WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS Department of Special Education Assistive Technology Center Worcester Public Schools Worcester Arts Magnet 315 St Nicholas Ave Worcester, MA 01606 Phone: (508) 799-3575 Catherine Salerno [email protected] Karen Hernandez [email protected] Kathleen Marple [email protected] WEB SITES www.arcademicskillbuilders.com Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills. www.funbrain.com The Playground at Funbrain helps parents introduce their preschoolers to the Internet and teaches them how to manipulate the mouse and keyboard. www.kidsreads.com Kidsreads is a great place on the web for kids to find information about their favorite books, series and authors. Reviews of the newest titles, interviews with the coolest authors and special features on great books are their specialties. And for even more reading fun they have trivia games, word scrambles and contests. www.pbskids.org Educational games, videos and activities for kids. www.coolmath4kids.com Cool math 4 kids is an amusement park of math, games and more - especially designed for fun. www.starfall.com Starfall.com is a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children. www.helpkidzlearn.com HelpKidzLearn is a collection of free software for young children and those with learning difficulties to play online. The software is split into five sections: Early Years; Games and Quizzes; Stories and Songs; Creative Play; Find Out About www.tumblebooks.com TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of books – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Available at Worcester Public Library as well as some Worcester Public Schools www.worcesterschools.org To view the WPS Assistive Technology Department webpage with contact information, files and links, follow the steps below: Select Parents/Students, scroll down and select Special Education, then select Assistive Technology from the column on the right.