When preparing for back to school, it is important to plan ahead. Have a game plan and be calm, be cool, and be organized! Here are some tips to help you prepare for the new school year and to make sure your students leave your classroom with a smile.

1. Make a backup of your student’s vocabulary

To make sure you do not lose your student’s vocabulary, it is super important to make backups regularly. Proloquo2Go makes internal backups automatically. However, these are stored within the app. If you accidentally remove the app from your device, or if your device gets damaged, these backups will also be lost. To prevent this from happening, make sure you make backups regularly and store them somewhere safe. For instructions, including screen shots, please have a look at our Support articles about saving and restoring backups.

2. Update to the latest versions of Proloquo2Go and iOS

We release free updates for Proloquo2Go regularly. Our latest update, version 6, was released in September. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend you to update to Proloquo2Go 6 as it addresses a few bugs users reported to us. As Proloquo2Go 6 requires iOS 10.3 or up, you may also need to update your version of iOS.

3. Check out our blog and Learn AAC section

We've updated our blog to be much easier to browse - just choose a tag on the right to find everything we have on a specific topic. We've also added a whole section called Learn AAC, where you can find articles about best practice and supporting AAC learners.

4. Update your student’s vocabulary and voice

During the summer, things may have changed: your child made new friends, or now has new hobbies and interests. Make sure you update your child’s vocabulary with your child. The two of you can talk about it and find out what is important to them. The About Me folder is especially important for sharing with family, friends and at school. In addition, check the voice, voice personalization and speech rate with your child and make sure it's still a good match. You can find these settings in the Options > Speech and Language and tap on the (i) next to the current voice name.

5. Talk to the parents

Not only do your students have homework, so do you! If possible, talk to the parents or caregivers of your students in advance. Together with them, discuss the best approach for the coming year and let them know what you expect from them. Also ask the parents/caregivers to connect with us to stay up-to-date on product updates and any new support materials. You may want to point them to our private Family Facebook group. It is a very active group that is intended to share experiences and ask questions among peers.

6. Make sure home and school stay synched

As all your students spend time both at school and at home, the app's vocabulary will change frequently. If your student is using a different device at school than at home, it is important to keep both devices synched. We strongly recommend creating a shared Dropbox folder: it’s free, it’s easy and everybody can access it no matter where they are. You can share your child’s entire vocabulary, or share a single folder.

7. Create a “How I Spent my Summer Vacation” story

Summertime is fun! It’s also fun to talk about your experiences and exciting activities and remember all the good memories. You may want to take a look at a storytelling app such as our Pictello, to create a summer vacation story during class or to share a story that your students’ families created during their vacation. Have your students share with each other and ask each other questions. You can use Proloquo2Go to write the sentences, and copy-paste them into Pictello. If the family made vacation videos and photos, you may want to ask them to share those to make the stories even more fun!

8. Connect to other professionals

Sharing with professionals that have the same experiences and asking each other questions can be very insightful and helpful. Just as we have a private Facebook group for parents, we also have a private Professionals Facebook group. You're more than welcome there too!

9. Keep track of the latest developments

As we release updates for all of our apps regularly, it is important you stay up-to-date. We also regularly publish blogs about AAC and we often announce new products and interesting events. Make sure you sign-up for the AssistiveWare News, which is sent once a month, so you don’t miss out on any news.

10. Check out our iPad keyboards

Apple does not allow changes to the iOS keyboard, such as adding larger or colored fonts, accessibility features and ABC or scanning optimized layouts. But since we know many of our app users can benefit from these, we have developed our own keyboards with these options.

If you are looking for such features, check out our accessible keyboard Keeble, or our educational keyboards Keedogo and Keedogo Plus. These keyboards can be used system-wide, which allows your student to not only type in Proloquo2Go, but in every app on your device.