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  • Clicker Board and Mind Maps


    In a recent blog post by Bryan, you will have read about making a mind map with a group of children following a class visit to the zoo. In his example the teacher gathered ideas from the class to add to Clicker Board, and then turned the mind map into a word bank to offer writing support later in the lesson. 

    Working collaboratively in this way allows the teacher to help children to develop their ideas and make connections. However, as well as this teacher led approach, children will also make their own mind maps. They can start by adding words to the board, they can move them around to organize their ideas, and they can use lines or arrows to make connections. 

    One of the features to help children to use Clicker Board independently is the inclusion of word prediction. As you click in a cell to write, the predictor icon becomes visible above it and children can access a word list just as they can in a document. This encourages them to extend their vocabulary and also means that when they come to write, they will already have considered the words they want to use.

    Another useful feature to aid independence is the use of Voice Notes. Children can use these to record their ideas, just as they can in a document. This can be particularly useful in Clicker Board as children can add supplementary information to remind themselves why they chose the words they did, for example, what made a scene breathtaking, or a character mysterious?  They can remind themselves where an idea might best appear in their writing, or use any other useful prompts as they plan what they want to write.

     

    When children are ready to write, their planning is readily accessible to them by using the tabs at the bottom of the screen - they can move backwards and forwards between their document and their mind map as they write. If they want to make a word bank they can do that too - their own words are there for them to use.


  • Whenever I show Clicker 7 to teachers, their questions and suggestions usually mean that I discover new ways that it can be used to help students read and write.

    What’s noticeable recently is that teachers are commenting that Clicker 7 is most effective when made available to every student in the school, rather than just as a targeted support for individual students who perhaps have a specific special needs diagnosis.

    For example, a class teacher can quickly and easily use Clicker Board to gather ideas from their students about a topic prior to writing.

    Clicker 7 Clicker Board

    More able students in the class are likely to make a greater contribution at this stage.

    However all students will benefit when the teacher quickly converts their ideas into a Word Bank which can be made available in Clicker 7, or in the Clicker Docs app for the iPad®

    Clicker 7 Word Bank 

    The simplified Clicker 7 login means every student can easily be provided with personalized support which will enable them to complete their writing task successfully.

    In this way Clicker 7 can support the continuum of student needs that are present in today’s classrooms, and this support can also be extended to the home using the Unlimited OneSchool License.

    If all schools in a district adopt Clicker 7, allowing teachers to share good practice and resources, then providing Clicker 7 for all students becomes even more effective.

  • Clicker Matching Activities


    With Clicker 7’s tools, it is easy to create Matching Sets that cover different learning objectives, age ranges, and topic areas. You can add your own photos or use any of the 3,500 images from the CrickPix library to quickly create matching activities. Using the dropdown menus you can change the type of set or the number of choices, differentiating the Matching Sets to meet the needs of your students. The Matching Sets are automatically designed so that students achieve success, as they can continue to try until they find the correct match.

     

    We have recently added a lot of Clicker 7 Matching Sets on LearningGrids.  These include picture-picture matching activities, such as Circus Picture Matching or Parts of the Body – Picture Pairs to practice visual discrimination.  Word-picture Matching Sets, like Pets Matching, reinforce key vocabulary. Sound-picture sets help students develop an understanding of important ideas, such as animal classification or the five senses with Animal Groups Matching or Senses – Listen and Match

     

    In addition to the error-free Matching Sets, there are also Custom Sets that cover the same topics. With these Custom Sets, such as Numbers 1 to 10 – Read and Find Two and Planting a Seed – Listen and Match Two, any answer can be chosen to match the target. These sets allow students to demonstrate their learning and teachers to assess the students’ understanding.

     

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids for many more matching activities.


  • As a literacy tool designed to support students of all abilities, Clicker has become the ‘go-to’ solution for thousands of schools and school districts. 

    We have traditionally offered licensing options designed to enable installation on a specified number of computers in each school building. While this works well for many customers, we have had consistent requests for an alternative licensing model from district level contacts who work with targeted students across many schools in a district. We listened!

    Launched in conjunction with Clicker 7 in January 2016, the Student Support License offers the perfect solution, and has already been adopted by many of our customers, especially those upgrading from Clicker 6.

    The Student Support License offers scalability and portability wrapped up in a ‘without walls’ model – each activation in the license can be used on any computer in any building in your district. 

    • Scalability – you can start your Student Support License from as few as 5 activations. You can add additional activations at any time (a minimum of 5 at a time).
    • Portability - you will have access to our brand new license management portal - allowing you to reclaim and reallocate activations yourself, cutting down on administration time.

     

    • Without Walls - you can assign the Clicker 7 activations to individual, targeted computers anywhere in the district - giving you the flexibility to support students wherever they are located.

    Early feedback from customers who have adopted the Student Support License is overwhelmingly positive – to find out how the Student Support License can work for you, contact our sales team for your personalized quote.


  • A great feature of Clicker 7 is the ability to share files with the Clicker Apps for iPad®. Files made in Clicker 7 can be opened in the corresponding Clicker App and vice versa. But how do you actually tranfer the files between your computer and iPad? Sending files as email attachments is useful for one-time situations, but for long term sharing it’s best to use cloud storage.

    What is Cloud Storage?

    Cloud storage makes it easy to share files by storing them on the Internet. A cloud storage account gives you an online folder that you can access from multiple devices. If you save a file there using one device, it instantly becomes available to all your other devices.

    For example, you can create a Sentence Set in Clicker 7 on your PC, and then open it in Clicker Sentences on your iPad. This is especially useful for supporting classes. Once a teacher has saved a file to cloud storage, it becomes accessible to all their students, regardless of whether they’re using a Windows PC, a Mac or an iPad. 

    Sign up with a Provider

    If you don’t have a cloud storage account already, you can sign up with one of these free providers:

    • Dropbox - www.dropbox.com
    • Google Drive - www.google.com/drive
    • OneDrive - onedrive.live.com

    Set up a Computer

    To access your cloud storage on a computer, download and install the provider's free program. This creates a folder on your computer that automatically synchronizes with your cloud storage.

    When opening/saving files in Clicker 7, you can access your cloud storage folder via a shortcut in the Shared Files section (Clicker 7’s default save location). To create the shortcut in the Shared Files, right-click the white background, choose New Shortcut and then browse to your cloud storage folder.

    Set up an iPad

    To access your cloud storage on an iPad, you need to link each Clicker App to your account. In the Clicker App, first tap the Settings (cog) icon, tap Sharing and turn on the relevant option. Next, tap the File Explorer (folder) icon and tap the relevant section on the left. Tap Link to ... below and sign in with your account details.

    If you’re using Dropbox, your Clicker Apps will link to the Clicker folder in the Apps folder. Bear this in mind when exchanging files with Clicker 7.

    Full Example: Dropbox

    This example demonstrates how to set up Dropbox on your computer, link the Clicker Sentences app to your account, and then send files between them. The steps are similar for Google Drive and OneDrive.

    Set up your Computer and iPad

    1. On your computer, visit www.dropbox.com. Fill in your name, email, and password and click Sign up for free.
    2. On the next page, click Free Download and follow the on-screen instructions to install Dropbox.
    3. In Clicker 7, click Explorer at the bottom. Click Shared Files on the left. Right-click the white background and choose New Shortcut. Browse to your Dropbox folder and click OK.
    4. On your iPad, open Clicker Sentences. Tap the top-right Settings (cog) icon, tap Sharing, and turn on Dropbox.
    5. Tap the top-left File Explorer icon. Tap Dropbox on the left and then tap Link to Dropbox below. Type in your email and password from Step 1 and then tap Sign in and link.

    Send a File from Clicker 7 to Clicker Sentences

    1. In Clicker 7, create or open a Sentence Set.
    2. In the top Clicker Set ribbon tab, click the Save arrow and choose Save Clicker Set As.
    3. Click Shared Files on the left. Double-click your Dropbox shortcut, double-click the Apps folder, double-click the Clicker folder and then click Save.
    4. In Clicker Sentences, tap the top-left File Explorer icon.
    5. Tap Dropbox on the left and then tap your file on the right to open it.

    Send a File from Clicker Sentences to Clicker 7

    1. In Clicker Sentences, tap the top-left File Explorer icon.
    2. Tap iPad on the left and browse to your file.
    3. Tap Edit near the top-right, tap your file, and then tap Copy at the bottom.
    4. Tap Dropbox on the left and then tap Paste at the bottom.
    5. In Clicker 7, click Explorer at the bottom.
    6. Click Shared Files on the left. Double-click your Dropbox shortcut, double-click the Apps folder, double-click the Clicker folder, and then double-click your file to open it.

  • Join our Clicker 7 Facebook Group


    Our Facebook Group for Clicker Communicator customers has become so popular that we have just launched a brand new group for our Clicker 7 users!

     

    The group is a great place to share your success stories, learning ideas, and activities with other Clicker users. Our team will also be on hand to answer any questions you have and keep you updated with all the latest Clicker news, tips, and training information. 

    Click here to join the group today!