Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools available in Microsoft OneNote, Word, and more that allow learners to improve a wide range of literacy skills, including comprehension, reading fluency, and written expression. It reads text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters.
All Holy Family students have Microsoft accounts and have access to the Learning Tools, including Immersive Reader.
ModMath is a free iPad app that helps set up and solve math problems without ever picking up a pencil. The work pages can be printed, uploaded to Drop Box, or sent via email.
Rewordify is a powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. It can simplify difficult English and effectively teach words to build a better vocabulary.
Natural Reader is a text-to-speech that converts any written text such as Word, PDF, text, and webpages into spoken natural sounding speech. It has online and downloadable software options.
This Chrome extension provides reading, writing and research support. Students can have websites, Google Docs, PDFs and ePubs read aloud while the text is highlighted. A picture dictionary provides additional support. The extension also provides text-to-speech support. Students can highlight and collect text for research and create and embed voice memos.
These built-in screen reading tools use synthetic speech to tell the user what is happening on the screen. VoiceOver is for Apple devices and TalkBack is for Android devices. VoiceOver also provides plug-and-play support for braille displays. Both are useful for nonreaders, English language learners, or learners who have trouble reading screens.
Learning Ally has 80,000 human-narrated audiobooks including many textbooks. Students with qualifying print-related disabilities such as dyslexia, visual impairment, and other learning differences will receive an account through Holy Family.
Activities from Harvard
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child has done extensive research in the area of Executive Function. They’ve created a 16-page guide that describes different activities to support and strengthen executive function and self-regulation at different stages of life. Here’s the direct link to the Activities for Adolsences.
Here’s a video explaining Executive Function and Self-Regulation, which they call Core Capabilities.
Tips for Parents
The Search Institute’s Strengthening Executive Function in Children: Tips for Parents and Practitioners is a great guide to understanding Executive Functions and how parents can help their children develop their skills with practice.
How Executive Function Affects Homework
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