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SwitchIt! Maker 2 Manual switchit_maker_2_it
Contents
Credits
Minimum Specification
Introduction
New Features
Installing SwitchIt! Maker 2
Running SwitchIt! Maker 2
Stopping SwitchIt! Maker 2
Playing an Activity
Making a New Activity
Editing an Activity
Adding new page
Change this page
Go to next page
Sorting (re-ordering) the Pages of an Activity
Deleting a Page from an Activity
Options for Playing Activities
Sorting Activities to be Played
Access (for using switches)
Delay
Page Numbers
Colour
Slideshow
Changing the Names of Activity Folders
Managing an Activity Renaming an Activity
Deleting an Activity
Duplicating an Activity
Printing an Activity
Exporting an Activity (for transfer to other computers) Exporting an Activity as HTML
Importing an Activity
Sharing Activities With Other People (Free Player) Content File Types Supported by SwitchIt! Maker 2
Where to Plug in Your Microphone
Setting Up Your Microphone
Getting Music off Music CDs
Switch Access
IntelliKeys Access
Troubleshooting Guide
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Credits
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
SwitchIt! Maker 2 was created using Macromedia Director.
Director ® is © 1993 Macromedia, Inc.
SwitchIt! Maker 2 is © 2005 Inclusive Technology Ltd.
Sassoon Font is © 1993 Sassoon and Williams.
No part of this publication or software may be reproduced or transmitted
in whole or part by any means without the written permission of the
publisher.
Whilst every care has been taken with this product, the author and
publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors it may contain. No
liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this
product.
Design: Rod Boyes with Ian Bean, Guillermo Ibañez, Melanie Jones, Mark
Ross, Nigel Wallace, Ian Wedgewood and Imogen Wedgewood.
Programming: Guillermo Ibañez.
Open File Window Programming: OpenSpark Interactive.
Graphic Design: Mark Ross.
Image Bank: David Hornsey.
Manual: Alison Littlewood and Chris Thornton.
Project Manager: Rod Boyes.
Special thanks to Jennette Holden at Primrose Hill School, Burnley.
We welcome your comments on all Inclusive Technology products.
Inclusive Technology Ltd
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United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1457 819790
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SwitchIt! Maker 2
Minimum Specification
Windows computers:
OS: Windows 98, ME, 2000 & XP
Processor: 350MHz Pentium 2
RAM: 32Mb
Audio: SoundBlaster compatible 16 bit sound card
Apple Macintosh computers:
OS: Mac OSX 10.2.8
Processor: 700MHz PowerPC G4
RAM: 128Mb
Introduction
Create your own switch accessible stories and slide shows with SwitchIt!
Maker 2. They’re easy to make and easy to play! Each activity you make
has a sequence of on-screen pages which can have a picture, a video,
some writing, music or recorded speech. Once made, you can use a
simple switch, the computer’s spacebar or the mouse buttons to turn the
pages of your activity.
Here are some of the things you can make:
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A pictorial journal of a class trip to the farm, the museum, the fire
station – anywhere!
Pictures or videos of a class drama project. Students can
record their lines straight into SwitchIt! Maker 2. (This is highly
motivating for reluctant speakers.)
A storybook with your students’ own paintings.
A slide show with photos of children in a class, to give to a new
child who is soon to join.
A demonstration of how to make a sandwich, using photos or
video.
A sequence of photos and symbols showing the order of activities
through the day.
A ‘big and small’ activity using photos of familiar toys.
A Kim’s Game activity with photos of familiar food.
A sequence of simple images and videos for visual stimulus with
students with profound learning difficulties.
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A multimedia ‘life story’, CV or ‘Communication Profile’ for a
student about to start work experience.
A slide show tour of your school or town, to send to your overseas
partner schools.
A self-running rolling presentation of children at work for display
in your school’s reception area on open days/parents’ evenings.
A selection of ready made activities is provided to get you started. Best
of all, students can make activities themselves! Put it on an interactive
whiteboard and watch them fly.
See
www.switchitmaker2.com
for extra support and ideas!
New Features
SwitchIt! Maker has been re-designed and re-written from scratch. The
original SwitchIt! Maker was designed so that teachers could make
sequential activities for their pupils. This new program shifts the focus to
pupils creating activities for themselves. It is particularly good for a whole
class using an interactive whiteboard.
In designing SwitchIt! Maker 2, we have not tried to provide an alternative
to PowerPoint or any storybook creation programs. It is as simple as
we can make it. Other improvements on the original SwitchIt! Maker
include:
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It supports a wider range of image file formats, plus video.
It has import and export facilities, so you can easily transfer
activities between computers.
It can play a sequence of activities one after another.
There is a choice of page layouts.
A library of over 1,500 clipart style pictures is included on the CD, together
with a selection of music and videos.
Caution:
In order to retain integrity, a SwitchIt! Maker 2 activity and all its pictures,
sounds and video are kept completely separate from anything else on
your computer. Be aware that activities created with lots of video and/or
music can fill up your computer and reduce its performance.
Installing SwitchIt! Maker 2
You will need to install SwitchIt! Maker 2 before you can run it. You only
need to do this once.
Windows
Insert the CD.
If your computer is set to Auto-run CDs, an installer window should
appear on your screen after about 10 seconds. Otherwise double-click
on My Computer on your Desktop or in the Start menu, then double-click
on the SwitchIt! Maker 2 CD icon.
The installer first looks to see if you have a common program called
Quicktime installed on your computer. This is needed to play videos. If
Quicktime is not found the installer will report ‘Quicktime not detected’.
Click the Install Quicktime button to continue, and wait for this to
finish.
Now click Click here to install SwitchIt! Maker 2.
Apple Macintosh
Insert the CD.
When the SwitchIt! Maker 2 CD icon appears, double-click on it. Doubleclick the icon called Install SwitchIt! Maker 2 to run the installer.
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Running SwitchIt! Maker 2
Windows
If the SwitchIt! Maker 2 icon is on the computer screen (the desktop),
double-click on it. Otherwise click on the Start button, then on Programs,
then on Inclusive Technology, then on SwitchIt! Maker 2.
Apple Macintosh
If the SwitchIt! Maker 2 icon is on the computer screen (the desktop),
double-click on it. Otherwise go to where you chose to install SwitchIt!
Maker 2 to find the icon.
Stopping SwitchIt! Maker 2
Whilst playing an activity, press the Esc key on the keyboard to go to
the Options menu. Then click on the Exit button to exit the program
completely.
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Playing an Activity
From the title page, click Choose an activity. This will take you to the
Teacher Options, which is the hub of SwitchIt! Maker 2:
Activities are stored in
folders to help you keep
them organised. You can
see the five folders near
the bottom of the screen.
Click on the Samples
folder to see what is in it.
Use the scroll bar on
the right to move up
and down the list of
activities. To choose an
activity, click on the white
box next to its name to
make a tick appear. The
activity is now selected.
Now click on the Play
button at the bottom of
the screen to play it.
Press the spacebar or click the left
mouse button to go through the
pages of the activity. When the last
page is reached, the first page is
shown again.
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Press the Return key (or ‘Enter’) or the right-hand mouse button to hear
the sound again. If the page has a video, this will play the video again.
Press the Esc key on the keyboard to go back to the Teacher Options.
You can tick more than one activity to play at the same time. The activities
will play one after another and then return to the first one again. Click on
Sort Activities on the left side of the Teacher Options screen to control
the order that the activities play in. See page 12 for more help.
NB. Press the Esc key whilst playing an activity to return to the Options.
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I tried to choose and play an activity, but a different one played
instead!
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Sometimes when I press the spacebar or my switch, the
screen doesn’t change.
You have another activity selected as well. In the Teacher Options, click
on Sort Activities on the left. This lists all the activities you have selected
and allows you to turn them off using the Remove button. See page 12
for more help.
SwitchIt! Maker 2 has a built-in ‘de-bounce delay’ to help users who have
a physical tremor. If you press your switch twice quickly, the second press
will be regarded as unintentional and ignored. Note that, by default, you
must wait for the sounds or video to finish before moving on.
Making a New Activity
To start making a new activity, either:
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On the SwitchIt! Maker 2 title screen, click the Make a new
activity button.
In the Teacher Options, click the New activity button at the
bottom of the screen.
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The Editor will now start
and ask you for a name
for your new activity and
also which of the five
folders to store it in.
The Editor will now ask you a series of questions about the first page of
your new activity:
The page layout
There are four layouts to choose from. You can have just a picture, just
writing, or pages with both a picture and writing.
A picture or a video for the page
SwitchIt! Maker 2 will load pictures and photos of many file types, including
Windows meta files. (See page 19 for full list.) There is also a huge library
of pictures on the SwitchIt! Maker 2 CD, and some videos too.
The Choose file window is similar to those you normally see in other
programs, but shows miniature ‘thumbnails’ of your pictures by default.
Click once on a picture
or video thumbnail and
you will see a preview
of it on the right-hand
side. (This preview will
also allow you to hear
sound files later on in
the Editor.) Click the
Open button to place it
on your activity page.
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You can also load a video with the file type avi, mpeg, wmv or mov.
The Internet button allows you to get pictures from the Internet and paste
them into SwitchIt! Maker 2 immediately. Click on the Internet button
and your web browser will open in front of SwitchIt! Maker 2. Once you
have found your picture, right-click on it with the mouse and select Copy
from the pop-up menu. Then close the web browser to return to SwitchIt!
Maker 2. You should now click the Paste button to put the copied picture
on your page.
Use the rotate button if your picture is the wrong way up. This
will give your picture a quarter turn every time you click on it.
Use this button to preview a video you have loaded. Click it
again to stop the video.
Writing for the page
Text can be added to
the page using the real
computer keyboard or
the on-screen keyboard,
which is really designed
for those using a large
touch screen or an
interactive whiteboard.
(The on-screen keyboard
doesn’t have all the keys;
you will sometimes have
to use the real keyboard
instead.)
Use the ‘t’ buttons on the left side to change the size of your text.
Sound for the page
Here you can add some music, a sound effect or record a voice-over
directly using a microphone. Students without speech can still contribute
using a BIGmack or other voice output device. Just put the microphone
up to it! You can record for up to 60 seconds.
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Our research has found that this part of the process is highly motivating
for students who need practice vocalising. Many will want to operate the
recording controls themselves and attempt to perfect their performance.
Rather than recording, you can load any sound with the file type wav, aiff
or mp3. Some music is provided on the CD to get you started.
When you have added a sound to your page, you can click
on this button to hear your sound again. Click on it again to
stop the sound.
Special effects
For fun we have added some special effects, which will play when the
page opens. (These do not work if your page has a video.)
You have finished!
When you have finished a page and clicked OK, the Editor will ask you
what you want to do next. You can add a new page, make changes to the
page you’ve just made or try out what you’ve got so far.
We have found that students like to try their activity each time they add
a page. To do this, click the Play activity button. The activity will play
through once and then return to the Editor.
When you have finished making your new activity, click the X button at
the top of the screen.
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I know my where picture is, but I can’t see it in SwitchIt!
Maker 2.
Please check that you are looking in the right place. Otherwise your picture
may be in an unusual file format not supported by SwitchIt! Maker 2.
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When I load my picture into SwitchIt! Maker 2, it is tiny.
This is because the original picture is tiny! SwitchIt! Maker 2 will shrink
large pictures to fit the page, but it does not scale pictures up as quality
is lost. If you really want to blow pictures up, use an art program such as
Paint, which comes with all Windows computers.
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How do I save my activity?
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I have created an activity with pictures and text, but
sometimes I want to play it without the text showing. How
can I do this?
SwitchIt! Maker 2 automatically saves your activities.
In the Teacher Options, click on Colour on the left, then make the text
and background colours the same.
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I’ve added video to my page, but I can’t see it in the Editor.
Some video files will not preview in the SwitchIt! Maker 2 editor. However,
they will still appear when you play the activity
Editing an Activity
In editing an activity you can:
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Add more pages to the activity.
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Change the content of a page of the activity.
In the Teacher Options, click on the Edit button next to an activity. The
Editor will open with these choices:
Click Edit this Activity to continue to these choices:
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Add new page will add a new page to the end of your activity and ask you
to choose its layout and content. (See Making a New Activity on page 7.)
If you don’t want this new page to be at the end, finish creating it first and
then sort your pages later (see page 12).
Change this page will go through the page’s content, asking what you
want to change, in a similar way to when you created it.
Go to next page allows you to select the page you want to edit, or quickly
scan through what you have already created. If the last page of the activity
is showing, another click will take you to the first page again.
Sorting (re-ordering) the Pages of an Activity
In the Teacher Options, click on the Edit button next to an activity. Then
click on the Sort Pages button.
Use the scroll bar to see
pages that are off the
screen.
To move a page, first click
on it, then use the move
forward and move back
buttons to change its
place in the activity.
Deleting a Page from an Activity
Pages can deleted in the Sort Pages screen (see above). To delete a
page, first click on it, then click the Delete button.
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Options for Playing Activities
Sorting Activities to be Played
In the Teacher Options screen, first select the activities you wish to play
using the Activities screen. Next, click the Sort activities button on the
left-hand side.
Select an activity by
clicking on its name,
then move it using the
yellow Move buttons.
When they are in the
right order, click Play at
the bottom of the screen.
Click the red X button to
exclude an activity from
your next session.
Access (for using switches)
Access contains two options which control how an activity is played.
In the first option, you can
decide whether sound
and video will be played
automatically when a
page is displayed, or
only when Return or the
right mouse button is
pressed.
In the second option, you can control whether the user has to wait for the
sound or video on one page to complete before they can move on to the
next page. Set this to No if the user has a habit of pressing the switch/
mouse/spacebar indiscriminately.
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If you are using switches or concept keyboard on a PC connected through
a switch box plugged into the serial port, click on the box labelled Serial
Switches. A dialogue box will appear where you can configure the
software.
Select the COM port through which your serial device is connected.
You can test your switches by seeing if the on-screen switches move up
and down as you press your real switches/concept keyboard. Click on
OK when you have finished.
Delay
SwitchIt! Maker 2 includes a ‘pre-acceptance delay’ function. This is
useful for students who make brief involuntary switch presses which you
don’t want the program to recognise.
For example, if you
set the delay to 0.5
seconds, the program
will only accept switch
presses that last longer
than 0.5 seconds.
Page Numbers
Here you can choose whether to have the page numbers of your activity
displayed on the screen as it is being played.
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Colour
Use this screen to set
the colour of the text and
background throughout
your activities.
You could also use this screen to play your activity without text. Simply
set the background and text to the same colour.
Slideshow
Use this option if you
would like your activity
to run on its own. This
will turn the pages
every 10 seconds. For
example, you could
create a slideshow to
run in the background at
a parents’ evening.
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Changing the Names of Activity Folders
The activity folders appear in the Activities panel of the Teacher Options
screen. These have default names, but you can change them to suit your
needs.
Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click on a folder. A window
will appear asking for a new name for the folder.
Example folder names:
Trips
Maths
Class 6
John
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Stories
History
Lower 3
Sarah
How do I move an activity from one folder to another?
To move activities from one folder to another, see Managing an Activity,
Rename Activity below.
Managing an Activity
Next to each activity listed in the Teacher Options is a Manage button.
Clicking on this takes you to the Manager where you can do things that
affect the activity as a whole:
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Change its name (and folder).
Duplicate it.
Delete it.
Print it.
Export it (for storage or transfer to other computers).
Make it into a series of web pages.
Renaming an Activity
Not only can you rename an activity, but you can also change the folder it
is stored in. This can help you organise your activities.
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Deleting an Activity
When you create an activity and load pictures etc. into it, these items are
copied into the SwitchIt! Maker 2 folder. If you handle a lot of video and
sound, your computer can fill up fast! Use Delete to clear out activities no
longer used.
If you want to keep the activity for long term record keeping purposes, you
should export it before deleting it. See Exporting an Activity.
Duplicating an Activity
You may want to change an activity, but keep a copy of the original. Use
this button to do this.
Printing an Activity
This will print all the pages of your activity.
To give a preview, the pages are shown on the screen. After the first page
appears, click on the pages to go through them.
You can also print what is on the screen at any time.
Windows computers: hold down the Ctrl key and press the P key.
Macintosh computers: hold down the Apple key and press the P key.
Exporting an Activity (for storage or transfer to other computers)
Export will make a copy of the whole activity to anywhere on your
computer (or network). You can then put this on a CD, floppy disc,
memory stick etc, and give it to someone else to put on their computer.
(See Importing an Activity.)
The activity will be saved as a folder containing all its pictures, text and
sound files.
Exporting an Activity as HTML
This will export an activity so you can play it in a web browser such
as Internet Explorer. You may find this an easier way of sharing your
activities with others, but note that this will not contain any sounds, videos
or special effects that are in your original activity.
To export an activity as HTML, click the Export as HTML button. The
activity will be exported as a folder with the same name, to a location of
your choice.
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To play the exported
activity (after exiting
SwitchIt! Maker 2), open
its folder and double click
the HTML file called page
1. Your web browser will
automatically open and
play the activity. Click on
the arrow button to go to
the next page.
Importing an Activity
To import an activity that has been created on a different computer, go to
the Teacher Options and click the Import button on the left.
This asks you if the activities were created in SwitchIt! Maker or SwitchIt!
Maker 2. It will then simply ask you where the activities are.
Sharing Activities With Other People (Free Player)
Do you want to give your activities to someone who hasn’t got SwitchIt!
Maker 2?
We have provided a Free Player version of SwitchIt! Maker 2 on the CD
that you can give to others along with your activities. These may be:
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Parents or carers of students.
Practitioners in other schools or colleges.
Partner schools in other countries.
Anybody else!
The Free Player can run activities, but you cannot use it to edit activities
or create new ones.
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Windows
To access the Free Player, put the SwitchIt! Maker 2 CD in your computer
and wait for the CD’s window to appear. Now click the button indicated
below. This will reveal the Free Player installer, which you can then copy
to your computer and burn on a CD along with your activities. You can
also put this on other removable media (such as a memory stick) or on
your network for others to access.
Click to view
the Free Player
installer.
Recipients of your CD should first install the Free Player and then run it.
They will then be able to load your activities and play them.
Apple Macintosh OSX
Insert the SwitchIt! Maker 2 CD in your computer and open the CD
folder window. Double-click on the “SwitchIt! Maker 2” Free Player icon
to install the free player.
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Content File Types Supported by SwitchIt! Maker 2
SwitchIt! Maker 2 can load the following file types:
Images (pictures and photos):
jpg (jpeg)
gif
tif (tiff)
emf
bmp (bitmap)
png
wmf (windows meta file)
Video:
avi
mov
wmv (Windows Movie File)
mpeg (mp1, mp2, mp4)
Audio (sound, music and voice-over):
wav
mp3
aiff
Where to Plug in Your Microphone
Microphone sockets on computers are often marked differently. Here are
some tips on finding it:
Windows computers:
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Often pink in colour.
Possibly marked with a symbol of a microphone with or without
radiating lines.
Possibly marked with the word ‘MIC’.
Apple Macintosh computers:
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Usually have a built-in microphone.
Possibly marked with a symbol (often a circle with an arrow on
each side).
Possibly marked with a symbol like an old fashioned announcer’s
microphone.
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Setting Up Your Microphone
If you find your microphone doesn’t work in SwitchIt! Maker 2, the
microphone recording level on the computer may be turned down or even
switched off.
Windows
1. Windows comes with a program called Volume Control. To run this,
click Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then Entertainment,
then Volume Control.
2. Click the Options
menu
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choose
Properties.
3. Click in the Recording radio
button, as shown.
4. From the list below the radio
buttons, tick the Microphone
box.
5. Click OK.
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You should now see something
like this.
You can use Windows Sound Recorder to test your microphone. To run
this click Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then Entertainment,
then Sound Recorder. You can also use this to help you refine the
recording level in Volume Control (as seen above). If the recording is
distorted, try lowering the microphone volume level by dragging the slider
down.
Apple iMac
Go to the Apple Menu (top left corner), and select System Preferences.
Then click the Sound icon to open a window where you can set the
recording level for your microphone.
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Getting Music off Music CDs
Activities that play your students’ favourite music are always going to be
highly motivating, but you probably don’t want the whole song to play in
response to a single switch press. However, getting a 10 second snippet
off a CD is tricky.
The easy method: use SwitchIt! Maker 2 and play the CD in an
ordinary CD player. Record using a microphone put up to the CD player’s
speaker.
Method for Windows users who want quality
You will need to use three Windows programs.
When you put an audio CD in the computer, it will start playing using either
a program called CD Player (Windows 98) or Media Player (Windows
2000/XP).* You can use this to pick a track to play, and play and pause it
just like a real CD player.
Windows also has a built-in program called Sound Recorder. To run this,
click Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then Entertainment,
then Sound Recorder. You can make Sound Recorder record the music
from the CD, then you can save that recording on your computer. Here’s
how: start playing the CD. When it reaches the bit you want, click the
record button in Sound Recorder. When you have finished, click the
stop button.
If the recording doesn’t work, you may have to alter the recording level
settings in Volume Control, as covered in the previous section for using
a microphone. You will need to experiment with the range of recording
sources available, as this can be different depending on your computer
make and model. Don’t forget to switch the Record Control setting back
to Microphone when you have finished.
*Your computer may use another program such a RealPlayer, but should
allow you to pick tracks and play and pause them.
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Switch Access
Switches can be connected to the computer in a variety of ways. As a
rule however, SwitchIt! Maker 2 requires interface boxes to act as if the
Spacebar or Enter keys are pressed. The descriptions below will cover
many of the options:
Windows
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Don Johnston Switch Box
Plug your switch(es) into the sockets identified for [1] and [2].
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Serial Switch Box
Go to the Teacher Options screen, click Access and then on Serial
Switches. Select the COM port through which your switch box is
connected.
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Mouser
Switches connected through a Mouser act in the same way as mouse
buttons.
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USB Switch Box
If this has software, it should be set up to act like the Spacebar and
Enter keys.
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Inclusive SwITchBox
By default, switches plugged into sockets 1 and 2, Space and Enter,
should act like the Spacebar and Enter keys on the keyboard. If not, run
the software for the box.
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SwitchBoard
Plug your switches into the sockets marked Enter and Space.
Apple Macintosh
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Don Johnston Switch Box
Plug your switch(es) into the sockets identified for [1] and [2].
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USB Switch Box
If this has software, it should be set up to act like the Spacebar and
Enter keys.
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Using switches to choose pages from your activity
SwitchIt! Maker 2 was designed to make slide show and story activities
for use with one switch, but you can use two, three or four switches to
choose the pages from an activity with two, three or four pages.
In this example, the student has pressed the ‘happy’ switch to see the
corresponding picture appear on-screen.
To set this up, simply use the software or controls for your switch box so
that:
The first switch sends a “1” to the computer.
The second switch sends a “2” to the computer.
The third switch sends a “3”.
The fourth switch sends a “4”.
The same can be achieved for IntelliKeys using the Overlay Maker
program.
IntelliKeys Access
The pages in an activity being played can be accessed directly using the
keys 1 to 9 on the computer keyboard.
You can therefore make an IntelliKeys overlay with up to 9 items that
represent the first 9 pages of your activity. You should use Overlay
Maker to do this. Design your overlay so that the first item sends ‘1’ to the
computer when pressed, the second item sends ‘2’ and so on.
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The Inclusive Technology
Troubleshooting Guide
This is a simple guide to common problems when trying to install, remove
or use any new software. If you need any further assistance, please
contact us. Our online support website is available at: www.inclusive.co.uk
(click on Technical Support). Email us at: [email protected] or
telephone Technical Support on 01457 819723.
1. I put my CD in and nothing happens.
To install the software, do the following:
• Click on ‘My Computer’. This is either on the desktop of your computer
or in the Windows Start Menu.
• This will open a window showing all your computer drives. Doubleclick on your CD drive (usually the D drive) and you will see a list of
everything on the CD. There will be an icon called ‘Setup’. Double-click
on this icon and the software installation will start.
2. I have installed the program but no text appears in the menu.
To complete the installation you must restart your machine. After a reboot, all text
will appear.
3. How do I set switches up?
It’s a popular misconception that switches plug directly into your computer when
used with switch accessible software. You actually need to plug them into a Switch
Interface. These come in various shapes and sizes, including switch boxes and
roller/joysticks (see www.inclusive.co.uk).
The most popular interfaces are dedicated devices that sit between the switch and
the computer and convert the switch press into the press of a chosen keyboard
key. The software recognises this key press (usually space and/or enter) and
acts accordingly. When using two switches (one to scan, the other to select), all
Inclusive Technology software uses the same key presses: space to scan and
enter to select. Some switch interfaces are programmed using their own software;
others are simply a case of plug-in and play. If you require further help regarding
switch set up, please contact us.
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4. I would like to remove the software but don’t know how.
There are two ways to remove programs:
a) Go to the Windows Start menu. Click Settings and then Control Panel.
Double-click on ‘Add or Remove Programs’. This will bring up a window
showing all software installed on your computer:
Click on the Change/Remove button and follow the prompts to remove the software.
b) Not all software appears in Add/Remove programs. If your software does not, follow
these steps:
• Open ‘My Computer’ (see Question 1).
• Double-click on the C drive.
• Double-click on the Inclusive folder.
• Highlight the folder with the software you want to remove and press ‘Delete’.
5. When I run the program, my screen goes black, or only some of the program is
displayed on the screen. (Windows only.)
This problem is sometimes caused by the program trying to fill your computer screen. It is
usually solved by installing the correct software drivers for your monitor. If this can’t be done,
there is a way to prevent the program from trying to fill up your screen.
a) Click the right mouse button on the program icon on the Desktop. This will make a pop-up
menu appear.
b) Click the left mouse button on Properties at the bottom of the pop-up menu. This will make
the following window appear:
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(If it doesn’t look much like this, click on the word Shortcut at the top of the window.)
c) Add “ /c” to the end of the text in the Target window.
For example, if the text ends SwitchIt Maker.exe”
Change this to SwitchIt Maker.exe” /c
Remember to type a space before /c. Also make sure the / is not a \.
d) Now click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
Now try running the program again. If the program runs but has a black border round the edge,
you can exit the program and try changing the “display resolution” to 800x600.
Extra help from Inclusive...
Don’t forget that there are over a thousand pages of information about using technology to
support your learners on our website. See: www.inclusive.co.uk
We organise Information Days around the country which are packed with advice, inspiration
and ideas. See: www.inclusive.co.uk/events
We also organise exhibitions about ICT for special needs.
See: www.inclusive.co.uk/exhibitions
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Picture Communication Symbols
SwitchIt! Maker 2 includes a small
sample of the Picture Communication
Symbols range from Mayer-Johnson.
The full range is available, either as
PCS Metafiles or with Boardmaker,
from Inclusive Technology.
Customers in the USA can purchase
Customers in the USA can purchase them from:
Mayer-Johnson LLC PO Box 1579
Solana Beach, CA 92075-7579
Telephone: 858-550-0084
Fax: 858-550-0449
Toll free: 800-588-4548
www.mayer-johnson.com
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