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  • Making the Most of Matching


    This is an idea for using the Clicker 6 matching wizard in a slightly different way. As well as matching like to like, whether pictures, words, or sounds, it’s also possible to change one of the variables to change the activity emphasis. Use the wizard to make the basic activity and then add the modifications.

    When matching pictures to sounds the activity can be extended by changing the target - record or type information which the speech engine will read. In the following examples the focus becomes a fact, rather than a word. In At the Playground – Listen and Match, the activity becomes part of a story comprehension re-telling. Another example, based on sequencing a number of steps in a procedure, is Planting a Seed – Listen and Match.

    Making the most of matching - example 1

    Similarly, a picture and words activity can be extended beyond a word recognition focus. By changing the target from a word to a definition, children can demonstrate their understanding. An example from LearningGrids is Coastal Features – Definitions. A similar example based on the five senses is Our Senses – Matching

    Making the most of matching - example 2

    A third modification, based on a picture matching wizard, enables children to match associated objects rather than direct matches. For example, in People at Work – Picture Pairs children match a place of work with people in their job uniforms. In this example, use the matching wizard to make the activity and then change the target pictures in edit mode.

    It requires a little more work to set up these activities, but the outcome is well worth it. They offer ways to differentiate and extend activities and encourage careful listening and observation, as well as offering opportunities to show knowledge.

  • Clicker Communicator – Top Tips 1


    I have been showing Clicker Communicator to a wide range of specialists, therapists, and teachers over the last couple of months, and I thought it would be useful to share some of the features that are generating the most excitement! In this first post, I am going to look at rapid editing, additional speech supports, and resource sharing. 

    Cell Population in Seconds

    When planning your own communication and curriculum sets, Clicker Communicator has a really intuitive set of features to enable rapid resource creation. This is a great one to start with:

    • Tap into Edit View from the toolbar, choose the topic you want to work on (or add a new one), then open either the Text or Picture popover (see screenshot).
    • Make your selection from the topic-specific symbols offered and then tap ‘Done’.
    • Make a multiple cell selection to change formatting (cell, text, or background color).

    Simultaneous Speak and Send

    Many users have been really pleased to learn that they can have the cell contents speaking as they are selected for use in the Message Area. This means that the components of a sentence can be heard as they are selected, in addition to the complete message being read out loud at the end. To enable this, select ‘Speak Each Word’ from the Speech menu in Settings.

     

    Sharing

    Although Clicker Communicator has only been available for a few weeks, many of our early adopters are already making use of the file sharing support as they start to exchange the Vocabulary Sets they are creating. Tap on the File Explorer icon in the toolbar, select your files, tap ‘Share’, then take your pick from AirDrop, Mail, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

  • New Clicker Docs Success Story


    We have recently posted a new Clicker Docs success story to our website. Alex Bogorad is an SLP based in Northern California who works mainly with students with Autism and learning disabilities. She has been using Clicker Docs with two students in particular, with tremendous results.

    Alex explains how Monica*, a 7th grader with dyslexia, has been using Clicker Docs: “During Monica’s entire educational career there has been an adult hovering over her for support. It’s wonderful to see her new found independence. The best part is watching her press the “speak all” button to hear her entire piece read out loud. She sits back in her chair and beams proudly.”

    Alex also works with a 7th grader with intellectual disabilities. “With Clicker Docs, Gretchen* is writing without prompts for the first time. In addition, her syntax, tense usage, and punctuation have improved. By using Clicker Docs, Gretchen is experiencing independence that she has never felt before! Gretchen’s parents have also purchased Clicker Docs to help support her at home.”

    You can read Alex’s success story in full here.

    *Names have been changed.

  • OneDrive Support in the Clicker Apps


    A key feature of the Clicker Apps is the ability to easily share files. It enables learners to share their work with others and makes it easier to work using multiple devices. It also provides a way for teachers to distribute assignments and reading materials.

    Currently, each Clicker App can share files via email, Dropbox, Google Drive or a WebDAV file server.

    As part of our ongoing efforts to evolve our Clicker Apps, we are now adding support for Microsoft’s OneDrive.

    Like Dropbox and Google Drive, OneDrive is a free cloud storage service that enables you to store your files online. Once a Clicker App is linked to your OneDrive account, you can copy files to it from your iPad®. You can then access those files via OneDrive in the same Clicker App on another iPad.

    You can automatically synchronize your Windows PC or Mac with your OneDrive by downloading the free OneDrive app from onedrive.live.com. This makes it simple to share files between Clicker 6 and the Clicker Apps.

    Those of you using Clicker Sentences will notice that OneDrive support is already available in the latest version - we shall be updating the rest of our apps to include this feature in the coming weeks.


  • The curriculum team has been busy creating new resources for our latest app – Clicker Communicator! The app comes with three ready-to-use Vocabulary Sets which focus on core vocabulary. But we have also started to add free Communicator sets to our LearningGrids site – sets that will help your students take an active vocal role in the classroom. These resources provide access to the vocabulary your learners will meet in their curriculum topics.

    Many of our new Vocabulary Sets, including Animal Groups, Is It Magnetic, Materials and Properties, and Pushes and Pulls, help students join in with common science discussions. Students can use Is it Magnetic to make predictions prior to an investigation and then report their findings. The Materials and Properties Vocabulary Set allows students to describe what different objects are made of and to explain the main properties of those materials.

    With Jack and the Beanstalk Retell and Rosie’s Bone, students retell the stories or respond to questions, such as “What did Jack get at the market?” The sets can be used alongside other Clicker 6 and Clicker App resources highlighted in the set descriptions on LearningGrids.

    Communicator sets can also be used to develop literacy skills and understanding. Animal Alliteration lets students experiment with language and develop their phonological awareness. Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich helps students set out a simple sequence of instructions and respond to questions such as “What is the first thing you need to do?”

    As with all of our apps, any content in a Communicator set can be personalized to the specific needs of your learners. This includes adding your own graphics or photographs and changing the color-coding of the cells.

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids for all of these Clicker Communicator resources and many more coming soon!

  • Communication in the Classroom


    We’re very excited that Clicker Communicator is now available on the App Store.  This blog post explains why.

    Clicker Communicator Set example

    Well-established research shows the importance of the link between spoken language, learning, and cognitive development, and the classroom provides a vital opportunity for children to acquire the speaking and listening skills that we know are vital for them to be able to describe and make sense of the world.

    Children use spoken language to try out ideas (e.g. in a science lesson, predicting whether an object will sink or float), to ask questions (e.g. conduct a class survey), to join in a collective activity (e.g. saying a nursery rhyme), to discuss and debate, to re-tell a story, and in many other ways.

    Children who are not able to participate in verbal activities in the classroom are therefore missing out on an essential part of their learning.  Clicker Communicator, in addition to being a comprehensive AAC app for everyday communication, is specifically designed to address this issue.

    You will find ready-made Vocabulary Sets on LearningGrids that provide key vocabulary for children to participate in targeted talk situations across a range of specific topics.  In addition, it takes just minutes to create your own Vocabulary Sets to support particular lessons, using the curriculum-focused Crick Picture Library as well as your chosen symbol library, and your photos.

    We look forward to seeing Clicker Communicator enable many more children to fully participate in the rich learning experiences of the classroom.