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  • The ability to share files easily and quickly is an important feature of educational software. It enables learners to demonstrate their work to others and makes it easier to work using multiple devices. It also provides a way for teachers to distribute assignments and reading materials.

    As part of our ongoing efforts to evolve our Clicker Apps, we have added new ways to share files. In addition to email, Dropbox and WebDAV, you can now share files using Google Drive.

    Like Dropbox, Google Drive is a free cloud storage service which allows you to store your files online. Once you upload a file to your Google Drive, you can access it from almost any device by visiting

    On phones and tablets, you can also access your Google Drive through various apps.

    To start using Google Drive in the Clicker Apps:

    1. Ensure your Clicker App is up to date by checking the App Store for updates.

    2. Open your Clicker App. Tap the Settings (cog) icon, tap Sharing and turn on Google Drive.

    3. To link your Google Account, tap the File Explorer icon, tap Google Drive on the left and tap Link to Google Drive. Input your Google Account details and tap Sign in. When prompted, allow the Clicker App to access your account.

    4. To add files to Google Drive, tap the File Explorer icon and tap iPad on the left. Browse to your files, tap one or more files, and then tap Copy. Tap Google Drive on the left, browse to your desired folder and tap Paste.

    5. To open files from Google Drive, tap the File Explorer icon and tap Google Drive on the left. Browse to your file and tap it to open it.

    If you have a Windows PC or Mac, you can automatically synchronize it with your Google Drive by downloading the free Google Drive program. This makes it simple to share files between Clicker 6 and the Clicker Apps (or WriteOnline and the WriteOnline app).

  • More Science with Clicker Books

    Following on from my last blog, here is another idea for using Clicker Books for science observations.

    Looking at plants as a topic, children can use Clicker Books to keep records of how plants change over time. They may, for example, note the appearance and opening of buds, the development of fruit, and the falling of leaves from trees. They can take pictures of the plant at various stages and record their observations, adding to their book at significant points in the plant’s growth. This might be particularly helpful when looking at seasonal change, which is likely to be covered as a topic throughout the year.

    Equally, children could use the same approach to describe the changes they observe in how their own seedlings grow and change. They can record the important stages and explain what they did to keep the plants healthy. They can also suggest why some plants may not have thrived.

    The activity lends itself to individual and pair work, and enables children to make decisions about what they want to record as well as building on their classroom learning.

    Clicker Books - tomato plant growth

    Book pages showing the flowers and then the fruit on a tomato plant.

  • Crick Software at ISTE 2014

    Two weeks ago, the Crick Software crew attended ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, GA. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world.

    We had over 300 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!

    One of the attendees taking a look at Clicker 6 for the first time commented, “This is the best product I have seen in the exhibit hall!”

    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 our newest additions to the Clicker Apps family, Clicker Books and Clicker Connect.

    “We have a high population of ELL students, we need ALL these apps on our iPads!”

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

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

  • iPad Speech Recognition

    The newer iPads® include a built-in voice dictation tool; this appears as a microphone icon next to the space bar on the onscreen keyboard.

    If you have Clicker Sentences on an iPad with this feature, why not use it when working with children to create their Sentence Sets?

    In Edit View, create your new Sentence Set and then tap in the text box. The onscreen keyboard will appear, but instead of typing your sentence in, tap the microphone icon. Then you, or a child, can speak the sentence they wish to write, and it will be entered into the box. Finally, select whether to provide a model sentence, the order of the words, and add a picture if you wish.

    Using speech recognition to make Sentence Sets

    The speech recognition feature can be great for supporting young children who can say the sentences they want to write, as well as helping those users who want to create their own Sentence Sets but struggle to type all of the words. It can also be used by teachers, making the quick process of creating your own Sentence Sets even faster!

  • Clicker and the Circus

    Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Well, be sure to take Clicker with you because we have recently published lots of sets about the circus for Clicker and Clicker Apps.

    For your younger readers, you’ll find a reading book about circus performers. There are also a variety of different activities to use with the book, such as sentence building, matching, speaking, and book making.

    Older readers and writers can explore the issues surrounding having animals in a circus. Circus Animals – Viewpoints offers different points of view on the subject. Circus Animals – Persuasive Writing is designed to help students write a persuasive text about the issues. The set contains a frame to help structure the writing, a bank of topic-related vocabulary, and a bank of transition words.

    For more independent writing about the circus, we have created two word banks. Circus Words is a topic-tabbed word bank to support students writing about a trip to a circus. The banks of nouns, verbs, and adjectives encourage students to use more descriptive vocabulary in their recount. Circus A – Z offers a wide range of topic words to support creative writing and informational texts.

    All of these resources and many more can be found on LearningGrids.