2004 Conference Proceedings

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Jo Meyer
SoftTouch, Inc.
Ph: 661-396-8676
Fax: 661-396-8760
Email: Roxanne@softtouch.com

Literacy is important for all students. Students with significant cognitive and physical challenges need access to books. Teachers can make computer books but then the students' access is limited by what the teacher chooses for them to read. Students with significant disabilities should be able to go to the bookshelf, select any book and enjoy it. Research indicates that when students can select their own books, their literacy improves. My Own BookShelf gives these students the opportunity to select and read the books of their choice.

There are many different programs for creating learning activities but none of them offer were designed specifically for my students - children with significant challenges. So the kids and I went to work and My Own BookShelf is the result. My Own BookShelf is so easy you can complete a book in just minutes. It offers straight-forward, no-nonsense authoring.

My Own BookShelf is an authoring program for you to make your own computer books and make them accessible to your students. Like our other software, My Own BookShelf walks you through the process a step at a time. It helps you import scanned graphics, enter text, and record your own voice. When a book is completed, you put your book on a Book Shelf. Create a bookshelf for each student or make a book shelf for each theme. Your students can select the book or books they want to read and the computer will read it to them over, and over, and over again.

My Own BookShelf not only gives access to the books, it also tracks what books the student reads and how long they spend time with each book. My Own BookShelf makes it easy to measure the literacy time and experience for each student.

Participants will
1. Author a book with digital images, text and recorded speech.
2. Create Student Records and review student reading data
3. Export a book and read it with the MOBS Book Reader program.

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