I teach special education students with disabilites. How can I teach reading using technology? I am interested in uisng picture books at a springboard. Any suggestions are welcome.

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Here are several great websites I use for reading:


(subscription needed, though it has a 30 day free trial and most public libraries have a subscription to it---so ask your local library)



Hope this is a good start for you! These websites are great for visual & auditory learners!
Hi Jennifer,

You might also want to check out the online student activities at ReadWriteThink, they have some nice online activities for beginning readers and supporting lesson plans for you as well.

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If you have access to a Document camera, you can do read alouds with your students with the book projected so that they can see the words as you read them, along with the pictures.

This is my area of specialty and I've traveled all over the place promoting karaoke for this purpose. Here's one example below but go to our Karaoke page on EFL Classroom 2.0 (click TEACH and then Karaoke). Further, we have the webs largest directory of audio and phonics books. Click Stories and get them. These are specially selected in levels to help foster language acquisition and learning.

But the karaoke player you download on our site will enable you to tailor the reading, slow the tempo and generally spruce up and motivate your students. Lots of stories etc... not just music. Make your own with the player also! Just download (the editor comes with it), enter an audio file/photos and then the text. Sync and you are set....

I'm in a rush but hope this helps....


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Here is a link to a previous discussion where I've mentioned some articles which support the use of karaoke in the classroom.

I also think that my own "Chatterbots" would work remarkably well to foster some reading/writing and general literacy..... I recently made our Dave the Bot into a public page and you can now just click and select sentences to talk to him (no typing necessary! This was a major impedment and with a lot of work, I managed to get this done).

Enjoy -- Dave can say a lot of intelligent stuff!

There are some ebooks on my delicious account http://delicious.com/madanamohana/ebooks which are great resources.



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