interpreting Data Using Spreadsheets and Graphing

Software

http://standards.nctm.org/document/eexamples/chap5/5.5/index.htm




3
-
5 UDL Math Resources



6
-
8: Number,
operation, and quantitative reasoning Article: Understand numbers, ways

of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems

http://standards.nctm.org/documen
t/chapter6/numb.htm#bp1




Application: Fraction Bars
http://www.arcytech.org/java/fractions/




6
-
8: Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking Article: Algebra Textbooks Come Up

Short (You
will be asked to register.)

http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=34aaas.h19


UDL, May 25


Raimondi & Gowan 2



Application: Linear Function Machine

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/lfm/index.html




6
-
8: Geometry and spatial reasoning Article: Introduction to the Coordinate Plane and

Coordinates Discussion
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/discussions/fd2.html




Application: Maze Game and Simple Maze Game

http://www.shodor.org/interactiva
te/activities/pmaze/index.html




6
-
8: Measurement Application: Discovering the Value of Pi

http://www.arcytech.org/java/pi/index.html




6
-
8: Probability and statistics Article: Probability and
Outcome Discussion

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/discussions/pd4.html



Application: Spinner: Statistics and Probability Concepts

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/
activities/spinner3/index.html




3
-
5: Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking Application: Patterns in Mathematics

http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/patterns/index.html




3
-
5: Geometry and spatial reasoning Article: The Geometry Standards in K
-
8

Mathematics
http://www.goenc.com




Application: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Summetry using

Transformations and Interactive Figures: Visualizing Transformations

http://standards.nctm.org/document/e
examples/chap6/6.4/index.htm




3
-
5: Measurement Article: Increasing The Representation Of People With Disabilities In

Science, Engineering And Mathematics
http://
www.rit.edu/~easi/itd/itdv01.htm



6
-
8 UDL Math Resources



6
-
8: Number, operation, and
quantitative reasoning Article: Understand numbers, ways

of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems

http://standards.nctm.org/document/chapter6/numb
.htm#bp1




Application: Fraction Bars
http://www.arcytech.org/java/fractions/




6
-
8: Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking Article: Algebra Textbooks Come Up

Short (You will be asked to
register.)

http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=34aaas.h19




Application: Linear Function Machine

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/lfm/index.html




6
-
8: Geometry and spatial reasoning Article: Introduction to the Coordinate Plane and

Coordinates Discussion
http://w
ww.shodor.org/interactivate/discussions/fd2.html




Application: Maze Game and Simple Maze Game

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/pmaze/index.html




6
-
8: Measu
rement Application: Discovering the Value of Pi

http://www.arcytech.org/java/pi/index.html




6
-
8: Probability and statistics Article: Probability and Outcome Discussion

http://www.shodor.org/inte
ractivate/discussions/pd4.html



Application: Spinner: Statistics and Probability Concepts

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/spinner3/index.html


K
-
8 UDL Math
Resources



K
-
8: Underlying processes and mathematical tools Article: Description and Lesson Plan

UDL, May 25


Raimondi & Gowan 3

for the Base 10 Blocks Program
http://www.arcytech.o
rg/java/b10blocks/description.html




Application: Base 10 Blocks: Exploring Whole Numbers, Decimal Numbers, Place

Value, and Basic Algebra with Base 10 Blocks

http://www.arcytech.org/j
ava/b10blocks/b10blocks.html


9
-
12 UDL Math Resources



9
-
12: Algebra I & II (Java or Shockwave Reading/Activity) Application: Function and

Algebra Concepts (Java)
-

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/lessons/index.html#fun




9
-
12: Geometry Application: Understanding Ratios of Areas of Inscribed Figures Using

Interactive Diagrams
http:/
/standards.nctm.org/document/eexamples/chap7/7.3/index.htm




9
-
12: Precalculus (Java or Shockwave Reading/Activity) Application: Discovering

Trigonometry (Java)
-

http://catcode.com/trig/index.html


Appl
ication: The Unit Circle

(Shockwave)
-

http://www.exploremath.com/activities/Activity_page.cfm?ActivityID=19




9
-
12: Mathematical Models with Applications Application:
Trips
-

http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/4116/Trip_Planning/trip.htm




Other Collections of Online Math Resources K
-
16: From the Office for Mathematics,

Science,

and Technology Education (MSTE) Resources: Lessons Resources
-

http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/html.f/resource/page1.htm


K
-
12 UDL Math Resources



K
-
12: Virtual Library Resources: National Libr
ary of Virtual Manipulatives: Interactive

Mathematics
-

http://matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/vlibrary.html



K
-
12: Mathematic Lessons, from Cynthia Lanius Resources: Mathematic Lessons that

are fun, fun
, fun
-

http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/



Highlight: A Fractals Unit for Elementary and Middle School Students
-

http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/frac/index.html



Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics (MathWorldTM) Resources: Interactive

Mathematics Encyclopedia
-

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/



MathTypeTM

Resources: Strategies for Math on the Web
-

http://www.dessci.com/webmath/



Pythagorean Theorem Resources: Various Examples of the Pythagorean Theorem on the

Web
-

http://www.cast.org/pythagorean/