6. Reflections and other features to explore
Welcome to the final lesson in the EasyReader Premium for Educators Course.
In this lesson you will reflect upon the points discussed in earlier lessons and explore three other noteworthy features. You will also learn about free resources available to you that can help you learn more about EasyReader and the EasyReader Premium service.
After studying this lesson, you will be able to:
- Correctly state the key EasyReader Premium features you have reviewed during this course.
- Correctly state three other features in the EasyReader App that may benefit your students.
- Correctly state at least three other resources where you can go to learn more about the EasyReader App and the EasyReader Premium service.
This lesson should take no more than twenty minutes to complete.
In this course you learnt about the features, application and configuration of the EasyReader Premium service, and that:
- EasyReader Premium builds upon the EasyReader App. This App is used by thousands of people around the world and offers an easy-to-use interface that is designed with accessibility at its heart.
- EasyReader Premium gives educators the ability to manage student logins to the EasyReader App.
- EasyReader Premium enables educators to monitor their students' usage of the EasyReader App.
- EasyReader Premium provides direct access to accessible books from over forty libraries around the world.
- EasyReader Premium enables you to sign in to a Google Classroom and Microsoft Education account in the EasyReader App. Once signed in, you will be able to browse and open files supported by EasyReader and have either been added to Google Classroom as "Material" or added to Microsoft Education as "Assignment".
- EasyReader Premium enables students to synchronise their books, reading position and bookmarks across multiple devices on multiple platforms.
The processes you accomplished during this course included:
- Downloading your first book.
- Opening your first book.
- Navigating to the opening chapter of your first book.
- Playing your first book.
- Changing the appearance of your book.
- Changing the audio output when reading a book.
- Adding, removing and managing bookmarks and study notes.
- Recognising the elements that are synchronised with the EasyReader Premium service.
Other features to explore
Through the previous lessons you learnt about key EasyReader Premium and EasyReader App features but before bringing this course to a close, there are three more features worth a brief mention.
And, as you have gained a good understanding of the EasyReader App through the previous lessons, here is a brief description of these features that will ensure you have a fully-rounded knowledge of the EasyReader App.
Fixing mispronunciations from a synthetic voice
If you listen to textbooks using a synthetic voice and you discover a word is not correctly pronounced, for example, "Jekyll" may not be pronounced "Jekhl", then you can resolve this by adding a correction into the pronunciation list.
You can add a correction in 'Audio settings' in the reading screen or make a correction in the following way:
- Right click, or tap, hold and then release your finger on the word which is mispronounced. This opens a context menu.
- Select 'Add correction'. A screen will open with your selected word in the 'Original word' field.
- Type how you want the voice to read your word in the 'Should sound like' field. You may need to experiment with your spelling to improve the pronunciation.
- Once you are happy, choose 'Save to list', then choose 'Back' at the top left of the screen to return to the Reading screen. Alternatively, if you are using EasyReader for Windows, choose the 'OK' button to confirm your entry. If this is the first pronunciation lexicon you have created in Windows, you will also be asked to give the lexicon a name. You may want to relate the name to the book, the subject, or the TTS voice for ease of reference in the future.
You can create as many entries as you require. You may also want to create more than one pronunciation list if you need to resolve different pronunciation errors in different TTS voices, or the particular subject you are reading contains abbreviations you wish to be read in full at other times. You can select, edit and remove entries in a Pronunciation list through 'Audio settings'.
EasyReader Premium does not synchronise pronunciation lists you create. But, with EasyReader for Windows it is possible to import and export your pronunciation files. You may wish to do this if you support students on the Windows platform who are studying the same text and will be experiencing the same pronunciation issues.
Students can import various forms of documents into EasyReader. This might include workbooks from their teachers, lesson notes they receive from other students, or books they receive from external sources.
The following file types are supported:
- DAISY version 2 and 3 (.zip format).
- EPUB version 2 and 3.
- MP3 audio.
- Plain text.
- Microsoft Word (.docx).
The steps you follow to import a file into EasyReader differs depending on the platform and the apps you are using.
- On an iOS device, you open the app containing the file and choose the option that enables you to copy the file to another app. Note that the copy option differs between apps - in OneDrive the option is 'Open in another app', in DropBox the option is 'Export' and in Files the option is 'Share'.
- On an Android device, you open the EasyReader App and choose the 'Import book' option from the 'My Books' screen.
- And, on a Windows device, you open the EasyReader App and choose the 'Import book' option from the 'File' menu of the 'My Books' screen.
EasyReader Premium only synchronises books you download from online libraries to your other devices. Documents you import into EasyReader are not synchronised between your devices.
Open clipboard text
You can save and read passages of text you copy to the clipboard in EasyReader. This can be extremely useful for students because it enables them to save and review their research notes in a single app.
To save text from the clipboard, you first need to copy the text you would like to read:
To do this on iOS and Android:
- Find, select and copy the text that you want to read in EasyReader from the webpage or document to the Clipboard.
- Open EasyReader
- Select the 'side menu' button and choose 'My Clipboard Texts'.
- Choose the 'add' button. EasyReader will ask you to give the entry a title, offering a segment of the current Clipboard text as a suggestion. You should give the entry a meaningful name for ease of reference.
- Enter a title and choose the 'OK' button. EasyReader adds the entry into your list of Clipboard texts.
- Tap your Clipboard entry to open it in the Reading screen.
The process is similar for Windows:
- Find, select and copy the text you want to read in EasyReader from the webpage or document to the Clipboard.
- Open EasyReader.
- Open the 'File' menu and choose 'Add text'. If this item is disabled, then there is no text on the Clipboard.
- Enter a title and choose the 'OK' button. EasyReader then opens your Clipboard entry in the Reading screen.
You can add as many entries as you need.
- With EasyReader Premium, all clipboard entries you create on one device are synchronised across your other devices. This ensures you can continue your studies uninterrupted.
Help and support
You can further your knowledge of the EasyReader Premium service and the EasyReader App using a variety of free online resources.
- Product Help pages, which you can access by selecting the Help option in the EasyReader App.
- Support articles, which you can access through the Dolphin Knowledge Base
- Webinars which demonstrate the use of EasyReader with different libraries. Visit the Webinar Calendar on the Dolphin website for a full list of upcoming webinars.
- Further information on improving accessibility in education can also be found on the Dolphin Blog.
As a final exercise, please spend ten minutes familiarising yourself with the EasyReader App help pages, the Dolphin Knowledge Base and review the webinar calendar to see what is available. We strongly recommend you register for a webinar as this will enable you to learn about new and upcoming features plus it gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the EasyReader Premium service.
In this final lesson, you reflected on what you learnt in previous lessons, and explored three other useful features within the EasyReader App, namely, fixing pronunciation issues, importing documents and the saving of text copied to the Clipboard. You also learnt about the online resources available from Dolphin to help you support your student's using the EasyReader Premium service.
And, before bringing this final lesson to a close, here is a summary of what is and is not synchronised by the EasyReader Premium service.
What EasyReader Premium synchronises
- Side menu library list.
- Library logins (except OAuth login providers)
- Booklist (last 10 read books).
- Text settings.
- Audio settings - Play sound on bookmark.
- Audio settings - Play on navigation.
- Book position.
- Bookmark position and text.
- Clipboard text.
What EasyReader Premium does not synchronise
- Text size (no sync after first run).
- Books imported to a device.
- Audio settings - voice settings (TTS).
- Pronunciation lists.
- Changes made to the user interface.
When does EasyReader Premium synchronise
- Book list is updated when entering My Books screen and opening a book in the reading screen. It is also updated when the download of a book reaches one hundred percent complete.
- Clipboard entries are updated when entering My Clipboard Text screen and when you apply changes.
- Book position is updated when entering My Books screen and opening a book. The position is also saved to the cloud when the position is updated in the reading screen.
- Bookmarks are retrieved when opening a book and saved when you close a book.
- Text/Audio settings are loaded when opening a book and saved when closing a book.
- Library logins are saved on successful login to a library.
- Library list is saved when you close the App.
Finally, thank you for participating in this course and for taking the time to help improve accessibility for students in education.
We hope EasyReader Premium opens a world of accessible books for you and your students, enabling you and your students to read anywhere, learn anywhere.
Below are three sample quiz questions based on this lesson. Please spend no more than five minutes considering the answers to these questions.
- You choose the Text settings option to edit the entries in your Pronunciation list. Is this statement true?
- You can import and read Microsoft Word DOCX files in EasyReader. Is this statement true?
- You can learn more about the EasyReader App by selecting the Help option in the app. Is this statement true?
End of lesson
Thank you for completing the final lesson in this course. If you wish to gain a Certificate of Achievement, please click the link below. If you want to revisit a previous lesson, please scroll to the top of this page and choose the lesson from the Course Outline menu.
But before you move on, here are the answers to the quiz questions: