If you, our teachers in schools with Bookshare accounts, could do one thing to help turn your non-reading students with print disabilities into readers, would you do it? This fall, we’d like you try something. For each student, download 5: 3 for school and 2 for cool. Get them their textbooks – let’s say at least 3 – and then get 2 more that you think your students will enjoy reading for fun.
Many students tell us that using Bookshare for their school work has opened up the world of books. They now read on their own and even download books independently. You can listen to a student in this video talk about the books he’s read on all kinds of topics.
And an educator, Laura Koch of Muscatine, Iowa, said, “Bookshare has helped my students become independent readers. Often students with learning challenges cannot read for pleasure at their interest level because books are written at higher lexile reading levels. Now that students are accustomed to Bookshare, they enjoy their reading independence and ask for more books to be downloaded. I encourage all reading specialists and educators to sign up their qualified students for Bookshare and watch the reading transformation take place for their students.”
Reading digital Bookshare books for pleasure was written up in the Alabama Huntsville Times. Educator Laura Parks said, “It’s been amazing to see how much my student is benefiting from the Bookshare library! He no longer waits for audio tapes or requires someone to position his books for him. He is independently requesting and accessing digitized books for school and for pleasure.”
At first, you will probably want to show them how to use Bookshare. But then, once you get them started, you don’t have to do their downloading – other than their NIMAC textbooks. You simply give them their own individual library card (individual membership) and let them read. A five minute video about individual membership will show you how to do the individual library card. It’s very easy! Bookshare now has over 125,000 books. You and your students are bound to find something they want to read!
We would love to hear from you about reading coming alive! Will giving your students 3 for school and 2 for cool encourage more students to become readers? Did it work?