Nick Bowen

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  1. Individual and Organization Memberships

    If a student upgrades to the full Individual Membership they'll still appear on the org list, and teachers can still assign them books. But the upgrade is automatic, it doesn't need to be approved by the organization nor Bookshare. Once the student, or their parents or guardians complete the online agreement the account is fully authorized.
  2. Read2Go - sound control problems

    Both have great voices, if you're familiar with the sources Dolphin uses the Natural Reader voices, and Voice Dream Reader uses Acapela and I believe the Ivona voices.
  3. Read2Go - sound control problems

    Hi Astrid, Unfortunately we do not currently have a timeline for if, or when an update for Read2Go will be released. There are a couple of great alternatives if you'd like to give them a try. The Dolphin Easy Reader is a great free application that's fully integrated with Bookshare. The only downside to it currently is while the first voice is free, any additional voices are a little more expensive than some of the other apps, and at least for now it doesn't display images within our books for those we have images for. Voice Dream Reader is also a great alternative, and can display images, but does cost $15 to download.
  4. Editing School Names

    Hi Tara, If this is on the Organization Name itself only the Primary Contact can change the account information. But they can do so by selecting the Organization Information link from the left of their My Bookshare page. If this is on your member or sponsor roster within the fields for "District" or "School" these fields only show items currently used within your roster. To remove an option from these fields edit your existing members such that the option no longer is associated with a member or sponsor, and then it'll be removed as an option for future members as well.
  5. Individual and Organization Memberships

    Hi Charley, For your first question, if a student upgrades an existing Organizational Membership to the full access Individual Membership they will need to enter a username and password during this process. The username must be an email address for the Individual Membership, so unless you use email addresses as the Organizational Membership usernames it will need to be changed. The passwords can remain the same if the member chooses. It's important to note these aren't two separate accounts, if the student upgrades to the Individual Membership this is an upgrade to their existing account, and the previous username and password will no longer work, unless they've set it to be the same. It's also important to note that the act of upgrading to the Individual Membership is essentially the student (or if they're under 18, the student's parents or guardians) taking ownership of the account, which removes the ability for Bookshare sponsors to edit or reset their usernames or passwords. As for the account structure, it's definitely dependent on how your school sites operate. We find in generally when getting first started with Bookshare it's better to start with a single, central District account. You can add as many teachers as is appropriate to the account, each can manage the students on the account. Then if Bookshare use increases to the point of splitting accounts makes sense, its fairly easy to do so, though at least for now its still a bit of a manual process and things like reading lists and student rosters would need to be manually added to the new accounts.
  6. Hi Bob, Unfortunately there is not a good easy way to just preview books within our system. Because of our current requirements all books must only be accessed by individuals qualified for Bookshare, so we have not yet been able to allow sponsors or other access to preview books directly. However, it is definitely an issue we're discussing internally and trying to find a good solution for, so hopefully we can make this easier in the very near future.
  7. Downloading books for myself

    Hi Sarah, Bookshare is intended for essentially unlimited use, but of course unlimited for only your own purposes. If you do hit a limit please call our membership team.
  8. Using Dolphin Easy Reader to access Bookshare

    Hi Susan, We believe they are already working on adding it. Bookshare only very recently added the ability for apps such as Dolphin to access reading lists, but it does require a fairly large upgrade on their end to take advantage of this new option. Hopefully it's added in the very near future.
  9. Using Dolphin Easy Reader to access Bookshare

    Hi Susan, Unfortunately Dolphin does not yet have direct access to the reading lists as you've observed. The only process is for the students to manually search for the books and download them one by one into the app. The good news is this only has to be done once, as the books remain on the device until the student decides to delete them.
  10. Printing enlarged math workbooks

    Hey Wyatt, We're actually right in the middle of rolling out Word as a downloadable format. This should actually do exactly what you need, as the images will already be embedded right where they should be, and the text can be easily increased in size. We're somewhere around having half our collection available in this format, and hope to have it completely done in the coming weeks. Check out the books you're downloading for this format in the drop down box, or you can set it as the student's preferred format for it to always appear if its available.
  11. Can't find a textbook

    Hi Angela, Any book you cannot find on Bookshare please submit a Book Request. We'll gladly work to have it added to Bookshare. The Book Request form can be found on the Help Center.
  12. Kids Fire How to install reading tools

    Hi Kylie, Unfortunately all of our apps are only available on the Google Play store, and Amazon does not give you access to this app store, instead you only have access to the Amazon app store. For this reason we do not have an app that is available on this platform. If you're interested we do have instructions for converting our books to a format that can be side loaded onto the devices at:
  13. "Read Now" I don't want pictures described

    Hi Linda, Unfortunately there is no way to disable the reading of these descriptions at this time, however only a tiny portion of our children's books have these descriptions in our library. We are working on both ends of this issue, as we would like to have more books with image descriptions in our library for our members, but we also want to give our members the option to disable those descriptions if they so choose. There's unfortunately not a perfect way to avoid books with image descriptions, but most of them that currently have descriptions have a flag on the book detail page. For instance note this book has a listing for "Essential Images" and "Described Images" Most of our books with descriptions should have this label.
  14. Bookshare and MAGic/JAWS on Chrome

    Pressing f11 should give you full screen mode. However we find if using JAWS as a screen reader many users have a better experience using Internet Explorer to access a book with the Web Reader, and then use JAWS to provide the voicing instead of using our built in voicing.
  15. Dolphin Easy Reader

    Hi Kristen, When you're logging into Dolphin can you confirm for me the Bookshare logo is above the username field? Also make sure the device is connected to the internet, as if it's not it might give misleading error messages. I do not know of any cache to clear, the only thing you could do is remove the app from the device completely and re-download it.