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  • Clicker Apps for Chromebook – Getting Support


    Following the recent release of our new Clicker Apps for Chromebook, the Support team has been adding new content to our website’s Support section.

    While we’re swift to respond to support requests, our Support section provides a wealth of information that you can access immediately. Not only can you find solutions to technical problems, you can also get answers to commonly asked questions, so there’s a good chance that you’ll find what you’re looking for!

    The latest support articles are:

    1.    FAQClicker Sentences / Clicker Docs

    Common questions and answers.

    2.    I can’t find the Clicker Apps in the Chrome Web Store - Clicker Sentences / Clicker Docs

    The quickest way to locate the Clicker Apps.

    3.    Installing the Clicker Apps for Chromebook - Clicker Sentences / Clicker Docs

    How to install the Clicker Apps, individually or to multiple Chromebooks at once.

    4.    “Domain not found” error when launching app - Clicker Sentences / Clicker Docs

    Learn what this error message means and what to do next.

    5.    Cannot start evaluation because “Your subscription has expired” - Clicker Sentences / Clicker Docs

    Learn what this error message means and what to do next.

    6.    The app doesn’t launch - Clicker Sentences / Clicker Docs

    Learn what you can do to fix this problem.

    We’re keen to continue improving the Clicker Apps for Chromebook, so we sincerely welcome any feedback you may have to offer.

    If you’ve encountered a problem that isn’t covered in the Support section, or have any suggestions for future improvement, please contact Support.

  • Clicker 7 success story – Manor Academy


    Manor Academy is a secondary special school in Sale for children with moderate learning difficulties and autism. They have been using Clicker 7 to support learners who are struggling with their reading and writing.

    Head of English Tracey Horne has given us some great feedback on how her students have been getting on!

    “We use Clicker a lot for class topic work. For example, when we are studying a novel, we can use Clicker to develop students’ understanding of the story in so many different ways. We are able to create sentence building sets, key word banks, story recollections, sequencing activities, character explorations…whatever best suits that student’s particular learning objectives and ability level.

    One of our favourite new tools in Clicker 7 is the Clicker Board planning area. Lots of our staff are using this across the school and in many different subjects. It’s a great way to introduce new topics and vocabulary, and a really useful document for students to refer back to. We have a lot of students that come up with great ideas, but forget them when it comes to writing them down; Clicker Board is a fantastic way to capture these!

    The students are very proud of what they are able to accomplish with Clicker 7. Many actively disliked English before, because of the reading and writing aspect of the lessons and their inevitable struggle with it. However, they are now able to achieve something independently. Every student can now participate, even those with the biggest learning challenges, albeit with a lot of support. Some simply couldn’t share their knowledge and ideas with us before in written form, now they can!

    I think what’s really key is that it’s not us recording their thoughts or doing it for them, the students are able to do it themselves, which is a real confidence booster.”

    You can read Tracey’s success story in full on our website.

  • Storyboard Templates on LearningGrids


    We have just published a range of storyboard templates on LearningGrids.

    The sets are built in Clicker Board and contain a framework for children to add their ideas using pictures, text, voice or all three. They cover a range of levels, from three step plans for beginning, middle and endings, to a story mountain template looking at the beginning, build-up, problem, resolution and ending of the story.

    When children are ready to write, open a document and use the tabs at the bottom of the screen to move between the storyboard and the document / the story and the plan.

    You will find the templates in the Literacy/Story Writing category on LearningGrids.

    Clicker 7 - Clicker Board - Literacy/Story Writing template

  • Clicker Books


    On LearningGrids, we have published Clicker Books that cover a variety of curriculum areas for a wide age range. There are Clicker Books for older pupils to cover topics such as animal life cycles, coastal landforms, the Olympics and the water cycle.

    Clicker Books - coastal landforms, animal life cycles & the Olympics

    And we have also created lots of Clicker Books for younger readers – books that explore materials, the weather, the five senses and colours, just to name a few.

    Clicker Books - the weather plus the five senses and colours

    In addition to providing you with content to use in your classroom, we also try to publish resources on LearningGrids that demonstrate different ways that you can use Clicker Books. As seen in the examples above, Clicker reading books can be designed with different layouts to match the needs of your pupils and to best fit the content.

    There are also many ways to design activities for pupils to make their own books using Clicker Books. Word banks to support their writing can range from a single tab which includes all of the words or phrases needed to write sentences to multiple tabs providing only the key vocabulary.

    Clicker Books - Word Banks - Sentences & Sport

    Some of the Make a Book activities on LearningGrids include text already in place, allowing children to add illustrations or photos to match the text in order to demonstrate their understanding of important concepts. Other Clicker Books have been designed as speaking activities without any text. Children record information about the pictures that are showcased in the book. These resources can be used as pre-writing activities or as part of presentations on a topic.

    Clicker Books - Make a Book - Orange & Landforms

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids to access over 200 Clicker Books – with more resources added every month!

    LearningGrids - Clicker Books


  • I have been finding that more and more secondary schools are investing in Clicker 7. This is often driven by the SEN department, who have bought Clicker for students who have used it before in their primary school. However, many teachers are starting to use Clicker with a much wider cohort of learners.

    LearningGrids should be your first port of call for resources; many of these can be easily adapted for secondary students and some are more than suitable as they are. For example, a quick search for ‘frames’ in LearningGrids will bring up a variety of different writing frames that are extremely useful for KS3 writing.

    These writing frames offer sentence starters and general vocabulary grids. The option to add your own vocabulary means that you can personalise these grids to whatever subject or topic you like. They really encourage students to expand their vocabulary and develop their use of language within their writing.

    Clicker 7 LearningGrids

    I recently delivered training for a secondary school and I would like to share some of the activities and resources that the English and science departments were using.

    Clicker Board and Macbeth

    Using Clicker Board, mind maps can be developed to help support students writing about the characters in Macbeth. Simply ask the students what words they can think of to describe the character and then add them to the Clicker Board.

    Don’t forget that these boards are not pre-made. They are completed during the lesson using the words and vocabulary given to you by the students themselves. This ‘live’ resource creation means that no preparation time is needed!

    Once the board is complete, right-click and select Create Word Bank, and you then have a Word Bank, nicely organised by character, containing all the vocabulary given to you by the students. This Word Bank can then be saved and accessed instantly by the students, or you can simply print out the Word Bank to support handwritten work.

    Clicker 7 Clicker Board - Secondary Macbeth

     Clicker 7 - Macbeth Word Bank

    Word definitions

    The language used by Shakespeare can be difficult and the students will come across vocabulary that they do not know (how often do you use the word regicide?).

    Clicker Board can be used to create a whole class discussion activity about the definitions of new vocabulary. Presenting the activity in this way enables you to discuss the meaning of each word with the whole class. Some students simply won’t ask about a word’s meaning due to embarrassment or fear of ridicule – this is a neat way to circumnavigate this issue.

    Clicker 7 Clicker Board - Word Definitions

    Macbeth character map

    A character map is a great way to teach students how the characters within the play interact and relate to each other. The advantage of this is that you can create this during the lesson with the support of the students. Afterwards you can print it out for the students to keep if necessary.

    As the students have had input into the creation of the character map, they can take ownership of it and the resource becomes much more than just another handout.

    Clicker 7 Clicker Board - Macbeth Character Map

    Science and other subjects

    Clicker is not just limited to supporting English lessons; if you teach a subject where a mind map or word banks would be useful, you can use Clicker. As the science teacher commented to me during the training session “The main barrier to learning in my classes is literacy. If I can overcome that I can then get on with the subject teaching.”

    Clicker Board can be used to support both a practical science lesson and the writing of a report.

    The use of images within Clicker Board can really help to support students with literacy difficulties and students who are learning new vocabulary.

    Clicker 7 Clicker Board - Science 

    Just like I showed you with the Macbeth mind map, you can create a Word Bank from the Clicker Board to support students with their experiment write up.

    Clicker 7 Work Bank - Science

    Clicker Board can also be used to create flow diagrams. For example, you could make resources on photosynthesis, the water cycle, chemical reactions or even a time line of the Great War, to name but a few. The possibilities (as they say) are endless!

    I spoke to one science teacher who wanted to use Clicker with his A-Level students. I couldn’t blame him either. Could you consistently type benzenecarboxylic acid into a report without making a mistake?

     

    If you’d like to learn more about using Clicker in a secondary setting, or arrange a free demonstration, please do get in touch!

  • Did you know? – Painting in Clicker 7


    The Paint feature within Clicker 7 is highly versatile and offers fun ways for users to illustrate their ideas.

    Did you know you can paint over other pictures?

    Once you’ve added a picture to a Document or Clicker Set, you can paint over it! This is especially fun to do with photos taken with a webcam.

    To paint over a picture in a Document:

    1.    In the Document ribbon tab, click the Picture icon and choose Browse or Photo to add a picture to the Document.

    2.    Select the picture.

    3.    In the Document ribbon tab, click the Picture icon and choose Paint.

     To paint over a picture in an open Sentence Set:

    1.    In the Clicker Set ribbon tab, click Edit.

    2.    Click the Browse (magnifying glass folder) icon or the Photo icon to add a picture to the current grid.

    3.    Click the Paint icon beside the added picture.

    To paint over a picture in an open Connect Set:

    1.    In the Clicker Set ribbon tab, click Edit.

    2.    Click the desired cell until it’s outlined in red.

    3.    Click the Browse (magnifying glass folder) icon or the Photo icon to add a picture to the cell.

    4.    Click the Paint icon beside the added picture.

    To paint over a picture in an open Clicker Board:

    1.    Select a cell, or select nothing if you want to change the Board’s background.

    2.    Click the Picture icon in the left sidebar, and then click the Browse (magnifying glass folder) icon or the Photo icon to add a picture.

    3.    If you added the picture to a cell, select it. Otherwise, select nothing.

    4.    Click the Picture icon in the left sidebar and then click the Paint icon.

    To paint over a picture in an open Clicker Book:

    1.    Click Edit in the top-left corner.

    2.    Click the red icon on the left to add a Picture Box to the page.

    3.    Select the Picture Box and then click the Browse (magnifying glass folder) icon or the Photo icon at the top to add a picture.

    4.    Select the Picture Box and then click the Paint icon at the top.

    Did you know you can choose which tools, stamps and colours appear?

    In Custom Sets, you can set up a custom Paint activity that contains only the tools, stamps and colours that you specify.  This helps to keep the activity focused and removes distractions.

    To create a custom Paint activity:

    1.    Create or open a Custom Set.

    2.    In the Clicker Set ribbon tab, click Edit.

    3.    Open the Objects tab in the left sidebar and drag a cell onto the current grid/page.

    4.    Select the cell, and then open the Open tab in the Editing Toolbar above.

    5.    Click Choose and choose Open Paint.

    6.    Click More Options on the right.

    7.    Click the Tools or Colours tab.

    Clicker 7 Paint

    Click the tools/colour palettes along the top to enable/disable them.

    Each enabled tool/colour palette has a corresponding tab below. Items in the left list will be hidden; items in the right list will be shown. To move an item from one list to another, click the item, and then click an arrow button. The tool’s default settings can be changed on the right.

    To learn more about creating a custom Paint activity: click Help in the Help ribbon tab, click Search at the top and search for custom paint.

    Did you know you can save a Document painting as a file?

    Once you’ve added a painting to your Document, you can save the painting as a picture file so it can be used in other programs and shared with other people.

    To do this, right-click the painting and choose Save Picture.

  • Clicker 7 success story


    We have a lovely new success story to share with you from Apley Wood Primary School!

    Deputy Head Ellen Smith has been telling us all about the progress her struggling writers have been making since they started using Clicker 7:

    “We initially purchased a 40-computer license to use with our cohort of children with special needs who need some extra help to get started with their writing; children with dyslexia, struggling spellers, and those pupils who can articulate their ideas very well but find it really tricky to get them down on paper.

    The children use Clicker in English and Foundation subjects - the teachers are able to create differentiated learning resources for them based on their lesson content, which enable those pupils to access the curriculum and participate in the same way as their peers. We’ve also found Clicker’s new Word Pool feature really useful for those children who have a specific way of misspelling certain words – the fact that we can add these spellings into Clicker to ensure the word predictor suggests the correct word is making targeting spelling intervention a lot simpler.

    A big success for us has been using Clicker 7 to support the ‘Big Write’ sessions we have every week. Certain pupils were simply unable to access this activity, or were getting very little down. Now they are producing much more substantial pieces of work, which is having a really positive effect on their confidence and attitude to writing.”

    You can read the success story in full on our website.

  • Clicker Apps for Chrome


    Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs for Chromebook

    We’re excited to have Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs available for Chrome! Clicker Apps are already extremely successful on iPads in many thousands of schools, and now Chrome users can benefit too.

    We’ve done far more than just version the iPad apps for Chrome – we’ve actually created brand new apps that properly integrate with Chrome and Google Drive, making it quick and easy for schools to implement in their domain. Clicker Apps for Chrome are designed for schools – they are set up using your usual Chrome tools so there’s nothing new to learn.

    Also, we know that wireless networks sometimes struggle to cope with many users, so we’ve made the apps so that they work with or without an Internet connection.

    It’s easy for schools to try out Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs, with 28-day free subscriptions available from Google Apps Marketplace.

  • A New School Year … Get Set for Science


    Well, here we are again already well into a brand new school year, and ready for all the challenges and fun that a busy autumn term will bring.

    We have been working really hard over the summer holidays creating lots of exciting and engaging activities to help get your pupils off to a flying start this year. We have been particularly focusing on updating our bank of science resources for all ages – so look out for some fantastic resources to support your primary science curriculum (including the latest National Curriculum requirements for Science in England).

    Already on LearningGrids you’ll find topics covered like Animals, Plants, Materials, Forces, Magnetism, Circulation, States of Matter… and many more! Activities range from simple matching to open-ended speaking tasks and demonstrating scientific knowledge.

    Clicker 7 Match the Flowers Two, Talk About Toys and Materials, and Food Chains resources

    From Clicker classics like sentence building, reading books and word banks to alternative activity ideas such as picture prompt discussion resources, sorting activities, charts and investigation writing frames – all designed to help get your pupils thinking and learning scientifically.

    Over the next few months, we will be publishing a fantastic teacher planning resource, giving you a complete overview of the activities available on LearningGrids across science topics and year groups. Visit the Clicker Sets page on the Crick Software website to find useful information and (at the bottom of the page) a link to Curriculum Mapping documents which list our Clicker resources and maps them to statutory science objectives. We have just published our first PDF for ages 5 to 6 (Year 1) – the PDFs for other primary age ranges will be coming soon. The PDF for ages 6 to 7 (Year 2) is due to be published very soon – with lots of fantastic new resources published to support this age group.

    Keep checking the website regularly because, as ever, we’ll be working hard to make sure we continue to bring you inspiring ideas and classroom resources, focusing on curriculum coverage as well as topical and seasonal themes this autumn.


  • We will be sponsoring an exciting CPD Day in London this November for special school staff. Entitled ‘Using technology to transform teaching and learning in special schools’, this whole-day event will enable teachers to pick up valuable hints and tips on using technology to help every pupil access the curriculum and find their voice. 

    The event will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and include sessions on the following:

    A voice for all!

    - Enabling every child to communicate and be heard

    Carol Allen – School Improvement Advisor, North Tyneside

    Thinking outside the box

    - Person-shaped practice when designing effective learning technology provision

    Willow Dene Special School, Greenwich

    Making the curriculum more accessible and engaging with Clicker 7

    Jordan Butel, Senior Education Consultant, Crick Software

    Pupil centred planning and technology; bringing learners into focus

    John Galloway, Advisory Teacher for ICT and SEN, Tower Hamlets

    The CPD Day will be taking place at the Hilton London Euston on Thursday 17th November. A three course lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Places are limited and priced at just £99 per delegate – delegates who book places before 21st October will get an early bird discounted rate of £89!

    For further information and details of how to book a place, please contact us on 01604 671691, email your enquiry to CPD@cricksoft.com or visit www.cricksoft.com/CPD.

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