Welcome to SymbolStix PRIME
SymbolStix PRIME™ is a web-based, symbol search engine that gives you access to the most complete and current symbol set available anywhere. Create symbol-based language and learning materials for printing or speaking aloud online. Use the unprecedented changeable skin tone feature to create representations that reflect multicultural classrooms and users.
This guide will go over the main features of SymbolStix PRIME by coving the following topics:
Text to Speech
Hear the same voice used in News-2-You® and Unique Learning System®, read communication boards and activities online. View and hear activities on computers, iPad/tablet, interactive whiteboards to enhance and extend instruction.
See text with highlighting as it is read-aloud in activities and communication boards. Change highlighting color to meet students’ needs or preferences during instruction with just a click. Hide symbols in activities for text-only versions!
Changeable Skin Tones
Change skin tones of SymbolStix people on the screen to reflect diversity in a multicultural classroom and world! With only a few clicks, have different and more personal representations of actions, occupations, and more.
Enhanced Search Features
Find relevant symbols faster with predictions in the search box. Download symbols for immediate use, move them to the My Symbol Library section for later use or insert them into activity templates. Show or hide the Adult symbols as well as search by Locale in other languages.
Activity and Device Templates
Populate project templates with single, multiple, or collections of symbols from My Symbol Library or My Collections. Use one of the pre-made templates to create an activity in seconds. Use, save, print, and store it for use again in the My Boards section.
SymbolStix Collection Tools
Organize frequently used symbols in My Symbol Library or My Collections. Search, find and arrange symbols for consistent use of symbols in materials. Name Collections by subject matter, student name, class period or another name of choice. Select the name of a collection to quickly edit it.
Pin collections to keep them at the top of the My Collections tab. Sort collections in alphabetical order, reverse alphabetical order or by your preference. Pinned and Unpinned Collections can be sorted independently.
Create Activities with just 4 clicks!
Home and Search: Find, Use and Create A Collection
From the SymbolStix PRIME Home page, you can browse through and create collections from our latest, recently released symbols. New symbols are added with each issue of News-2-You and as requested by teachers. Easily create a new collection to integrate with News-2-You or Unique Learning System from the Latest Symbols section of the Home page.
Scroll or swipe through the symbols. Select a symbol to bring up the preview, tags and other options.
Create a Collection from News-2-You or Unique Learning System
Creating a Collection will allow you to group symbols together to be used in your classroom. Collections are added to the Collections inside My Symbols, where you can quickly download the set of symbols or use in creating supporting materials with the Board Wizard.
TIP! Make a weekly reminder to create a collection of News-2-You symbols and a monthly reminder to make a collection of Unique Learning System symbols. The symbols that display on the home page change with the current topic for each subscription.
From the Search menu, you can search for symbols based on keywords or actions. Click Search in the left menu to browse through the entire collection.
My Symbols: Save & Organize
SymbolStix PRIME includes a tagging and organizing tool right within the website. SymbolStix users can save a favorite or preferred symbol by adding to My Symbols from the search page.
My Symbols provides quick access to any symbol saved on this page. Select multiple symbols from the My Symbols page by clicking or touching on the symbol.
A collection is a group of saved symbols. Grouping symbols can help you organize your prized symbols and use in the creation of activities in the board wizards. Consider creating collections to support individual student communication needs, such as Rob’s communication device, or to support classroom periods or projects such as, “morning math class” or “volcano science experiment.”
Or, change the skin tone of individual symbols in a Collection by clicking Manage Collection and selecting a symbol from the skin tone selection list.
Board Wizard: Create & Store
The Board Wizard in SymbolStix PRIME is an online tool for creating instant projects without the hassle of downloading software or taking numerous updates! SymbolStix users create learning activities and communication supports on the website - anytime, anywhere. The projects are stored online using a modern tagging system to meet the needs of a fast-paced classroom or caseload.
Select from dozens of pre-built activities, customize an activity by size, or choose one of the popular communication device templates within the Wizard. There are many pre-made templates that can help you quickly create activities to support your students, such as vocabulary strips, math sets or level 1 questions. Customize a board by selecting the desired number in your grid - the combinations are endless here! The device templates include several well-known communication overlay templates that will fit the named device, such as GoTalk 9 or Prox Talker 10.
Create a New Activity
Click on an activity to begin creating. Chose to pre-populate your board with symbols from saved Collections or My Symbols.
Edit the Activity
Add symbols to your board from the right menu. Select symbols from your symbol bank, search for symbols from the entire SymbolStix library or upload your own image. Drag a symbol from this menu to your board, or select multiple symbols from the symbol bank and use the populate button to send several to the board at once.
Drag a symbol from one placeholder to another on the board.
Text travels with the symbol to its placeholder.
Save and Print
When you save an activity, it will appear in My Boards. You can edit a saved board, print from, make a new activity from a saved board and add tags to your board from this area.