DeCoste Writing Protocol
Making eLearning Accessible
Google for Education
Learning is For Life
Dyslexia & Dysgraphia
By Luke Trayser
If access is an open door, accessibility is the design that leads people—regardless of age, physical impairment, or cognitive ability—through that door. And as a longstanding beacon of access, the public library often shows its community what accessibility should look like.
For both access and accessibility, OverDrive has been monumental. The ubiquitous online book checkout service, offered for free by public libraries and many schools, lets people borrow digital content like ebooks and audiobooks anytime and anywhere. Over 40,000 schools and libraries participate in OverDrive all over the world.
To start borrowing digitally, all you need is a library card or student ID. And for a righteous bonus perk, there are no late fees. When the due date hits, the title simply vanishes from your digital collection.
Now, there’s a bit of a catch: Digital doesn’t always mean accessible. The fact is, many students rely on accommodations to read, whether they’re at home or in the classroom. OverDrive alone doesn’t provide accessibility tools to cover the entire range of diverse needs of the population.
At least, it didn’t used to. But we have good news. Snap&Read, our effective and beloved reading tool, is now completely compatible with OverDrive and its Chrome Apps Libby and Sora. It’s the first text reader accessibility tool with full native integration, and it will bring a new level of accessibility to students who are ready to read.
Using Snap&Read with OverDrive gives students access to a set of tools that help them comprehend what they read. This includes:
As recently as a decade ago, finding content in accessible formats for students who needed accommodations was difficult, if not downright impossible. But with OverDrive and Snap&Read working together, not only is an incredible selection of books available for free through local libraries, but they’re more accessible than ever for students with reading challenges.
Snap&Read adds the tools that give students access to their full reading capabilities. What this means is they can comprehend better, pull out key information, organize it, and use it to write in Google Docs.
It’s easy! Sign into your OverDrive digital library with your regular library card, select the books you want, and borrow them. Then, open the book in a browser window (through Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge) and turn on the Snap&Read Extension. You’re off and reading! All the Snap&Read features you’re accustomed to will be there.
You can sign in to OverDrive from your Library Website under Digital Libraries, or from https://www.overdrive.com/.
The sign in button is easy to fine, and once you sign in you will get access to all the books OverDrive has to offer.
Signing in is simple, choose your library, and enter your library card and pin.
Once you are signed in, choose a book and then click to open in browser.
Once you open the book in a browser, just turn on Snap&Read and all of the support tools are right there on the side bar.
There are so many books available in OverDrive that it can be overwhelming at first. Here’s a list of classic and favorite options.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Giving Tree
A Wrinkle in Time
Harry Potter (books 1-3)
Bridge to Terabithia
Out of My Mind
Brave New World
Harry Potter (books 4-7)
I am Malala
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Great Gatsby
Romeo and Juliet
The Harry Potter series
We are beyond thrilled that OverDrive and Snap&Read are now working together, and we can’t wait for you to see for yourself how it all works.
OverDrive is free with a library card or student ID, and if you don’t already have Snap&Read access, you can start your free trial here. Both personal plans and school- or district-wide licenses are affordable, and it gives permanent access to a toolkit that helps students comprehend what they read, and even sparks a lasting passion for the written word.
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