Thursday, April 4, 2019
An online e-book meant to help students who learn better through hearing text than by reading in a traditional manner is being underused in the state. In fact, an estimated 5 percent of students could benefit from Bookshare, but only 2.4 percent are.
Bookshare is an accessible online ebook library of textbooks, bestsellers, children's books, career resources and more for people with reading barriers. Bookshare has almost 700,000 titles in accessible formats such as audio, audio with highlighted text, Braille and large print. Titles can be read on almost any device.
Why you need to know about Bookshare:
- Availability: all districts in Iowa can have a free organizational account.
- Student Benefits: Qualified students can have individual accounts that link to their school’s account for access to all their reading material.
- Primary Contact: When Bookshare became available to districts several years ago, someone in the district signed up as the primary contact. In many cases, this person has left the district or changed roles. Contact Bookshare on configuring your district account.
Let Bookshare support your struggling readers.