Tar Heel Reader
url: http://tarheelreader.org/
type: Slideshow



Developed at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, this tool allows creation of a captioned slide show for beginning readers, with features designed for to meet accessibility needs (text to speech, reader selected font and background colors). It can be used with standard hardware used for accessible access (touch screen, Intellikeys, and switches-- see more about the accessibility features) Pictures can either be uploaded from your computer or selected from a keyword search in flickr,. The tool automatically tracks the photo credits and saves it as a link when a story is published (see example).

Tar Heel Reader was built on top of the Wordpress platform, but has been highly customized.Readers can also downloads of storie in PowerPoint, Flash, and Impress Format.

At the time of this writing, there are over 16,000 published stories on the site. There is also a version of the site in German.

add to / edit this section

Import Media From: Images, Flickr
Library Media: none
Teacher Features: Tar Hill Reader's primary feature is its range of options to meet the needs for students with accessibility challenges. It also works with the Route 66 Literacy project that provides content created in Tar Hill Reader with tutorial support http://www.route66literacy.org/

Dominoe Story

View on Tar Heel reader (link) see also auto-generated photo credits page
embedded version: n/a

More Examples

add to / edit this section

Your Impressions

Add feedback that would help other people decide if this is a tool worth using
  • Tar Heel Reader is impressive as one of the few tools I have found that is designed explicitly to create and publish stories in an accessible format. You will have to contact the site creators to get a key to create an account. It is not obvious how to get to the area to edit your profile (it is the Site Admin link on bottom right or http://tarheelreader.org/wp-admin/) - cogdog cogdog Apr 8, 2011

add to / edit this section