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A Book Series for, and about, Students with Learning Differences

Students with learning differences will enjoy this series of chapter books about Hank Zipzer, the world’s greatest underachiever. Through Hank’s everyday adventures, the series deals with learning differences in a kind and humorous way. The stories are inspired by the true life experiences of author Henry Winkler, first known for his starring role as the Fonz in Happy Days. There are 17 titles in the series and Bookshare has them all! The titles themselves give clues to the fun inside the books. Here are a few: Niagara Falls, or Does It? (#1) “He’s smart, creative and funny but writing a…

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2010 – A Tremendous Year

2010 has been a tremendous year for the Literacy Program at Benetech.  We’ve enjoyed working with all of our members, sponsors, partners, volunteers and funders, and we have much to celebrate together.  Thank you for your support in achieving our mission! Bookshare passed a number of major milestones this year: We are now serving over 120,000 people with print disabilities; Our US members now have access to over 95,000 books and periodicals; Users downloaded over 800,000 books in 2010; Under our Bookshare for Education (B4E) project, we passed our 5 year goal of adding 100,000 student members in under 3…

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What We’re Reading {October 1 2010}

In celebration of Banned Books Week, I have focused this week’s “What We’re Reading” on, no surprise, banned books. The first known record of banned books is The Index of Prohibited Books, developed by Pope Paul IV, intended to protect Catholics from controversial ideas. Since that time many lists have been developed around the world as various groups have tried to censor authors and prevent the publication of works the groups objected to. The good news, for us, is that many authors have found ways around censorship by publishing their books in other countries. One of the most well-known authors, who published…

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Digital Resources in the Classroom?

A guest post from Robin Seaman, Publisher Liaison for Bookshare “At the revamped Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) summit, the opening session took a unique tack.  Months earlier, the AEP decided the best way for traditional publishers to understand what teachers needed and wanted in digital resources in the classroom was to hear from the teachers directly – using the digital tools already at the teachers’ disposal,” explained Frank Catalano, the noted educational consultant. Frank worked with the AEP and the social networking site to solicit teacher videos to be submitted via YouTube and he posted the following in…

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