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eLearning Resources


ISBE Remote Learning Recommendations During COVID-19 Emergency


Recomendaciones de Aprendizaje Remoto Durante La Emergencia de COVID-19


Apple IOS Free or Lite AAC Apps


  1. AlexiCom AAC
  2. Answers: Yes/No Free
  3. Assistive TTS
  4. Augie Free (Free version not currently available in US)
  5. Autism 5-Point Scale EP (Autism Help)
  6. Com App
  7. Comunicador Personal Adaptable(Spanish)
  8. Communicate Mate Female
  9. Communicate Mate Male
  10. Connect Cards
  11. DIME Lite
  12. Fat Cat Fast 20
  13. Fat Cat Pirate Chat
  14. FreeSpeech
  15. Functional Communication System Lite
  16. Gabby Tabs Lite
  17. Go Talk Now Free (NEW)
  18. Grid Player
  19. iBlissymbols Lite
  20. iComm Education
  21. iPhonic Lite
  22. iPicto Lite
  23. Locabulary Lite
  24. MetaTalk Lite
  25. My Choice Pad Lite
  26. My Talking Phone
  27. MyTalk Tools
  28. Neo Julie (also Kate and Paul)
  29. Noni Lite
  30. Nonverbal Communication for Autism-NOCOA (Japanese; NEW)
  31. OneVoice-AAC
  32. PandaPal AAC
  33. PhotoTell Lite(NEW)
  34. PhotoVOCA Free (NEW)
  35. Phrase Board
  36. Pic A Word
  37. Pics Aloud Lite
  38. Picture Card Maker
  39. Picture Board
  40. PocketAAC-Lite
  41. Point to Pictures Lite
  42. Say Hi AAC
  43. SayItForMe Lite (NEW)
  44. Scan to Pictures Lite (NEW)
  45. See and Say Lite
  46. Scene & Heard Lite
  47. Small Talk Aphasia (Male & Female)
  48. Small Talk Conversational Phrases
  49. Small Talk Daily Activities
  50. Small Talk Intensive Care
  51. Small Talk Pain Scale
  52. Smart_AAC (NEW)
  53. Sounding Board
  54. SFY_Speak4Youself Lite (Pulled from iTunes but may be reinstated)
  55. Speech Button
  56. Speech Buttons Free
  57. Sono Flex Lite
  58. Speak All
  59. Speak for Yourself LAT Kids
  60. Spubble Lite
  61. Talk Assist
  62. Talking Cards Lite
  63. Talking Text
  64. Talk Tommy
  65. Talk to Me 100 (free version has 9 locations)
  66. Talk 4 Me
  67. Tap to Talk
  68. Touch Chat Lite
  69. Verbally
  70. VocaBeans EN
  71. VoiceSymbol AAC

Free or Lite AAC Apps for Android Devices


  1. AAC Speech Communicator (French, English)
  2. AAC Talking Tabs
  3. Alexicomm for Android (30+ free pages)
  4. Autism Speech – Diego Says
  5. BoxofWords Free (NEW)
  6. DroidSpeaker (NEW)
  7. Free AAC
  8. FalaFacil – DiegoDiz (Portuguese)
  9. FreeSpeech
  10. Gabby Tabs Lite: AAC for Kids
  11. HablaFacil – DiegoDice (Spanish)
  12. Help Talk (NEW)
  13. iToucan Talk
  14. JABTalk
  15. LangLearner Speaker
  16. MyVoice MyWords Tablet
  17. Niki Talk (NEW)
  18. PhotoVOCA (NEW)
  19. Pic-See Lite (NEW)
  20. PictoDroid Lite (Spanish, English)
  21. Pictograms (NEW)
  22. Plaphoons for Android Beta (NEW)
  23. Point Talker Free (NEW)
  24. Sono Flex Lite
  25. SpeakForMe Free
  26. Speaking Pad
  27. Speech Assistant (NEW)
  28. Talk Android
  29. Talk 2 All (for phone communication)
  30. Tap Talk Free
  31. Tap to Talk
  32. Touch and Go Speak
  33. Touch-n-Say
  34. Two Speak
  35. Type and Speak
  36. VirtualTEC
  37. Virtual Voice (NEW)
  38. Vocal Slides

English Language Arts Educational Websites and Skilled Learning


  • Starfall Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.
  • ABCya ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Our activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. We even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles.
  • HelpKidzLearn HelpKidzLearn is a collection of software for young children and those with learning difficulties to play online. The software is split into five sections: Early Years, Games and Quizzes, Stories and Songs, Creative Play & Find Out About.
  • Storyline Online Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.
  • Funbrain Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain.com has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem- solving and literacy.


English Language Arts Educational Apps


  • Bitsboard Bitsboard is available to download for free and allows Bitsboard app iTunes logousers to create their own study sets or download study sets from classmates and teachers. Upon downloading the app, you’ll have access to the Bitsboard catalog which features thousands of flashcards and lessons covering hundreds of topics (available via In-App Purchase).
  • BrainPOP BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
  • Epic! Epic! is the #1 children’s digital library for kids 12 and under, offering access to over 35,000 high-quality books for kids, learning videos, reading quizzes and more. It's an unlimited reading library your child can take anywhere!


Mathematics Educational Websites and Skilled Learning


  • SplashLearn SplashLearn is transforming the way elementary school children in grades K-5 learn and study math through a highly engaging, and personalized program.
  • Math Playground Free, online math games and more at MathPlayground.com! Problem solving, logic games and number puzzles kids love to play.
  • NUMBEROCK Using NUMBEROCK videos in this way, you'll transform your classroom into a multi-sensory learning environment, resulting in an amazing amount of energy and enthusiasm being brought into your math lessons. Our goal is to find the perfect blend of pure fun and emotional engagement, while never sacrificing the educational merit of the lesson.
  • Education.com Education.com has everything parents and teachers need for kids to succeed in math, reading, writing, and science from PreK-5.


Mathematics Educational Apps


  • Bitsboard Bitsboard is available to download for free and allows Bitsboard app iTunes logousers to create their own study sets or download study sets from classmates and teachers. Upon downloading the app, you’ll have access to the Bitsboard catalog which features thousands of flashcards and lessons covering hundreds of topics (available via In-App Purchase).
  • Endless Numbers Kids will have a blast learning number recognition, sequences, quantity, numerical patterns, and simple addition with the adorable Endless monsters. Each number features interactive sequences and equation puzzles with numbers that come alive, and a short animation that provides context and meaning to each number.


Independence School Web Programs


  • BlueStreak Math The Future of Fact Fluency for all students here. Bluestreak is a digital educational tool that excites and ignites students in developing fast math skills and mastery of fact fluency through a themed centered approach.
  • Study Island Is a leading academic software provider of standards-based assessment, instruction, and test preparation e-learning programs.


Additional Educational Websites


  • PBS Kids Each of the educational shows your children watch on PBS has its own learning section through PBSKids.org. Try sing-along songs, sorting and counting games, watch videos, and more.
  • Starfall When a mom mentions she's looking for some great educational websites for her kids, it's not long before Starfall.com is mentioned. The site has been online since 2002 and works with your children from letter recognition to reading plays, nonfiction, and comics.
  • CoolMath CoolMath.com calls itself "an amusement park of mathand more." Children can play online math games that help them with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, money and more. CoolMath is geared toward ages 13 and up, but sister site CoolMath4Kids.com is appropriate for ages 3 through 12. CoolMath-Games.com includes math games for preschoolers.
  • Time for Kids From the publishers of TIME magazine, TIMEforKids.com is loaded with interesting articles, photos, and videos. Politics, the environment, entertainment, sports, and health are just some of the topics covered. TIME for Kids isn't as interactive as most of the other website on this list of educational websites for kids, but the site does tackle subjects that are in the news now while being written for an audience of children.
  • National Geographic Watch animal cameras, learn interesting tidbits about animals, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries and try science experiments on Kids.NationalGeographic.com. These activities don't even begin to scratch the surface of the National Geographic Kids website. There's also a "Little Kids" section for the younger explorers in your home.
  • The Kidz Page TheKidzPage.com has more than 5,000 pages of learning games and activities. Online coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles and word games are just a few sections of this massive site. Each holiday has its own section of activities and games to enjoy with your children.
  • How Stuff Works When your child wants to know why the sky is blue, how a tornado forms, or any number of other questions she can come up with on a daily basis, head on over to How Stuff Works. The articles break down subjects like autos, culture, entertainment, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos also round out your children's learning experience.
  • Fun Brain One visit to Fun Brain and you'll want to bookmark it for your kids. Math, reading, online books and learning games are just some of the site's many treats. Fun Brain caters to preschoolers through 8th graders.
  • Nick Jr. If you can look past the ads, you'll find printables, games and other activities your kids will enjoy at NickJr.com. The games allow your children to explore their creativity, play dress-up, learn new music, put together puzzles and work on numbers and shape recognition.
  • Scholastic Scholastic is one of the more unique educational websites for kids. This site, from the publishers of the educational books you find in schools, contains activities broken up by grades. Pre-K learners all the way up to seniors in high school can find learning activities geared toward them.
  • Exploratorium It's hard to narrow the list of science websitesbecause there are so many great resources. But San Francisco's Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts showcases a website that teaches kids about science and art in new ways. The departments let kids tinker with gadgets, go below the sea, rocket into the galaxy and also learn about the science of gardening, animals, and cells, to name a few.
  • BBC History for Kids Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. Kids can set off on a learning adventure when they walk through ancient history, world history and histories of specific countries on the BBC History for Kids website.
  • Highlights for Kids The magazine for kids that's been around for more than 60 years now offers online ways to play, read and craft with your children. Matching games, art activities, animated stories and science experiments are just a few ways kids can learn while having fun on the Highlights for Kids website.
  • Learning Games for Kids The name of the site says it all. Learning Games for Kids is all about games that teach kids almost every subject you can think of. Word, spelling, social studies, brain, science, art, vocabulary, literature and keyboarding games will get your kids started on a learning adventure.
  • Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids It's learning with a twist. The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids features riddles, puzzles, a question of the day, a timeline of interesting history facts, sky events and weather conditions to track at home with your children.


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