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  2. Hello there, I assisted a client with her Victor Stream to login to her Bookshare account directly, and to search and download books. That worked fine for a couple of weeks, but recently she has been getting error messages, as described here: "Experienced the following when accessing book share: After choosing book then enter download key the following message is; Download failed, insufficient privileges and inactive." Help? What is the issue here? Does she need to log back in, or is it an internet connectivity problem, or something else? Thank you!
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  4. Chrome & Web Reader

    At this point the only extension we suggest is the text to speech voice, if you pull the web reader extension itself from the list assuming the Chromebooks are all updated to a relatively new version of Chrome we know of no reason you would need to install this extension.
  5. Chrome & Web Reader

    I force installed the reader in Chrome via the Google Dashboard. We do not manage our Chromebooks via the Chromebooks manager but instead just access changes/extensions and such through the students' school Google accounts. So -if I remove from the force installed extension list -will I ever need to manually install Chromebooks?
  6. Chrome & Web Reader

    If the Web Reader extension is forced installed on a Chromebook it will cause a conflict that will prevent the text to speech from functioning. If it's on a PC using Chrome it may still function but the member will not have access to several of our new features, including the Beeline Reader options. If the Web Reader isn't speaking on a Chromebook we do recommend using the Chrome text to speech voice. This extension will have to be installed: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-os-us-english-fema/efdojdlmjknacnljjdedapanceanigkh And then from the Web Reader settings make sure the Chrome HQ Female voice is selected. If it's a PC that's not speaking it's best to use the Windows search for TTS Settings, and in the settings window select the button to "preview" the built in voice. For lack of a better way to describe it, Windows sometimes on first attempt of using the Web Reader, forget that it has a text to speech engine installed. Pressing that preview button will "remind" windows it's there and magically the Web Reader will begin to work again.
  7. Chrome & Web Reader

    It is force installed in your GAFE - will it hurt to leave it there? I had a VI teacher who could not get Read Now to work in Chrome with a student yesterday - what are the best troubleshooting tips for that? That is why I was asking her about the extension - was not sure what else to tell her to look for? Maybe make sure Chrome is updated?
  8. Chrome & Web Reader

    Hi Sandra, The Bookshare Web Reader extension is no longer needed for accessing Bookshare content. Please uninstall both extensions and simply use an updated version of Chrome, or if you're on a Mac, the included Safari browser.
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  10. Chrome & Web Reader

    What is the difference between these Web Readers that both say Bookshare? I added #2 today sort of on accident and it totally messed up all of my Chrome browser search and everything was blocked in my district and I could not perform any new searches? Is this really a Bookshare tool? Is so - what does it do different from this original Web Reader https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bookshare-web-reader/bkfmjmjngglphchhiemnghidpnddofmo and this is #2 https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bookshare-web-reader/dcnckokjhgkooogaocjdgpkeddhehaed
  11. HELP! Embossing BRF files from Bookshare

    Hey Deborah, There's two options for embossing our books. I generally recommend downloading our books in the DAISY Text format. Inside this downloaded zip file you'll find one file that's the title of the book.xml. You can use Duxbury to open this XML file which will allow Duxbury to handle the braille translation and formatting to best fit your embosser. The other option is to download our BRF files, but be sure to go into the download settings to set your brf options to best match your embosser. When you do this process be sure duxbury isn't trying to translate the braille as well. Sometimes members will download our books in grade 2 braille, then use another device to read it which then tries to contract the braille itself making it unusable.
  12. I know that this should be a simple thing to do, but I cannot figure it out!! We have a Juliet PRO embosser and use the program DBT (Duxbury Braille Translator) can anyone PLEASE help walk me through how to get this BRF file to emboss?? I have been successful once, but I'm pretty sure it was by mistake. Needless to say I'm not super tech savvy. Haha Any help will be greatly appreciated!!
  13. Noteability App

    OK. Thanks
  14. Noteability App

    Hi Kim, It appears Noteability currently only supports PDF files, which at this time Bookshare doesn't directly provide. If you're interested there may be a way to manually convert a Bookshare book to PDF, it would involve opening the .xml file from the DAISY Text format in your browser, manually copying the content into say Microsoft Word, then saving that as a PDF.
  15. Noteability App

    Is there a way to upload a workbook from Bookshare to Noteability so the student can write answers in the notebook? I see no download to and when I click the upload button in noteability from bookshare is not an option.
  16. Make Bookshare available on Kindle

    Hi Simon, If you're comfortable with Android itself you can side load Go Read onto a Kindle Fire. You have to enable the settings in Android to allow apps to be installed from anywhere, then download the Go Read APK usually through a computer or somewhere from the Google store and transfer it onto the Kindle. I often use Dropbox for this but any way you can get the apk onto the device should work. This is an unsupported process on our end though, please if you do decide to attempt this note that it can make your Kindle more vulnerable. We are actively working on a couple of other options to better support Kindle devices including offering the Word format for our books which can just be opened straight away on the device.
  17. Make Bookshare available on Kindle

    How do you load goread and voice dream reader? I have not been able to pull it up in the appstore and don't know how else to reach it?
  18. Technology for music education

    Realistically, optical music recognition is still extremely hit and miss, and in any event, all the OMR does is make it easier to get printed music digitized into MusicXML - something that we can already do by hand. Regardless of how the music gets into MusicXML format, you are still faced with the issue of what to *do* with that. If the goal is to generate a standalone Braille score, there are so-so converters out there that can generate something that may or may not be useful. And this technology *is* constantly evolving, so that I actually expect within the next 10 years it may become more feasible to point your phone at a piece of sheet music and have it converted to Braille automatically. But still, the end product is then a standalone Braille score - only useful to that subset of blind musicians who actually read Braille music, and not anything that can be incorporated into a textbook, which is really my main concern here. I would summarize the situation this way: The world already known what a standalone Braille score looks like, it doesn't need someone to design that. We do need better tools to help standalone Braille scores be created more easily, but there are already people working on that (and I may well be joining that effort as well). What nobody seems to have any concept of right now is what an *accessible textbook that incorporates music* would look like. Work cannot begin on creating such textbooks until there is consensus on what the format should be and how the musical content should be presented to the user. This is what I am trying to get a handle on. What I have learned over the years is that this does not seem to be anything that anyone else is actively working on. Which is fine, I hope to make this my contribution to society :-)
  19. Technology for music education

    Hey Marc, From the perspective of who else to approach who might be interested in this endeavor, I'm afraid I don't have any good advice. On the technical front I know there has been some great work at Optical Music Recognition and Braille Music but I don't know how far the work has gone to bridge the gap such that a piece of music could be immediately converted to accessible formats. I know personally I've often dreamed of a music app on a phone that someone could simply point at a sheet of music and it plays audio, or produces brailled music through a refreshable braille display, or various other ways individuals may access the content. I'm not so sure that would necessarily have to be something that embeds itself into the DAISY or ePub formats, it could be it's own stand alone thing. But that said I could also see a markup language similar to MathML used to inject music into text formats, which would allow reading tools to render and access the raw music notation. I guess as I type this I'm reaching the conclusion that there's two ways to approach it, build a library of accessible music like Bookshare did with accessible content, or find a system that allows people to make music accessible on the fly. I think either option would be a great benefit to society.
  20. Technology for music education

    I understand. Let me redirect my question slightly, then. I would say that addressing has become one of my primary goals in life, and I am at a point where I may soon be able to devote a considerable portion of my career to this. My sense is the first step is to define what the appropriate DAISY support would look like, and then to implement a tool to deliver content in that format. And finally of course, to actually produce books that take advantage of this - whether that means creating new textbooks or working with publishers to deliver existing books in this format. I actually have some some pretty good knowledge and skills in all of these areas as well some good connections with others who are similarly experienced and motivated. I am aware of a number of existing non-profits I could approach about applying for grants for this work, and I actually have some thoughts about creating a new non-profit for this and other related purposes. In other words, I am extremely serious about wanting to find a way to participate in this effort, and am fully prepared to actually drive it myself as necessary. My assumption is that if I can work proactively on this while you continue to focus on math, maybe by the time you are ready to consider music, I'll have something to offer. All of that said, the question then is, do you have any recommendations on how I could possibly proceed?
  21. Technology for music education

    Hi Marc, As someone who studied music himself in college believe me when I painfully admit that Music is one area that Bookshare can't yet directly support. Any music theory book where the theory is simply contained in text Bookshare does great with. But as soon as musical notation appears in the text, either the notation is currently all images, or is actually removed from the book altogether. Unfortunately we don't currently have plans for investing time in this area, at least not yet. Our focus currently is on enhancing our ability to support Math in our books, finding ways to translate equations to formats that can be easily accessed.
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  23. Technology for music education

    Hi! My name is Marc Sabatella, and I am a music teacher and a software developer (an active contributor to the open source music notation program MuseScore). For several years now I have had a strong interest in making music education more accessible. This started having taught a blind student in my music theory course back in 2010 and finding that the tools for communicating notated music back and forth between sighted and blind musicians were all but non-existent. There are organizations such as MENVI that exist to help support blind musicians, but the actual tools and products available are still quite limited. One of my colleagues at MuseScore recently shared an article about Bookshare and Benetech, which I was previously not familiar with. I am wondering if there has been effort to incorporate music textbooks into Bookshare, if there is work on overcoming the technical hurdles inherent in dealing with notated music in accessible formats, and if there is some way I can get involved. If there is someone in particular I should contact directly about this, that would good to know as well.
  24. Tool for Annotating ON a Bookshare Book

    Hi Nick, It worked with some tips from the QIAT ListServ! Instead of using the Web Reader, I had to download the book in the EPUB format, then "Open with" Read&Write for Google Chrome. Then, the annotation tools are available and annotations remain on the book as long as it is opened with Read&Write! Thank you!!
  25. Tool for Annotating ON a Bookshare Book

    Hi Nick, I tried it, and, yes, you can highlight and export the highlights in the Web Reader but the highlights are gone the next time the book is opened. She would like to go back in and have her highlights and notes available. I will post to the QIAT ListServe and see if there are any other ideas, also. Let me know if you have other ideas that I should try!
  26. Tool for Annotating ON a Bookshare Book

    Hi Michelle, We've heard that the Read&Write for Google toolbar was just updated, it should now be fully compatible with Bookshare content. This is probably the best option for providing this feature on this platform.
  27. Hi, I have a student that is currently using the Web Reader on a Chromebook. She is a middle schooler and would like to be able to annotate ON the book. (highlight, etc.) She prefers to use a Chromebook. How can I make this possible for her? We are a Google District so she has access to Google Drive & she has a Read&Write for Google account. Thanks in advance!
  28. Synching Bookshare library w/ Dolphin

    Hi Julie, Unfortunately the Dolphin EasyReader app is not yet setup to use the Bookshare Reading Lists. It's still important to assign books to students through reading lists as this is what gives the students permission to download the books, but once within EasyReader the students will need to search for the books then download them to the app itself.
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