Optional Extension Learning and Resources

Newsela is offering free access to all content during school closures.

Newsela is a data base of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. Use Newsela to differentiate nonfiction reading. Newspaper writers rewrite a story four times for a total of five Lexile levels per story. All articles have embedded, Common Core aligned quizzes that conform to the reading levels for checking comprehension. An account is required to use Newsela, both for teachers and for students, but students sign up using a teacher or parent provided code rather than an email address. Teachers can create classes and assign reading-level specific articles to individual students or download printable PDF copies of the article in any of its reading-level versions. There is an upgraded fee-based Pro Version which allows teachers or administrators to track reading progress and students to take constructed response writing assessments, but many of the features are free and there is no outside advertising.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

Free resources from Lakeshore Learning.

Improve your students’ Reading Comprehension. It’s free.

Personalized reading comprehension exercises for

K-12 and ESL students.

Coping with school closures due to COVID-19. Lots of resources for online instruction and activities for students at home.

This is a frightening time for people throughout the world as the COVID-19 turns our routine lives inside out. There is uncertainty for ourselves and our loved ones, and we are caught without having had time to get services in place for children with visual impairments. Fortunately, teachers, Orientation and Mobility specialists, parents, and others are rising to the occasion to share ideas and resources to help us all get through this!

Homework telephone hotline for blind/vision impaired students in grades K-12 experiencing emergency school closures due to COVID-19.

A list of distance learning ideas compiled by a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments.

A variety of regular discussion groups that can be accessed free of charge by phone or computer

Weekly theme, with a featured book that you and your toddler/preschooler/kindergarten can share plus 5 simple activities that are easy to do at home.

Share a great story, great art, great conversation and great food each month. A variety of picture books and chapter books chosen for your enjoyment. The project is perfect for children ages 4-8, but can easily be adapted for younger and older children.

Online resource for Project-based Learning

Free writing lessons and resources for writing teachers

Free remote teaching resources for K-12

Educational games and videos from PBS Kids.

In this time of need, if you are looking for ways to provide virtual services or activities for your student or child who is visually impaired, please join us for the launch of free nationwide programming. We hope to offer engaging lessons for students with a variety of abilities. We also

hope to model ways that online learning could be used for services. We understand that children’s needs are unique and that lessons may not apply for all kids, but we are dedicated to working out a plan to provide as much as we can. A schedule will be coming out shortly with a list of instructors’ names and topics.

From Paths to Literacy

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

Short story and song videos with visual modifications for students with CVI.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online streams videos featuring famous actors reading children’s books. Children can see the book pages and read along with these award-winning books. Children of all ages and their parents will find new books to love and old favorites on this site.