Boardmaker Online now launched in Ireland

Tobii Dynavox have recently launched their new Boardmaker Online product in Ireland through SafeCare Technologies. It has all the functionalities of previous versions of Boardmaker, except now that it’s web-based you don’t need any disks and multiple users can access it from any PC.

Instructor showing students how to use Boardmaker Online

You can purchase a Personal, Professional or District account and the amount you pay depends on the type of account, the amount of “instructors” and how many years you want to sign up for. You can also get a discount for any old Boardmaker disks that you want to trade in.

You get all the symbols that have been available in past versions, as well as some new symbol sets and any new ones that are created in the future will also be given to you. Because it’s web-based, you have access to previously created activities via the online community and you can upload activities you create yourself to that community and share them with other people in your district or all over the world.

Because it’s no longer tied to one device, you can create activities on your PC and assign them to your “students” who can use them either in school and/or at home. You no longer need to have a user’s device in your possession to update their activities and they don’t need to have a period without their device while you do this.

You (and the other instructors in your district if you have a district licence) can also assign the same activity to many students and by having different accessibility options set up for different students, the activity is automatically accessible for their individual needs. For example, you could create an activity and assign it to a student who uses eye gaze and to a student who uses switches and that activity will show up on their device in the format that’s accessible for them.

Picture shows how instructors can assign Boardmaker Online activities to multiple students

The results of students’ work can be tracked against IEP or educational goals which then helps you decide what activities would be suitable to assign next. You can also track staff and student usage.

One limitation is that you can only create activities on a Windows PC or Mac. You can play activities on an iPad using the free app but not create them on it, and you can’t use Boardmaker Online to either create or play activities on an Android or Windows-based tablet.

The other point to mention is that because it’s a subscription-based product, the payment you have to make is recurring every year rather than being a one-off payment, which may not suit everyone.

However, with the new features it’s definitely worth getting the free 30-day trial and deciding for yourself if you’d like to trade in your old Boardmaker disks for the new online version!

Upcoming conferences in Dublin

Reducing the digital divide: the role of Education

European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society

Rapid advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing lifestyles across the globe. However, many people with disabilities and elderly people experience difficulties in engaging with ICT and therefore may be prevented from fully enjoying its benefits.

The ENTELIS seminar “Reducing the digital divide: the role of Education” will be held in Dublin on the 12th of November is dedicated to the role of education in bridging the digital divide.

http://www.entelis.net/

 

Universal Design in Education

Universal Design in EducationThe drive to increase participation in higher education is often at odds with the need to encourage and develop all students to be technically proficient and yet creative, independent and socially aware thinkers that are engaged with the world outside of the campus walls.

In collaboration the Universal Design in Education conference will be held in the same venue as the ENTELIS seminar.  This is a two day conference consisting of a series of workshops, keynote speakers, exhibitions and a 24 Hour Universal Design Hackathon.

http://education.universaldesign.ie/

 

“Reducing the digital divide: the role of Education” 12th November 2015

“Universal Design in Education” Conference 12th & 13th November 2015

Venue: Dublin Castle

DigiPlace4all

Event on the 28th May 2015This support group could be very valuable for anyone who has difficulties accessing technologies and is about to start a new course or job.  DigiPlace4all is a peer support network for digital skills & inclusion in Education and Employment.  The support network available at https://digiplace4all.eu provides a way to connect to others who will support you in learning particular digital skills or achieving a task with technology.  Or you can offer to use your knowledge and skills to support others.

To find out more, why not go to the DigiPlace4all Community event which will demonstrate the peer support and sharing facilities on the DigiPlace4all community website.

When
May 28th , 10.30am to 1pm

Where
Radisson Blu Hotel,
Golden Lane,
Dublin 8.

To secure your place, email: Esther.Murphy@ncbi.ie

DigiPlace4All is an outcome of the DICE (Digital Inclusion Champions in Europe – 2013-1-IE1-LEO05-06094) project.