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  4. Heather Collins

    Web reader on Chromebook stopping spontaneously

    Hello Kate, We have had reports from many of our members that, after a recent Chromebook update, there have been problems with using the Web Reader. Our engineering team is aware of the issue and we hope to have it resolved soon. In the mean time, we have found that many members are able to avoid the problem by using a different voice. The Chrome OS US English Female HQ voice seems to have the most problems resulting from the update at this time. If you use a default voice for the device instead, or purchase an Acapela voice from the Chrome Web Store, you should not encounter the same issue.
  5. Hi all - We just rolled out 1-1 with Chromebooks for our Middle School. I have introduced the web reader to our qualifying students but received several reports from students using it that the playback just spontaneously stops after a few sentences. Does anyone know how I can begin to troubleshoot this problem? Thanks
  6. Michelle Thomas

    web reader help please

    Hi James, We teach our students to use the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension. We have premium licensing, but the text-to-speech is in the free version. They can select where to start reading the text on the screen and it has multiple voice options. Michelle
  7. Is there a file format of books that would lend to inputting the text to a translator to have text translated to another language? Thank you!
  8. James  Barton

    web reader help please

    Hello folks, I tried to search this without success. Is there a way to have the web reader read from a certain page of a novel rather than it starting from the beginning of a section every time? We are reading Night, by Elie Wiesel, and the web reader wants to read from the forward every time rather than allowing the students to read from where they previously left off. TY so much for any help. James
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  10. Sheridan Scholtz

    Download error

    I just got an email that said it finally downloaded. I tried it on the computer (bookshare.com). but it was a few hours
  11. Ebartholow

    Download error

    What finally worked for you?
  12. Sheridan Scholtz

    Download error

    me too. I tried both as well...
  13. Ebartholow

    Download error

    I’ve download EasyReader and Read2Go and I can’t get books to download. They either time or have an error
  14. Heather Collins

    Freely Available e-Books

    Unfortunately, under current U.S. Copyright Law, Bookshare membership is only available to people who are certified by competent authorities as having qualifying reading barriers, such as blindness or low vision, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities that make it difficult or impossible to read standard print. (Learn more at https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/how-do-i-know-if-my-student-qualifies and https://www.bookshare.org/cms/bookshare-me/who-qualifies.) We encourage you to sign up all students who meet these criteria. However, we have created a page that includes e-learning resources available from publishers and other vendors that can benefit a broader population: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/learning-center/learning-at-home
  15. Renee Rivault

    want to print member list

    Has this feature been added? I would like to print my district's list of students, by school, and have been copying/pasting for the last few years. I'd love an export feature!
  16. Toresa Jenkins

    Freely Available e-Books

    Hi. Has there been any discussion about expanding access to students who are at risk, and have no access to libraries--nor ability to purchase books--during this time of pandemic?
  17. Heather Collins

    Signing up students

    If a student is having trouble accessing their organizational membership account, please verify that they are using the login information that was assigned to them by a sponsor on the account. If they are still unable to log in, you can reset the password for them by clicking on the "edit" icon (the blue pencil) next to their name on your members list and then emailing them to let them know the new password. If a student is having trouble accessing their Individual Membership account, they can reach out to us for direct assistance at support@bookshare.org or by phone at 650-352-0198. Our normal hours are 9am to 5pm PST, Monday through Friday.
  18. Heather Collins

    Definition Learning Disability

    Under recently revised copyright law, an “eligible person” is one who: “is blind,” or “has a visual impairment or perceptual or reading disability” rendering them unable to read printed works “to substantially the same degree as a person without an impairment or disability,” or “is otherwise unable, through physical disability, to hold or manipulate a book or to focus or move the eyes to the extent that would be normally acceptable for reading,” Since Bookshare staff are not trained to assess and certify print disabilities—and many certifications rely on personal knowledge of the individual's situation—we must rely on the expertise of Competent Authorities to determine Bookshare eligibility. A Competent Authority is a person with a medical or special education background that is familiar with the disability, has access to the member’s medical records and can determine with confidence that the individual meets the eligibility requirements of copyright law. Common Competent Authorities include medical professionals, special education teachers, or psychologists. For more examples of Competent Authorities please visit https://www.bookshare.org/cms/bookshare-me/who-qualifies/qualifications
  19. Heather Collins

    Freely Available e-Books

    That is correct. All books in our Freely Available collection are without copyright restrictions and are therefore available to anyone regardless of whether they have a membership with Bookshare, or have a qualifying Print Disability.
  20. Heather Collins

    Definition Learning Disability

    We do not require that you identify the specific diagnosis of a student in order to add them to an Organizational Account for a school. If a Competent Authority determines that a student's learning disability interferes with their ability to read standard print books, they can have them added to the account under the general disability type "LD." Under recently revised copyright law, an “eligible person” is one who: “is blind,” or “has a visual impairment or perceptual or reading disability” rendering them unable to read printed works “to substantially the same degree as a person without an impairment or disability,” or “is otherwise unable, through physical disability, to hold or manipulate a book or to focus or move the eyes to the extent that would be normally acceptable for reading,” Since Bookshare staff are not trained to assess and certify print disabilities—and many certifications rely on personal knowledge of the individual's situation—we must rely on the expertise of Competent Authorities to determine Bookshare eligibility. A Competent Authority is a person with a medical or special education background that is familiar with the disability, has access to the member’s medical records and can determine with confidence that the individual meets the eligibility requirements of copyright law. Common Competent Authorities include medical professionals, special education teachers, or psychologists. For more examples of Competent Authorities please visit https://www.bookshare.org/cms/bookshare-me/who-qualifies/qualifications
  21. Abena Amoh

    Freely Available e-Books

    Hello Everyone, I just wanted to clarify the information below: Can all students/adults/users (even those who DO NOT have print disabilities, etc.) access and read all of the books listed here: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/search-freely-available?
  22. Candace Lopez

    student log in

    My student said she was not able to log in with her school website. I am wondering is there are directions anywhere for the parents?
  23. Candace Lopez

    Signing up students

    My student said she was not able to log in with her school website. I am wondering is there are directions anywhere for the parents?
  24. Janelle Keller

    Definition Learning Disability

    I didn't, yet. Yes, I wanted the clarification because then we can make accurate decisions of who qualifies for bookshare.
  25. Diana Marron

    Definition Learning Disability

    Did you get an answer about this? I was wondering the same thing. My sped kids all read 2-6 levels below their grade level peers. Those that are close to grade level have very slow and labored reading which will make it very difficult for them to keep up with daily reading in our chapter books.
  26. Janelle Keller

    Definition Learning Disability

    Before my school gets started with Bookshare, I wanted to be clear on what is a qualifying learning disability? A few examples for clarity: a student with a specific disability in basic reading, a student with a specific disability in reading comprehension, a student with a general learning disability (that would include reading)? Thank you in advance.
  27. Janelle Keller

    Definition Learning Disability

    Before my school gets started with Bookshare, I wanted to be clear on what is a qualifying learning disability? A few examples for clarity: a student with a specific disability in basic reading, a student with a specific disability in reading comprehension, a student with a general learning disability (that would include reading)? Thank you in advance.
  28. Heather Collins

    Can't find my students or assigned books.

    Hello Lara, It sounds like you may be signing into a different account than the one that you used when you originally added your students. If you or another sponsor on the same account do not remove students and reading lists yourself, then they will not be automatically removed by the system so they should still be listed on the account. Please feel free to contact Customer Support directly so that we can investigate your situation more thoroughly. You can email us at support@bookshare.org or call us for direct assistance at 650-352-0198. Our normal hours are 9am to 5pm PST, Monday through Friday.
  29. Heather Collins

    Need little help

    Hello Ray, Unfortunately not all of our titles will have images or image descriptions. We try to upload everything in the title, but it is not always feasible to include the images. If a book is in our collection without images and you feel that it requires those images in order for the information to be understood, you can file a book Quality report to our Collection Development team. To file a book quality report: 1. Log in to your Bookshare account at: https://www.bookshare.org/ 2. Locate the book. 3. Select the Book's Title. 4. Select the Report Book Quality Issue link. If you choose the option to be notified, you will receive an email from the Collection Development Department when an update is available.
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