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  • Clicker Chrome Apps


    At the beginning of January, Crick Software released our highly anticipated Clicker Apps for the Chromebook. We currently have Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs available and Clicker Connect will be ready in March. We also recently expanded our licensing options for these apps:

    1.  The first licensing option is the Site License which enables every Chromebook in one building to have access to the apps. This license is $500, is a yearly subscription, and is an excellent value! If you have 10 or more Chromebooks on your domain then this is the most cost effective way of getting our apps.
    2. The second option is the Student Support License. This license allows districts to use the app they purchase throughout the entire district. Starting at 100 licenses of an app, districts can build up and distribute these licenses as needed. Other highlights of this license are that it originates from a single code, and it will work with any Google log in. Customers manage this license themselves - the site manager can remove a user from the list, free up a license, view all users, and expand it at any time. Contact us for more information on creating your custom quote for users throughout your district!
    3. The last licensing option is the Single User License. Customers have been asking for a single download, particularly for evaluation purposes, and can now purchase access for a single user for either of the apps. The cost is $50 per app per year. 

    Let us know if you’d like to know more about any of these license options – we’re happy to show you the apps and talk about the best option for you.

  • Ask and Answer


    On LearningGrids, we have recently published the Custom Clicker Set, Ask and Answer. This set is a content-free template and has been designed for students and teachers to easily create question-and-answer activities on any topic. 

     

    To use the set, click on Ask to go to the first recording page. On this page, you can record up to six questions by simply clicking on each of the microphone buttons. You can re-record any question as many times as you want. The final recordings will automatically transfer to the Answer page.

    Back on the Start page, click on Answer and then click on any of the question mark buttons to hear the questions. Use the microphone and speech bubble buttons to record and listen to the responses.

     

    The Ask and Answer set is ideal for speaking and listening tasks for a range of different contexts. The template could be used as part of a research project – students record questions they want to find out about and then record their answers after they have completed their research.  It could also be used as an oral reflection on a piece of text – the teacher or student records questions about a book or informational text. Or it could be used to explore a fictional or historical character. One student could ask the character questions and another student could answer, taking on the role of the character.

    There really are so many ways to use this set - and it is so quick and easy to customize. Shift-click the Topic cell to change the text to match the activity. You can also go into Edit View to add pictures to any of the cells – always a great way to motivate your students.

     

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids for many more speaking and listening activities and ideas.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.


    On January 16th, the country commemorates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We have a number of resources on LearningGrids to help your students write about his life and legacy. The Connect Set provides words and phrases to create sentences about King. More independent writers can access key topic vocabulary using the Word Bank in order to share their own perspective. 

     

    MLK Day has also become a time to focus on, and give back to, your community. To help your students think about what a community is and what they can do to improve it, we have created a variety of Clicker resources including a Sentence Set, Word Bank, and Clicker Board Set.

     

  • Did you know? – Clicker 7 Accessibility Tips


    Did you know you can apply a universal color scheme and font to all Clicker Sets and Documents?

    For learners with low vision, you can configure Clicker 7 so that all Clicker Sets and Documents appear the same. This doesn’t change the appearance of the files themselves, just how they look on your computer.

    To do this, open the Options ribbon tab, click Accessibility and then open the Display tab.

    To set a high-contrast color scheme, click the Color Scheme box.

    To specify your own colors, choose the Custom scheme, and then click the Background and Additional colors below to change them.

    To always use a particular font, check the Always use this font checkbox and set your desired font options below.

    Did you know you can make Clicker 7 full screen?

    To keep a learner focused on Clicker 7, you can make it full screen. This minimizes distractions and temporarily limits the ability to use other programs (on Windows).

    To make Clicker 7 full screen, open the View ribbon tab and click Full Screen. You can also press the F11 key (Mac: while holding the Command key). Depending on your keyboard, you may have to hold the Fn key as well. Press again to leave full screen.

    To always start Clicker 7 in full screen, open the Options ribbon tab and click Program Management. On the Startup tab, choose In Full Screen mode and click OK.

    Did you know you can hide tools and change their size?

    To do this, open the Options ribbon tab, choose User Preferences and then open the Look and Feel tab. This tab lists all the tools that appear in the Document ribbon tab and above grids.

    To show/hide a tool, click it.

    To make tools bigger or smaller, choose a size in the Tools and Tabs Size drop-down box.

    Click OK to apply your changes.