Boardmaker

Proven and effective printed materials for special education teachers.

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 material with symbols supported in dozens of languages. Select your own 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 1.5, 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 or even teach 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 - The 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 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.

Note: CD/DVD drive required to run Boardmaker software in English (US English and UK English). If intended computer does not have a CD/DVD drive, please consider Boardmaker Online. Localized Boardmaker software (which means any other language available) will be delivered on USB stick or online.

Boardmaker® v.6 software is the most popular choice among educators, speech-language pathologists and para-professionals for creating new activities and adapting existing ones for students with special needs.

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 dozens of 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 variety 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 in adapting curriculum to meet your students' 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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