WYNN Tip: Creative
Ideas for Getting Text Scanned
(Excerpted from the WYNN Forum on www.closingthegap.com)
- Take your
textbooks to the local Kinko’s and have them cut the binding
and put them in a flexible binder. This makes textbooks easier
- Use educational
assistants to do the scanning.
- Use Bookshare.org
to access books others have already scanned.
- Hire a high
school vocational group or a group of transition kids who would
benefit from some training in specific skills.
- Get the
Junior National Honor Society or other service clubs to scan
often need projects to accumulate volunteer hours.
- Start a
summer “work-study” program
that will have students scanning books. This serves two purposes — it
gives students summer job opportunities and enables textbooks to
be scanned and ready to go by the new school year.
- In Wisconsin,
inmates in a correctional institution have been trained in
scanning and editing. After they have scanned a textbook, they
text to CD, then return the book & CD to the district.
- Have parent
volunteers assist with scanning.
- Find out-of-copyright
books and other historical documents on the Internet (because
you don’t need to scan them!)
electronic versions of the text in ASCII or .doc format from
have hard-copy of book)