The Bookshare Web Reader: Part 2 – Reading A Book – TTT Companion

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Written By Daniel Geisen

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June 11, 2024

Prerequisites

✔︎ CHECK Before moving on, does your learner have familiarity with navigating the internet with their screen reader? Today, our Tech Tip Tuesday companion will offer a way to access books efficiently via the web. Having basic internet navigation skills is important for the following lesson. If your learner needs either a refresher or guidance to do this, check out our curriculum and the first part building up to today’s lesson: Basic Internet Navigation and Bookshare Web Reader: Part 1 – Finding a Book.

Introductory Story: Reading Your Selected Book (part 1)

✔︎ READ the following story aloud to your learner.


When we last checked in with Q, he was trying to find an accessible version of “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins for a project in English 7. He was fortunate to discover that he could instantly access a copy with Bookshare’s Web Reader. He has about three and a half weeks to read the story and prepare a presentation on the book for Ms. T’s class. 

As he creates a bookmark for it and proceeds to open the link to the book, he is immediately faced with a predicament. How should he read it? Q recalls some of his basic internet navigation skills and quick commands. He knows he can cycle through things like buttons and headings. He also knows that he can simply allow the book to be read to him while he relaxes. 

The question is, what will help Q read the book in such a way that gives him confidence for his presentation? Today, we are going to look at two common ways to read a book on the Bookshare Web Reader. Not only will Q get a sense for his own options, but you will also have a chance to discover the benefits of both ways of reading and decide which one will be best in any given circumstance.


✔︎ DISCUSS the guiding question, “How can you read a book via a web reader?”

Content

Reaching Your Bookmarked Book

✔︎ PLAY from 0:03-1:01

Teacher’s Notes: Last time, we discussed helping your learner create a bookmark for the book they selected on Bookshare. Complete the Check-in below FIRST and then walk them through any steps they need a refresher on (provided after the check-in).

Check-in:
  1. Recall your internet navigation skills and key commands.
  2. How do you think you can reach your bookmarked book on Bookshare?

Teacher’s Notes (cont.): To reach a bookmark, press Alt + Shift + B. Use TAB to cycle through bookmarks.

Two Ways to Read a Book (Headings)

✔︎ PLAY from 1:03-2:48

Teacher’s Notes: If you learner is unsure of how to cycle through headings, our Basic Internet Navigation course is available to assist in that. Headings primarily help readers navigate components like chapters efficiently. In order to cycle through headings in a book via NVDA and JAWS, press H. In Chromevox, that will be the Chromevox button + H. 

Check-in: 
  1. When you reach the end of a page, how might you get to the next page to continue your book? (answer: the next button)
  2. How do you think you can reach the next button with your key commands? (answer: B or Chromevox + B).

Tip: If you’re using a braille display and you are trying to pair it with a screen reader, check out our course called Diving Into Braille Displays.

Two Ways to Read a Book (Audio Only)

✔︎ PLAY from 2:49-3:55

Teacher’s Notes: In order to allow the book to be read directly to your reader without navigating the headings, the main idea is to help your learner reach the Play button on the page. This will create the ability to simply listen to the audio. However, a dilemma can arise if the screen reader says that there is no next button. Remember that screen readers either go backwards or they go forwards. This is important to help your learner recall.

Check-in: 
  1. If there is no next button and we want to reach the play button for audio, what do you think we need to do? (answer: go backwards and find previous buttons).
  2. How do you think we can get back to the Play button? (answer: add Shift, so Shift + B).

Conclusion: Reading Your Selected Book (part 2)

✔︎ READ the remainder of the story aloud to your learner.


Now that Q has seen his options for reading a book on Bookshare, he realizes what he needs to do in order to make this project quality work. While it would be nice to have the web reader simply read the audio to him, he knows that he will need a different approach. With this being a project for English 7, Q knows it’s important that he navigates parts of the book thoroughly and with care so that he can readily talk about the specifics of the story. 

Therefore, Q decides that working with the headings will be his best bet. That way, he can reference both his favorite parts of “The Hunger Games” and the moments that are most important to the narrative. Now that Q has the ability to navigate Bookshare with confidence, he believes he can put forth his best work for this project. In the future, Q plans to use the play button for the sake of enjoying books when he’s not working on a project.


Activity – Enjoy a Story

For this activity, go to your bookmarked selection on Bookshare. You will just do a couple of things for this activity:

  1. Navigate Headings to find the Second Chapter of your book. Once you’ve done this and you’re confident in navigating the book, go back to Chapter One.
  2. Now you will listen to Chapter One of your book. Listen for enjoyment or for the sake of learning. Make sure you can navigate through the buttons both forwards and backwards.

Next Steps

Now that you know how to properly use the Bookshare Web Reader, improve your screen reader skills even more! Check out our Screen Reader Curriculum, where you can learn more on how to improve your screen reader usage and instruction! Click here to check out our curriculum!

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