Thanks, Evan. They were interesting. I would never have thought to look for them. Cindy Ro --- EVAN REESE <mentat3@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Hello Everyone, > > I had missed, or forgotten about the video on > YouTube of Steffon Middleton using Bookshare for > school that Estin posted here a few days ago. Lissi > and I went up and listened to it last night, and she > told me that she had discovered more videos up there > from other Bookshare members. I thought I would post > a few links here. I think they're marvelous and > uplifting examples of the positive impact people can > have on the lives of others. > > The first link is for a video of Jessica Pinto, an > 8th grader who I believe has cerebral palsy. A great > love of life comes out in her voice, and she is > reading better and faster because of the work we do > here. > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asNgQXnxbQ8&feature=related > > The next one is for Shane McKnight. Using Kurzweil > and books from Bookshare, he says that his grades > have gone up from a 20 to an 80. > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlTzV1tif6E > > He would especially like more books about skate > boarding, a biography of Tony Hawk for instance. Now > if Lissi can find that book about a skate boarding > monster she says she has in her house somewhere, I > told her I would scan it. I'm not kidding. There > really is such a book. I can't wait to read it > myself. > > The last one is from Alex Clark. He says that > Bookshare has helped him bring his grades up, in his > words, "from below failing to above a B.". You can't > get much more change for the better than that! > <grin> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwSwzeBCbq8&feature=related > > These are all middle school kids and they were none > of them great readers. But they are all getting > better and what is I think even more valuable, > developing a love of reading for its own sake; not > just to fulfill class assignments. > > It is a wonderful thing to know that in scanning and > validating books for Bookshare, we are improving the > lives of others all over the world, and bettering > their prospects for the future. > > By posting these here, in addition to wanting to > share them with you, I'm hoping that you all will > share these links with your friends and relatives > who may have no idea what Bookshare is or why some > of us devote quite a lot of our time to it. Hearing > these kinds of stories is a reward that money cannot > buy. > > Evan > WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS AVAILABLE AT http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/wish_list/wish_list.htm www.lljfm.net/bookshare/home.htm A LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE AT http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ www.lljfm.net/bookshare/home.htm To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.