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  • 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!