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CAST UDL Book Builder

The purpose of this group is to:

  • Share ideas on how to use Book Builder
  • Ask questions on functionality
  • Learn from each other

Website: http://bookbuilder.cast.org
Members: 29
Latest Activity: Jul 3, 2017

Discussion Forum

Coaches aren't working

HelloI'm writting because the Coaches in Book Builder aren't working.This messages appears Error: do_bb_post_request(): Problem with http://agents.cast.org/v6/ParseSequenceXML.phpI'm going…Continue

Tags: Coaches

Started by Jaime Ribeiro Jul 3, 2017.

Please help! 4 Replies

BookBuilder isn't working Rigth.It isn't possible to work with text. The tool bar doesn't appear.Please report this as soon as possible. I Have a Phd student that depends on it, because is also in Portuguese.Thank you!Continue

Started by Jaime Ribeiro. Last reply by Jaime Ribeiro Oct 10, 2015.

Glossary front picture??

Hello everyone. My name is Eleni Argyriou and I've just discovered this great tool!!One of the features I love is the glossary. But I have a question. When we read the book we have made and we type the glossary button we have a first page with a…Continue

Started by Eleni Argyriou Jan 9, 2013.

Getting Started

Hello:I am new to Bookbuilder.  I would like to develop books for my students who read at a 1-3 grade level.  Although I could develop text on my own, I am wondering if anyone has identified any good resources for this age group that we can draw…Continue

Started by Carey Ackerman Jul 3, 2012.

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Comment by Carey Ackerman on July 5, 2012 at 1:55pm

Thanks Anne for responding.  If I come across any resources, I'll let you know.

Comment by anne meyer on July 3, 2012 at 3:37pm

no i am not sure of a good resource. There is Tar Heel Reader but I don't think it has the audio and other capabilities you are looking for. CAST's UDL studio has a small number of books so far but it does have the option to embed prompts and elicit responses from readers. If you find others please share them with us!


Comment by Peggy Coyne on July 3, 2012 at 3:18pm

Hi Carey,

I don't do you Anne?

Comment by Carey Ackerman on July 3, 2012 at 2:58pm

Hi Peggy and Anne:

Thanks for your feedback.  I appreciate knowing that since the books are in the public domain that I can just use the text without worrying about copyrights. 

Other than creating books on Book Builder, are either of you aware of any quality resources for electronic books that include audio capability, a dictionary, and hot spots that give students prompts to help them with reading comprehension?  I am looking for those types of pre-made resources as well.  I'd appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks!

Comment by anne meyer on July 3, 2012 at 1:55pm

HI Carey -

To add to Peggy's notes, at the moment we don't have remix capability on our model books but we'll register the request. Copying and pasting text is kind of awkward but I think it's the only option for now. I'd suggest copying into a word doc or other text file, then use that as the source for your version of the book.

It's a great idea, thanks for asking.


Comment by Peggy Coyne on July 3, 2012 at 1:46pm

Hi Carey,

Yes, you can take the text and make your own books. The challenge is you will need to create totally new books, sorry to say that you can't copy and edit existing books. No, since the books are in the public domain, you don't need to get permission from the authors.

Yes, I agree that the out of copyright materials are lacking for young children. The Beatrix Potter books are probably some of the best that exist.

Comment by Carey Ackerman on July 3, 2012 at 1:39pm

Thanks Peggy.  Yes.  I have checked out the model books and those in the library.  I may opt to use those.  Can they be further customized if desired - for example to add audio if desired? Do I need to get permission from the authors before doing so?  I did check out the resources to find links to books out of copyright but they didn't seem to have much for very young kids.  Thanks for your help.

Comment by Peggy Coyne on July 3, 2012 at 12:33pm

Check out the model books as there are many for 1st and 2nd grade students. Also check resources to find links to text that is out of copyright.

Comment by Carey Ackerman on July 3, 2012 at 12:20pm

I had a follow-on question to the one I just posted. I see there are many examples of free online electronic books.  Would the text from those stories be something we could use in bookbuilder since they are already posted free for people to use?  Thanks.


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