Ebooks and Etexts can be used to support student learning by providing resources that can easily be differentiated to support individual student needs.
Many schools throughout BC have access to Overdrive and Follett ebooks, Accessible Resource Centre British Columbia (ARC-BC), alternate format resources and Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC) database subscriptions. The following modules are organized according to the above resources.
- Module 1 – ARC-BC
- Module 2 – ERAC Research Databases BC Digital Classroom
- Module 3 – OverDrive and Follet
Each module provides materials for both computer and iPad access. In each section there are a number of task cards that will guide the learner to tools based on various student needs (processing, decoding, fluency, comprehension etc). Some of the supports in the tip sheets are built in to the products and others have to be purchased or subscribed to by the school district (e.g. Read&Write for Google Chrome).
*** Thanks to SD#71 for partnering with us to develop this helpful resource!
Module 1: ARC- BC
The Accessible Resource Centre – British Columbia (ARC-BC) is an online repository supported by the Ministry of Education to provide BC K-12 students with perceptual disabilities with BC curricular-based learning materials in digital alternate formats. Educators serving students with perceptual disabilities can search the ARC-BC repository for a print title that is in a digital alternate format that meets the access requirements of the student. This module looks at programs, extensions and apps that can be used to by students to access ARC-BC materials.
ARC-BC is supported by the Provincial Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) and is located here: www.arc-bc.org. There are training videos located on the site for those interested in accessing and using the downloadable alternate formats.
- 02 Kurzweil 3000 with ARC-BC
- 03 Immersive Reader with Word Online in Office 365
- 04a Text to Speech in Word (2016)
- 04b Adding Speak to the Quick Access Tool Bar in MS Office
- 04c Visual Accessibility Options in MS Word 2016
- 04d Open Dyslexic and Change of Colour in Office 2013
- 05 ReadWrite for Windows v12 PDF Reader
- 06a ReadWrite for Google Chrome with Office 365
- 06b Using Google ReadWrite to Read an Accessible PDF
- 06c Screen Mask Tool on a Google Doc
- 07 Using ssOverlay with Databases, Websites, e-Text or Computer Programs
Voice Dream Reader
- 01a Opening ARC-BC PDF Files in the Dream Reader App
- 01b Downloading ARC-BC files on Voice Dream Reader App
- 01c Opening ARC-BC files on Voice Dream Reader App Directly
- 01d Opening ARC-BC files on Voice Dream Reader App Via Email
- 01e Sending ARC-BC files on Voice Dream Reader App via Air Drop
- 01f Receiving ARC-BC files on Voice Dream Reader App via Air Drop
Module 2: ERAC Research Databases BC Digital Classroom
ERAC Research Databases BC Digital Classroom resources can be accessed through subscription to the service. A number of the databases have built in Text-to-Speech and processing support tools but if these features aren’t available, students can access extensions, tools or programs to support their learning needs. This module looks at programs, extensions and tools that can be used to support students with ERAC Research Databases BC Digital Classroom materials.
All Databases Tools
- 01a Using Vu Bar with Databases, Websites and eText
- 01b Using ssOverlay with Databases, Websites, eText or Computer Programs
- 01c Using Dom Distiller with Databases Websites eText or Computer Program
- 01d Using the Google ReadWrite Screen Mask Tool in World Book
- 01e Using the Google ReadWrite Simplify Tool to Declutter and Simplify
- 01f Database Products using ReadWrite Text to Speech Toolbar
- 01g Using Open Dyslexic Font Extension with Databases, Websites, e-Text
Built in Text to Speech
- 02 World Book Early Learning Database Text to Speech
- 05 World Book-Advanced Using Built-in Text to Speech
Read&Write for Google Chrome
- 03 World Book Kids Database Text to Speech using ReadWrite
- 04 World Book Student Database Text to Speech using ReadWrite
- 05b World Book – Advanced Using Google Chrome Read Write
- 06 World Book – Timeline Using Google Chrome Read Write
- 07 World Book – Discover Using Google Chrome Read Write
- 08 World Book – Dramatic Learning Using Google Chrome Read Write
- 09 World Book – LEncyclopédie Découverte Using Google Read Write
Module 3: OverDrive and Follett
Many districts subscribe to Follett Destiny Library Manager or managing their library resources. Within this system, eBooks and audiobooks are available from two different digital distributors (OverDrive and Follett) which can be purchased and used within a browser on computers and on tablets. They can also be used with apps on tablets. The books can be used with accessibility tools within programs and extensions on tablets and computers and built in accessibility tools within the books and apps themselves. This module looks at how to access eBooks and audiobooks on this system and how to use the built in accessibility tools within the books.
- 01 Downloading Destiny Discover and Overdrive apps
- 02a Logging in to Destiny Discovery
- 02b Logging in to the OverDrive App
- 03 Searching for eBooks and Audiobooks using Destiny Discover
- 04a Audiobooks Follett on iPad in Destiny Discover
- 05a Using Text to Speech in Follett eBooks
- 05b Accessibility Tools For eBooks in Follett on iOS