We all know our students learn in diverse ways. Some are better visual learners, others may be hands on learners, and some are a combination. For students who are auditory learners and learn better when they hear material as opposed to reading it, I suggest using audio books. These are versions of textbooks or literature that are read to the student. These are especially helpful for students with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia, visual impairments/blindness, or physical disabilities.
Bookshare is a resource that is free for any students who have a qualifying disability. See here for specifics, but any learning/ reading, visual, or physical disability qualifies for a free membership. This organization offers a large library of books, including textbooks, literature for ELA classes, and books for leisure reading. Their books are available as eBooks to be read on computers, phones, and tablets. This resource is only free for students and qualifying members, and has an annual fee for users who are out of school.
There are several apps available that help turn these eBooks into audio books. You simply upload the book into the app, and use the built-in text-to-speech capabilities of the app to read the text aloud. The best part about these apps is that they work with the technology that our students already have, be it smart phones or tablets.
Voice Dream Reader on iPad, iPhone, or iTouch
Read2Go on iPad, iPhone, or iTouch
Go Read on Android
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