Create a gridCreate a Grid

Widgit Online comes with over 70 templates allowing users to create symbol grids for flashcards, activities and timetables.

You can edit these to create your own templates.

Click the ‘Create a Grid’ button to open the editor and start making symbol resources.
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Choosing a template

The Widgit Templates are organised into three sets:

Flash cards Flashcards and Vocabulary
For making flashcards, tables, vocabulary sheets, vocabulary strips and labels.
Activities Activities
For making games, matching exercises, mindmaps and diagrams.
Timetables Timetables and Planners
For making now and next cards, visual timetables and day planners.

In the left hand menu, click on a set to view the available templates. You can also view your own user templates and change the paper size from this menu.

view modesYou can choose to view the templates in a grid, or a list with longer descriptions.

 

Click on a template to open it in the editor.

Frame selection

Clicking in a frame will select it, this is indicated by an orange border. You can then type into the frame, add a symbol or change the frame properties. You can also select the symbol and text in a frame separately, indicated by a blue border, to delete the content.

You can select multiple frame by:

  • dragging over several frames
  • holding down Ctrl to select specific frames
  • holding down Shift to select adjacent frames

 Select everything in the document with the select all button.

 Select all of the grid with the select grid button.

Filling in grids

The templates are made up of a collection of frames, tables and text boxes, useful for making all sorts of activities, learning and communication materials.

When you type into a symbol frame it will automatically symbolise. You can see alternative symbols in the symbol chooser on the right. There will be symbols for all the words in the frame, but there can be only one symbol in each frame.

symbol alternatives

Wrapping

When typing larger amounts of text into a frame you have two options:

Wrapping Off Text Wrapping Off
Your text will decrease in size to fit in the frame.
Wrapping On Text Wrapping On
Your symbol and text content will be re-positioned to accommodate the longer text.

 Click the wrapping icon on the top toolbar to turn the option on or off for selected frames.

Text align

align left align centrealign rightAlign the text in headings and symbol frames with the Text Align buttons.

Font and symbol size

Most grid frames will have the text and symbol size set to Auto. This will fill the frame, automatically preserving the default height ratio between the symbol and the text. The 'Auto' size menu item will indicate what real size this equals for the selected frame.

You can change the font and symbol sizes from the drop down boxes. You can also set your own size by selecting Other from the drop down box.

Symbol modes

Grid frames can be set into different modes. You can change the symbol mode in all frames apart from the headers and footers.

symbol modes
symbol only Symbol only
text only Text Only
symbol above text Symbol above text
symbol below text Symbol below text

Filling in multiple frames

You can select multiple frames and type. This will fill in all the selected frames, useful for creating pairs activities, sticker and reward sheets.

multiple cells

 Select everything in the document with the select all button then type to see all frames populated with your content.

Hold down Ctrl to select specific frames then type to see just these frames populated with your content.

Copying content to all pages

You may wish to have the same content on all pages, for example the document title or footer and page numbers.

 To do this, fill in the frame that with the content you require. Then with this frame selected press the Copy to all pages button.

Please note: this feature is not available on some frames with auto populating content, e.g. bingo cards.

Flip

flip symbolsYou can flip symbols in a frame, both horizontally and vertically. This can be useful when making activities like odd-one out.

Frame styles

You can change the style of most frames in the templates. You can:

background colour Change the frame background colour

border colourChange the frame border colour

line thicknessChange the frame line thickness (set in mm or use the + and - buttons)

rounded cornersTurn rounded corners on and off

shadowTurn shadow on and off

Page numbers

You can add page numbers and the total number of pages to your header and footer. E.g. page 2 of 4.

Add the page number or type {{#}}

Add page count or type {{##}}

Adding your own graphics

You can upload your own images and photos to use in grids.

Select the Image library on the right and click Upload image.

photographs

When uploading images you wil be asked to give them a name and assign tags ,this is optional but can make images easier to find when searching for them in the Image Library.

You can assign multiple tags seperated by commas which can help you organise your image uploads. For example if you are uploading pictures of all students in your class you could use tags like Tamsin, Year 1, Class 1b.

You can also upload and delete images in the Image Library found within Settings.

Note: Please only upload images that you have permission to use, especially if the document containing them will be published.

Web fonts

There are a number of fonts available in Widgit Online.

The default font is FS Me, which was designed by Fontsmith and endorsed by Mencap to aid legibility for those with learning disabilities.

The Open Dyslexic font has been added to Widgit Online. This font has been created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. For more information, see opendyslexic.org.

FS ME
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OpenDyslexic
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Print to PDF

print to pdfYou can print your documents from the editor. This generates a PDF document that will open in a new tab. From this you can use your browsers functions to print.

Note: Trial versions of Widgit Online have a watermark on PDF documents. PDFs created from a full account do not have a watermark.