Author archives: Eric Sailers

  • To celebrate the release of ArtikPix 3, we are doing an App Sale! ArtikPix - Full and Percentally Pro 2 will be 30% off Thursday, September 7, 2017. This is a great deal, so don't miss the 1 day sale of our awesome articulation and data collection apps!

  • The wait is finally over! ArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full 3.0 are now available on the App Store! Version 3.0 is a major update with several improvements: • Re-imagined and re-written from scratch for a better user experience • A wizard (aka setup assistant) provides a step-by-step process to easily configure the following for each new student: name, decks, sound positions, syllable lengths, grammatical levels (word, sentence), and matching level • A student profile provides an easy way to view student notes and scores, and to update student configurations • All new group scoring - unlimited number of students per group - to tally independent and prompted responses in the flashcard and matching activities • All new user interface • Student data organized by sessions that are open or c[...]

  • 4 years. It has been 4 years since the last ArtikPix update! Why did it take that long? Well, several events occurred in the last 4 years, leading me down a long road of learning experiences that helped me finally complete the update now. 2 years ago, I had developers try to update the app. It was going to be a minor update to fix some appearance issues and glitches, but other significant features broke in the app. Additionally, the app really needed a major update that required more experience on my behalf. I started thinking how it could be better if I had the expertise to code my own apps. Additional events - occurring within my life in the last 4 years - led to this major ArtikPix update. One big event in my life was having children. My wife and I now have two energetic sons, Lev[...]

  • Lately, there has been increased discussion of coaching communication partners, and collecting data to track the effectiveness and frequency of modeling. For example, PrAACtical AAC posted a sample data collection form this week. As an AAC Specialist working in a school district, I'd like to share how I use Percentally Pro 2 - my iOS app for data collection - to track the progress of communication partners (e.g., staff, parents, peers) modeling with aided language stimulation. When coaching communication partners such as special education staff, I assess modeling across a variety of communicative functions: ask a question, comment, protest, request, and share information. In Percentally Pro 2, I start by enabling zeroes for measurements (More > Options > Include Zeroes ON (as indi[...]

  • Percentally Pro 2.4.2 is now available. Here’s a list of what’s new: • Configurable option to include zeroes in measurements for charts, data rings, email, CSV, etc. • Update to Swift 3 • Minor bug fixes If you like the new features, please leave a comment on the iOS App Store listing for Percentally Pro 2. If you have feedback, please email support@expressive-solutions.com.

  • Raffleway 1.2.1 is now available. Here’s a list of what’s new: ◦ Add support for scanning Data Matrix barcodes ◦ Update code to Swift 3 ◦ Update Watch connectivity ◦ Bug fixes If you like the new features, please leave a comment on the iOS App Store listing for Raffleway. If you have feedback, please email support@expressive-solutions.com.

  • Percentally Pro version 2.4.1 is now available. Here’s a list of what’s new: • Performance enhancements for backup to Dropbox and Mail • Edit goals in the Goal Bank • Views added for goal type • Bug fix for quotes in the CSV file • Bug fix for calculating averages • Other minor enhancements and bug fixes If you like the new features, please leave a comment on the iOS App Store listing for Percentally Pro 2. If you have feedback, please email support@expressive-solutions.com.

  • After you add a goal to the Goal Bank in Percentally Pro 2, you can edit the goal’s title and type (e.g., Percentally, Tally). If the goal was previously assigned to a student, any edits to the goal in the Goal Bank do not effect the assigned goal. The following steps will allow you to edit the goal in the Goal Bank: Tap the Goal Bank tab Select a goal (e.g., 3-4 word sentences) that was previously added Tap on the title of the goal (e.g., 3-4 word sentences) Edit the goal title (e.g., 4-5 word sentences) Select a type (e.g., Percentally, Tally) Tap Save For more information, check out the Percentally website page.  

  • Percentally Pro version 2.4 is now available. Here’s a list of what’s new: • All new feature for adding photos to each note. The user-friendly feature enables you to take a photo or choose one from your photo library, zoom the photo, page between photos, and more. Add up to 5 photos per note. • Export student data to Dropbox • Export a note's photos as PDF to Dropbox • Share backup files to and from Dropbox • Bug fixes If you like the new features, please leave a comment on the iOS App Store listing for Percentally Pro 2. If you have feedback, please email support@expressive-solutions.com.

  • Sometimes it's just easier to take a picture for the purpose of note taking. Well, Percentally Pro 2 has you covered with a feature for taking photos or choosing photos from your photo library. Then, you can export a note with your photos. The following steps will allow you to add photos and to export a note: Add photos to a note Tap the Students tab Select a student Tap the + to add a new note Tap ‘Add Photo’ or the Camera button Add a photo by using your device’s Camera or Photo Library. You may add up to 5 photos per note. Tap Save Export a note Follow steps 1-6 in ‘Add photos to a note’ With the Notes segment selected, tap on a note's date Tap the action button (box with arrow going out) Select a method (e.g., Mail, Dropbox) for sharing your note For mo[...]

  • It's the end of the school year and time to clean up. It's good to clean up your paperwork, but it's also important to clean up your digital work. If you're using Percentally Pro 2, you can delete items that you no longer need in the app. Before you start deleting, I recommend that you export and backup your data. You should export all student data for progress summaries and your records. To export student data, check out this tutorial: http://expressive-solutions.com/percentally-pro-2-export-student-data/. In the unfortunate case that you delete more than you wanted, you'll also want a backup file to restore. To backup and restore your data, check out this tutorial: http://expressive-solutions.com/percentally-pro-2-backup-and-restore-data/. In Percentally Pro 2, there are various de[...]

  • To complement a praacticalaac.org blog post series called 'Resources for a Year of Core Words', I created monthly core word boards using Symbolstix. I completed them for the entire school year, and shared the files with staff in my school district. I also wanted to share the monthly core words one month at a time here on my blog. So, here’s the board for April: PDF Download Link Here are some ideas on how you can use the monthly core words: Print 1 copy, then laminate it (or put it in a sheet protector) and use it for aided language stimulation during various activities at school (circle time, small group rotations, transitions, lunch, taking a walk, etc.) Print 1 copy, then laminate it (or put it in a sheet protector) and provide it to parents for aided language stimulatio[...]