New How-To Guides
Check out Bookshare’s new How-To Guides. These guides provide step-by-step instructions along with screenshots to help guide members through a variety of key Bookshare processes such as adding members and sponsors, using Bookshare Web Reader, creating reading lists, and more. Share these guides with your colleagues, students, and parents.
Lights, Camera, Action! ABT Testimonial Videos
In August, the ABT team traveled to Ennis, TX to film a video about Lexi, a young woman with a visual impairment, just days before starting her freshman year in college at Texas Tech University. Lexi joined Bookshare in middle school and found it quickly helped her improve in reading to where she was reading above grade level. She loves how she can read Bookshare books anywhere! Lexi's advice to other students is to set goals and know you can do whatever anyone else can do with supports such as Bookshare!
In April the ABT team went on location to Texas A&M to film a video about an inspiring first-year student named Colton Luton. Colton has dyslexia and depends on Bookshare and his iPad to keep up with his demanding class load. Seeing the words and hearing them at the same time enhances his learning process and comprehension, cutting his reading time in half. Colton hopes to major in animal science and eventually become a large animal veterinarian. He encourages all students to “dream big and stick it out. Have inner energy to get things done. It will pay off.” Colton graduated from Thrall High School, the setting of another Bookshare/ABT video titled “As They See It: Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities.”
In May the ABT team traveled to San Antonio to film Amber Steet, a junior at the University of Texas, San Antonio, who is visually impaired. Amber is nothing if not ambitious! She is working toward a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and majoring in Education, Anthropology, and an Honors Program. She plans to become a teacher of the visually impaired. She became a Bookshare member in ninth grade and devours books. She stays on top of her schoolwork with Bookshare as well as her Braille Note, and she also enjoys science fiction by authors such as James Marrs and Michael Crichton. To visually impaired students who are considering college, Amber says, “Apply early, know where you want to go and what you want to study, and go for it!”
Hot Off the Press
- Bookshare brings reading tools to print-disabled students, adults in the Cy-Fair area. Community Impact, October 20, 2017.
- 'I Enjoy Seeing What's Next': Visually Impaired Kids Sharpen Reading Skills In Pilot Program. KERA News, August 29, 2017
- Talking about the state of technology that addresses disabilities with Texas Standard. Austin American-Statesman, April 14, 2017
Bookshare’s free ebook library making a difference for Texas students with print disabilities. Austin American-Statesman, April 11
- Elementary teacher uses technology to help dyslexic kids develop love of reading, Dallas Morning News, October 15
- ABT and Bookshare Featured on KTBC-Austin Morning News in conjunction with Central Texas Dyslexia Conference, October 7
- KVUE-TV - Accessible Books for Texas featured on the KVUE TV Austin Morning Show
- Texas ISD - Bookshare Preparing for 2015-16 School Year in Texas with English- And Spanish-Language Videos, Addition of English and Spanish Titles
- Texas Library Association – Accessible Books Make Lifelong Learning Possible for Readers with Disabilities
- Bookshare blog – Student Transforms from Reluctant Reader to Accelerated Reader!