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  • Clicker Books on LearningGrids


    One of the great things about being a Clicker 7 user is having access to hundreds of ready-made resources. All professionally-made and designed to support primary learners of all abilities, our resources are updated regularly and can be downloaded FREE on our LearningGrids site. We carefully design our Clicker Sets to fit in with your curriculum themes, so you get instant, ready-to-use resources. And if you’re feeling inspired, all of our resources can be personalised – they are incredibly easy to edit, enabling you to tailor activities to your exact requirements.

    In a series of blogposts over the next few months, we will be exploring different types of resources we have on LearningGrids, and taking a look at some examples to help you see just how these might support you and your pupils in your classroom.

    Clicker Books are a great way of engaging children of all ages, combining captivating illustrations and lively or informative text. Children can read, listen to, or even make their own versions of a range of different books, covering an array of both fiction and non-fiction topics and themes. Take a look at some of the examples below (click on the link below each picture to go to the set on our website) … we’re sure you will find something you and you’re children will love!

    Stories

    Clicker 7 - Clicker Books - Stories

    Mary and Billy...

    I want a pet...

    Rosie goes for...

    Information/Non-Fiction Topics – Science, History, Geography … and more!

    Clicker 7 - Clicker Books - Information/Non-Fiction Topics – Science

    The trunk is...

    A young human is...

    For the first...

    Clicker 7 - Clicker Books - Information/Non-Fiction Topics – History

    This is an old...

    The gang of...

    Before the...

    Clicker 7 - Clicker Books - Information/Non-Fiction Topics – Geography 

    It is raining...

    Brazil is a...

    A bay is an...

    Make a Book – create written or spoken (text-free) versions of our reading books

    Clicker 7 - Clicker Books - Make a Book

    The teddy is...

    A perfect pet...

    Remembrance...

    As you can probably tell, there are far too many to show you them all … so why not get over to LearningGrids and discover all these and more for yourself! We hope this quick snapshot has inspired you to explore these fantastic resources further! And don’t forget, our Clicker Books are often complemented by Sentence, Connect, Talk and Matching Sets, as well as Word Banks and Clicker Boards. Keep an eye out for future blogposts where we’ll be taking a closer look at each of these activity types.

  • Managing Your Clicker App Subscriptions


    We are pleased to announce a new Subscription Management website for Clicker Apps for Chromebook customers. This enables customers to view information about their subscriptions and control which people have access to them.

    To get started, visit apps.cricksoft.com and sign in with your Google Account.

    To use the website, you must be a Subscription Manager for your organization’s subscriptions. If you’re not, the Manage tab won’t appear after signing in.

    If you have an individual subscription, you are automatically the Subscription Manager.

    Active Subscriptions

    Clicker Apps for Chromebook - Active Subscriptions screenshot

    This section displays information about your current and upcoming subscriptions (including evaluations) for each Clicker App.

    If you have a subscription that applies to a specific number of users, you can control which users have access to it by clicking Manage Users.

    Clicker Apps for Chromebook - Manage Subscription Users screenshot

    To add users to the subscription, you can:

    • Type or copy/paste their email addresses into the Add User box.

    • Have a user launch the Clicker App while signed into their Chromebook and enter the Enrollment Code.

    To remove users from the subscription, click their Remove button in the list.

    If you want to prevent removed users from enrolling again, click Change Enrollment Code.

    Expired Subscriptions

    This section lists the Start and End Dates of any previous subscriptions (including evaluations) that have expired.

    Subscription Managers

    This section lists the people that have permission to manage your organisation’s subscriptions.


  • Find Out and Write About is our award-winning series, designed to help children to access non-fiction text, and then report on what they have read.  

    Now you can download fully functioning extracts from each of the titles to try in your classroom. For each Find Out and Write About title we have chosen one topic and published three resources on LearningGrids - download each of the versions to see how the information is presented at differentiated reading levels with appropriately levelled writing support. This approach of linking reading pages and writing grids encourages independence by offering a clear and manageable structure, particularly for struggling and disaffected readers and writers.     

    Find Out and Write About The Human Body - Digestive system using Book 1, 2 & 3

    Examples of extracts from The Human Body, one of the Find Out and Write About series. Read and write about the digestive system using the Book 1, Book 2 or Book 3 extracts.

    Like everything on LearningGrids these resources are free and will download directly into Clicker 7 so you can get started straightaway. So if you are covering any of the Find Out and Write About topics or just want to give your children access to general interest non-fiction texts, try these extracts from LearningGrids.

    If you are interested in purchasing the full titles, they are available from our web shop.

  • Clicker Communicator success story


    We’ve just published a lovely new Clicker Communicator success story!

    Nicola Saadati is a Speech and Language Therapist at Bridge College, a specialist college for 16-25 year olds with learning difficulties and disabilities, complex needs, communication disorders and autism.

    Nicola had been looking for a new communication aid to support one of her students, an 18 year old with cerebral palsy. She wanted something motivating, easy to program, with a specific literacy support element – so she chose Clicker Communicator.

    “One of the key benefits I’ve noticed since he started using Communicator is how quickly and easily he can react to new scenarios and conversations as they happen, just adding in new vocab ‘on the fly’.

    Clicker Communicator is really helping him to develop his literacy skills in particular – he’s started to produce longer sentences, have a go at spelling more difficult words like ‘excited’, use more complex vocabulary and incorporate more punctuation. His writing speed is increasing too.

    From my perspective, the app has saved me hours of preparation time – it’s so easy to use and to program. It’s also given me real peace of mind when the student is out doing his work experience; I’m confident he will be able to spontaneously communicate and chat when put on the spot with a new person or scenario outside of the college.

    I’m so glad we found Clicker Communicator – it’s a fantastic communication tool for educational settings like ours.”

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

  • Ask and Answer


    On LearningGrids, we have recently published the Custom Clicker Set, Ask and Answer. This set is a content-free template and has been designed for pupils and teachers to easily create question-and-answer activities on any topic.

    Clicker 7 - Custom Clicker Set - Ask and Answer

    To use the set, click on Ask to go to the first recording page. On this page, you can record up to six questions by simply clicking on each of the microphone buttons. You can re-record any question as many times as you want. The final recordings will automatically transfer to the Answer page. Save your activity (Clicker Set ribbon tab > Save Clicker Set As…).

    Back on the Start page, click on Answer and then click on any of the question mark buttons to hear the questions. Use the microphone and speech bubble buttons to record and listen to the responses.

    Clicker 7 - Custom Clicker Set - Answer

    The Ask and Answer set is ideal for speaking and listening tasks for a range of different contexts. The template could be used as part of a research project – pupils record questions they want to find out about, and then record their answers after they have completed their research. It could also be used as an oral reflection task on a piece of text – the teacher or pupil records questions about a book or information text. Or it could be used to explore a fictional or historical character in a role play or hot seating task. One pupil could ask the character questions and another pupil could answer, taking on the role of the character.

    There really are so many ways to use this set – and it is so quick and easy to customise. Shift-click the Topic cell to change the text to match the activity. You can also go into Edit View to add pictures to any of the cells – always a great way to motivate your pupils.

    Clicker 7 - Custom Clicker Set - The Egyptian Pyramids & Little Red Riding Hood

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids for many more speaking and listening activities and ideas.

  • More than a Thousand!


    As Clicker 7 approaches its first anniversary we have reached an important milestone on LearningGrids - there are now more than a thousand Clicker 7 resources available to download!

    Recently added resources include a set of five storyboards using Clicker Board, the planning tool new to Clicker 7, some lovely shape sets using photos of everyday objects, new winter seasonal sets, and a whole range of science resources for younger children.

    There’s lots more on the way. We’ll be publishing regularly throughout the year, so whenever you are using Clicker 7, open LearningGrids and see what’s new.

    Clicker 7 - Montage of LearningGrids


  • Talking to schools recently it’s obvious that there is an increasing mixture of pupil devices now being used in classrooms.

    Technology can be very engaging for pupils and, when used effectively, can have a big impact on their learning.

    This is particularly so for pupils who, for a variety of reasons, may be struggling to write.

    Schools who have a range of devices are very pleased to learn that Clicker 7 and our apps for iPad and Chromebook all work in the same way and documents and resources can easily be shared between them.

    I illustrated how this works for a school recently using the Clicker Board diagram below.

    Clicker 7 - Clicker Board - Classroom

    In the classroom the teacher can use Clicker Board to both present to, and gather ideas from, the class. When it is time to do some writing a Word Bank can easily be created from the Clicker Board that the class has helped to create.

    The Word Bank could then be distributed and used as required:

    • In the classroom by individual pupils on laptops, iPads or Chromebooks

    • In the ICT suite where all pupils can access Clicker’s writing support

    • In the Learning Base where Clicker 7 can be fully personalised for individual pupils

    • At home to help with homework tasks (home user access is included if the school has a site licence of Clicker 7 or a site licence of either Chromebook App)

    This means that pupils get consistent support, such as talking word prediction and spell checking, regardless of where they are working.

    No matter if they completed their work in Clicker 7 on a computer, or Clicker Apps on an iPad or a Chromebook, the file format of the document will be the same and so it can easily be read by the teacher.

    So you can decide which pupils will benefit most from Clicker and where it is best for them to use it. You can then make it available on the most appropriate device, whether that is a computer, iPad or a Chromebook.

    In these examples a mixture of Clicker 7 and Clicker Apps for iPad and Chromebook is envisaged.

  • Did you know? – Clicker 7 Accessibility Tips


    Did you know you can apply a universal colour scheme and font to all Clicker Sets and Documents?

    For learners with low vision, you can configure Clicker 7 so that all Clicker Sets and Documents appear the same. This doesn’t change the appearance of the files themselves, just how they look on your computer.

    To do this, open the Options ribbon tab, click Accessibility and then open the Display tab.

    To set a high-contrast colour scheme, click the Colour Scheme box.

    To specify your own colours, choose the Custom scheme, and then click the Background and Additional colours below to change them.

    To always use a particular font, check the Always use this font checkbox and set your desired font options below.

    Did you know you can make Clicker 7 full screen?

    To keep a learner focused on Clicker 7, you can make it full screen. This minimises  distractions and temporarily limits the ability to use other programs (on Windows).

    To make Clicker 7 full screen, open the View ribbon tab and click Full Screen. You can also press the F11 key (Mac: while holding the Command key). Depending on your keyboard, you may have to hold the Fn key as well. Press again to leave full screen.

    To always start Clicker 7 in full screen, open the Options ribbon tab and click Program Management. On the Startup tab, choose In Full Screen mode and click OK.

    Did you know you can hide tools and change their size?

    To do this, open the Options ribbon tab, choose User Preferences and then open the Look and Feel tab.

    This tab lists all the tools that appear in the Document ribbon tab and above grids.

    To show/hide a tool, click it.

    To make tools bigger or smaller, choose a size in the Tools and Tabs Size drop-down box.

    Click OK to apply your changes.

  • Clicker 7 – Bett Awards finalist!


    We’re very excited to announce that Clicker 7 is a Bett Awards finalist in the 'ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment – classroom aids' category.

    Considered by many as the most esteemed accolade in the industry, the awards highlight the most creative and innovative educational technology solutions available to today’s teachers and learners. Over the years, Clicker has won seven Bett Awards – we really hope that this will be number eight!

    Thank you to everyone who has shared their Clicker 7 success stories with us this year – the judges are especially keen to hear how teachers are using the shortlisted products in their classrooms.

    The winner will be announced during the Bett Show in January – we’re keeping our fingers crossed until then! 

  • Winter and Christmas


    It’s that time of year again when many of us are thinking about Christmas, and the cold weather has well and truly settled in. Head to LearningGrids, where you’ll find lots of ideas to keep your pupils busy reading, writing and talking about festive activities!

    Check out our Getting Ready for Christmas sets. The book focuses on a group of children and their preparations for Christmas, like wrapping presents, posting Christmas cards and putting up decorations. The engaging pictures and simple text will help to get your pupils thinking and talking about their own experiences and preparations for Christmas too. They can listen to the story – and even record their own version or write their own Christmas book. Other resources linked to the story offer lots of opportunities for children to practise and develop their language skills – just search for Getting Ready for Christmas to see all the available activities.

    Clicker 7 - Clicker Book - Getting Ready for Christmas

    Some of your more independent writers might enjoy using our supportive Christmas word banks. We’ve got a topic tabbed word bank for those children who need a little more guidance and an alphabetic word bank for more confident writers. Both resources are great for encouraging children to use a wider and more interesting vocabulary – and, of course, you can add your own words too.

    If you’re working with older students, you might be interested in the WriteOnline Wordbars based on Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol. After all, you’re never too old for Christmas!

    If the chilly weather is your focus, get your pupils to read and write about winter and the associated weather, traditions and changes associated with this time of year. We have a brand new, beautifully-illustrated range of resources all about this season. For older pupils, there are winter-themed word banks to support their extended and descriptive writing.

    Clicker 7 - Word Banks - Winter

    We hope you and your pupils enjoy what’s left of this busy term, and have a wonderful holiday (and well-deserved rest). We will be busy planning some great new content for LearningGrids in the New Year – as usual, keep your eye on the website to see what’s new.

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