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SwitchIt! Maker 2 will turn your text, images, movies and sounds into simple on-screen activities.
These activities are automatically accessible using a mouse, whiteboard, touch monitor, keyboard, one or two switches or IntelliKeys.
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.
The program also has over 1,500 useful example files, including a selection of PCS symbols from Mayer-Johnson and Rebus Symbols from Widgit, clip-art pictures, sample videos and music. It also allows you to import a wider range of image and sound files than ever before.
Almost all cause and effect programs feature switch building levels. These usually involve the child creating a picture or scene, ‘building’ it step-by-step with repeated switch presses or mouse clicks, or by touching the touch monitor. For many learners, switch building can serve as a useful next stage in the progression from cause and effect to making independent choices.
All switch building programs allow you to choose the number of steps the child will have to complete before receiving a reward. Initially you should start at one step where a single switch press will build up the scene and play the animation in much the same way as programs like Big Bang. When you feel the learner is ready you can change the settings to three presses.