Tuesday, October 23, 2012

LessonPix Review and Giveaway!

Have you heard of LessonPix? I first learned about this program while I was at an Autism training over the summer. Bill and Lori Binko, creators of LessonPix, were doing a demonstration of the program when it caught my eye. LessonPix is comparable to Boardmaker. (But in my opinion, if Boardmaker and LessonPix got into a fight, LessonPix will totally kick butt!) There is so much you can do with this program and there are so many more picture options.

Here is a little background on LessonPix:
Lori Binko is a mother of four and a National Board Certified teacher in Special Education. Currently, she teaches an inclusion Pre-K class in a public school. Bill Binko leads cutting-edge development efforts and solving unique and difficult problems for companies of all sizes.  After 18 years in corporate IT and consulting, he's thrilled to bring his technical expertise, development abilities and non-traditional thinking to bear on much more rewarding challenges.  He is always looking for ways to bring solutions to the early childhood, SLP, and ASD communities. Together, they have created LessonPix for the people who support and who love special learners. The goal was an easy online tool to create specific, customized materials for parents, teachers and therapists. The result is LessonPix ‐ a powerful set of tools. As the parents of a special needs child, their professional lives and talents lent to making this online set of tools to create learning materials, schedules and visual supports for the home, the classroom … anywhere.


LessonPix allows you to quickly and easily make custom materials to use in your classroom, therapy sessions, at home, etc. After you choose your pictures, you are given options for what to create with them. Here are just some of the examples:

  • Bingo Cards
  • I Have, Who Has game
  • Lacing Cards
  • Pattern Strips
  • Picture Cards for communication
  • Treasure Maps
  • Calendar Cards
  • Custom Dice
  • Writing Pages
  • Weekly Tracking Chart
  • Sorting Mats
  • etc......
I was so impressed with this program that I contacted Bill about doing a product review and giveaway! I now use LessonPix all the time! Below are some examples of projects I have created using LessonPix:
Social story cue cards to keep at the student's seat. 

First/Then visual schedule

Story sequencing cards to go with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!

Treasure Map for a following directions activity during Pirate Week!

An online membership to LessonPix costs $36 a year, which comes to $3 a month.  Discounts are offered for buying memberships in bulk (school systems, etc). Enter below to win a 1 year subscription to LessonPix! (I wish I could enter!!)







27 comments:

  1. Picture to aid in story retell. I'm going through a lot of books this semester!
    Let's Talk Speech Therapy
    Rachel

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  2. I would create story sequence pictures to go along with stories from our reading series (Story Town), so the kids could use them for retell and story comprehension questions.

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  3. I would make social stories with the pixs! I am in serious need of some!

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  4. I would make picture schedules and social stories. This program looks great!

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  5. I would love to make picture schedules, social stories, and various games for my speech kiddos!

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  6. Would love a membership, this sounds like a fantastic resource!

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  7. I would work on social stories first!

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  8. I want to have every student have every opportunity to reach their fullest potential. When I know a visual schedule would help "Bobby" be less anxious and more focused on his work; I have to contact the guidance counselor, who puts in the referral to the school psychologist, who if she agress with the assessment that a visual schedule would help "Bobby"... has to track down where the one copy of Boardmaker in the building. Does the speech teacher have it? No, she loaned it to autistic support, who loaned it to learning support, etc. It's literally weeks before I get a schedule on "Bobby's desk" and by then he has learned to look at the board and read the schedule, but now needs behavioral reminder cards for packing up at the end of the day. The process begins again. Not just for "Bobby" but for others amidst the other 22 students I have in my room as well.

    I would love to be able to utelize this resource for my students!

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  9. I obviously also need an automatic spelling and grammar feature on blog posts. :P

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  10. I would create a visual schedule for the speech room with specific activities we are working on.

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  11. I need to make something for sequencing!

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  12. I would make some sequencing cards and speech schedule visuals for preschoolers.

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  13. I would create some new social stories for my students... looks so much more realistic than those bald Boardmaker guys!

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  14. I would make a I have, who has game... my new favorite activity!

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  15. I'm working on a bunch of visuals for a couple of ASD students.

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  16. I would create pictures to use with stories along with the Story Grammar Marker program to help with retelling.

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  17. I would make a treasure map. We just finished going on a ghost hunt and the kids loved it.

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  18. Articulation materials for families to use

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  19. I would make visuals to use with craft activities and Bingo pages for articulation/language practice.

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  20. this would be such a great resource.. i have a few kids on my caseload who use PECS and dont have access to boardmaker! these visuals are so much better than boardmaker too!

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  21. thank you for the giveaway! can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  22. Looks great! I could use something like this...

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  23. Wow this looks cool! And I don't have to have that crazy expensive boardmaker on my computer? Even btter!

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  24. Boardmaker is TOOOO expensive so I don't have it. This would win hands down just for the affordability. I'd love to win it and create pictures for the academic vocabulary for CCLS (or CCSS as I saw recently for Common Core State Standards) Gr. K-4. Many of my students also struggle with reading so creating a collection of pictures would be an amazing resource. I read Lesson Pix will create pix upon request if they don't already have it.

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  25. Probably sequencing cards for stories

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