Quite often the use of technology for reading is overlooked as with most ICT when used appropriately in a meaningful, relevant context can support the learner.
Tarheel readers – great site for reading and creating your own books very motivating for pupils to share their work with learners around the world.
Oxford owl – the reading section has 250 ebooks for you to read from ages 3 to 11 years fiction and non-fiction
Education City – subscription site for educational games in the form of online activities for children and interactive whiteboard resources for teachers.
Kindles – can be used to download books, many books are speech enabled. Also have the Kindle app for ipad, android and iphone. Many bookss are free especially the classics and new authors.
Audible – available from Amazon at many children’s book available including David Walliams, Philip Pullman and ‘The Gruffalo’
Books for All iprovides learning materials in accessible, alternative formats.Teachers and education practitioners can search and download books and other printed materials in adapted, accessible formats.
There are now many tools which add speech and reading support to online content s for those who require reading support. Find more information about text-to-speech in general from the British Dyslexia Association Some of those most useful might be:
BrowseAloud is free to use and works with all major browsers. To hear text read aloud you move your mouse pointer over the text. From a touch screen device, you click on the text to hear it read aloud.
Textease - text to speech word processor, fairly expensive one-off payment. Word banks a very nice to use tool.
Wordtalk - an add on to MS Word to make it speak and highlight text! Brilliant and free for education use
iVonaMiniReader - an excellent free download to have any program speak including internet explorer
The Scottish Voice - free download of the voices of Heather or Stuart
SymbolWorld is a website created by Widgit Software specifically for symbol users. It has material for all ages and includes news, personal contributions, stories and learning materials. SymbolWorld is designed to be easy to navigate, with the option to personalise the layout and colours to suit any reader’s needs.