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Ideas for Using Widgit Symbols

A series full of ideas and resources

 

Whether you’re supporting small children or adults, in a school, in a community environment or at home, this section provides you with helpful hints, tips and ideas for using Widgit Symbols and software.

Teaching and Learning
Organisation
Enhancing Your Environment
Internet Access

If you would like to share any of your ideas for using Widgit Symbols, we'd love you to get in touch. You can share your ideas with us using our contact form.

symbols in use

 

 

Free resources and tutorials

Much of the information contained within each of the ideas will have corresponding free downloadable resources, as well as tutorials on how to make them yourself! All of these downloads will be available on this web page.

Free resources and examples

Free ‘do it yourself’ tutorials

 

Supporting Teaching and Learning

Topical vocabulary development with
First Keys 3

Show learners a symbol image relating to a conversation or lesson theme, and challenge them to spell and type the corresponding word. Choose the level of support from the many options available.

Download the Ancient Greeks vocabulary activity
FK3 greeks vocabulary.exe

Download the Quick Guide
FK3 greeks vocabulary quickguide.pdf

Try First Keys 3 for yourself!
Download a FREE 21-day trial of First Keys 3

First Keys 3 Chariot Resource

 



Concept comprehension in InPrint 2

Use symbols and clipart to create scenes which allow learners to express understanding of a concept. Add items to a background to depict a situation or event which discussion can be centred around. Learners can point at or circle the answers.

Download the example as part of a Fire Safety pack
CIP fire safety comprehension.exe

Download the Quick Guide
CIP fire safety comprehension quickguide.pdf

Fire safety discussion resource

 



Helping with Organisation


Plan an event with Communicate: Ideas

Involve learners in expressing choice and organising events, regardless of their level of reading or communication ability. Presenting prepared symbol-supported choices allows participants to make a selection and drag it to the map to link it up. Creating a visual organiser has never been so easy!

Download the Planning Template
CI planning a party.zip

Download the Quick Guide
CI planning a party quickguide.pdf

Event planning mind map

 



Create shopping lists in SymWriter

Get everyone involved in creating a shopping list with an interactive writing environment. With a click of a button, learners can register what is needed, print it out and be on their way!

Download the shopping list template environment and finished activity
CSW shopping list.exe

Download the Quick Guide
CSW shopping list quickguide.pdf

Try it for yourself!
Download a FREE 21-day trial of Communicate: SymWriter

Shopping list environment

 



Enhancing Your Environment


Make daily planners with By Choice

Selecting from a field of choices, learners of all ages can communicate what they plan to do throughout the course of a day and then print it as a visual reference for themselves or those supporting them.

Use the switch setting for individuals with accessibility difficulties or use an interactive white board for group work.

Download the ‘Daily Planner to Support Adults’ activity
CBC planning a day.exe

Download the Quick Guide
CBC planning a day quickguide.pdf

Daily planner example

 



Pre-made, ready-to-install symbol door signs

Schools and learning establishments looking for a professional and durable signage system can utilise Widgit’s set of 25 signage tiles. Giving clear and consistent indicators for those who struggle to read or are new to the English language, these ready-to-install signs make an environment that is communication friendly.


Bespoke symbol signs are also available.
More information on Signage Tiles

Door signage tiles

 



Symbols on Your Website


Symbol support in your school’s learning platform

Widgit Symbols can be used in inclusive online learning platforms to provide symbol summaries for learners who struggle to read text.

Widgit Symbols are available to use in these learning platforms:

DrupalfrogMoodleStudywiz
Ots LearningD B Primary

More details about using Widgit online tools can be found at:
http://www.widgit.com/products/index.htm#online

Moodle screenshot

 



Symbols to support website navigation

Help struggling readers and speakers of other languages to navigate a website by using key symbols as icons and links. Using symbols to support text ensures that everyone can understand the website’s information!

Visit www.checkthemap.org for a great example of symbols being used in this way!

Contact our Accessible Services Team for more information, by emailing: symbolservices@widgit.com

Check The Map screenshot

 

 

Free resources


cip file InPrint. You will need to have our software 'InPrint 2' installed to use these resources. These files can be edited and personalised as you choose!

CSW icon SymWriter 1. You will need to have our software 'SymWriter' installed to use these resources. These files can be edited and personalised as you choose!

PDF icon PDF file resource. The PDF files cannot be edited and personalised for individual use. You don't need to have any Widgit software products in order to be able to open them, but you will need to have Adobe Acrobat installed. These files can be printed directly from Adobe Acrobat.


 

PTV packPre-teaching Vocabulary

A resource from Pip St.John for learning new words.

Using visual prompts to teach children how to learn new words as a critical thinking tool for independent word learning.


More about the FREE CIP and PDF Resource:

Pre-teaching Vocabulary Pack

 

'Hello. Don't take communication for granted'

Learn more about how communication involves you in life.

Talk to all pupils, using language that is appropriate for their level of understanding. This month's resources encourage pupils to communicate choices and work on recognition of symbols while engaging in a play activity that provides for an inclusive environment.

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

What colour car goes next?

cip file FREE
Download free
2.11MB

What colour car goes next?

PDF FREE
Download Free
24KB

What colour car goes next?

PDF icon FREE
Download Free
77KB

BSL What colour car goes next?

PDF icon FREE
Download Free
232KB
InPrint Tutorial - changing the colour chart PDF icon FREE
Download free
291KB
SymWriter Activity Instructions PDF icon FREE
Download free
201KB

 

'Early chatter matters - from bump to birth and beyond'

Babbling babies don't turn into talkative toddlers by chance. It requires help and encouragement from you!

This activity has been designed to support the I CAN Chatterbox Challenge www.ican.org/uk for making the Guinness World Record for the largest game of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes on 1st March 2011. This activity can be used at any time of year to encourage engaging interaction whilst developing vocabulary and awareness around body parts.

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

cip file FREE
Download free
926KB

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

PDF FREE
Download Free
8KB
Head, shoulders, knees and toes - SymWriter Instructions PDF icon FREE
Download Free
63KB

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

PDF icon FREE
Download Free
155KB

BSL Head, shoulders, knees and toes

PDF icon FREE
Download Free
229KB
Head, shoulders, knees and toes - Go Talk 9 template cip file FREE
Download Free
197KB

 

'Early chatter matters - from bump to birth and beyond'

An engaging and inclusive nursery rhyme pack aimed at getting toddlers to talk

Babbling babies don't turn into talkative toddlers by chance. It requires help and encouragement from you. So this month we are providing you with materials which have been developed to help adults talk, sing and play with their children/pupils.

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

Incy Wincy Spider

cip file FREE
Download free
1.38MB

Incy Wincy Spider

PDF FREE
Download Free
133KB
Incy Wincy Spider- SymWriter Instructions PDF icon FREE
Download Free
171KB

Incy Wincy Spider

PDF icon FREE
Download Free
287KB
BSL Incy Wincy Spider PDF icon FREE
Download Free
300KB

 

'It's not just about talking'

Children learn to talk by listening, taking turns and interacting with others. These are the building blocks of communication

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

Taking Turns

cip file FREE
Download free
957KB

Taking Turns

PDF FREE
Download Free
19KB

Taking Turns

PDF icon FREE
Download Free
258KB
BSL Taking Turns PDF icon FREE
Download Free
1.90MB

 

'Good communication begins at home'

Learn how to turn everyday activities into fun communication opportunities

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

Setting the Table

cip file FREE
Download free
3.73MB

Setting the Table

PDF FREE
Download Free
20KB

Setting the Table

PDF FREE
Download Free
420KB

BSL Setting the Table

cip file FREE
Download free
4.46MB

 

'Imagine life for those that struggle'

Children who find communication hard, find life hard. Over 1 million children in the UK struggle to communicate

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

Sports

cip file FREE
Download free
2.00MB

Sports

PDF FREE
Download Free
11KB

Sports - SymWriter Instructions

PDF FREE
Download Free
128KB

Sports

PDF FREE
Download Free
247KB

 

'Skills for work, life and play'

The power of communication helps you stand out from the crowd, connects you with people and live life to the full

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

Shopping

cip file FREE
Download free
685KB

Shopping

PDF FREE
Download Free
28KB

Shopping Template

PDF FREE
Download Free
27KB

Shopping

PDF FREE
Download Free
269KB

Shopping - SymWriter Instructions

PDF FREE
Download Free
181KB

 

'Talk and Go'

These two resources can be used to support talking when you are on holidays or after the event. 

Holiday Dictionary is alphabetically sorted so this encourages all involved to sound out the first letter. Look out the car window contain mainly items that you can see on a car or bus journey.

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

Holiday Dictionary

cip file FREE
Download free
521KB

Holiday Dictionary

PDF FREE
Download Free
258KB

Look out the car window

cip file FREE
Download Free
170KB

Look out the car window

PDF FREE
Download Free
94KB

August notes

PDF FREE
Download Free
74KB

 

'Back to School'

These two resources are to allow you to talk and write about your holiday and what you did over the summer holidays. 

These grids are generalised so could be used to talk /write about weekends, half terms and school holidays. 

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

Back to school flashcards

cip file FREE
Download free
2MB

Back to school flashcards

PDF FREE
Download Free
558KB

School Holidays word bank

PDF FREE
Download Free
108KB

September notes

PDF FREE
Download Free
104KB

 

Handa’s Surprise 'More than words'

These materials support the popular mainstream book, Handa's Surprise, from Walker Paperbacks.

The environments, GoTalk9+ templates and flashcards help making telling and recalling the story, more accessible and fun.

 

Resource name Application Price  
Size

handa animal gotalk

cip file FREE
Download free
117KB
handa animal gotalk PDF FREE
Download free
63KB
handa fruit gotalk cip file FREE
Download free
107KB
handa fruit gotalk PDF FREE
Download free
52KB
handa bigbook flashcards cip file FREE
Download free
350KB

handa bigbook flashcards

PDF FREE
Download Free
155KB

handas_surprise

PDF FREE
Download Free
20KB

October notes

PDF FREE
Download Free
137KB

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