Tarheel Reader makeover and new beaut features

We’ve blogged in the past about what a fantastic resource Tar Heel Reader is and how you can use this free collection of easy-to-read and accessible books for kids of all different abilities in the classroom. There are now over 25,000 books in 20 languages! You can also write your own books and then publish them to the site.

Just recently Tarheel has made some changes to the look of their website as well as add some new features to make it accessible to a greater range of users and devices.

tarheel menuI am excited by the new features that are listed in the Announcements on the Tarheel site.

  • All books on the site can be browsed using 2 switches.
  • Search for books using more than one criteria.
  • Create Collections: named, saved, and shared Favorites lists.
  • Read and create books on your phone or tablet.
  • Upload pictures directly from your phone or tablet, if supported by your device as on iOS6.
  • Use your own pictures at Flickr in books you create by entering your email address in the search box.
  • Download books in PowerPoint or EPUB format. EPUB format books may be directly imported into iBooks and other eReaders for use offline. And coming soon, adding support for embedding speech into books with EPUB format.
  • Use the site in different languages such as English, German, and Turkish. French, Italian, and Spanish translations are underway.

It’s definitely a great place to find and create literacy resources for students and make sure that they are tailored to their particular reading level. Go and check out some of the fun books that are there already!


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About Charlene Cullen

Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene is a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

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