Picta Dicta provides materials for students K-12. For our courses, a teacher uses an app as a prop for lessons projecting a progression of illustrated examples that students interact with by calling out answers and writing on personal whiteboards. That said, individual access to the internet is not required for students.
Want to use Picta Dicta with a co-op, but aren't sure if you should order as a school? Co-ops with 10 or more students should work with us directly. For smaller co-ops, check out the Home Study page and our partners Roman Roads.
Schools and co-ops for for classroom licenses to Picta Dicta by the student so that the cost scales with tuition. This license includes individual online access for each student as an added value for schools that choose to assign at-home exercises. We also offer scaled discounts to schools with large numbers of students. Contact us for a quote to see what discounts your school qualifies for!
We offer free consulting to school that use (or are interested in using) Picta Dicta! From year-end-check-ins to mid-year-tune-ups, we offer meetings with schools via Zoom to discuss issues that arise or changes to a program. Just email us to set up an appointment.
You can purchase Picta Dicta for your school by inquiring at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us a little about what you are looking for including grade levels and past experience with Latin.
Before we send a specific proposal, we set up a zoom meeting for you and an experienced Latin teacher. During that meeting, you will discuss your school’s goals, class pacing, and teacher skill level and teaching preferences. The teacher will demo anything you want to see and recommend products and a progression that would fit your program best. He can also recommend how to use our materials to integrate with other curricula if desired.
After the meeting, we can set up a pricing table for you that will allow you to price out exact numbers for the options you want and grades you are looking at. If you like it, you order by accepting that proposal.
Yes, you can! It’s not necessary for each student to have access to a device at all. Picta Dicta materials are usually displayed in a classroom on a projector or large screen. The exercises are designed as props to give a teacher structure and visuals while teaching. Students meanwhile call answers out loud, or write them on personal whiteboards, rather than enter them through a digital device. Many of our schools do not require students to access the materials individually.
Picta Dicta is designed to make teaching Latin easier, no matter how experienced the teacher is. Teachers who are completely new to Latin can teach Latin Primer 1, as long as they go through the course independently as a student first, so they can see all the grammar videos and exercises before class time. Our comprehensive Teachers Guides include grammar and vocabulary explanations, as well as teaching strategies, so a new teacher will have plenty of resources.
For teachers teaching Latin Grammar 3 or higher, we would recommend that teachers have at least basic knowledge of Latin grammar or take a Latin Grammar 3 course through the Ancient Language Institute, which has classes specifically for new Latin teachers.
Yes, it does. Picta Dicta's in-class materials are accessed through its app, which means it needs to have a connection to its server to operate properly. However, the data being downloaded is not very large, so the connection does not need to be very high speed.
The base cost to use Picta Dicta in a school or large co-op is a classroom license that is priced per student in the classroom. This license gives you access to the in-class exercises, the Digital Quiz pack for Teachers, and individual access for students. Although we grant schools individual online access for any students in a classroom, that is a value-added—not something we charge separately for.
We recommend that schools buy a couple extra workbooks if their enrollment numbers aren’t solid, as they are easy to use the next year. But, you should buy exactly the number of seats you need; if you need a few extras, we can fulfill digital seats within 1 business day!
We will add digital licenses to your existing account, or make you a new account on app.pictadicta.com. Then we’ll add your subscriptions and set up the main account. If you choose to give your students direct access, you will need to set up profiles for them; we will send instructions and can assist with this step as well.
The Picta Dicta app has two “levels” for account, master accounts and learner accounts. Teachers have access to the school’s main account, where they can check student progress (if they are doing exercises individually) and run the app in the classroom. Additionally, teachers typically have personal learner accounts where they can go through the material as they are prepping.
We do not sell physical flashcards. How come? There are over 2000 illustrated examples in Latin Primer 1 & 2 and over 3000 in Latin Grammar 3. The sheer volume of items would make physical cards prohibitively expensive and impractical to manage. The app not only displays the examples, but arranges them in various ways to teach particular concepts or review by particular organization. For students who use the app individually, the app pronounces Latin and requires them to understand by hearing as well. It also keeps track of their progress and shows their teacher where they are having trouble. Physical flashcards simply cannot do these things.
The lower-level readers (Puer et Monstrum, Fabellae Simplices, Mustelae Piratae; vocabulary for Marcus Mirandus and Marcus Captus is in the works) come with vocabulary for the first year. After that, if you are still using another Picta Dicta product, like the Latin Primers, you can continue using the vocabulary courses for free. If not, you'll need to pay for the licenses separately. For higher level readers, vocabulary courses are separate from the readers.
Yes! Schools may choose to purchase a physical Quiz Pack for our Latin Primer or Latin Grammar Series, but we recommend that they use our Teacher Quiz Pack (included with classroom license) and print copies for students. Answer keys for Latin Primer are in the back of the Teacher Guides.
We are developing Latin Grammar 4 & 5 that cover the remainder of basic Latin grammar. We also recommend Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata for high school students who have completed Latin Grammar 3. Typically, students will find the first 18 chapters of this textbook review before encountering major new concepts.