The Tar Heel Reader, a recent collaboration by FIRST YEARS
Dr. Karen Erickson,
is a "collection of free, easy-to-read books" for "beginning readers of
all ages." It provides features allowing users to "publish" a book, illustrated
with uploaded photos, scanned images, or digitized clipart. The resulting
publication can be speech-enabled and/or accessed
using multiple interfaces
- Using Tar Heel Reader - a "perfect way" to generate a typed, published
version of a language experience book from a handwritten original.
Finding a book
To use existing books, you can search through subject/type/audience
Or, as illustrated below, you can use the more narrowly-defined, user-created
"topic tags" (http://tarheelreader.org/index-of-tags/),
in this case "speech sounds." To begin reading a chosen book, simply click
on its title.
Note the speech synthesis options – child, woman, man – on the left
of the screen.
Registering and logging in
To create a new book, you must first request an "invitation code" by
sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
When the code is returned, you use it to register at http://tarheelreader.org/wp-login.php?action=register
After you submit the registration form, an email comes back to you with
your username and password. You will be using these each time you login
to create/publish/edit a book, so save this email!
Creating a book
Read first - Instructions: http://tarheelreader.org/write-a-book/
The "secret" to creating a book is to do repeated image uploads. When
you click the upload button (if using your own images), a new image renders
itself on the creation page, where you supply a caption either by typing
or copy-pasting from an existing "script." You keep repeating until you
have created all the pages. Here, below, you see 3 pages have been uploaded
To delete a page, you can click the red X
at the top of each page. To move a page around, you can click the green
To categorize your book, choose from pre-defined topics or choose from/create
your own "index tag(s)" (http://tarheelreader.org/index-of-tags/).
Editing created books
down on the main page to click on the "Books you wrote" link.
Printing a book
print the entire book, you will need to download it as a Powerpoint presentation.
This is done by clicking the "Set up" button on the left, top, on the first
page of each book. Once in Powerpoint, you can print the book pages,
as slides, as usual. Note: You may need to adjust the font size in Powerpoint
before you print.
Deleting a book
Doing this is a bit involved. Go to the "Books you wrote" page.
From there, edit the book you want to delete. Click the "Save as draft"
button. It has now reverted to draft status. On your books page, you will
see a checkbox beside the name of the file that will allow you to delete
down on the main page to click the "Log out" link.