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SwitchIt! Maker 2
Create cause-and-effect activities automatically accessible using a mouse, whiteboard, touch monitor, IntelliKeys, keyboard, or switches
SwitchIt! Maker 2 will turn your text, images, movies and sounds into simple on-screen activities.
Make talking books starring your pupils, or a slide show of a recent trip. Put that digital camera to good use!
SwitchIt! Maker 2 is especially designed so that children can make activities as part of a lesson. It�s that easy! SwitchIt! Maker 2 first asks you to choose a layout for a new page - do you want words with a picture, or just a picture? Then add an image or some video. Type in the text using your keyboard or the on-screen keyboard (great on an interactive whiteboard), then add some voiceover or load some music. That�s it! Export and import features let you transfer your activities to other computers or onto CD, etc. Also included is a freely copiable �player� version so students can take their activities home and a library of clip-art pictures, sample videos and music.
SwitchIt! Maker 2 can be operated with 1 or 2 switches, mouse, IntelliKeys or touchscreen.
New in SwitchIt! Maker 2:
� Now even easier to use!
� Choose from different text sizes and page layouts
� Export and import features let you transfer your activities to other computers or onto CD-ROM, etc.
� Includes over 1,500 useful example files, including a selection of PCS symbols from Mayer-Johnson and Widgit Literacy (Rebus) Symbols from Widgit, clip-art pictures, sample videos and music.
� A wider range of image and sound file formats can be imported, plus video!
� Images: jpg, bmp, gif, png, tif, wmf, emf
� Video: avi, wmv, mov, mpeg
� Sound: wav, aiff, mp3
� Play a sequence of activities without teacher intervention
� Activity editor has symbols and an onscreen keyboard; suitable for young children and those with severe learning difficulties.
SwitchIt! Maker 2 also includes:
� a freely distributable "player" version so students can take their activities home
� a selection of ready made activities is provided to get you started
Activities that you can create include:
� A slide show tour of your school or town, to send to your overseas partner schools
� A pictorial journal of a class trip to the farm, the museum, the fire station - anywhere!
� Pictures or videos of a class drama project. Students can record their lines straight into SwitchIt! Maker 2. (This is highly motivating for reluctant speakers.)
� A storybook with your students` own pictures
� A slide show with photos of children in a class, to give to a new child who is soon to join
� A sequence of photos and symbols showing the order of activities through the day
� A `big and small` activity using photos of familiar food
� A Kim`s game activity with photos of familiar food
� A sequence of simple images and videos for visual stimulus with students with profound learning difficulties
� A multimedia `life story`, CV or `Communication Profile` for a student about to start work experience
� A self-running rolling presentation of children at work for display in your school's reception area on open days/parents` evenings
� A demonstration of how to make a cup of tea, using photos or videos.
SwitchIt! Maker 2 has a range of easy-to-use options that allow you to tailor the activities to your student�s individual needs.
� Select the activities you would like to be played and place them in the required order. This is useful for students to be able to work through a set of activities independently.
Sound and video options
� Decide if you would like sound and video to be played automatically when a page is displayed, or in response to the user�s input. Also choose whether the user must wait for any sound or video to finish playing before they can move onto the next page. (This is very useful if the user has a habit of pressing the switch/mouse/spacebar indiscriminately.)
� SwitchIt! Maker 2 has a useful �pre-acceptance delay� function. This is ideal for students who make brief involuntary switch presses which you don�t want the program to recognize, for example as a result of tremor. If you set the delay to 0.5 seconds, the program will only accept switch presses that last longer than 0.5 seconds.
Page number display
� Decide whether to have the page numbers of your activity displayed on the screen as it is being played.
� Set the color of the text and background throughout your activities. This can be useful to create high contrast colour combinations, for students with visual impairment. It can also be useful to quickly and easily display an activity without the accompanying text, without deleting it all! Simply set the background and text to the same color.
� Use this option if you would like your activity to run as a slideshow or a presentation, for example, in the background at a parents� evening.
Age Range� All Ages
Fosters the following skills:
� Switch use
� Resource preparation
� Mouse, Trackball, Joystick
� Single Switch
� Multiple Switches
� Switch Adapted Mouse
Windows 2000, XP, Vista