Clicker Connect

Enable developing writers, struggling writers and English language learners to take their first steps to independent writing.

The app is a triumph because it is based on a simple idea that scaffolds independent writing kick-starts the writing process, helps children to be creative and gives them a clear sense of achievement.

- Teach Primary magazine

A perfect ‘next step’ for Clicker Sentences users, Clicker Connect provides pupils with clusters of words, phrases and/or pictures to help them build a coherent piece of text.

Designed with the classroom in mind, Clicker Connect includes the Sassoon font, a lower case keyboard and many other child-friendly features to create an accessible and engaging environment for pupils to work in.

Develop independent writing skills

Pupils choose from clusters of words, phrases and pictures to produce their own writing. As each sentence is completed, it is spoken aloud in a child's voice, helping learners to review and correct what they have written.

Learners can use the Sound Shift tool to listen to words and phrases in the grid before using them, to help them choose how they want to convey their ideas.

Enhance understanding with pictures

For additional support, add a picture to any cell in your grid - over 2500 searchable curriculum pictures are included, and you can use your own from your Camera Roll or snap them straight in with the iPad camera. As children write, each picture goes into the document too, helping them to read back what they have written.

Personalised support for every pupil

It’s quick and easy to set up a sequence of grids for your pupils, arranging words and phrases into clusters as you go. Clicker Connect provides an extensive range of additional support options to suit pupils of all abilities:

  • Colour-code words or phrases to emphasise sentence structure
  • Use Guided Order to ensure pupils work from left to right
  • Enlarge cells for extra clarity

Hundreds of free resources at your fingertips

No time to make your own? A professionally made, ever expanding bank of free learning resources is just a tap away. Select ‘LearningGrids’ to access a wide range of ready-made Connect Sets created by our curriculum team – new resources are added regularly.


Share resources and work your way

We have incorporated a variety of ways to share Clicker Connect files; choose whichever works best for your school set-up. Print your work to any AirPrint-compatible printer, or share it via AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, Mail, WebDAV or OneDrive.

Accessible for all

To make access easier for those with physical challenges, the unique SuperKeys option makes words easy to target. Tap anywhere within a word cluster to enlarge it, and then tap the word you want. The keyboard works in the same way, with the keys grouped into just six large clusters that fill the keyboard area when expanded.

SuperKeys can also be set up to work with Switch Access on the iPad. To find out how to do this, download our PDF guide.

Access Clicker anytime, anywhere

Sometimes an iPad is the best technology to use for a particular learning task, whereas other times a laptop or PC is the most suitable option – investing in both Clicker 7 and Clicker Connect enables you to provide a consistent level of literacy support across your school's devices. We have also ensured that Clicker Connect and Clicker 7 are fully file compatible. This gives you the flexibility to create Connect Sets on a computer using Clicker 7 and use them on your iPads, and to open your pupils' Clicker Connect work in Clicker 7.