A successful back-to-school plan includes accessible ebooks to support struggling readers
The shift to virtual learning during the pandemic forced educators to adopt a variety of digital tools to deliver and support instruction. As teachers and students embark on an exciting, but uncertain, back to school, it is important to leverage digital resources that can make reading and learning easier for students with disabilities.
For students who struggle to decode, to see words on a page, or to hold books and turn pages, ebooks are an important and alternative way to access educational content. Fortunately, ebooks like the ones in the Bookshare library offer many benefits to students with reading barriers such as dyslexia, blindness, and cerebral palsy. The top seven benefits are:
1. Just-in-time support for grade-level accelerated learning
For students who are reading below grade level, ebooks with text-to-speech audio support help with decoding and fluency so students can focus on learning and comprehension.
2. Available instantly
Need a textbook for an assignment or a chapter book for free reading? Search for a book online and start reading and/or listening right away without leaving home.
3. Multiple file formats
Whether you want to read using a refreshable braille device, digital text with audio narration, or download a book in MS Word, the ebook file formats offer choice and flexibility.
4. Customizable reading experience
A variety of third-party reading apps offer features to support reading preferences including large font, color contrast, word or sentence highlighting, and even vocabulary support
5. Read on whatever device you have
Read Bookshare books on computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks, and other assistive technology devices.
6. Keep books indefinitely
Unlike a school or public library, Bookshare members can keep books forever.
7. Read offline
Manage internet connectivity challenges by downloading books when internet connection is available and read offline later.
Learn more about the benefits of ebooks for students with reading barriers and how to open your classroom for a successful back to school with a free guide.
Bookshare® is a FREE online library of over 5 million books that makes reading easier. With Bookshare, students who struggle with reading can access books in alternative formats and customize their reading experience to suit their individual learning style. Bookshare supports almost any reading device and students can read their books offline when an Internet connection is not available. Learn more about Bookshare.