This video is about the website tarheelreader.org.
Now, I don’t really know what a tar heel is, even though I’ve Googled it, but I do know
that it’s the University of North Carolina’s athletic teams and students, and UNC is where
this website was developed. You can read or write books on tarheelreader.org, but I’ll
just show you how to read books in this video. Once you go to tarheelreader.org, you’ll click
on “Find a book.” You can type in any topic here and narrow it down by general topic,
whether it has been reviewed for educational content, the rating – some of the books do
address mature content – , and the language. Once you click “Search,” you will see a list
of books displayed showing the title, the author, the rating of the book by other readers,
whether it has been reviewed for educational content, and the number of pages included.
You’ll notice there’s a settings button up here, and I’ll show you those options in just
a moment. Let’s choose a book. Before we read the book, let’s look at some of those settings.
From here, you can change the speech options to tell what voice, if any, will use digitized
speech to read the book to you. You can choose the colors on the page and of the text, and easily restore to the default settings. And if you want to download the book, you can do so as a PowerPoint or in EPUB digital format. I’m going to choose the man’s voice to read
this book to us. [Computer reading text on screen] Once in the book, the student can simply click on the “Next” button here
on each page. This could be using a mouse, a touchscreen, a switch interface, or whatever
computer access you’re using with that particular student. [Computer reading text on screen] [Computer reading text on screen] You’ll notice that the language and vocabulary in this particular book are pretty high level,
so let me show you another book just so you can see the range of books available. [Computer reading text on screen] At the end of each book, you are given the option of reading the book again, rating the book (which students love to do), or choosing to read another book. And again, from this screen, then you can read the book again or read another book.
There’s one other feature that I’d like to show you in the main menu over here, and that’s the Collections. These are books sorted by topic or type, including several collections
of chapter summaries from commonly-read books. [Computer reading text on screen] So, many of these are just summaries of the chapters within the actual books which can be nice
if you’re trying to look at a simpler language level or a summary of the book. Hope you enjoy