By Caroline Walker, Reading Services Assistant RNIB Bookshare
|Our attendees at our Preston venue at Galloways Society for the Blind|
Some told us, that they had been unable to download, that they couldn’t create Word files from what they had managed to download. Some didn’t have the confidence to show schools how to use the site, and we were also told that RNIB Bookshare was too difficult and they had ‘given up’, it was “far too complicated” 😞
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Sarah and Caroline to the rescue!
We spent the morning looking and trying out all of the main functions on the site. Sarah and Caroline helped everyone to add learners (members), search, download, add reading lists and modify the files into Word formats. It was a busy morning and everyone worked really hard to get through everything.
Top of the class!
During the afternoon we could see that everyone was really getting a lot out of the day. Some people had spent lunchtime practising downloading and during the afternoon we had lots of positive feedback on using iPad’s with the site – using Capti, iBooks etc.
There were many ‘Oohs and ahhs’ at how you can use the downloaded files with a Kindle/Kindle app. It was also great to share tips and apps for using on the iPad with everyone, we picked up some new apps to share too.
“I came in confused and left feeling enthused!”
What a great day!
It was such a positive day! Everyone learnt lots and we felt that we had made a difference to those who attended and how they could go back and use RNIB Bookshare.
What did you like most?
“Patience in answering questions”
“Hands on accessing the website”
“Easy to follow for a non IT user”
What do you plan to change as a result of this training?
“Train all staff in my region!’
“Tell more people about RNIB Bookshare!”
“Will use Bookshare with more confidence”
“I will use Bookshare more”
How will it change how you work?
“ It will make my role more effective”
“More confidence in what I am doing”
Thanks to everyone for a brilliant day!
“Thank you very much for a very helpful reintroduction to RNIB Bookshare. You have re-inspired me to have another go”
“Thank you very much for your patience and time and for making this training event free”
“meeting the staff (RNIB Bookshare) makes approaching RNIB more friendly”
To also be 'reinspired' and become more confident with RNIB Bookshare, have a look at our training pages. We are currently reviewing our training for 2017/8.