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20 Sites and Apps for Special Education

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Supporting special education students continues to be a priority for educators and parents alike. Fortunately, there is an ever-growing number of sites and apps for special education available. Here, in alphabetical order, are 20 to get you started.

  • K-12 Blueprint (opens in new tab) - A robust list of resources for families, educators, and parents, including Intel’s Parent Guide to Remote Learning (opens in new tab), which offers an excellent section on “Meeting your Child’s Special Education Needs.” 
  • Adventure2Learning (opens in new tab) - Lots of educational resources and videos that meet the needs of children with different abilities. 
  • Autism Circuit (opens in new tab) -  A useful site for finding, creating, and explaining choice boards and how visual cues can benefit special education students. 
  • Better Lesson (opens in new tab) - Another site for using and integrating choice boards in the classroom to help educators assess and differentiate instruction in real-time. 
  • Boardmaker (opens in new tab) - Create symbol-based communication and visual supports for special education, plus engaging print and interactive materials.
  • Crick Software (opens in new tab) - Lots of applications and tools to support special ed and those with literacy challenges.   
  • Do2Learn (opens in new tab) - Hundreds of resources, picture cards, activities, and lesson plans for teachers of students with special needs. 
  • Don Johnston Human Learning Tools (opens in new tab) - Features popular special ed apps and tools such as CoWriter, Word Bank, and Snap&Read. 
  • Education World (opens in new tab) - Lesson plans and activities for special education, including for math, science, social studies, and physical education.  
  • EndeavorRX (opens in new tab) - The world’s first FDA-cleared prescription treatment video game for students with ADHD. 
  • Immersive Reader (opens in new tab) - A free learning tool from Microsoft that is available for a wide range of products and helps students with reading and writing comprehension. 
  • MetroKids (opens in new tab) - Numerous activities, resources, advice, and best practices for kids with special needs. 
  • Mindful Schools (opens in new tab) - Features 10 free mindfulness classes for kids, including activities, mindful movement, and read-alouds. 
  • Otsimo (opens in new tab) - A site and app featuring an online gamified and personalized curriculum for special ed. 
  • SEN Teacher (opens in new tab) - Create, download, or share free resources, worksheets, printables, and other items. 
  • Sped Sheets (opens in new tab) - One of my favorite sites for special ed worksheets and resources using techniques such as direct instruction, chunking, and graphic organizers.  
  • Speech Journal (opens in new tab) - An iPad app that lets students record their voice with an image(s) to create a digital story, which helps educators to create engaging speaking activities and customize learning experiences. 
  • SymbolSupport (opens in new tab) - An iPad app that adds symbols to text with automated voice support to help students with literacy and comprehension. 
  • Voice Dream (opens in new tab) - A suite of apps (Reader, Writer, Scanner) that is ideal for special ed with text-to-speech conversion, “focused reading mode,” and more. 
  • Wide Open School (opens in new tab) - Resources and lesson plans for special ed, social-emotional learning (SEL), digital citizenship, and more. 

David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com (opens in new tab).