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  • November was a busy month! It was spent traveling across the lovely state of Pennsylvania showing Clicker 7, the Clicker Apps on both iPad and Chromebook, and Clicker Communicator.

    The PaTTAN AT Expo was a huge success. PaTTAN is a traveling tradeshow. We started in Valley Forge, moved to Harrisburg, and then ended in Pittsburgh. It was an incredible way to connect with people from all over the state. 

    Clicker Communicator was the hit at PaTTAN. I enjoyed watching the expressions on people’s faces when they saw how easy it is to start using the app as soon as it’s downloaded. They could see themselves introducing students to one of the Core Vocabulary Sets provided with the app right away. One SLP spoke to me specifically about a student she could see using it throughout the day, but especially to participate more fully in his Social Studies and Science classes. Clicker Communicator really does make it very easy for users to participate more fully in the classroom.

    Many PaTTAN attendees were also Clicker 6 users. One teacher told me how she currently uses Clicker 6 extensively in her class and had come to see us to understand how we could have made it better. She was blown away by the many uses of the new planning tool, Clicker Board. She could easily see how she could use this during whole class instruction to get everyone’s ideas together before giving her class a wordbank to work with more independently. This, coupled with the new children’s voices, voice notes, and app interoperability that Clicker 7 has to offer, was more than enough to send her away ready to get a purchase order approval to upgrade!

     

    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference is for Speech and Language Pathologists and was also in PA this year. This was ASHA’s biggest year, with over 16,000 attendees. The ease in which you can edit and create Vocabulary Sets with Clicker Communicator was very well received at this conference as well.

    Overall, November was a great month. We were able to connect with new and existing customers in Pennsylvania and talk to them about what we do best: literacy, AT, and AAC.

  • 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 quick 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 education school in Sale, England 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 using Clicker 7!

    “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 favorite 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 Language Arts/Writing/Story Writing category on LearningGrids.

     

  • Clicker 7 Success Story


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

    Vice Principal 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 students who can articulate their ideas very well but find it really tricky to get them down on paper.

    The children use Clicker in English, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science - the teachers are able to create differentiated learning resources for them based on their lesson content, which enable those students 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 students 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 and Closing The Gap


    Another October means another successful Closing The Gap Conference in Minnesota. This year was particularly exciting because it was the first time showing Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs for Chromebooks

     

    The excitement over these apps has been positively overwhelming! Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs are packaged apps, which means that they run on their own, independent of internet access. Therefore, students can use these apps offline if they need to. The apps are also integrated with Google Drive and sync with the Google Drive account once internet access is restored. This makes saving and sharing work effortless!

    We had a wonderful time at CTG and are looking forward to 2017! Couldn’t make it to CTG this year? Don’t worry, contact us and we will be happy to arrange a demonstration of the new Chromebook Clicker Apps, or any of our products.

  • 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 colors appear?

    In Custom Sets, you can set up a custom Paint activity that contains only the tools, stamps, and colors 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 Colors tab.

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

    Each enabled tool/color 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.

  • The Presidential Election


    With the presidential election fast approaching, it is a perfect time to use Clicker and WriteOnline resources to help your students explore the election. Students can use the word banks such as Elections A – Z in WriteOnline or Becoming the President in Clicker to write about the election process and issues that are important to them.

     

    You can also use Clicker’s fast and easy tools to create your own resources. Create a Talk Set that allows students to practice their presentation skills in order to discuss presidential candidates or candidates in a local election.

     

    Or use Clicker Board or WriteOnline’s WorkSpace to stimulate discussions about the candidates and the election process.

     

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids for many more ideas on how to support your learners.

  • Clicker Apps for Chrome


    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.

  • 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 students to cover topics such as animal life cycles, coastal landforms, the Olympics, and the water cycle. 

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

    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 students and to best fit the content.

    There are also many ways to design activities for students 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.

    Some of the Make a Book activities on LearningGrids include text already in place, allowing students 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. Students 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.

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

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