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Sunday, November 20 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Access to Text: Creating Digital Books is Easy!

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Content instruction in science and social studies often involves traditional textbooks which can be outdated, missing critical information, and may actually provide barriers to students with disabilities that are either unengaged, unable to read the content, or learn from the way the content is provided (Nelson, Arthur, Jensen, & VanHorn, 2011). The presentation will share ways in which teachers of students with print disabilities can access digital copies of text through the National Instructional Materials Access Center and Bookshare. In addition, participants will learn how to create their own which may be enable them to provide additional visuals, videos, interactive and engaging activities, and formative assessments which may help more students with learning challenges learn the content. The many ways in which digital text can be adjusted to fit the needs of the learner will be presented (Behrmann, 2001). Participants will learn how they and their students can use iBooks Author, Bookbuilder, and other free tools to create digital text.1) Participants will see how digital books are excellent examples of addressing accessibility issues and UDL principles for students with print disabilities. 2) Participants will learn how to create digital books using a variety of digital tools. 3) Participants will gain access to digital books created using these tools and will learn the advantages and limitations to each of these tools. Elementary Teacher/Staff, Higher Education

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Dr. Marya Grande

Associate Professor, Canisius College

Sunday November 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Cascade CD