New ChooseIt Maker Rises From Flash’s Ashes
Returning from the holidays, many will notice that the popular easy-to-author choice making app, ChooseIt Maker 3 (CM3) has been replaced by a new and improved ChooseIt Maker (CM).
All new features, functionality and designs have been implemented based on years of user requests and feedback from educators and therapists.
The new interface is cleaner and more user friendly for better achievement and progress recording, accessibility customization and enhanced editing.
The need for a complete overhaul of the popular app from Inclusive was necessitated by the demise of Flash, the multimedia platform used to create CM3 and other popular web based apps. Adobe ceased support of Flash as of 31st December 2020.
The redesign and rebuild process has been in the works for almost two years. The good news is that even with the limitations and delays caused by the pandemic, the team at Inclusive were able to get the new ChooseIt Maker up and running on time.
When you log into the new CM , all original CM3 activities will be imported automatically. This process can take a bit of time depending how many apps you have and how big and media rich they are. So you might want to do this before you have a student in front of the computer. The process is totally automated and you will be notified via email when the import is complete.
In this first version of the new ChooseIt Maker, you cannot share or download newly created activities to the CM iPad app. And, for, now you cannot create an activity on an iPad. But rest assured these functionalities are coming soon later this year.
But you can download old CM3 activities that you’ve already created to the CM3 iPad App and run them.
And you can still play activities on an iPad through a web browser.
Sound recording in activities
This new release, for the moment does not have the ability to record sound or speech from your microphone. That function is coming soon.
BUT you can still add recorded speech to your activities by recording audio in your web browser and then uploading it into CM.
There are lots of Chrome extensions for this (e.g. https://voice-recorder.io). Windows 10 comes with a Voice Recorder app preinstalled.
Look for updated documentation, help videos and other materials in English and French for ChooseIt Maker in the coming months.
- Bogdan Pospielovsky