Technology Tools to Support All Learners

School based resources to support all learners

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.  Explore these quick and easy school based resources that can facilitate learning in FCPSOn, Strategies for Success and other classrooms for diverse students.

Keyboarding Resources

Organization Resources

G Suite for Education - G Suite for Education is an integrated communication and collaboration solution, hosted by Google and managed by FCPS. G Suite was formerly known as Google Apps for Education. To access FCPS G Suite for Education, students and staff must login with their username and password. 

Google Calendar - Google Calendar is a tool in a student's FCPS G Suite for Education account which can assist with reminders and general organization.

Google Keep - Google Keep is an online note taking tool that is a application of the FCPS G Suite for Education. You can use the notes to create checklists and schedule reminders.

Project Based Learning Checklist Creator - Completing class projects can be fun for your students, especially if they know exactly what is needed. Creating guidelines can be time-consuming though, so we've made a way for you to do it in no time. You can choose from writing, presentation, multimedia, or science projects.

Self-Check Behavior Checklist - Self-Check Behavior Checklist Maker is a free application that allows teachers to quickly create checklists that students can use to monitor their behavior in the classroom.

Reading Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools Library Online Resources, Databases and eBooks - These databases and eBooks are centrally purchased for the use of all Fairfax County Public Schools students and staff. Many schools purchase additional databases. Please see your school's librarian for more information. Home access requires a password. See your librarian for a password list.

AIM-VA - AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials to eligible Virginia K-12 students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are unable to access traditional print. For additional information on AIM-VA and to see if your child is eligible, please visit our Accessible Instructional Materials page.

Bookshare - Bookshare offers ebooks in audio, braille, large font, and other formats.

myOn - myON reader personalizes reading for students by recommending books based on their interests, reading level, and ratings of books they've read.

Learning Ally - Learning Ally is a nonprofit providing dyslexia support through audiobooks and parent support services. Learn how we help parents, students & adults dealing with dyslexia. Formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD).

Mozilla Firefox Reader View - Mozillla Firefox web browser offers a handy reading tool for some identified internet articles.

Immersive Reader - Immersive reader is a free tool from Microsoft that uses proven techniques to help improve reading.  The program reads text aloud, spaces words, breaks down syllables and parts of speech.  It also translates, provides, definitions and pictures and visually simplifies the page.  It can be used in many programs such as Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Word, One Note and Excel. Video of FCPS Student Using Immersive Reader in the Classroom | Video Tutorial on Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge Browser | Immersive Reader in Microsoft Word TutorialImmersive Reader in Microsoft OneNote Tutorial 

Natural Reader - Natural Reader is a text-to-speech program that will read aloud text. Natural Reader is available on FCPS computers via AppV in the user's "My Applications" folder. If Natural Reader is not listed in the user's "My Applications" folder, please contact your school's Technology Support Specialist (TSSpec). The free version of Natural Reader can be downloaded for use at home. The Chrome extension for Natural Reader has also been approved for FCPS student use. Video Tutorial on Natural Reader

Speak Tool in Microsoft Office - The Speak tool is a built-in read aloud feature of Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote. 

Tar Heel Reader - Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens and 1 to 3 switches.

ReWordify - An online tool to simplify difficult text.

Text Compactor - Text Compactor is a free online text summarizer.  After pasting text into the provided box, the user can select the percentage of summarization.  The program will then provide a summary of the text which includes the chosen percentage of the original text.  The summarized text could then be read aloud by a separate screen reader.

Writing Resources

Adobe Reader Fill and Sign and Comment Tools - Adobe Reader Fill and Sign and Comment Tools can be used to annotate and fill in electronic PDFs. Adobe Reader Fill and Sign Tool | Adobe Reader Fill and Sign Video Tutorial | Adobe Reader Comment ToolAdobe Reader Comment Tool Video Tutorial

Google Docs Tables to Text for Writing - Use a table as a graphic organizer for students to easily organize brainstormed ideas. A simple copy and paste strategy will then allow paragraph and sentence construction. Video Tutorial on Google Docs Tables-to-Text for Writing

Google Explore Tool - Find and add suggested content to documents in Google Docs. The suggested content is related to what’s in your document. You can also search your docs and the web from within a document. Video Tutorial on Google Explore Tool

Google Voice Typing - Google Voice Typing is a speech-to-text tool within Google Docs. Video Tutorial on Google Voice Typing

Windows Speech Recognition - Windows Speech Recognition is a speech-to-text tool within the Windows operating system.

Windows Predictive Text - Windows Predictive Text provides text suggestions in a floating bar as the user types. Windows Predictive Text can be used with various applications, such as Microsoft Office and web browsers.

Math Resources

Basic Function Online Calculator

Graphing Online Calculator (Desmos) - Students and staff should login with their FCPS Google accountStudents do not need an account to use basic features.

Mathematical Equations in Google Docs - Use the built in features of Google Docs to add and edit equations in their FCPS G Suite account. May provide an alternative to using paper and pencil for some students. Video Tutorial on Math Mathematical Equations in Google Docs

Google Sheets with Pull Down Menus for Students Video Tutorial

Google Sheet Math Templates - Alternative to paper and pencil. Once you open the Google Sheet template, make a copy to your FCPS G Suite account before editing each time.

Graphic Organizers for Math - Graphic organizers to help break down the steps, figure out what’s being asked in a word problem as well as the operation, and to review math concepts.

Kidspiration (Math View) - Kidspiration is a visual learning tool that may be used to help students brainstorm ideas, organize and categorize information, and create visual webs and maps. Video Tutorial on Math View in Kidspiration

Graph Paper in Microsoft Word 2013 Video Tutorial

Microsoft Word 2013 Equation Editor - Build complex equations by choosing symbols from a toolbar and typing variables and numbers.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - Virtual Manipulatives for a variety of math operations. To view the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, you must use a Java-enabled web browser.

Wixie - Wixie is available for K-5 students. To access Wixie, students must login with their FCPS network username and password. Wixie for Math 

Additional Support Resources

FlipGrid - Provides an online platform where students can collaborate and build projects with online video. The site requires parent permission for anyone under 13 years of age to use. Students and staff should login with their FCPS Google account. FlipGrid and Accessibility

Kahoot! - A game based learning platform to create, play and share learning games with students. Staff should login with their FCPS Google account.

Padlet - An easy to use online tool to construct boards that can be used to collaborate and communicate with students. This site requires parent permission for anyone under the 13 years of age to use. Students and staff should login with their FCPS Google account.

Quizlet - Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything, including flashcards, games and other learning tools. Students and staff should login with their FCPS Google account. - Use on any device to create interactive worksheets with choices to embed video, text, and images. There are many options to sort, reflect, comment, discuss, and make choices on the worksheets you create. Choose from the "community" for worksheets on various topics. The site requires parent permission for anyone under 13 years of age to use. Students and staff should login with their FCPS Google account.

Pear Deck - Pear Deck is a resource for creating interactive presentations with formative assessment elements. Pear Deck is integrated with G Suite. Teachers and students log into Pear Deck with their username and password.

FCPS teachers and staff please reach out to your Assistive Technology Resource Teacher and School Based Technology Specialist for more information on these tools and all other approved tools available in the FCPS Digital Ecosystem