We’ve been getting some really fantastic feedback on Clicker 7, including two brand new reviews we’d like to share with you!
John Galloway is an adviser, writer, and consultant who specializes in technology for special education and inclusion. He explored Clicker 7 on behalf of agentforchange.net:
“Clicker has been in our classrooms for nearly 30 years, largely because it is constantly reinvented. They don’t just tweak it and call it an upgrade, they listen to users, check technology developments, and rebuild it - as now with Clicker 7.
There are simple changes such as the use of drag-and-drop in grids. Whereas you once had to click on something to cut and paste it, now you can also drag it, more like how a tablet interface works. Then there is the inclusion of children’s voices, one male, one female, in the speech options which should make it more appealing and engaging.
Voice Notes can now be added to writing documents. As the name suggests these are short recordings created either by the writer or the teacher as prompts and reminders. Then there is the ‘Word Pool’ facility to teach the software tricky pronunciations, or to add specific words and meanings to the predictor and spellchecker.
Overall, this latest iteration of Clicker makes it even more inclusive than ever, spreading the range of possible users even further, from those who have no challenges to learning, to those with considerable and profound ones. The problem for schools - a welcome one - may well be in getting the most from all that it offers.”
Click here to read John’s review in full.
In his review for Special World, Mick Archer highlights our new planning tool, Clicker Board.
“Teachers will undoubtedly find a variety of ways to use this but one example is as an in-built mind-mapping tool. Imagine, for example, getting your class to brain storm the vocabulary they might use in writing a story about Christmas. This activity might take the familiar form of starting with a core word from which others are generated at the end of branches or twigs.
That done, the question is what next? On a traditional chalk board or whiteboard the final mind-map might be left on view as a reference point for students when writing their stories. In Clicker 7, however, the entire content of the mind-map can be exported with one click to a word bank grid. From here the student can use it within Clicker as they would any other Clicker grid.
For those who have followed the Clicker story, each chapter has seen the addition of new features and functionality, exploiting the huge technological changes that have taken place over its lifetime. What may have started out as a humble word processor is now a literacy multitool designed to help tackle a wide range of issues.”
Find out what Mick thought about other key features, including the new children’s voices, book creation tool, and accessibility options, by reading the full review here.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the latest version too! To see Clicker 7 in action, take a look at our new introduction video or get in touch to arrange a free in-school or webinar demonstration for your staff.