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Audiobooks & eAudio - Free and Fee
$ This affordable option offers text to speech audio books for diagnosed individuals with dyslexia. Volunteers read the books aloud.
FREE & $. Scroll down to "Browse Free Audio & Viedo Titles by Category." Also FREE podcasts, such as Founding Fathers, Great Speeches, Philosophy readings.
FREE. "Audiobooks from the public domain. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we releasea the audio files back on to the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish."
FREE. Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in MP3 format. You can download files to your ploayer and listen on the go or download and listen on your computer. From Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse.
FREE. "Committed to delivering public domain literature paired with high quality audio performances. We pair together great literature and accompanying audiol Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word. Read and listen via your web browser or on your MP3 player"
FREE. A "public domain audiobook podcast--for people with catholic tastes." Novels, religious books, essays, folk tales, humor, love, poetry, plays, science fiction, short stories, Church Fathers.
Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast
FREE. Short stories can be listened to or downloaded. Search by author; a wonderful selection of literature not always found on other sites. Some adult content. A blog format.
One More Story
$. "An online library of the best of children's classic and contemporary literature. Through a simple point and click process, children can choose a book, see the illustrations and have the book read to them whenever they want."
900+ Free Audio Books
FREE. Audobook, human read, "The place where you can download over 30,000 free books to read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader or other portable device."
Free audio stories:
Myths & World
Poems & Music
Applications, Software, Freeware
FREE. Real-time collaborative brainstorming & organization.
FREE. Mind maps, organization, lesson plans. "SpicyNodes is a way to visualize online information that mimics the way that people look for things in the real world. Bits of information--such as text, links, photos, and other media--are placed into "nodes," which are then linked together in an appealing interface that invites exploration."
FREE & $. "Glogster EDU is your original educational resource for innovative and interactive learning. Glogster EDU was conceived to imaginatively, productively, and collaboratively respond to the dynamic educational landscape and exceed the needs of today’s educators and learners.
$1/user/year ($200 min). Browse "What's a VoiceThread." "Ed.VoiceThread is a secure K-12 network for students and teachers to collaborate and share ideas with classrooms anywhere in the world."
APP: SuperNote Notes Recorder&Photo
FREE. Notes, Recording, Photos, Reminders
Auto-organized with color code / category
Keep in mind that you want to present resources in a way that makes them accessible--easy to find and use with visual cues. Minimize visual competition and among your selections provide material that has audio capabilities and resources as often as possible.
Color, Contrast, Design
- Maximize white space
- Minimize "lists" of links.
- No flashing graphics or images
- Eliminate pop-ups
- Use logos of websites in addition to words, particularly for pre-secondary students.
Consistency, Ease of Use
- Consistent design and color for each page
- Same layout for each page
- Always have a RETURN to... on the page
- "Universal design" UDL Guidelines (National Center on Universal Design for Learning)
- Choose the best that are presented in the most accessible way. See Newspapers, Journals, Magazines
- Too many choices overwhelm most students with learning differences.
- Those that need more.
- Teaches organization, prioritizing, helps with evaluation of sources.
- "Home Made" Pathfinders
- Free Pathfinders:
- Subscription Pathfinders
- LibGuides (prepares for college library research)
Add Audio Sources When Possible
- When students can select a professionally produced audio source, especially one that displays the text as well, this is the "gold standard." More and more of these resources are becoming available (Gale's Opposing Viewpoints). Here are just a sampling of FREE resources from across the curricula: