Boardmaker

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 – all designed to help your students reach classroom goals.

If you need help getting started with Boardmaker V6 or Boardmaker Studio, 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 Family program for you.

Boardmaker - Boardmaker lets you create valuable printed materials, like communication boards, sequences, and schedules that are perfect for all your students.

Boardmaker Plus! - Boardmaker Plus! offers all the same features as Boardmaker for creating print-based materials, but 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.

Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro - Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro is thw natural choice for students who need support with communication. It delivers the same on-screen and print options of Boardmaker Plus! and Boardmaker, but it also gives students challenged by speech even more power with high-quality voices, word prediction, and abbreviation expansion.

Boardmaker Studio - Boardmaker Studio allows you to create professional-looking boards and activities faster and easier using pre-programmed tools and 100s of pre-made templates in every instructional area.

CD/DVD drive required to run Boardmaker software: If intended computer does not have a CD/DVD drive, please consider Boardmaker Online.

The Boardmaker Software Family 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 activities that are a fit for all of your students – no matter their ability. Boardmaker Software Family titles feature more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols™ (PCS) in 44 languages, all in color and black and white.

How Teachers are Using Boardmaker Titles

Educators are using Picture Communication Symbols™ (PCS) with Boardmaker titles to enhance learning and communication for their students with special needs. 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
  • Incorporate sound bites, video clips, and images from the internet into your lessons
  • 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 the Boardmaker Software Family 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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