Serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa 

Assistive Technology

This list of resources will continue to be updated as information is received.  Please check back periodically for additional assistance available to you!

ACCESSIBILITY

Bookshare

How to Turn on Closed Captioning

Learning Ally

Newsela:  From now until the end of the school year, any teacher that needs it can freely access Newsela’s full suite of products to assist with their learning continuity plans. Frequent professional learning resources to help teachers develop their mastery of distance learning techniques are also being offered.  Check out their site!.

 

FOCUS on DEAF/HARD of HEARING

Georgia Center or Accessible Technology in Sign (CATS):  Sign dictionary and resources

Signing Savvy

Signing Time (dictionary)

Teaching Remotely to DHH Students:  Council for Exceptional Children Division for Communication, Language, and DHH

Texas Deaf/HH Services:  Virtual activities for teachers and families

 

FUN and EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES

ABC YA - Practice math and reading skills all while playing games.

CPALMS:  A source for every course taught in Florida.

FloridaStudents.org:  A free source for all basic courses (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) taught in Florida.

Fun Brain - Play games while practicing math and reading skills.     

Highlight Kids - Read, play games and conduct cool science experiments!

Into the Book - Go "into the book" to play games that practice reading strategies!

Nat Geo for Kids - Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.                                                                    

PBS Kids - Hang out with your favorite characters all while learning.

Star Fall - Practice your phonics skills with these read-along stories.

Storyline Online - Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!

Switcheroo Zoo - Watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals!

Suessville - Read, play games and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friend.

VROOM:  A free brain-builder app for children up to five years of age.  Tips of the day can be sent to your phone; lots of information on how to embed learning in everyday activities.  WELL WORTH your time if you have little ones at home!

We Are Teachers:  130+ free online learning resources to enhance virtual instruction

 

WSRE-TV 23 will be airing educational programming for preK-grade 12 students, from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., during the Covid-19 shutdown.  Click this link to see what might be right for you!

INTERNET and COMMUNICATION PROVIDERS

AT & T

We’ve expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, we’re offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.

 

AT&T  has expanded eligibility for its low-cost internet program & new customers get 2 months of free service. In addition to SNAP recipients, the expansion covers households participating in the National School Lunch Program & Head Start. Learn more - https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/

Unlimited AT&T Home Internet

All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a montAdditionally, to help keep families connected during this uncertain time, AT&T is also funding 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while in distant locations. The Caribu application, which integrates children's books, coloring activities, and games will be available to families across the country and around the world, free of cost, for the next two months.MicrosoftMicrosoft is offering a free 6-month Office 365 G1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special G1 Trial license available for the US government, in response to the increased need for employees to work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Office 365 and Teams can help bridge the communication gap between educators, students, parents, and guardians by enabling virtual classes and access to assignments using at-home devices.Additionally, Microsoft Teams can enhance, augment and compliment any existing emergency learning plans so that districts can spend less time on the “how” and more time on the students, families and educators impacted by this challenging situation. Please see other helpful resources for Microsoft Teams below:

Comcast/Xfinity

Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi, postponing service cutoff for coronavirus crisis. A map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots is available at www.xfinity.com/wifi. For those with school-age students at home, Comcast created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Customers say “education” into their X1 or Flex voice remote to use. Xfinity will not be charging late fees to for customers that are unable to pay their bill due to impact from COVID-19. 

  • Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. View a map of available hotspots, here. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
Cox Communications

New customers will receive their first month of service free. Offer available through May 12, 2020. Remote customer service support at no charge between now and May 12, 2020. In-home modem included.

  • $9.95 per month (plus taxes)
  • 10 Mbps
  • No term commitment
  • No deposit
  • No installation fee
Spectrum/Charter

Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K–12 and/or college students who do not already have internet through the company. Optional in-home Wi-Fi service at $5/month.

T-Mobile

Within the next 60 days, current customers will have unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming), an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service, and extra free data up to 5GB of data per month. Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month.

Sprint

Sprint made general announcements that for the next 60 days there will be no disconnects or late fees. Other deals available are:

  • Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3
  • Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days
Verizon

Verizon is not charging late fees and terminations of service until 5/13/20. All Activation and Upgrade Fees are being waived if they were purchased from My Verizon Online, Telesales, Customer Service, Chat, or Authorized Retailers. Free International Calling will be offered to countries identified by the CDC as Level 3.

Century Link

Century Link has waived late fees and terminations of services to residential or small businesses for the next 60 days. All data usage limits are being suspended for consumer customers as well.

MATHEMATICS

XtraMath

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational Therapy Activities for Home

Ten Occupational Therapy Activities

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Fun Physical Therapy Activities at Home

 

PREKINDERGARTEN STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Office of Early Learning 

ABC Ya:  Preschool Learning Games

Social Emotional Learning and PreK

Technical Assistance and Training System

 

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

Council for Exceptional Children:  Free membership through May 31!

Florida Department of Education Resource List:  Includes free internet access options

LDOnline

 

READING

Booksource Banter.com  A listing of remote teaching resources for educators at every grade.  

Dyslexia workshop for families:  Please see the "Training for Families" link under Family Resources tab.

ReadWorks.org

Scholastic.com

Why Reading Aloud to Kids Helps Them Thrive

 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL RESOURCES

Do2Learn

PBSkids

National Institutes of Mental Health

Social-Emotional:  Free online social-emotional lessons during COVID-19 school closures.

 

SPEECH THERAPY

AAC Use:  Autism

Mommy Speech Therapy

Speech and Language Development Tips for Parents

Speech Therapy Resources:  Twenty five-minute therapies that can easily be done at home.  

Stuttering Therapy 

 

SUPPORTING VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION  (for webinar opportunities, please see "Online Training" under the Educator Resources Tab.  

Google Classroom:  A Cheat-Sheet on How to Use the Features of the Google Classroom!  

Tips for Parents in Supporting Their Children with Disabilities in Virtual Formats

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP LINKS

Click here:  Field trips with no permission slips required!

Collaborative Teaching Tip Sheet:  With shifts to virtual instruction, teachers in collaborative partnerships will likely encounter challenges in providing co-teaching or support facilitation models to students with disabilities. This Tip Sheet provides a framework to assist teachers in making adjustments to their instruction to continue collaborative efforts.

FlipGrid:  Flipgrid is 100% free for all educators, learners, and families. Engage and empower every voice in your classroom or at home by recording and sharing short, awesome videos together!

Otis for Educators:  OTIS is offering free professional development for educators and teachers and they have a series of webinars for Remote learning. This includes, but not limited to SMART Learning Suite Online, Google, and Microsoft Teams.

Team+:  The Team+ System offers you and your students a free step-by-step team development process to support your group projects. A complete online group learning platform, Team+ supports "teamwork from a distance" with a highly structured process that creates synergy among students and optimizes team performance. Team+ includes self-assessments, peer evaluations, and team building activities that develop soft skills, reduce team conflict, increase collaboration, and encourage participation from all team members.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Creating Accessible Word Documents and PowerPoints

Nine Ways to Customize Blackboard for Students with Low Vision Impairments

Perkins School for the Blind:  Preparing for Virtual Instruction

Virtual Instruction O & M