This page is designed to provide you access to a wide variety of web 2.0 tools to support literacy to the diverse population of struggling readers and writers we all work with.
Take some time to wonder around on this page and check out the "scaffolded" readers that cover all the academic content.

Let me know if you have some other great and tested resources to get these kids engaged in the gen ed curriculum in traditional classroom settings.


Shadow Puppet EDU


**Shadow Puppet Edu**

What it’s like: Using Shadow Puppet Edu, students can create video slideshows, adding their own narration and text. Videos can be up to 30 minutes long and can include up to 100 images, free for classroom use. A video tutorial demonstrates how to make a video, and several sample videos are included as well. To create a new video, students tap the Create New icon and choose their images from the several resources included: the camera roll, other app libraries on the device, The Library of Congress, Maps, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Library, NASA, and NOAA, as well as from Web searches that can be done within the app.

Price: Free

Grades: 2-5

The instant gratification of micro-literature

Digital microstories are based on short fiction pieces that might be as few as six words to 140 characters — or a couple of sentences or short paragraphs. The emphasis is on brevity, certainly, but also on a student’s ability to make connections and inferences based on the few words they read (or write themselves), then extending those connections and inferences to a visualization using a teacher- or student-selected web tool

Six Word Stories:

Here is a sampling of tools – both cloud-based and device-based applications – that we think would be extremely useful for digital micro-storytelling:

Route 66 logo.jpg

Tar Heel Reader

Books for beginning readers of all ages

Welcomelittle kids reading_2.jpg

Welcome to the Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format.
Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches.
Click here to learn more about alternative access methods.
Warning: There are books that are intended for teenagers who are just learning to read. You may find some books that are inappropriate for your students; don’t use those.
Learn about the Favorites page as a way to present your students with reading choices that you approve.

Ready to get started? Just click and go
Books by Topic (25878)
Alphabet (525) Fiction (1295)
Foods (900) Health (633)
History (511) Holidays (754)
Math and Science (1303)
Nursery Rhymes (143) People and Places (3576)
Poetry (274) Recreation and Leisure (2311)
Sports (835) Books by Audience Rating (12774)
Animals and Nature (4336 Art and Music (580)
Biographies (501)
Fairy and Folk Tales (432)

Route 66 logo.jpg

  • Route 66 Literacy

    An online, instructional literacy program for adolescent and adult beginning readers. Based on research-proven pedagogical methods,
  • Route 66 pairs beginning readers side-by-side with more literate teacher-tutors who guide the interaction with the computer. Key benefits:
    • Reading, writing, and word study in a flexible, dynamic, internet-based instructional program.
    • Content that is appropriate to your student's age, interest, and ability.
    • You do not need special training to teach literacy.

Sign up for FREE and access Route 66 Literacy’s introductory content. Want more? You can also sign up for full access to the entire instructional content!
  • Sign Up for Free!
    Sign Up for Free!

CAST UDL Book Builder
CAST UDL Book Builder
external image agent_terry_sm.png

Welcome to Book Builder!

Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.
Read Books
external image photo_1.pngModel BooksRead, comment, and rate other users books.
Public Library BooksRead, comment, and rate other users books.

Create & Share

external image photo_2.pngCreate and Edit My BooksLogin to author your own books.
Shared BooksView books shared with you.

Learn More

external image photo_3.pngLearn about UDLView videos about Universal Design for Learning.
Tips and ResourcesFind authoring ideas on media, features, and more.