By Caroline Walker, Reading Services Assistant RNIB Bookshare
We went east for our next training day as Caroline and Ian traveled to Lincoln to meet with Lincolnshire Sensory Education Support Service and other locally invited schools.
We had a very grand venue at the Council Chambers in their County Offices, I promise that neither Ian nor Caroline sat in the really posh seats at the front!!
|A grand wood panelled Council Chambers|
We were a large group of 25, and everyone had brought laptops so that they could join in and navigate around the site with us, trying out the new features on the site. Some were regular users of RNIB Bookshare, others new to the site.
What did we talk about?
We talked about the copyright legislation and qualifying print disabilities, new accounts for learners or member accounts including the free web reading tool. We searched and downloaded books and talked about requesting books in how we are working with publishers.
Using and creating structured word documents, and using different file formats was a really useful discussion and especially how easy it is to convert DAISY files into MS Word.
We then looked at how staff and learners can use the site and resources with their devices, ie iPads, Kindles and various tools such as the Kindle app with RNIB Bookshare files.
|Ian leading the group in training|
How does RNIB Bookshare affect your learners?
“it will be a massive support for them at school and at home”
“To be able to read more interesting books”
How does RNIB Bookshare affect how you work?
“Greater ability to promote independence and more accessibility to the curriculum for our SEN students”
“it saves me time”
“makes adaptations quicker and easier to use”
“reduces the need for me to type everything by hand”
What did you like most about the training?
“Being able to chat face to face”
“how to convert DAISY file to a Word document”
“How things were illustrated as they were being spoken about so it became easy to follow.”
We had some really positive comments about how everyone felt about the afternoons training and how they will now be able to use RNIB Bookshare so much more effectively.
Thanks for having us Lincolnshire Sensory Support team and friends! Next time I visit Lincoln, I really hope to see more of your beautiful city!