Good Things Come in Little Packages!

By Judith Maginnis Kuster

Two years ago, this column featured several online templates and generators that are freely available on the Internet, useful for developing individualized treatment materials. (Kuster, J. M. , Templates and Generators, ASHA Leader, January 20, 2004, p. 15 www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/part54.html). Several additional easy-to-use, and freely available web-based programs featured below are additional "little packages" of good things for students and professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Three fun programs produce interesting information which may be used in memory lessons, especially with older adults, or are helpful in sequencing activities.

Education World (www.education-world.com/tools_templates/) features a variety of templates including award certificates, goal contracts, icebreakers, newsletters, and worksheet templates. These can be downloaded and edited or printed and used as is.

David Warlick's Citation Machine (http://citationmachine.net/) is an "interactive Web tool designed to assist teachers and students in producing reference citations for crediting information from other people." After you choose from a menu the type of resource (a variety of print and electronic resources are provided) and fill in a form with the correct information, the tool generates citations in standard MLA and APA style.

AGS Publishing provides a Chronological Age Calculator (www.agsnet.com/calc/index2.asp) in three different file formats (online or downloadable for a Palm OS or Pocket PC OS). I've heard that funeral directors use the resource regularly to calculate obituary information, but it is also very helpful for calculating chronological age (years, months, and days) when scoring tests.

The goal of Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortia (ALTEC) from the University of Kansas is to "create resources, support collaboration and resource sharing, and foster alliances that help educators use the possibilities of the Internet for their students, or themselves." (http://altec.org/index.php). Among the freely-available projects are:

Additional rubrics generators are available on Recipes for Success (http://myt4l.com/index.php?v=pl&page_ac=view&type=tools&tool=rubricmaker) and teAchnology (http://teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/). Both are subscription sites, but provide freely-available generators for developing rubrics for basic reading skills, behavior, class participation, homework, oral expression, paragraph writing and more.

Easy Test Maker (www.easytestmaker.com/) is a free online test generator for creating multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true and false questions. You can also insert instructions and divide your test into multiple sections.

My First Resume (www.careerkids.com/resume2.html) provides an opportunity to learn about skills and interests of children in your caseload as well as practice with expressive skills. Microsoft Office Online (for PC - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/default.aspx and for Macintosh - www.microsoft.com/mac/resources/templates.aspx) has professional resume templates, as well as a host of additional templates.

Many commercial sites have freely-available basic templates that may be of interest. Two examples are provided below:

Start the New Year by exploring some of these "good things that come in little packages."


Judith Kuster is in the department of speech, hearing, and rehabilitation services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at judith.kuster@mnsu.edu. All of Kuster's Internet columns are on ASHA's Web site in HTML format with active links (www.asha.org/about/publications/leader-online/archives/news.htm), although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.

Kuster, JM, Good Things Come in Little Packages, ASHA Leader, January 17, 2006, p. 27.