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Webinar: BBB Virtual Conference 2021 (September 13-14)

Oct. 5, 2021

Build a Better Book was pleased to host a virtual conference on September 13-14, 2021! If you missed the conference, you can still view the session recordings on the BBB Virtual Conference 2021 webpage. Get inspired to start a Build a Better Book project at your library, school, or makerspace!

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Registration Open for 2021 BBB Professional Development Conference!

Aug. 5, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2021 Build a Better Book Professional Development Conference! Whether you are just getting started or already a network partner, this conference is for you! This virtual conference will be held Monday, September 13 - Tuesday, September 14, 2021. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom. Participation is FREE, but registration is required. REGISTER and save your spot!

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Call for Proposals

July 15, 2021

We want to hear from you! Would you like to share a completed BBB project, best practice, tool, or idea with the BBB Network? Submit a proposal for our upcoming BBB Virtual Conference on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom. Deadline for submissions is July...

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Webinar: Tactile Art Workshops with Rishika Kartik (April 6, 2021)

April 20, 2021

Watch this inspiring session on engaging with the blind and visually impaired community through tactile art workshops. High school student Rishika Kartik will share her experience running the Colorado Tactile Art Club, art workshops at the Colorado Center for the Blind, Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, Braille Institute,...

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Tactile Images Webinar: November 10, 2020

Nov. 3, 2020

Come learn about an exciting new e-learning platform that allows you to create self-describing tactile graphics. Tactile Images is an iPhone app that reads graphics and attaches audio descriptions through a QR code. BVI students can explore graphics independently and instructors can create and customize their own diagrams and images...

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Build a Better Book Training Workshop

2020-2021 / Recruiting new partner sites for Build a Better Book! Apply online by November 1, 2019 for the training workshop on January 29 - 31, 2020, taking place in Boulder, Colorado.

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Event: AERA Conference

April 5 - 9, 2019, Toronto, Canada / Build a Better Book team members will present at a session on STEM Workforce Development at the AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.

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Event: SXSW EDU Conference

March 4 - 7, 2019 / Build a Better Book: Engineering with Empathy. The Build a Better Book team will be leading a hands-on session at the SXSW EDU Conference in Austin, Texas!

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Training: New Partner Sites

February 28 - March 1, 2019 / Congratulations to our sixteen new partner sites! The Build a Better Book network is expanding with new partners representing eleven different states, libraries, schools, makerspaces, and community partners working with physical and learning disabilities. We are excited about the diversity of the new sites and their outreach to new communities.

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Professional Development: Build a Better Book Professional Pathway (BVSD)

Bring a book to life! Learn how to merge storytelling with art, STEM and new Maker technologies to create experiential, multimodal books, graphics and games that can be seen, touched and heard. Through the context of storytelling, explore literacy-based maker tools including Makey Makey, paper circuits, Scratch, 3D printing and...