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  • ISTE 2013



    Last month we headed down to San Antonio, TX for ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. This is the biggest education technology conference in North America!

    We had visitors from around the world stop by the Crick Software booth, including many people who were new to our products, and of course some familiar faces. Here is a quick wrap-up of the questions, comments, and excitement we had at the booth!

    “This is just the app I was looking for!”

    So many districts are getting more and more iPads in their schools, which has increased the need for quality apps that can support independent learning. Many conference attendees loved the Clicker Sentences app to support sentence building skills for early learning, and Clicker Docs for topic specific writing with older students. We also launched the WriteOnline app at ISTE, which teachers at the middle and high school levels enjoyed seeing.

    “This will be great for Common Core.”

    Both Clicker 6 and WriteOnline are perfect tools to support the Common Core State Standards, which many teachers and administrators were looking for at the conference. For additional information, please visit the Common Core page on our website.

    “How do I get a district-wide Clicker 6 license?”

    We met a lot of people who saw Clicker 6 and wanted to know how they could install it on all of their computers, district-wide. To put together a cost-effective district-wide license that met all of their needs, all we needed to know was how many schools were in the district.

    We are looking forward to ISTE 2014 in Atlanta next year! For more information on conferences where you can meet us, please visit the conference section of our website.

     

  • WriteOnline App and LearningGrids



    We’re really excited about the arrival of our latest app! Just like our other Apps (Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs), the WriteOnline App is so easy to use and provides fantastic support for your secondary school students. It offers a range of age-appropriate tools to support writing across the curriculum. And, of course, it’s incredibly easy and amazingly quick to create your own Wordbar resources with the App, organized with either alphabetical tabs or topic tabs.


    We’re also creating lots of ready-to-use resources for the WriteOnline App, and you can access them all through the LearningGrids website or directly from within the App itself.



    On LearningGrids, you’ll find dozens of Wordbars to support your students’ learning across the curriculum with tabbed vocabulary support for lots of subjects and topics. These range from general literacy resources like Adjectives A – Z, to resources for specific book study work like Of Mice and Men A – Z and Of Mice and Men – Themes.


    There are also Wordbars to support work in science, history, and geography – get your students motivated to write about a range of topics from Digestion to Volcanoes! More resources are being added all the time so keep an eye on the website over the next few weeks for all the new App resources …with many more coming soon!

  • Clicker 6 Success Stories



    If you’re thinking about upgrading to Clicker 6, or are looking for ideas on how Clicker 6 is being used in the classroom, take a look at the Clicker 6 Success Stories section of our website.

    Special Education Technology British Columbia (SETBC) has posted a number of stories about how Clicker 6 is being used to support writing in the inclusive classroom, along with helping to build writing confidence and academic achievement. Click here to read more.

    Take a look at the success story written by Jacquelyn Criger at Indian Prairie School District #204.  She recommended Clicker 6 for a 5th grader struggling with writing. The result in his output using Clicker 6 rather than paper and pencil is outstanding!  Click here to find out more.

  • Buying and Managing iPad Apps



    Schools in the US can take advantage of Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP). Every month, more and more schools are signing up for this program and using it to get a better price for ALL their app purchases.


    When you use the VPP to buy more than 20 copies of an app at one time, many publishers, including Crick Software, give you a 50% discount, which is applied automatically when you make the purchase.


    When buying apps for your school, you need to buy a copy for each iPad you are going to install it on (see App Store terms and conditions). The VPP makes this easy to manage by providing free tools to deploy your apps across multiple devices.


    Find more details on the VPP here and sign up on the Apple website.  You’re missing out if you don’t!