Masters in Visual Impairments Book Port Plus

Book Port Plus

The following learning module focuses on a digital book player, called the Book Port Plus. To complete the learning module, read the entire webpage of text and watch the videos. Then, respond to the assessment questions.

* Please note: If you are completing this module for a class, your instructor may ask that you respond to the assessment questions in a separate document and/or demonstrate the tasks for a grade.  

OBJECTIVES:​

By completing this learning module, students will be able to:
  1. Describe basic functions of the Book Port Plus
  2. Open text files
  3. Navigate DAISY files
  4. Create and use bookmarks
  5. Describe additional navigation features
  6. Delete files
  7. Understand battery conservation
  8. Understand voice memos and digital recordings
  9. Create voice memos
  10. Create digital recordings

1. Introduction to the Book Port Plus:

The Book Port Plus from American Printing House for the Blind is a digital media player, reader, and audio recorder. It reads several file types including TXT, BRF, DOC, DOCX, and HTML files using its built-in speech synthesizer. It also plays a variety of audio files such as MP3, OGG, WMA and WAV. The BPP plays Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) 2 and 3 files, which are digital talking book files created in either text or audio recorded formats. The BPP also can be authorized to play audio books from audible.com, the National Library Service, Bookshare, and Learning Ally.

Adding and removing content on the Book Port Plus is easy with the accompanying Book Transfer software. Files can be transferred via USB, WIFI or an SD card. The Book Port Plus is an essential tool for visually impaired individuals who need to have easy and portable access to their digital content. To learn more about the Book Port Plus, view the Introductory video below.

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

2. Opening Text Files:

We spend most of our time within a file playing and pausing, moving forward and backward through passages, increasing and decreasing the playback speed and adjusting the volume. It is equally important to be able to browse content to locate the needed file and find other titles of interest to play. This video segment will introduce you to the basic functions of using DAISY files.  ​

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

3. Navigating Daisy Files:

In this video segment, you will learn how to navigate DAISY files during playback in order to move by sentence, paragraph, and page using the arrow and numeric keys. DAISY files may be marked up by the publisher to have several enhanced navigation features such as the ability to move by phrase, headings, or bookmarks during playback. You will also learn how to stop playback in order to move around a file by increments of character, word, and line of text.    ​

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

4. Bookmarks:​

While listening to a book on the BPP, it is useful to be able to set bookmarks to refer to at a later point in time. In this video segment, you will learn how to set both standard and audio book marks. As you will see, standard bookmarks are quick and easy to create. The audio bookmarks require some additional steps, but offer the advantage of allowing you to record an audio description about the bookmark, similar to writing a note in the margin of a print book. After setting bookmarks, it is easy to navigate to them as well as remove them when they are no longer needed.     ​

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

5. Additional Navigation Controls:

As you will see in this section, it is easy to jump to a specific page no matter where you are in a file. If the book that you are listening to is not marked up by page, it is possible to move around by a percentage of the file. Getting the current location by pressing the 5 key during playback makes it easy to figure out where you are and then you can decide by which increment you would like to move forward or backward through the file. Also discussed is the use of the 5 key to get additional status information on the BPP.   

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

6. Deleting a Daisy Title:

When you are finished with a DAISY title, you may wish to remove it from the BPP. This video segment will demonstrate one simple way to do so. There are several other methods outlined in the Book Port Plus operating manual, such as creating shortcut keys to delete a title and using the Book Transfer software.    ​

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

7. Battery Conservation:

This video segment will show you how to manage the battery life on the BPP. The BPP will go into sleep mode after 2 minutes of inactivity; however, putting it in power save mode by pressing the power button is quick and easy. Pressing and holding in the power button will perform a complete shutdown. This is the most efficient way to conserve battery life when the unit is not going to be used for a few days. This video will also demonstrate how to use the key lock switch. It is important for students who carry the BPP in their pocket or backpack to use the key lock switch to avoid accidental activation and unnecessary battery drain.

***Optional:
Note: Pressing the power button has additional sleep timer functions that you can investigate further in the BPP manual.

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

8. Voice Memos and Regular Recordings Introduction:

 The BPP is a versatile and powerful recording device. It can quickly create short, convenient voice memos which are ideal for recording a phone number, reminder, or homework assignment. The BPP can also create high quality recordings using either the internal or an external microphone. The length of the recording is limited only by the amount of space available on the SD card. The range of recording qualities available makes it ideal for recording musical performances, lessons, lectures, etc.        

 

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

9. Voice Memos:

Voice memos have many uses, including capturing a phone number, a recipe or a grocery list. Next, you will learn the steps to create voice memos by holding in the record button. Once the voice memos have been created, you can navigate to them by pressing the title key and then using the arrow keys to move through the list of memos on the BPP. You will also learn how to remove a voice memo once you have finished with it. If at any time, you make an error, you will learn how to use the * key to cancel the current action and go back one step.

Note: you can create a shortcut to make deleting files easy and quick see the operating manual for more information.   

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

10. Create Digital Recordings:

Creating high quality recordings is a standout feature of the BPP. In this final section of the video, you will learn how to prepare the BPP for a recording, specify a title, and then create the recording itself, as well as how to go back and append an existing recording. This feature has many applications such as combining multiple class lectures, science labs, or meeting notes into a single file. Finally, you will learn the steps to delete the recordings you have created.

Note: you can create a shortcut to make deleting titles easy and quick see the operating manual for more information.  

(Audio captioned for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and descriptive video for individuals who are visually impaired)

Assessment:

  • Name 3 main functions of the Book Port Plus.
  • Identify 5 file types that the Book Port Plus can read.
  • Demonstration Task - With a Book Port Plus in your hands, demonstrate to your instructor how you would open a file, navigate within the file, and create a bookmark in the   file.
  • Demonstration Task - With a Book Port Plus in your hands, demonstrate to your instructor how you would create two voice memos and navigate between the two voic memos.
  • Demonstration Task - With a Book Port Plus in your hands, demonstrate to your instructor how you would create an audio recording. Also, demonstrate how you would append an existing audio recording with an additional recording. 

References and Additional Resources:

  • American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
  • Audible.com: An Amazon Company
  • Bookshare
  • DAISY Consortium
  • Learning Ally
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

*NOTE: This module and other CSULA learning modules were developed from by the OSEP Federal Grant Competition: Combined Priority for Personnel Development Grant # H325K110410. The learning module was written by Keith Christian, teacher of students with visual impairments from Anaheim Unified School District, Mike Carillo, teacher of students with visual impairments and Video Director/Producer of Car 29 Productions, Seanarae Smith, teacher of students with visual impairments and administrative assistant to the Education Specialist Credential in Visual Impairment and Blindness, CSULA, and Dr. Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, Program Coordinator of the Education Specialist Credential in Visual Impairment and Blindness, CSULA.

 

M.A. in Special Education Option in Visual Impairment & Blindness: Teacher Preparation