As districts move to a learning at home model during school closures, we hope that families will continue to focus on student learning. We have compiled digital resources that are aligned with the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards to continue and reinforce your child's education. Parents and caregivers should promote good screen time practices when students are online continuing their studies, playing games, or socializing with friends and family.
For Students with Hearing Impairments
- American Society for Deaf Children: Talking to Kids about Coronavirus: ASL and English Resources
These resources are from trusted sources, both in English and in ASL, to help you have open, informative, and comforting conversations with your child.
Math Video Tutorials for Deaf/HOH Middle/High School/College students. All lessons are fully captioned, signed in ASL and voiced.
Deaf Actress Shoshanna Stern has started #OperationASLStorytime on Facebook to create a virtual community of native sign language users who will share children’s stories via ASL. Go to Facebook and type in #OperationASLStoryTime to search the posts.
- Signing Math and Science: Avatar
For Signing Math & Science, TERC and Vcom3D used SigningAvatar® assistive technology to develop illustrated, interactive 3D standards-based sign language dictionaries that offer students in grades K-8 and 9-12 who are deaf and hard of hearing increased access to the same learning opportunities that hearing students enjoy. Video versions are available free. The video versions are compatible with Mac, Chromebook, and a wide variety of platforms and web browsers and with iPads. The dictionaries are also available from iTunes as iPhone Apps.
The Described and Captioned Media Program
Educational Media with high-quality captions and description. Sign up for a free account. ASL Videos: (Learning ASL): click on Browse (top right corner- orange button); click on Deafness; scroll down and start with Beginning ASL Video course: "Meet the Bravo Family". You can find all videos related to the Bravo Family and they will assist in learning ASL as well as be a great “family” experience.
YouTube – Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Project
Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Project is doing a daily interpretation of the Cincinnati Zoo animal meet and greets for ASL user kiddos to have access.
For Students with Visual Impairments
Used for learning assistive technology including typing and other activities. Each app has visual and audible accessibility built right into the browser. We built these apps to support students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, have reading difficulties or just want something fun and different.
This free period is set for 45 days by default but will be extended beyond that if necessary. If you already have a standard Typio Online account, you will automatically have access to the full Accessibyte Online platform during this time.
- American Printing House – Virtual ExCEL Academy for Students with Visual Impairments
Free engaging lessons for students with a variety of abilities. Begins March 23, 2020.
Your Bookshare membership makes it easy to get students the books they need in formats they can read. You have FREE access to over 800,000 ebooks, including textbooks, educational materials, bestsellers, young adult, and children’s titles. Students can read books in audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, and large font. And you can assign books to students easily and remotely. Dolphin EasyReader app is available to work with Bookshare materials.
- DCMP (Described and Captioned Media Program)
This is a collection of videos with audio descriptions in a numerous number of subjects and topics. Many are educational and others are for fun.
- Equatio – Math
Make problem solving into problem sharing! EquatIO® mathspace is a super-smart collaborative workspace for your Chrome browser that enables you and your students to make math together, bringing mathematics to life for the whole class. Type, write or speak to create equations, formulas and other math expressions. And that’s not all. Complement your work with handwritten notes, geometric shapes, manipulatives, icons and scribbles - to truly explore math like never before.
- Facebook – Follow Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA)
- Free Accessible Apps to explore for phone and iPad
- Seeing AI
- Be My Eyes
- Cause and Effect apps: Finger Piano, Finger Paint with Sounds, Make Shrek Roar, Splodge, Little Gems Visual Scene, Heat Pad, Ratatat Drums, /colorful Rotating Bear, Fireworks 123, Kaleido Balls, Little Bear Sees, Sensory Light Box
- Free Internet Access
Spectrum is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription. Note: Spectrum has also increased the speed of its internet service. Learn more about for free 60 days of Spectrum or qualifying families can call 1-844-488-8395.
- Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Homework telephone hotline for blind/vision impaired students in grades K-12 experiencing emergency school closures due to COVID-19.
Areas of hotline help include: navigating accessible websites with JAWS, Nemeth and literary braille reading and writing, navigating tablet/laptop using JAWS and Over, and using refreshable braille display. The hotline does not provide tutoring in non-Expanded Core Curriculum content areas
When: Tues -Thurs, 3:30pm - 8pm EST, March 17- April 16, 2020 (*end date may be adjusted based on school closure developments). Students submit a support request via email and receive a call-back during the designated NHH-BVI times. For more info, and to request an initial NHH-BVI support call, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Microsoft Office 365 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.
- Microsoft Teams
Teams is an accessible by Microsoft which allows video and audio conferencing. Groups can meet and work together on any Microsoft Office file (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). MSB staff currently has access to this app via our MDE/Outlook log-in. The MSDB Tech Department is working to ensure MSB students get access to this using their school-provided email accounts. For now you can create a personal account with any email address.
The ObjectiveEd company’s curriculum enables students with visual impairments to practice the skills they need to become successful in school and independent in life and allows TVIs, O&Ms and Assistive Technology specialists to remotely adjust and assign skills for each student to practice, and to monitor each student’s progress on a web-dashboard. ObjectiveEd’s distance learning help students practice many of the Expanded Core Curriculum, with skill-building games for Orientation and Mobility, Assistive Technology and Braille Literacy.
- Paths to Technology
A great collection of resources for assistive technology for individuals with visual impairments.
- Virtual O&M Ideas
This is a list of resources and ideas to support students’ O&M skills during this time at home.
- VoiceDream Suite (including Reader, Writer, and Scanner)
Accessible collection of apps used to scan documents, read materials, and speech-to-text writing.
This is a great resource for free online books. More than 320,000 teachers all across the country use these books every day in their classrooms for guided reading, independent reading, or to create a dynamic classroom library. Parents use these books as part of an effective “Learn to Read” strategy.
Zoom, like Microsoft Team above, is another option for accessible video/audio conferencing. Zoom can be used across multiple types of devices via their app or using an internet browser. Students or teachers can fill out an online form using their school email address which are then verified by Zoom. Free basic Zoom accounts are also available by request.