2006 Conference General Sessions

HANDS ON BOARDMAKER PLUS: TURNING BOARDMAKER INTO A STUDENT TOOL!

Presenter(s)
Lisa Petit
Mayer-Johnson, LLC
1237 Devonshire Curve
Bloomington MN 55431

Day Phone: 952—884—3198
Fax: 952—884—3198
Email: lisa@mayer-johnson.com

Presenter #2
Lori Geist
Mayer-Johnson, LLC
2500 NE Hoyt Street Apt. 52
Portland OR 97232

Day Phone: 412—951—8223
Email: lori@mayer-johnson.com

This hands-on session will introduce participants to Boardmaker Plus, an enhanced version of Boardmaker. This lab will provide participants an opportunity to witness brand new and
innovative ways to bring Boardmaker activities to life, while providing a hands—on experience to learn this new version of Boardmaker. The focus of this session will be to learn the new features and tools in Boardmaker Plus and the use of the new templates included in the program to quickly and easily create fun, interactive activities on the computer using Boardmaker Plus.

The session will begin with an overview of interactive, instructional, activities on the computer. Looking at a variety of types of boards and activities created with Boardmaker Plus, will provide participants with a broad understanding of how the activities can be created as an extension of Boardmaker. Participants using Boardmaker will be excited to see this next step and to learn how easy it is to take their activities to the next level. With a conceptual understanding of Boardmaker Plus, participants will be prepared to enter the hands-on component of this session.

To begin the lab portion of this session, participants will learn the new features and tools that have been added to Boardmaker Plus that make creating both printed and on-screen activities easier than ever. Tools include right-click options, click and dragging symbols, new menu options, and much more. This quick run through will have participants excited at the new ease of creating and ready to create an on—screen activity with Boardmaker Plus!

Next, participants will be introduced to the new templates included with Boardmaker Plus. These templates allow users to more quickly and easily create a variety of on—screen activities .including interactive books, writing activities, dictionary pages, recipes and much more.’ The lab will use these templates as a starting place to learn how to create on- screen activities using Boardmaker Plus.

Using clearly defined tutorials and the presenters’ guided instruction, participants will create an interactive book with templates plus a writing activity about the book. The lab will walk each participant through the steps of opening templates, using Boardmaker Plus to get symbols, changing the spoken message, and linking pages. In addition, participants will link their interactive books to the bookshelf template to demonstrate how students could independently access and read the interactive books created. Participants will see the simplicity in creating interactive activities with Boardmaker Plus.

The aim of this session is for participants to understand Boardmaker Plus conceptually and experience it hands-on. Through a lab format, participants will gain a hands-on understanding of programming features and tricks using templates. This session is ideal for those who want to be introduced to the next generation of Boardmaker by creating both printed and interactive activities on the computer. Participants of this lab will leave with a clear understanding of how they can use Boardmaker Plus in many new and exciting ways.


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