Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Getting Started with Bookshare

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Bookshare is an online library of accessible materials for people with print disabilities.  It is free to all students K-12, as well as those in post-secondary education.  The website offers a wide range of information and the "Do It Yourself" (DIY) Training includes numerous modules with video and transcripts.

Guides and webinars include the following topics:

Membership

  •     Who is eligible for Bookshare membership? - Flash video, MP3 audio (5 min.) (Transcript)
  •     How do I sign up my school? - Flash video, MP3 audio (12 min.)
  •     How do I add Members and Sponsors? - Flash video, MP3 audio (9 min.) (Transcript)
  •     How do I provide individual memberships to my students?- Flash video, MP3 audio (5 min)

Using the Bookshare Library

  •     What is Bookshare? - Flash video, MP3 audio (9 min.)
  •     How do I search for and download books? Flash video, MP3 audio (16 min.)
  •     How do I get textbooks? Flash video, MP3 audio (12 min.)
  •     How do I read with Read:OutLoud? Flash video, MP3 audio (16 min.) (Transcript)
  •     How do I read with Victor Reader Soft? Flash video, MP3 audio (17 min.) (Transcript)
  •     Additional Resources - Flash video, MP3 audio (7 min.) (Transcript)

Bookshare in the Classroom

  •     Bookshare: Providing Accessible Materials for Students with Print Disabilities by the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements (online learning module)
  •     National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (online learning module)
  •     Bookshare 101 for Educators: September 17, 2009 webinar - Flash video, MP3 audio
  •     Learn more about the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC): March 17, 2009 webinar – Flash video, MP3 audio
  •     Quick Guide to Requesting a NIMAC Textbook through Bookshare

Transition to College

  •     Bookshare and the Postsecondary Student - Making the Transition: August 4, 2009 webinar – WMV video, MP3 audio
  •     Postsecondary Planning

Using Assistive Technology

  •     Reading with Read:OutLoud 6 with Don Johnston: September 29, 2010 webinar - Flash video
  •     Reading with the Plextalk Pocket: September 1, 2010 webinar - Flash video
  •     How to Read Bookshare Books with the Classmate reader from HumanWare: August 10, 2010 webinar - WMV Video, MP3 audio

Professional Development Workshops

  •     Learn more about our hands-on, on-site, interactive workshops for educators.

 

 

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