How do I use Bookshare?

Scott Richards Updated by Scott Richards

In order for students to read using Bookshare, a Sponsor needs to create a member account for them.

Students (members) should have a qualifying disability:

  • Visual Impairments such as blindness
  • Learning Disabilities such as dyslexia
  • Physical Disabilities that make it difficult to physically manage a book.
To become a Sponsor, ask a current sponsor within the Boston Public Schools to add you. If you do not know a Bookshare sponsor within BPS, contact Scott Richards for assistance. His email address is srichards2@bostonpublicschools.org.

Add Sponsors and Members to the Boston Public Schools Organizational Account

Each new Sponsor or Member will receive a welcome email with a link to complete the setup.

Sponsors can:

  • Create Member accounts for students
  • Create Sponsor accounts for teachers
  • Assign individual books to members
  • Assign Reading lists to members from pre-populated book collections.

Members can:

  • Read books assigned to them by teachers on a chromebook, or a portable device
  • Request that a teacher create an individual account so they can independently add books to their libraries.

Additional Resources:

Quick Reference Guide for BPS teachers and students Google Doc) - shortcut instructions for sponsors and members

Bookshare's Training Resources Library - how-to guides and videos for sponsors and members

How did we do?

How to Run a Google Classroom Student List as a Teacher

Drive Google - How to Upload your Google Classroom List to your Drive to open it in Google Sheets

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