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  • Clicker 7 Research – Angus Council


    A study has recently been undertaken by Angus Council (a UK school district) throughout eight of its elementary schools to investigate the impact of using Clicker 7 to support writing. Clicker was used to support children across the ability spectrum, including those who usually had no additional support, and those who had significant levels of additional support.

    The study found that students experienced considerable benefits from using Clicker 7, throughout all eight schools:

    • Use of Clicker 7 resulted in almost three times the number of words being written, with more than twice the number of multi-syllabic words used.
    • Students requiring significant or average support took over a third less time to complete their work when using Clicker 7, and with over four times less help needed.
    • Overall, students required help or prompting 6.5 times less when using Clicker 7 to support their writing, highlighting the significance of Clicker 7 in encouraging independent work.

     

     

    Feedback from teachers and students has also been extremely positive:

    "I much prefer writing using Clicker. It helps me with my spelling."

    "Clicker greatly increases the children's motivation to write."

    "Students have benefited enormously. I have observed greater confidence and independence in their work."

    You can read the report in full here.

    If you’d like to find out how Clicker will help you raise writing achievement at your school, please get in touch so that we can arrange a free demonstration! Email us at USinfo@cricksoft.com or give us a call at 203 221 2697.

  • Funding Your Software and Apps Purchases


     

    Over the last couple of months, I have had many conversations with customers who are eager to upgrade to Clicker 7 before the upgrade window closes at the end of this year, or adopt the brand new Chromebook Apps, but are unsure about alternative sources of funding if they have missed this year’s budget allocation from their school district.

    If you ever find yourself in this situation, did you know we have a section of our website dedicated to federal funding? Here you will find a guide to both competitive grants and federal entitlement programs, some of which you may not have come across before. Each funding option has a summary and links to external sites so that you can find out more. We have also listed Crick Software products aligned to each of the options. We even have a section giving tips for success!

    The recently approved discretionary funding for Fiscal Year 2017-18 (which includes Education funding) highlights areas for increases this year, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE). Both of these can be found on our Federal Funding Sources page.

    When applying for funding, you will often be required to provide evidence to support your application. We’ve recently published a Clicker 7 study by Angus Council which found that students requiring significant or average support took over a third less time to complete their work when using Clicker 7. We also have a range of Success Stories and product reviews which customers have found useful in supporting their funding bids.

    If you need any further information or support for your funding application, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 1 866 332 7425, or by email to USinfo@cricksoft.com.

  • Apple Releases iOS 11


    Every September, Apple releases a major upgrade to the iOS software that runs on iPhones and iPads across the world.

    This year, they’ve given us iOS 11, which includes many exciting new features and big changes that affect the way users interact with their devices.

    Key highlights include:

    • A new Dock that provides quick access to favorite and recent apps.
    • A new Files app that organizes all files from your apps and cloud services.
    • A redesigned Control Center that makes adjusting common settings like volume and Bluetooth even easier, and you can now choose which controls are shown.
    • A redesigned App Store that makes it easier to discover new apps.
    • New Augmented Reality technologies that allow apps to display content on top of real-world scenes.
    • The ability to easily share your WiFi passwords with friends.

    Amidst all the excitement, many websites and news articles are reporting that iOS 11 is the first release to drop 32-bit support, leaving it unable to run approximately 187,000 apps (about 8% of the App Store). Understandably, this has caused some concern among users.

    Fortunately, the truth of the matter is less worrying. These are old apps that have been abandoned by their developers and not updated for several years. Yet despite this, some are still in popular use! Users of these apps will be forced to seek out newer alternatives.

    Rest assured, our Clicker Apps have been 64-bit for several years now, so they are unaffected by this change.

    In fact, over the last few months, we’ve been rigorously testing all of our Clicker Apps in developer preview versions of iOS 11. As a result, we’re proud to announce that every Clicker App was compatible with iOS 11 at launch!

    For guidance about upgrading your device to iOS 11, please consult this Apple support article: https://support.apple.com/HT204204.

  • O Canada!


    We have recently published a group of Canadian Clicker Sets that were made in collaboration with Special Education Technology – British Columbia. SET-BC is a BC Ministry of Education Provincial Resource Program established to assist school districts in utilizing technology with students with diverse needs whose access to the curriculum is restricted.

    Over the summer, SET-BC held a maker session for teachers to create Clicker resources to share with other colleagues through the SET-BC site and on LearningGrids. We worked with them to provide some custom graphics for their sets and the result is a wonderful collection of resources focused on the official emblems of the Canadian provinces and territories.

     

    Students can read about the flowers of Canada, write about the provincial and territorial flags, and talk about the birds of the different regions. There are matching activities, as well as picture banks to support their writing about Canada.

     

    In addition to the emblem resources, SET-BC also created a word bank to support writing about the Levels of Canadian Government and a sentence building set for writing the national anthem, O Canada.

     

    SET-BC will continue building Clicker sets in their upcoming maker sessions and we hope to be able to share more resources in the new year.