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  • Clicker Version 6.17



    Since we launched Clicker 6 in February 2012, we have periodically released new versions that include additional features and increased performance.

    The newest version of Clicker 6, version 6.17, is now available with the following improvements:

    • Export a Clicker 6 activity for use in our Clicker Books app

    • Open Clicker Books app files in Clicker 6

    • Customize Paint activities in Click & Edit Sets

    • Newer speech engines with improved pronunciation

    • Support for Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)

    • Increased performance

    • Various program enhancements

    You can always download the latest version of Clicker 6 for Windows or Mac OS X from our support site. We recommend uninstalling your original version of Clicker 6 before installing the latest version.

  • NEW - Clicker Connect



    Our latest app, Clicker Connect, brings additional Clicker functionality to the iPad®. Sitting between Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs, it provides another stage in supporting early and struggling writers to produce their own writing.


    With familiar Clicker support, Connect offers children a structure to help them to extend their ideas and to write more. Using linked grids, they choose from clusters of words and phrases to write into the document. Sentence starters will get them going, and word choices will offer prompts and encourage the use of more adventurous vocabulary - would they prefer to describe the giant as massive, huge, or gigantic? Do they like apples because they are juicy, crunchy, sweet, or all three?



    As with Clicker and all the apps, children can listen to the words in the grid before they use them in their writing. This enables them to decide on the best words to use – they can choose which words they like the sound of, and consider which words best convey their meaning. They are also more likely to use vocabulary with which they are unfamiliar so that their writing becomes more sophisticated and interesting. Children can also listen to their writing read back as they add punctuation in the document, a feature that is very valuable for reinforcement and for review.


    Every Clicker Connect grid has a link on the toolbar to a keyboard, so that children can extend their writing.  The keyboard has been designed with early writers in mind – it has fewer keys than a conventional keyboard and displays lowercase letters to make it more accessible. This offers a great opportunity to encourage children to take the next step as their writing skills progress.



    Customizable support to meet individual needs is an important aspect of Clicker Connect. For example, you can decide on the number of words you want to display in a grid; you can organize the words in clusters to help children make their choices; you can color code cells to emphasize sentence structure or highlight word groups; you can use pictures to help identify words; you can use guided order to ensure that children work from left to right. This flexibility makes Clicker Connect suitable for writers at different levels and offers the opportunity to vary support as children’s needs change.


    Additionally as grids can contain content on any subject, Clicker Connect can be used across the curriculum whenever your early writers will benefit from writing support.

     

  • Clicker Books



    Recently, I was able to spend time with a student and his teacher as they brainstormed ideas for a writing project using Clicker Books. The book was produced by a 1st grade student who had been studying the concept of riddles in class, specifically around the theme of Halloween. The teacher’s idea was to create a supported template containing Word Grids to provide vocabulary support for both the Title Box (for the question) and Text Box (for the answer) sections of each page, as well as a Picture Bank of images selected by the student.

    Here’s how it works:

    When the ‘Halloween Riddles’ book is opened, the student is presented with the standard building blocks at the left of the screen – Title Box, Picture Box, Text Box, and Sound Button.



    When the Title Box or Text Box is selected, the student is presented with a selection of Word Grids to choose from, instead of the default keyboard view. This approach gives a much higher level of support and guidance to the writing task.   Comprehension is measured by correct re-ordering of the words in a riddle question, selection of the appropriate picture, and finally selection and re-ordering of the correct answer.



    When the Picture Box icon is tapped, the student is only offered a Picture Bank (browsing the camera roll, use of the camera, and the painting tool have all been disabled) – the pictures offered are the ones chosen during the preparation stage.



    When complete, the teacher was able to ‘lock’ the book (to prevent accidental editing) and have the student share it with the rest of his class.


  • Example Post


    In just three weeks’ time, we will be heading to sunny Orlando, Florida for ATIA 2014. The conference takes place from January 29th – February 1st, and we look forward to seeing many of you there!

    We are holding a Match & Win game during the conference. Stop by our booth - #409 – to enter and receive more details on how to win. The two winners will be chosen from all qualifying entries, and each person will receive an iPad mini!

    We will be showcasing our popular literacy tools, Clicker 6 and WriteOnline, and of course our range of iPad® apps. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the latest apps, Clicker Books and the WriteOnline App, visit us at the booth for a demonstration.

    John and Ann Crick will be focusing on our Clicker Apps during a presentation in the Boca III room on Thursday, January 30th from 9:20 – 10:20 am. Come take a look and find out how you can apply the apps to learning in the classroom.