Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FREE Alternative to Boardmaker!

Hey Special Sparkle readers!! Oh how I've missed you guys in all the craziness of back to school time!

I'm at a new school this year, which means a whole set of fabulous coworkers with lots of tips and knowledge to share! Last week I was telling one of them about the apps the PECS company is ever so nicely letting me sample and share the details with you (that's coming soon). As we were chatting she talked about how much she wished we had Boardmaker at our school, but we don't. Then she gave me a FREE option instead!
Picto Selector is a European version of a similar program that you can download for free directly to your computer! Then you can use it even if you aren't connected to the internet. You can also choose to set it up to have it on a cloud so you can access it anywhere. It has so many wonderful images to use for making things for your children/students. I'm fairly certain it's copyrighted, so you most likely can't use it to sell teacher products, but it's great for classroom use! Since it's from Europe, some of the images don't match ours, such as money, but there are thousands of images you can use!

Here are some screen shots I took as I was testing it out for you guys.

This is just a tiny sample of the images available!
You can keyword sort like I did for "listening"

 Here are the images in use to make a storyboard. It has far more tools than this, but this is just a quick sample of how I got started.

Do you have Boardmaker at your school? If not, what do you use instead?
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