We did the heavy lifting
Depending on the tools you're using, it can take time you don't have to create materials for your classroom. Boardmaker® Studio does all of the hard work for you with content that lets you create more activities more quickly. We've divided Boardmaker® Studio's content into two sections: Studio Starters and Studio Additions. See what comes with Studio, and what you'll want to add to make Studio even better.
Studio Starters are a collection of tools already included with Boardmaker® Studio! As soon as you have Studio, you'll also have more than 150 Studio Starter Templates and 60 Studio Samples that save you time creating fun-filled activities. Then, use Studio Gadgets, Studio Reward Animations and sound effects from the Studio Sound Library to dress them up!
Studio Starter Templates
Studio Reward Animations
Studio Sound Library
Studio Additions are additional tools available for purchase. Choose from additional PCS Collections,
built around topic areas, in the Classic, Persona and ThinLine styles.
PCS Classic collections are most often used with children, young students and adults who have grown accustomed to the familiar style
The PCS Persona collections feature hip and cool character representations designed for personal expression.
Our growing collections of PCS ThinLine symbols use a more precise style that is often helpful for conveying academic topics.
Studio Starter Templates and Samples
As soon as you fire up Boardmaker Studio, you'll have your pick of more than 150 Studio Starter Templates, print and on-screen activities with pre-programmed actions. Just add symbols, text, questions, answers or vocabulary to the template and your activity is complete! Studio Starter Templates are organized by Activity Type and Instructional Area so the right Template is always right at your fingertips. Studio Samples are ready-made activities that don't need you to do a thing except click "play."
- Art and Creativity
- Books & Presentations
- Cause and Effect
- Communication & Participation
- Menu Navigation
- Question and Answer
- Schedules and Sequences
- Word Study
- General Instruction
- Science & Social Studies
- Social & Behavorial Supports
Interested in more Studio Starter Templates?
Check out how some of these Templates will work for you!
Activity Type: Explore
Try using this template as a reading comprehension tool that also supports background knowledge! The visual and audio contained within each button provides a great context for a student to integrate new information into their existing knowledge base.
Activity Type: Writing
Support students in their ability to engage in expository writing. With the Choice-Writing template, buttons are populated with conventional starter phrases and open-ended finishers so that students can compose thoughts that express what they are learning.
Activity Type: Word Study
Help students demonstrate and reinforce the phonological patterns found in printed words. Each button is populated by a letter or a group of letters that function as the initial onset to a common word ending. Building words in this fashion helps students to develop the ability to generalize their knowledge of known words to help read and spell unknown words.
Activity Type: Math
Let students discover the meaning behind numerical symbols! Students manipulate related items into matching sets as a way to reinforce the understanding that each number represents a concrete set or group of objects. This opportunity to manipulate objects mathematically is critical to the development of mathematical reasoning needed for higher calculations.
Activity Type: Sorting
Empower students to recognize how things are the same, different, and how they may or may not relate to each other. Especially great for Science, the sorting templates encourage students to make comparisons and draw conclusions about the things they are learning.
Activity Type: Labeling
Introduce new concepts, ideas, and/or vocabulary within a meaningful context, rather than in isolation. Students have the opportunity to manipulate and explore how smaller parts or components contribute to the whole.
Studio Gadgets are designed to help you build and enhance activities - fast. Huge time-savers, Studio Gadgets are pre-programmed buttons and objects you can drag onto a page of any activity. Take your pick of more than 100 of these powerful activity building blocks, which range from a coin toss to a balloon pop. Easy to find, Studio Gadgets are organized in folders by:
- Draggable Buttons
- Fun Interactions
- Question and Answer
- Time Gadgets
Studio Reward Animations
Everyone wants to feel like a star! Boardmaker® Studio includes 10 fun and entertaining Studio Reward Animations that are easy to add to any activity. Keep them excited through their lessons with fun-filled animations - like a pig lifting weights, a plane drawing a smiley face in the sky, a penguin sliding down a mountain, a spider jumping on a trampoline and more!
Need some motivation to try Reward Animations with your lessons? Check out this sample reward animation!
Studio Sound Library
Sound is a great motivator. It encourages students to celebrate correct answers, and reinforces them to try again when they answer incorrectly. Now, with Boardmaker® Studio's Sound Library, every child can be applauded for their hard work. Listen to sample sounds sure to make your activities a hit!
Listen to sample sounds sure to make your activities a hit!
Picture Communication Symbol™ (PCS) Collections
Just like the other members of the Boardmaker® Software Family, Boardmaker® Studio comes loaded with a core collection of 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols™ (PCS) in the Classic style - the same style featured in other collections like the PCS Addendums (2000 -2008), Sign Language Symbols and more. Now, with Boardmaker® Studio, you can also purchase thousands of brand new symbols in the cutting edge PCS ThinLine and PCS Persona styles. Low-priced collections based around topics, PCS ThinLine and PCS Persona mean you only buy the symbols you need.
A part of the Boardmaker® Software Family from the very beginning, the PCS Classic style is often used with children, young students and adults who are comfortable with its familiar style. Clear, simple and uncluttered, the PCS Classic style helps students draw meaning quickly.
With the PCS ThinLine style, you can add hundreds of brand new symbols to your PCS collection for very little cost! Boasting a clean, more detailed look, the PCS ThinLine style offers more support for your academic subjects, and is organized by category so you buy just what you need.
Add extra life to your lessons with Studio PCS Persona style! Students of all ages will love this style's character representations, designed to help them personalize the instructional process.