Free Resources for Students in Virginia
A great free resource for students is Find It Virginia, which includes many links to websites that students can use for literacy, learning, and research. Free to residents of Virginia are e-books and digital resources including newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedias for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Under the Elementary/Middle School tab, try Kids InfoBits for researching historical figures, scientists, geography and more. National Geographic Kids provides videos and information on animals, places, and history. Research in Context shows videos and digital text linked to the Curriculum State Standards for Virginia (SOLs). Homework Help connects the user with a teacher to help when outside of the classroom.
For students who need auditory support for reading, a text-to-speech option is available. Find It Virginia is free to Virginia residents through their local public library (may require a library card to use). It is a great resource for all students, as it can be continued to be used after graduation. This website works best using Chrome.
Are you trying to provide access to digital text for your students who use switches? Contact the T-TAC ODU AT Specialist, Ynez Peterson (757-451-3031) for more information on equipment needed and how to set your student up for success.
What is AT?
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) includes adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities. AT can provide independence by enabling individuals to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish.
The Virginia Assistive Technology Project goal is to increase access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities through the use of assistive technology. The project supports the accommodations and modifications that are necessary for students with disabilities to master curricular objectives and to participate in statewide assessments. Tools and training are available from the Virginia Assistive Technology Project.
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