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  1. 1. Autism Information – A Few Sites to Consider AIM Modules - HYPERLINK "" - The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) is developing Autism Internet Modules (AIM) in partnership with the Autism Society of America (ASA) and the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network. The AIM project is developing a series of 60 online modules on ASD including characteristics, diagnosis, interventions and supports, transition, and employment. Autism Info – http://HYPERLINK "" - Site provides information on autism treatments and therapies to parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. Autism Today – http://HYPERLINK "" - While this organization has a number of for pay options, it is still a good resource for individuals seeking to learn more about autism, resources, forums, trainings, conferences, print updates, and more. Autism Speaks – http://HYPERLINK "" - Of course, many of us have heard the advertisement on the radio or watched one of the numerous public service announcements in collaboration with the AD Council, however; Autism Speaks goes beyond advertisement. It also offers some good information and links to helpful resources for parents and teachers. Geneva Centre - HYPERLINK "" This is a Centre out of Canada and offers some great information for teachers, teacher assistants, parents, and the like. They offer good modules for information and also a host of intervention ideas (e.g., visuals). iCAN - HYPERLINK "" The Interactive Collaborative Autism Network site is for anyone who lives with, teaches, or otherwise supports children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including parents, teachers, and individuals with ASD. What Works Clearinghouse - HYPERLINK "" The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) collects, screens, and identifies studies of effectiveness of educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies). The WWC regularly updates the WWC Technical Standards and their application to take account of new considerations brought forth by experts and users. Doing What Works - HYPERLINK "" Similar to What Works but through a series of summaries, visual examples, and similar illustrations the Clearinghouse attempts to further explain what we know and how it applies to our classrooms. IRIS Modules - HYPERLINK "" The IRIS Center is housed at Vanderbilt University but features resources developed for teachers, parents, related service providers, and educators as a whole interested in learning
  2. 2. about best practices for those with disabilities. Universal Design for Learning – What we Know General information on UDL - HYPERLINK "" Here you can find everything and anything you wanted to know. This includes the research behind it, tutorials to train others, products they have developed to illustrate it in application, and the like. UDL Tech Toolkit - HYPERLINK "" Great resource to share with others and to find resources that are UDL-based and a wonderful example of Wikis in action. Readily Accessible Tools - HYPERLINK "" This is another excellent Wiki developed by a friend right down the street at ISU. CAST Support - HYPERLINK "" I like this for Book Builder but it also offers additional resources. Organization Considerations – What we Know If research has shown anything over the past three decades in respect to an excellent tier one intervention, it is that graphic organizers are excellent interventions. Here are a few considerations within that conversation. Inspiration/Kidspiration - HYPERLINK "" The visual way to think, write and comprehend Inspiration/Kidspiration provides an easy way for students to build visual diagrams to represent thoughts and organize information. GIST Plan - HYPERLINK "" GIST is designed from the ground up for use in classrooms incorporating the Content Enhancement Routines. Developed with the KU-CRL, GIST offers a robust tool set for educators to create and present CE devices with diverse learners, teaching critical content to all. The Library that comes along with the GIST Plan can be found at - HYPERLINK "" Kidspiration Templates – Free downloads of Kidspiration Templates made by teachers and parents for our continual use. HYPERLINK "" HYPERLINK ""
  3. 3. HYPERLINK "" Graphic Organizers Webspiration - HYPERLINK "" Think ReaderHYPERLINK ""- Graphic Organizers - HYPERLINK "" Educator’s Place - HYPERLINK "" Mindomo - HYPERLINK "" MindJet - HYPERLINK "" MindMeister - HYPERLINK "" MxGraph - HYPERLINK "" CMap - HYPERLINK "" Gliffy - HYPERLINK "" Social Narratives Considerations – What we Know Teaching Social Stories - HYPERLINK "" This site does a nice job of introducing the idea of social stories, organizing the various components of social stories, and then breaking down the development of social stories specific to a purpose. Social Narratives - HYPERLINK "" This is from the National PD Center on ASD which offers a nice overview of what social narrative are, the research behind them, and the like. Carol Gray - HYPERLINK "" This is the site that features information specific to social story development, related resources, and consultation that Carol Gray and her staff provides. Social Narrative Bank - HYPERLINK "" This is the free site and offers users access to downloadable social narratives developed by practicioners across the state of KS. The link directs you to their home page and then click on social narratives at the top. Social Supports – Transition Age - HYPERLINK "" This is the OCALI AIM module on social development and please keep your eyes out for the one on - Social Stories (TM) and other social narratives – that is coming soon. School Rules - HYPERLINK "" Issues of the HYPERLINK
  4. 4. ""Hidden Curriculum. The "HIDDEN CURRICULUM" is a term to used to describe the unwritten social rules and expectations of behavior that we all seem to know, but were never taught. Multimedia and Social Skill Training - HYPERLINK " page_id=154&#SL" This article offers an excellent overview of the research behind the use of multimedia technologies for the instruction of social skills, especially amongst individuals with autism. Comic Strip Podcast - HYPERLINK " strip-conversations.html" conversations.html Great interview where experts share their perspectives on comic strip conversations. Get a good sense of the potential of these applications. Comic Strip Conversations - HYPERLINK "" Some nice text-based resources on the use of comic strips as social narratives. ICT in My Classroom - HYPERLINK " use-voicethread-wordle-and-the-nintendo-ds/" to-use-voicethread-wordle-and-the-nintendo-ds/ Thisd discussion and accompanying video offers users a demonstration of ways to use Voice Thread and other applications in their classroom to teach students. Applicable to the development of social skill development and thus, the rerason I am sharing. Comic Strip Creator - HYPERLINK "" Free web-based resource that allows more advanced learners to create web-based comic strips. Comic Life – HYPERLINK "" Great software for developing your own social stories via a comic book. Toondoo - HYPERLINK "" This is a free web-based software that allows for you to develop your own cartoons for social story purposes. Tikatok - HYPERLINK "" This is not free but does allow users to develop books through imagining a story and then structuring it into a writing task. This has features of the old Story Book Weaver application. The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling - HYPERLINK "" The title says it all. The University of Houston has developed this resource to break down why, how, and for what purpose digital story telling can be used within the classroom. Pikikids - HYPERLINK "" This is free and allows one to create a variety of comics strips that can be printed off as well as
  5. 5. saved for future use. The one caution is that upon entering the site there is access to a gallery of others work. I have not seen a problem with that gallery but it is something to be aware of. Digistories - HYPERLINK "" A great wiki developed to share with others how digital stories can be created, with the different types of applications, and the list goes on. This is a great wiki and something to visit. Yodios - HYPERLINK "" Allows you to add voice with photos which also allows this can be done with your cell phone as well as the computer. Some nice flexible options and it is free. Pretty easy to use and the fact you can do on the go has some possible applications for on site work and the like. Slide - HYPERLINK "" Free site that allows you to develop basic slide shows that are then able to be placed on any social networking site and the like for direct use and sharing. It may be inappropriate for the younger kiddos but for a teenager with social skill issues and the like, this might be just what the doctor ordered. GoAnimate - HYPERLINK "" This is a free site that allows you to create a variety of comics and then have them available for use and for sharing. It is connected with FaceBook but the site runs separately and the comic features are quite nice allows for a variety of visuals to be used. Cogdogroo - HYPERLINK "" This is a wiki out of Australia where a user developed a really nice site sharing ideas and resources to be used to develop/create stories. Goes beyond those with disabilities but the ideas are great for digital stories. Pikistrips - HYPERLINK "" This is free and allows one to make comic strips from your own photos using standard sets of frames. Apply PhotoShop like effects to images. Add speech bubbles and other components. This does appear to have a more adult focus (not bad adult) and so should be reviewed before going forward. Blabberize - HYPERLINK "" This is a silly site but allows one to upload a picture of a frontal view of a face, mark the key points of the mouth, and then record the audio. It creates a simple animation of the mount moving to the sound of the voice. Bitstrips - HYPERLINK "" This is a for pay site but it allows for a great deal of functionality in developing school-based comic strips allowing the student control of a number of features for this end. Mind Reading - HYPERLINK "" Mind Reading is a unique reference work covering the entire spectrum of human emotions. Using the software you can explore over 400 emotions, seeing and hearing each one performed by six different people.
  6. 6. My School Day - HYPERLINK "" was designed by speech therapists specializing in helping autistic children, using real life video clips to take the child into a typical school day, including the classroom, cafeteria, and playground! Fun with Feelings - HYPERLINK "" The software states that your child will learn to read the state of mind of others around them — improving both their social interaction and personal well-being. Voice Thread - HYPERLINK "" This is a wonderful free website that offers a forum where you can create resources that include pictures, audio, and doodles. This would be great in developing social stories. Choices, Choices 5.0 - HYPERLINK " SKU=chocho" Choices, Choices 5.0 helps students develop the skills and awareness they need to make wise choices and to think through the consequences of their actions. Domo Animate - HYPERLINK "" This resource is free and allows users to develop simple video stories using characters with text and audio to support the illustration you are focused on. The visual is animatiin-based targeting all ages but practical for the comic loving student. Capzles - HYPERLINK "" This is a free Web 2.0 application that allows one to capture your memories (as they advertise) but more importantly, allows one to combine videos, photos, blogs, and mp3s into a multimedia storyline. Great for social stories, demonstration of knowledge, and the list goes on. iMovie - HYPERLINK "" Apple’s Learning Exchange is an Apple resource that offers users a place to share ideas and resources that are anchored-based resources. MovieMaker - HYPERLINK "" Allows users to develop interactive slide shows and small movies for illustration purposes. Photo Story - HYPERLINK "" Free download for Window Users. I like the Wizard feature that allows for folks to go step-by- step in the use and development. Discovery Learning – HYPERLINK "" This resource becoming increasingly available for users that is rich in video and instructional anchors to set the context for all learners. Atomic Learning - HYPERLINK "" Atomic Learning provides web-based software training for more than 100 applications students and educators use everyday. Visual in nature, good example of anchored instruction but also practical for us to use:
  7. 7. Username: kansas Password: jayhawk Web 2.0 Considerations – What we Know Voice Thread – HYPERLINK "" For pay site but free for educators allowing you to create interactive slide shows and more that reside on the web. Animoto - HYPERLINK "" Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy. Kerpoof - HYPERLINK "" Make books, cards, movies and more in this interactive website that allows you to save to their server and access whenever and wherever. PBWorks - HYPERLINK "" This is a popular wiki site that allows you to create an online presence for you, your peers, your students, your student’s parents, and the like. Wikispaces - HYPERLINK "" This is another popular free Wiki space area that teachers and students can use to share resources as they look to develop and share information. Reading Considerations – A Few Considerations Text-to-Speech Applications ReadPlease - HYPERLINK "" - Free and for the PC Natural Reader - HYPERLINK "" - Free as well as for pay options for the PC and Mac. Wynn – http:// HYPERLINK "" Another text-to-speech application that actually does more than read the text but offers a number of additional functions for users. Kurzweil – HYPERLINK "" Another application that offers text-to-speech but so much more. Will scan digital text and can be used for a variety of other purposes in gaining further access to text. Text Help - HYPERLINK "" - for pay application that schools are using for text-to-speech purposes. Premier Accessibility – – for pay but you can also ask your district to submit the grant application for they can get the basics for free. Click Speak - HYPERLINK "" This is an application for the Firefox browser for the PC but when downloaded, will be applicable and helpful to read anything on the Firefox browser. Montgomery County’s HIAT – HYPERLINK "
  8. 8. hiat/" This is where to begin for your resource search for reading solutions and digital text. Some specific links within this site include: Educational Websites - HYPERLINK "" They list things under specific groups including reading, writing, graphic organizers, and the like. Accessible Technology Resources - HYPERLINK "" Formatted for consideration across topics. Training Information - HYPERLINK "" Yes some of this is specific to what goes on in MD but other aspects are right in line with things you can do online. Basic but free website that you can copy and paste the text into the web page and the text will be read to you. VisuWords - HYPERLINK "" A visual way to share a term, offer connections with meaning and other words, and the like. Might to to complicated for some learners but appropriate for others. Voycabulary - HYPERLINK "" Walks user through the various resources out there to assist them with terms that might be applicable for their papers and the like. Audacity - HYPERLINK "" Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Resources for EText Book Share – HYPERLINK "" - over 33,000 books and growing now that they received a $32 million dollar grant from the US Department of Education to enhance access to digital text. Gutenberg Project - HYPERLINK "" - over 20,000 free text-based resources for the MS and HS curriculum. The Online Books Page - HYPERLINK "" - over 24,000 free text-based resources for the MS and HS curriculum. HYPERLINK "" Tech Resources PAGE 1
  9. 9. Sean J. Smith – HYPERLINK "" - 785.864.0693 - CEC2010