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  3. Jessy Haugh

    pause on Chromebook

    Hello Dana the Web Reader alone is pretty basic, and always begins reading at the top of a page. So if one wishes it to begin reading in a specific spot, you'll need to scrol until that area is focused at the top. Another option is to install the Read and Write extension, which will work when the book is opened. This tool does allow more control over what is read, and where it begins reading. If the members have access to a smartphone/tablet the free app Dolphin EasyReader has many more features that our members like.
  4. Dana Krueger

    pause on Chromebook

    There has to be an easy way to pause a book while reading it on a Chromebook. I've attempted to use Capti but can't figure it out. HELP! I just want my students to be able to pause without it always starting at the top.
  5. Jerri Partee

    Kelly Stehlik Resource Teacher

    Hi Emily, Usually that error messaging indicates that the organizational type was somehow setup with our paying Book Block subscription model. I'll review the account and reach out to you directly to resolve the issue.
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  7. Lucie Traylor

    TEACHER ACCESS

    I just found the "freely available" choice
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  9. Jessy Haugh

    Switch activated Bookshare

    Hi Kristine, Many of our reading tools are switch-compatible, including Web Reader and Read:OutLoud. Both programs have keyboard shortcuts to start and stop the Text to Speech. We recommend binding your switch to these keys for greater accessibility. In Web Reader, Alt + P starts and stops the TTS, while Ctrl + T controls the audio in Read:OutLoud. We recommend switch users install Voice Dream Reader (iOS or Android) or Read2Go (iOS) on their mobile devices.
  10. Kristine Dooley

    Switch activated Bookshare

    What apps for Bookshare work well for switch interface and on what devices?
  11. Hello- A student created a wish list/book requests on the Bookshare app. How can I, the school sponsor, see the student requests/wish lists? It seems odd that the student can create a list, but I am unable to view it. If relevant, I use the full version on a laptop. Thanks for the help!
  12. Emily Lent

    Kelly Stehlik Resource Teacher

    The same thing happened to me -- I keep getting the error message "Your Organization has reached the purchased download limit." Is there something I can do to fix this so I can assign books to students?
  13. Tammy Ludwig-Miller

    Dolphin EasyReader

    Thanks for the reply. I’ve added a few contractions to the pronunciation list since my student using Dolphin is in 1st grade where they’re just learning about them. I don’t want to confuse him. I don’t have this issue with VoiceDream or Voice Writer but unfortunately the district hasn’t purchased those at this time.
  14. Jessy Haugh

    Dolphin EasyReader

    Hi Tammy, Unfortunately this is am ongoing issue with TTS in general. We constantly run into this issue across the board with our most popular apps such as Dolphin EasyReader, Voice Dream Reader etc. Certain apps can allow you to update, and change how words are pronounced though this feature is still very limited.
  15. Jessy Haugh

    Cannot delete books from reading list

    Hi Donna, Click on your reading list, and go to the Reading List where the title "Remove" should be listed under the Action Column. If the member wants a title assigned to them by a different sponsor removed then that sponsor will need to remove it from their Reading List.
  16. Tammy Ludwig-Miller

    Dolphin EasyReader

    Does anyone else have issues with Dolphin EasyReader reading contractions? For some reason it isn’t reading them properly for example it would say ‘is’ ‘n’ ‘t’ in place of isn’t. So strange and I don’t recall having this issue before although perhaps I just didn’t notice it? Any suggestions for fixing this other than placing every contraction in pronunciation are greatly appreciated!
  17. Cindy Lou Ray

    scanned 2 children's books Experiment With?

    No, but I will. Thank you for sending the link.
  18. Okay that would be great. Have you looked at the proofreading manual recently? https://www.bookshare.org/cms/proofreading-home
  19. Cindy Lou Ray

    scanned 2 children's books Experiment With?

    I haven’t proofread for a long time, but I would be willing to give it a shot.
  20. Hello Is any one want to proofread the books? Chris
  21. Hello, I am not able to delete books that my student does not want to have on her account any longer. I have followed the directions but when I get to the reading list, there is no 'remove' button next to the title. Is there another way to do this? Thanks
  22. Michelle Thomas

    IEP vs. 504 Plan

    Thank you, Jerri. I am just so used to checking IEP or 504, I wasn't sure if I could proceed. Your post was very helpful!
  23. Jerri Partee

    Student user id/password

    Hi Rhode, If the student or parent/guardian does not remember the email address associated with the account or password they can call or email Bookshare Customer Support to retrieve their login information.
  24. Jerri Partee

    IEP vs. 504 Plan

    Hi Michelle, Yes, I'd suggest moving forward to help your student create an Individual account or adding him to the member roster for your school's organizational account. All Bookshare members must have a Chafee-qualifying print disability. Bookshare is regulated by copyright law, not educational law, so students with or without IEP or 504 plans may or may not automatically qualify for membership. The only caveat to this is with regards to whom can access NIMAC sourced titles vs. having to submit a book request online.
  25. Michelle Thomas

    Help w 15yo reluctant reader

    Hi Earline, I am an Assistive Technology Specialist and can share some information about how our students are accessing Bookshare in our school district. The most common way that we are using is via the Bookshare Web Browser on a Chromebook. The students then use the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension for the text-to-speech. (Text-to-Speech is included in the free version.) That way, the student can both see and hear the text as it is read aloud. At the beginning, I make it as easy as possible for both the teachers and students by adding the books, etc. and then try to encourage them to take more control of the account. I also like for the students to start with a book that they WANT to read instead of a book they HAVE to read. I hope this helps a bit! Michelle Thomas, Assistive Technology Specialist
  26. Michelle Thomas

    IEP vs. 504 Plan

    I have a student that has a visual impairment which greatly affects his ability to access text. The school team is in the process of determining if he will qualify for an IEP or 504 Plan. Can I create his Bookshare account before the plan is determined? We do have a note from the Ophthalmologist indicating that he will have difficulty accessing text smaller than 20. Thank you! Michelle Thomas Assistive Technology Specialist Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
  27. Michelle Thomas

    Problems with books stopping

    Hi, I agree that the Read&Write extension offers much more control over reading when using the Web Reader. The free version offers the text-to-speech so you don't have to purchase the Premium Subscription to use it with Bookshare. I have not heard from any students or teachers in my district regarding the reading stopping in the middle of the page. Every once in a while, it gets a little quirky and seems to lose it's place, but with a page refresh, it is good to go again. Michelle Thomas, Assistive Technology Specialist, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
  28. Rhode Fernandez

    Student user id/password

    My student forgot her userid/password for her individual membership to Bookshare and is unable to read the books I have assigned. Her parents do not remember either. Please help!
  29. Jessy Haugh

    Problems with books stopping

    Hi Susan, The Web Reader alone is pretty basic, and will always start reading at the top of a page. If you want it to start reading in a specific spot, you'll need to scroll until that area is focused at the top of the page. Another option is to install the Read and Write extension, which will work when the book is opened. This tool does allow more control over what is read, and where it starts reading. For the stopping issue's I would call our technical support team as this could be caused by a few things.
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