Boardmaker software for Windows

Boardmaker for Windows: A real classic for printed materials.

Create valuable printed materials, like communication boards, sequences and schedules that are perfect for all of your students. Easy-to-use features let you design your own materials, with symbols supported in 44 languages, and choose the topics, symbols, labels, colors borders, languages and more – Plus: making your activities interactive for use on the computer with sound, animation and video.

If you need help getting started with Boardmaker, you can visit our Boardmaker Support page. You can also find related software updates, downloads, and documentation there.  

Boardmaker® is a trusted tool for parents, teachers, and therapists to create symbol adapted accessible curriculum materials for students - regardless of their abilities.

Whether you're looking to create a picture schedule, working to meet Common Core Standards, or even teaching a new language, there is a Boardmaker Software program for you.

Boardmaker Plus! - Boardmaker® Plus! offers all the same features as Boardmaker® for creating print-based materials, and it doesn't stop there. Boardmaker® Plus! transforms your paper activities – and your students' learning experience – by making your activities interactive for use on the computer with sound, animation and video. With Boardmaker® Plus!, you can create all of the same materials you do with Boardmaker® - practice quizzes, worksheets, schedules, books, writing activities, games and more in 44 languages. And, with Boardmaker® Plus!, you can make them talk, prompt and support your students as they learn.

Boardmaker Studio 1.5 - Still delivers your favorite Boardmaker Software Family features, like robust editing tools, but now gives you access to more than 30,000 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS®). Boardmaker Studio 1.5 also includes features designed to save you valuable time, like hundreds of Studio Starter Templates and an easy to understand interface, so you can spend less time creating materials and more time with your students.

Boardmaker Online - is a complete system for delivering personalized instruction and therapy while also measuring student progress. It is designed to benefit entire districts, departments, and individual classrooms, as well as the unique needs of the students within them. Find out more about Boardmaker Online.

Boardmaker® software is the most popular choice among educators, speech-language pathologists and para-professionals for creating new and adapting existing activities for students with special needs.

What does that mean? It means that, with Boardmaker®, you can create and adapt symbol-based printed activities that are a fit for all of your students – no matter their ability. A symbol database combined with an easy-to-use drawing program, Boardmaker® features more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols™ (PCS) in 44 languages, all in color and black and white.

How Teachers are using Boardmaker®

Educators are using Picture Communication Symbols™ (PCS) with Boardmaker® to enhance learning and communication for their special needs students. Boardmaker® gives educators the ability to create a wide range of materials with its wide range of time-saving tools and features. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Visual schedules and social skills stories for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Materials to reinforce common educational, behavioral, and functional living skills
  • Books and symbol-supported literacy activities for beginning and pre-readers
  • Communication boards and device overlays for non-verbal students
  • Worksheets and flash cards for English Language Learners
  • Song and Story boards for preschoolers

Time-saving tools

Boardmaker® has been developed and refined to reduce the time and effort involved to adapt curriculum to meet your student's individual needs.

  • Quickly adapt a story or poem with the Symbolate tool which adds symbols to text automatically as you type
  • Swap content, appearance and actions between two or more buttons instantly with the swap feature
  • Drag-and-drop and resize images from the Internet or from your own digital camera
  • Randomly shuffle buttons to quickly create new sorting activities or bingo boards

Think about how you can use Boardmaker® to adapt materials you've already created, or consider the brand new materials you can create from scratch. The possibilities are endless!

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