Bookshare is a very helpful tool for anyone who needs or prefers audiobooks to physical ones. Getting started can be a bit overwhelming, so here are some tips for using Bookshare on all of your devices!
On your computer or laptop
- If you use Windows you can read through the Bookshare Web Reader or Open Lore Reader.
- If you use Apple you can read through the Bookshare Web Reader or the iBooks application.
- If you use a Chromebook you can read through the Bookshare Web Reader or the Capti Voice application.
On you tablet or smartphone
- If you use an Android you can use Dolphin EasyReader, Voice Dream Reader, or Go Read.
- If you use iOS you can use Dolphin EasyReader, Voice Dream Reader, or Capti Voice.
- If you use a Kindle or other e-book reader you can use any Bookshare compatible apps. Kindles don’t have any of these apps but you can still read your Bookshare books on them!
On your Assistive Technology Device
Welcome “back” students. Unfortunately, most of us won’t actually be coming back on campus for the remainder of our classes this semester because of all the safety measures being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Don’t worry, though! These changes don’t mean that you won’t receive your accommodations!
If you are a student who utilizes the Disability Resource Office to have your exams read to you, you can use the same technology that we have on campus while you are at home this semester! You will also still get any extended time that you would normally have!
Below are the steps you should follow, should you need this resource:
- Install Read & Write on your computer. Here are the steps for installation. After you have it installed, you’ll want to make sure it’s set up for your Internet browser.
- Mac Users: If you use Safari, you’re all set. If you use Chrome or Firefox, install the browser extension if you want to use Read & Write on the Internet.
- Windows Users: If you use Edge, you’re all set. If you use Chrome or Firefox, install the browser extension if you want to use Read & Write on the Internet.
- Test Read & Write on the Blackboard site.
- Since you will be taking most of your online exams through Blackboard, you should make sure that you are able to click different areas using your cursor and Read & Write to listen to the words on the screen.
- Practice using the screenshot reader tool on Read & Write.
- Sometimes professors will “Lockdown” tests on Blackboard so that you aren’t able to use Read & Write like you normally would (by clicking with your cursor)
- In these cases, use the screenshot reader feature in Read & Write to select an area of the screen and then have the program scan that area before it reads it back to you. Here is a post with directions for using the screenshot tool.
- Open Read & Write before beginning an exam.
- In some cases, like when professors “Lockdown” tests, you will not be able to open Read & Write after opening a test. Make sure you have it open and ready to go before going to your test!
- Reach out to Jeremy if you have any problems with Read & Write.
- Contact him at Jeremy.Zhe-Heimerman@cortland.edu
- He can help you install the software, use the software, and work with your instructors