How teachers (and parents) can continue to educate students during school closures
Is your school on extended spring break or closed due to the coronavirus? Are you wondering or worried about how you will be able to continue teaching your students? Do you support students with learning differences and specific needs?
As learning shifts from classroom to home, we all need to make adjustments. Luckily, more solutions that facilitate school-to-home learning are available and can make teaching AND learning smoother during COVID-19.
Bookshare is a federally-funded, online library that makes reading easier for students with dyslexia, blindness, low vision, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers. Teachers (and parents) can help students access over 800,000 ebooks in easy-to-read formats like audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, and large font.
Read Books in a Variety of Formats on Multiple Devices
Teachers can easily assign books to students remotely, and students can read their books on their own at home on a computer, laptop, tablet, smart device, or assistive technology device. And because of Bookshare’s accessibility features like audio, synchronized word highlighting, customizable fonts and colors, students with reading barriers can truly be independent.
Learning at Home Guide Gets You Started
Bookshare is free for U.S. students with qualifying disabilities and schools. Visit Bookshare’s Learning at Home guide for information on how to:
- Find and assign books to students
- Get Reading Tools
- Explore hundreds of special collections and reading lists including:
- New York Times Children’s Best Sellers
- Popular series like Percy Jackson, Sammy Keyes, and Dork Diaries
- High Interest books for young readers
- Healthy habits for kids
- Lexile collections and leveled readers
- NIMAC collections
- Common core text exemplars
- Get individual access for students so they can select their own books and become more independent
- Download the one-page Educators Shortcut Guide
We wish the entire Bookshare community of educators, parents, students, and adult members a safe and healthy time as we all cope with this crisis together.