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    This article explains everything a user will need to know about eBooks within Boost, and the related articles will explore specific actions for eBooks: 

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    You can access your eBooks from the teacher dashboard on the homepage. This will show you all eBooks your school have available, from any course:

     

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    You can also view the eBooks part of a specific course using the eBooks tab:

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    Favouriting eBooks

    You can favourite any eBook by selecting the star icon on the eBook tile. There is no limit to how many eBooks you can favourite: 

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    To open an eBook, click on the eBook tile. The eBook will open up in a new tab in your browser:

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    eBook subscription types

    There are different icons to signify what eBooks you have available.

    If you bought a Boost Core subscription without any extra eBook copies, you will have access to the Teacher-copy only. You cannot share it with students unless you buy extra copies or upgrade to Boost Premium. 

    Teacher-only copies are denoted by the graduation cap icon and label:

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    If you bought a Boost Premium subscription, you will have unlimited eBooks. You can share these with as many students as you like.

    Please note: student's access to the eBook lasts for the length of its respective Course subscription. When the course subscription expires, access to that eBook will be revoked.

    Unlimited eBooks are denoted by the crown icon and label:

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    If you bought copies of an eBook with your Core Boost subscription, you can give these out to your students.

    Extra eBook copies are denoted by the book icon and label, showing how many you have left:

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    Each time you share an eBook with a student, it deducts this from your available total. If you run out, you will need to buy more copies. 

     

    Sharing an eBook with students

    Teachers will have access to the teacher-copy of the eBook(s) by default when you subscribe to a Boost course. To share eBooks with students, they will need their own accounts set up on Boost.
     
    1. To share an eBook with students, select the 'share' icon on the eBook tile:
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    You can either choose to share within Boost, or to give students a weblink:
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    Sharing within Boost 

    If you choose 'Share within Boost', you can copy in colleagues so that they are notified of the share. They will also be able to view and edit the share in their 'Share overview'. This is optional.
     
    When you are ready, select 'next':
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    On the next screen, you will need to select the students you want to share the eBook with. Click on the tick-box by their name to select them:
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    You can use the tabs to choose between individual students, or select an entire class or group. You can also use the search bar to search for a specific student, class or group.

    Generating a weblink

    If you choose 'Generate a weblink', you can copy in colleagues so that they are notified of the share. They will also be able to view and edit the share in their 'Share overview'. This is optional.

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    A weblink will then appear which you can copy and send to your students (this link will be active for 28 days):

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    When you are happy with your choices and have copied the link select 'Done'. If you need to review or remove an eBook share, please take a look at reviewing and removing your eBook shares. 

    Reviewing and removing shared eBooks

    All teachers have access to the teacher-only copy of an eBook. 

    If you've shared an eBook with students, and you want to review or edit who you've shared it with, select this icon on the eBook tile:

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    Here you can review who has a copy of the eBook shared with them, and which teacher shared the copy with them. You can also see the expiry date of those allocation in the top right hand corner of the tab: 

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    To remove eBooks from a share, select 'View the sharing history'. This will take you to the 'Share Overview' for your school's eBooks: 

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    If you select the bin icon, you can delete the entire share - this will revoke access for all students in that share. Please note: this deletion will not be reversible once completed

    If you want to remove a share for specific student, or edit the colleagues cc'ed into the share, select the pen icon:

    mceclip2.pngThe first screen asks if you want to add or remove any colleagues from being cc'ed into the share. This is optional, so you can select 'next' with or without having made any changes:

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    On the second screen, you can remove students from the share of the eBook. To remove them, select the 'X' by their name. 

    If you only wanted to add/remove colleagues from being cc'ed into the share, you can leave this screen as they are. 

    Once you are happy with your selections, click 'Done' at the bottom. 

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    If you want to share the eBook with more students, you'll need to create a new share. 

     

    Using eBooks

    When you open up an eBook for the first time, you'll be given the option to tour the menus and its tools: 

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    You can re-open this tour at any time by selecting this icon in the top right hand corner: 

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    You can switch between 'Print view' and 'Interactive view' using the menu on the right hand side of the screen:

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    Print view features include:

    • Search - you can search for key terms within your eBook
    • Table of Contents
    • Activity Log - you can see a list of any annotations/highlights you have made
    • Resources - you can see a list of resources linked to this eBook
    • Image Gallery - you can surface all the images found in the eBook
    • Flashcards - you can access and play through any Revision Cards you have made

     

    Interactive view features include:

    • Search - you can search for key terms within your eBook
    • Table of Contents
    • Activity Log - you can see a list of and edit any annotations/highlights you have made
    • Bookmarks - you can see all your bookmarks, selecting one will take you to that page
    • Resources - you can see a list of resources linked to this eBook
    • Image Gallery - you can surface all the images found in the eBook, selecting one will take you to that page
    • Flashcards - you can access and play through any Revision Cards you have made

     

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    You will also be able to use the text-to-speech feature, using the hand icon to decide where your audio begins:

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    Please note: we would recommend adjusting your interactive view settings to enable vertical scroll 

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