Previously we showed you how you can use Learning Pathways to help aid your learner's development. Now you're ready to move on and start getting creative with MyChoicePad by creating your very own grids. This is where MyChoicePad really comes to life!
Using a Grid
When you first open MyChoicePad, you will see the "All Grids" icon in the middle at the bottom of the screen. This is where all the Grids in MyChoicePad are stored. There are a couple of features that it is important for you to get familiar with so that you are able to use the Grids with your user effectively.
Sentence Bar There is a sentence bar at the top of the screen in every grid. If you tap on any concept within the grid it will appear in the sentence bar and the spoken word will be played aloud. The sentence bar is designed so that either you or your user can build a sentence or communicate a message using the concepts in the grid.
You are able to delete the concepts that are in the sentence bar by tapping the delete icon or hide the sentence bar by tapping the up arrow.
Signing Video and Line Drawings
If you tap and hold a concept in a grid for a couple of seconds, it will come up with either the signing video or line drawing for that concept. This is an easy way for you and your user to access the Makaton signings.
Although we've included a few Grids to get you started, these Grids are really just examples. To get the most out of MyChoicePad you can to create Grids to suit your individual need.
Before we look into how you create your own Grids, we wanted to share some example Grids with you to demonstrate the range of possibilities.
1. Plan and Do
The aim of this grid is to encourage conversation whilst carrying out an activity. It's often helpful to "walk and talk" someone through an activity, in this case we're creating a Cheese and Jam sandwich (yum!) but the activity could be anything!
You're really trying to encourage conversation with the person you're working with, "What do we need to start making our sandwich? How about some Bread? Ok, Let's take out some Bread".
Using the Makaton symbols and signs in MyChoicePad, you can reinforce the words you are using to help layer your conversation and encourage understanding. Facilitating a conversation like this can help to develop skills and knowledge in a practical, engaging way.
2. Understanding Emotions
This Grid was created by a fantastic Speech and Language Therapist for use with her Early Years children to help talk about emotions. It facilitates a simple activity in which the child matches up the emotion with the correct photo.
Again, we're looking to facilitate conversation and reinforce word and concepts with the Makaton symbols and signs.
3. Telling a Story
Here's a really fun example of MyChoicePad being used to reinforce spoken word and help understanding.
This Grid was made to help communicate The Hungry Caterpillar, a fantastic children's story that most people are familiar with. Some of our MyChoicePad trainers are very fond of using Grids such as this to make children's stories more accessible and enjoyable to all!
Creating your own Grid
Hopefully that gives you some ideas of Grids that would be helpful for you. Grids are quick and easy to make, once you've made your first one, you'll be making them in no time.
Just follow these 3 steps and start getting creative!
1. To start creating your own Grid, tap on the Create icon
2. Name your Grid and add a Grid image This will help you to find it later. To name your Grid on the text at the top of the screen that says "Tap this text to name grid...". To add a Grid image, tap on the white square to the left of this text.
3. Choose concepts for your grid To start choosing the concepts you would like in your grid, click on the "add" icon. This will bring up the Concept Library where you can select the Concepts that you would like to add.