A SPRINKLE OF TECHNOLOGY
OpenDyslexic is a new open source font that was created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia! You can download the font for FREE for both commercial and personal use at opendyslexic.org.
Not only can you download the font to use in documents, but they have also created a FREE EXTENSION that can be used in the Chrome browser! Once the extension is turned on, it will automatically override all fonts on any webpage with the OpenDyslexic font for easier readability!
The overview of the OpenDyslexic extension in the Chrome Web Store explains the reasoning behind the font:
"Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters. OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each letter. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down because of this feature. It aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping."
Check out the extension in action below.
WEBPAGE WITHOUT OPENDYSLEXIC EXTENSION
WEBSITE WITH OPENDYSLEXIC EXTENSION
To add the extension to a computer, first download the extension in the Chrome Web Store. Then, once it has been added to the toolbar, be sure to click the extension icon to make sure that it is turned ON. Afterwards, every webpage will automatically format with the OpenDyslexic font!
Are you interested in learning another language? Duolingo is a website (app available for iOS and Android) that allows users to learn English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and more FOR FREE! And, if you create an account, the site or app will track your progress as you go! You can also set daily goals for yourself and change the goals at any time.
The lessons start off very basic and increase in difficulty. Check out Lesson 1 for Spanish below.
I would definitely encourage anyone to give this resource a try. It is fun, easy, and FREE! Teachers, think about using it as a station in your classroom - Students (and their parents) would love it!
Keeping in contact with parents is a necessity in the classroom, but most teachers do NOT want to give out their private number to parents or students who might contact them 24/7. So what's the solution? GOOGLE VOICE!
Google voice allows users to create a separate phone number to share with parents or students that will automatically ring to your personal cell phone or house phone. The best part is that the caller has NO IDEA what your actual personal phone number is!
Worried about receiving calls 24/7? Don't be! You can customize your settings to only receive calls when it is convenient for you! For example, adjust your settings to not accept calls on weekends or after 9pm on weeknights.
Here's how it works:
Parents call the provided Google phone number and the call is automatically forwarded to your cell phone. When the caller dials the number, he or she is asked to record a name before connecting with you.
When you answer the call, a recording is played that says, "You are receiving a call from ____________." You can choose to answer the call or send it straight to voicemail. The caller has NO IDEA whether you picked up the phone and parents will never see your private number!
My favorite part? You can even create a phone number with a specific word or phrase for easy sharing! For example, if your last name is "Jones" you could search for a phone number that contains "Jones" such as 1-555-55-JONES (1-555-555-6637). (Numbers are subject to availability.)
Want more information? Check out the link below to find out how to set up your own Google Voice number!
I am a teacher, Digital Learning Specialist, presenter, wife, mom, Google nerd, and life long learner. I am dedicated to finding and sharing easy, quick, and engaging resources for use in every classroom!