Check with your school or public librarian.  Over many years, we have an
extensive collection digital audiobooks that match our middle school
curriculum and are requested by ELL and Special Education readers &
teachers.  These are not digital voices and are often dramatic engaging
readers.  No headphones or earbuds?  Digital audiobooks can also be
listened to by plugging in external speakers into the playaway, ipad or

 Also the public library often has many digital audiobooks accessible
through an app and a library card number.  The public children's library
are also more than willing to purchase audiobooks needed by the schools.


On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM, Ellen Arapakos <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Has anyone found a way to effectively provide students on IEPs/504s with
> digital audiobooks?**
> **(While complying with COPPA
> <>
> , IDEA & FERPA confidentiality provisions
> <>,
> and copyright law)
> I believe most of our students do NOT have physical disabilities severe
> enough to qualify for the copyright exemption under the Chaffee Amendment
> <>, which might
> entitle them to use Bookshare or National Library Services.
> Our students have individual Chromebooks to use at school. Our IT
> department could push out an Audible or Learning Ally app on their
> Chromebooks. We need to find something that is on demand and seamless. The
> technology is there.
> Does someone have a creative solution so that Special Educators can
> purchase literature group books in audio format using Audible (or something
> else) for students, yet NOT have the audiobook tied to the Special
> Educator's account? (Allowing students to use Educators' accounts opens up
> all kinds of potential hazards, among which are IDEA & FERPA
> confidentiality provisions).
> We also do not want--nor can we, as our students are underage--to have
> individual student Audible (or other) accounts. Additionally, once we
> purchase an Audiobook, we don't want it to leave once the student leaves
> the school.
> We need institutional accounts, so audiobooks stay with the school.
> I have contacted Learning Ally <>and their
> pricing for a one year subscription is $93 per student, minimum 10
> students.
> ListenUp Vermont <>, available through Vermont
> public libraries -- school libraries can't join now--is not a workable
> solution. Titles are often unavailable, checked out, or the 2 week loan
> period isn't long enough for the school unit. Additionally, there is the
> often cumbersome process of using the Overdrive software or downloading the
> book. And, most students won't know/have their public library account
> number.
> If you've made it this far, thanks for reading!
> Ellen Arapakos
> --
> Ellen Arapakos, Teacher Librarian
> <>
> Williston Central School Library
> 802-871-6189 (during school hours)
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*Carole Renca, M.Ed.Teacher LibrarianEdmunds Middle School
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