Making a choice board for playing movies

Have you ever wondered if it is possible to create a choice board for videos so that an individual can choose and play a movie file? It is something I have been asked often. It’s a great way to give individuals some independence to select the movie of their preference whether it is during quiet time or for a reward following a task. It’s particularly great to be able to set it up with scanning access with a switch for individuals with physical impairments – so they have something motivating to learn switch access OR they can just have fun choosing all by themselves.

Clicker 6 is one software option which allows you to create this type of activity. What’s even better is that it can be done quickly and easily using one of the Wizards. It’s always great to find a Wizard for one particular purpose and then modify it for a completely different purpose. I used the “Tell the Story” Wizard and modified it for something else. Gotta love versatile software!

You can use all sorts of movie clips. They can be any length. Short ones are great for a short reward after learning activities or to engage a student in switch access. Longer clips can be for down time after a long hard day. Just make sure you are observing copyright. So the safest clips to show are often the ones you have made yourselves. I have used some clips from a recent outing to Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

This video shows you the steps to create the video choice board using Clicker 6. Please note that you can also use drag and drop to place video files onto a cell when you are editing a Clicker Set.

Keep in mind when you are selecting movie clips that it is important to know that Clicker 6 can be used with the .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .wmv, .ovg and .mov video file formats. This is a fairly wide range of formats that are supported but you may need some video converter software if you don’t have the correct format. One of my favourite video converters to use in Windows is Format Factory. Further information on using videos can be found in the Clicker 6 User Guide for Windows or Mac.

The great thing about this Clicker 6 choice board is that it can be accessed by individuals who are using a mouse, touch screen, a switch or eye gaze technology.

And for something different you could use it for song choices with a person’s favourite music. In fact, I think that might just be another blog post. Stay tuned!

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About Charlene Cullen

Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene is a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

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