• December 18, 2018

Student uses iPad to read etextEbooks 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.

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.

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.