Several aids are helpful supports for literacy activities:
- Adjusting the position of books and reading materials to suit an individual
student can make the content much more visible or accessible.
- Being able
to turn pages, without having to call for help, frees a student to read at his
or her own pace.
- Highlighting not only makes important information stand
out, but helps students find information easier and faster.
- Portable alternatives
to heavy dictionaries and other reference materials allow students to more easily
find answers to questions and pursue their interests.
These devices offer adjustable hands-free convenience while reading.
RobertsT Book Holder (Roberts
Bookmark Co. )
Accommodates nearly any size or thickness of book or magazine
at a comfortable reading angle, from the first page to the last. It's an ideal
computer aid or text book holder. Molded of strong plastic, it consists of a flat
base, a backrest, and two adjustable pegs, which prevent pages from flipping,
yet allow for easy page turning. The book holder has a built-in handle and folds
flat for storage.
Book ButlerŪ (Independent
The Book Butler® features two spring-loaded page-holding
posts that make it easy to turn from page to page.
Page Turner Aids
Touch Turner (Touch
Although students can use pencil erasers and rubber-tipped head
and hand pointers to turn pages of a book, there are electronic Page Turners,
which can be used with a single switch. Pressing a switch turns the page and holds
it in place. Some models also turn pages in reverse. 2 Models:
Post-it Tape Flags (3M)
Students can use these to mark pages of a book. The flags come in many colors
and provide instant indexing for table of contents, glossary, index, etc. The
dispenser is heavy-weighted for easy, one-handed access. Buy them from any office
or business supply store.
Hi-Liter Pens (BIC)
These pens are great for highlighting text passages. They also help with
figure/ground problems when reading longer passages. Try different colors. Of
course, they can't be used on library books or books that you don't want to permanently
alter; instead try photocopying pages or use Highlighter Tape (see below).
Highlighter Tape, Tabs, Wide Tape (Lee
Students can use Highlighter Tape to accentuate text in books
or places that can't be permanently altered. You can even write on the wide highlighter
tape and use it like a post-it. Use Highlighter Tabs to index or mark books; they're
like Post-it Tape Flags only better.
Indexing Taped Material
If your students use a tape recorder to tape stories or other information,
here's a tip that might reduce wading through long tapes to find specific information.
Use a tape recorder with a counter (the little odometer-like numbers that show
where you are on the tape). Then, while the story is playing, keep the tape recorder
near you and write down key words along with the counter numbers as the speaker
says them. Later, you can fast-forward the tape to specific numbers to find key
Electronic Books (e-Books)
new medium for book reading provides a computer version of many popular and classic
stories, magazines and newspapers.
E-books, the small hand-held reading devices,
can be carried and read anywhere, and add powerful electronic features for note
taking, fast navigation, and key word searches to look for a character's name
or find a specific part to read again. Books and articles are selected from websites
and then downloaded to an e-book via your computer or as e-mail attachments. Information
below is for hand-held devices. See the Reading
module for information on e-Readers for desktop computers.
combines the features of a Personal Information Organizer with e-book Reader
capabilities in their eBookman. You can download books to read and listen to audio
books or music (with audible.com).
It offers organizer capabilities as well as voice recording and handwriting recognition.
is currently available in two models from Gemstar: the GEB 1150 (previously
Rocket eBook) and the larger, full-color GEB 2150. Features include the ability
to take notes in the margins, use the touch screen to bookmark pages and to increase
the size of the font. Download commercial eBooks from the Gemstar
site. The Gemstar website is also a great information source for electronic books
and other materials.
TumbleBooks are animated picture books, complete with text, music, sound
and narration, for children five to eight years old. Purchase and download stories
from the web. TumbleReader allows you to read the books on your
computer or Pocket PC.
Reader (2.0) is a free e-book reader comes installed on most Pocket
PC 2002 devices. This allows you to read any e-book on your Pocket PC.
You can install Encarta®
Pocket Dictionary today and start using the Lookup feature in Microsoft Reader
to find instant definitions. Free translation dictionaries are also available.
Free e-books are available for the MS Reader from Audible.com,
Slate.com and the
UVA eText Center.
Palm OS hand-held devices offer a free Palm
Reader in order to read the e-books in several different languages. You can
find several free books at Palm
Digital Media and the UVA
eText Center. Several e-book Cliff
Notes are also available!
& Noble Helps Books Go Digital
Gopika Vaidya, IDG News Service
Friday, January 05, 2001
Up With an Electronic Book
Linda L. Grubbs, PC World
April 07, 2000