Reading Websites

Following are lists of websites that will offer help to parents, students and teachers. This is certainly not an exhaustive list- but a great start to navigating the technological help out there! Please add your own, and feel free to share with others! 

Most of these resources are taken from material provided in the Homework and Technology Online Course presented by Prof. Dave Edyburn; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

Reading:

1.  For readers who are not fluent in English: Google Translate: http://translate.google.com.  Text can be copied and pasted into Google Translate to create side-by-side presentations of the text in English and one of 56 languages supported by Google.

 

2.  When the problem is lack of interest in reading, there are several websites that offer high interest reading materials:

-How Stuff Works; www.howstuffworks.com

-Make: Technology on Your Time; http://makezine.com

-The Yuckiest Sight on the Internet;  http://yucky.discovery.com/flash/

 

3.  When decoding words is a problem, try audio books, text-to-speech, and multi-media reading materials:

-BookBox; www.bookbox.com

-Storyline Online;  www.storylineonline.net

 

4.  Audio books:

-Audio Books for free; audiobooksforfree.com

-Audible.com; www.audiblebooks.com

-also, check with your public library.  The State ofWisconsinparticipates in an e-book and audiobook consortium that allows users to download digital books

-BookShare.org; www.bookshare.org; if your child has a special education diagnosis, he/she can qualify for free digital books through BookShare

 

4.  Text-to-speech tools allow users to highlight one word or an entire passage, and have the text read to them.  Here are two free options to explore:

-Natural Reader (Macintosh, Windows); http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.htm

-Voxme (web-based); www.vozme.com

 

5.  If there is a mismatch between the text’s readability and the reader’s skills, the goal should be to stimulate curiosity so the child gains new information.  Try these sights:

-Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids; http://bensguide.gpo.gov

-The Brain From Top to Bottom; http://thebrain.mcgill.ca

-Windows to the Universe; http://www.windows2universe.org

 

6.  If you want to find the readability level of the text:

 -Google Readability; http://www.google.com/advanced_search

 -Text Analyser; http://textalyser.net

7.  If reading problem is due to too many unknown words, consider electronic word tools.

  -Academic Vocabulary; http://www.tn.gov/education/ci/doc/VOCABULARY.pdf

  -On line dictionaries;

    - Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary; www.dictionary.reference.com

    - Visual Dictionaries; http://www.infovisual.info/volume_en.html

    -OneLook Dictionary Search; www.onelook.com

    -Merriam-Webster Online; www.merriam-webster.com

 

   -An awesome way to “play” with words and explore synonyms that are useful in writing is”  VisuWords; www.visuwords.com

 

 8.  If the reading problem has to do with understanding concepts and relationships, try using graphic organizers.  These websites offer varieties of graphic organizers that can be downloaded and printed.

  -Graphic Organizers; http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer

                                     http://freeology.com/graphicorgs

   -Students can develop their own graphic organizers on the following sites:

    -Cmap; http://cmap.ihmc.us

    -Inspiration; www.inspiration.com

    -Webspiration; http://www.inspiration.com/webspirationclassroom

 

9.  If the reader has a problem identifying important information and is in need of study aids, try…

 -Story Maps; http://www.onlinereadingresources.com/search/results.asp

 -Spark Notes; www.sparknotes.com  *this is a great site!!!