I did a post a few years ago on Digital Text Resources. While many of these are still applicable (and a couple are included here) I needed to update this list for a newsletter I am creating.
The primary reason I do these lists is because I’ve found that people rarely have trouble operating text to speech software, but instead struggle when it comes to actually using it in a classroom with a diverse group of students. However, in order for this type of software to be beneficial you must have digital text to accompany it. Here are 11 resources to get you started. Know of more or better resources? Please leave a comment!
1.ReadWorks.org – A national non-profit offering over 1000 content passages for grades K-6. Passages accompany lessons and are aligned with the Common Core Standards
2.TimeForKids.com – Great news resource for kids. In addition to many educational articles, subscribers can login for quizzes, worksheets and more.
3.Wikipedia – Free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Although not used by many schools because of fear of inaccurate content, most articles are well researched and provide a starting point for students. The number of articles dwarfs that of other encyclopedias and is completely free.
4.Project Gutenberg – Offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
5.CAST UDL Bookbuilder – Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.
6.Lit2Go – Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.
7.Internet Public Library for Kids – Resources for everything from history to computers and sports. Also provides access to a librarian in the event there is a question.
8. KidsKnowIt.com – Provides tons of kids activities and resources. Consists of several sub-sites including kidspast.com (history), kidsbiology.com, kidsastronomy.com and much more. Scroll down the homepage to see complete listing.
9.Bookshare® – Bookshare® provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools, libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to their students or clients.
10.AccessibleBookCollection – Primary mission is to provide high interest/low reading level digital text to qualified persons with disabilities. Government and non-profit schools and others can subscribe to the very affordable Accessible Book Collection and have a large selection of e-books for all their eligible student.
11.books.google.com – Google’s Book Search containing the largest index of the world’s books. Many are full version, but are only scanned in copies, so using something such as the screenshot reader on Read&Write GOLD would be required to make accessible.