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  • Clicker 7 and DocsPlus on Thin Client Networks


    While the concept of thin client networks has been around for decades, they’ve been relatively unused by schools in the past. However, recent technologies have made thin clients an attractive proposition, and many schools are now investing in solutions offered by companies like Citrix and NComputing.

    What is a thin client network?

    In a typical network, each computer is independent. It has its own set of installed software and stores its own files on itself.

    In a thin client network, everything happens on a central server. It feels like you’re using the computer in front of you, but you’re actually controlling a “session” on the server instead. All software and data is stored on the server, not on the computers themselves.

    Typically, thin client networks are either “session-based” (users control the server itself) or “virtualization-based” (users control virtual desktops stored on the server).

    The server can be located on the premises or in the cloud (on the Internet).

    What are the advantages of a thin client network?

    Thin client networks offer many benefits to schools:

    • Reduced costs - thin client computers are cheap to buy, cheap to run, and don’t need replacing every few years.
    • Reduced maintenance - less work required to install/update software, back up data, and manage the network.
    • Increased security - centralized data is easier to keep secure.
    • Increased flexibility - users can potentially access their software and files from anywhere using any device.

    Can Clicker 7 and DocsPlus be used on thin client networks?

    Yes! While we can’t test every thin client system, we’re not aware of any intrinsic compatibility problems and plenty of our customers are using Clicker 7 and DocsPlus on thin client networks without issue.

    However, there are two important things to mention.

    First, thin client networks don’t support per-computer licensing. Therefore, you must have an Unlimited OneSchool License of Clicker 7 or DocsPlus.

    Finally, Clicker 7 and DocsPlus have to activate a license before they can be used. This normally happens automatically over the Internet during installation. However, depending on the type of thin client network you have, Clicker 7 and DocsPlus may require activation every time the program is launched.

    If this happens, it will be necessary to activate Clicker 7 and DocsPlus via command line. In most cases, this can be automated by creating a Scheduled Task that runs at user logon. For details, please read this support article.

  • Clicker 7 – Bett Awards Finalist!


    We’re very excited to announce that Clicker 7 is a Bett Awards finalist in the ‘Special Educational Needs’ category.

    Considered by many as the most esteemed accolade in the industry, the awards highlight the most creative and innovative educational technology solutions available to today’s teachers and learners. Over the years, Clicker has won seven Bett Awards – we really hope that this will be number eight!

    Thank you to everyone who has shared their Clicker 7 success stories with us this year – the judges are especially eager to hear how teachers are using the shortlisted products in their classrooms.

    Here are a couple of examples from the success stories we’ve already received:

    “We’ve seen a lot of successes already, particularly from our children with dyslexia. They find the Dyslexie font so much easier to read, and the ability to rehearse and record ideas first using the Voice Notes tool is a brilliant innovation.” - Suzanne Lazarus, Inclusion leader

    “They absolutely loved using it! They love that they are able to listen to the different words in the activity themselves rather than having to ask a teacher, and having the speech feedback once they’ve finished a sentence helps them to go back in and self-correct.” - Lorna Bruce, Special Education Teacher

    We always love hearing about how our products are helping you and your students – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if there’s anything you would like to share!

    The winner will be announced during the Bett Show in January – we’re keeping our fingers crossed until then!

  • Setting the Scene with Clicker


    We have recently published a series of Clicker resources that are designed to help students use adjectives to create oral descriptions of people, places, or objects from traditional stories. The Adjective Options – Places set is ideal for students developing settings for stories.

    I have created a short video to demonstrate one way to use the set with your class.

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids for many more adjective resources and descriptive writing activities.

  • Getting Creative with Clicker at Thanksgiving Time


    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your classroom activities. Clicker 7 has you covered with activities ranging from pre-writing to independent writing. More and more, classroom teachers are having to support a wide-range of learners in the same setting. Differentiating in a timely manner can be a difficult task…

    Time to visit LearningGrids!

    Searching “Thanksgiving” in LearningGrids gives me 36 results. Let’s get to planning!

    This is a Thanksgiving Dinner Matching Set.

     

    This set helps students to identify different foods associated with Thanksgiving – it’s a great activity for learners working at a pre-reading/writing level. We can also make this a bit more challenging for the same student who has progressed, or for a student working at a higher reading level. Through Edit View, I can change the choice from “picture” to “word.”

     

    Clicker Books, created from scratch or downloaded from LearningGrids, provide word prediction, speech feedback, and writing support grids . The "Thanksgiving Traditions" Set provides both Picture and Word Banks to help students create their own book on this popular holiday topic.

     

    For students working at an independent writing level, we have a Thanksgiving Haiku Word Bank, which provides 1, 2, and 3 syllable words related to Thanksgiving.

     

    These are just 3 of the 36 Thanksgiving resources available for download. Make sure to look through the other Clicker Sets related to Thanksgiving and see if they will be a good fit for the students in your classroom!

    If you have any questions about finding, downloading, or editing Clicker Sets in LearningGrids, please email us at USinfo@cricksoft.com.


  • There are many reasons why Clicker 7 is a fantastic tool for supporting learners with dyslexia.

    In this post, I’m going to explore some of the visual changes that you can make to Clicker.

    Some students describe various difficulties when trying to read text on a screen. Text can appear in-motion (vibration) or compressed. Individual letters can be difficult to distinguish. Those with tails (such as ‘y’,’j’, and ‘g’) are problematic. Similarly-shaped letters, or those that are reflections of each other (like ‘b’ and ‘d’) can also present challenges.

    Many learners with dyslexia have color overlays or colored glasses to assist them while reading. Black and white text has long been considered a poor choice for certain learners. Recent research has given additional credibility to this intervention by suggesting that dyslexia is primarily a visual learning difficulty.

    You can address all these issues with Clicker 7 by adjusting the ‘Accessibility’ settings (found on the ‘Options’ ribbon).

    In this example, you can see the standard Clicker settings with the Sassoon CR font in black, on a white background. Learners with dyslexia may struggle to read this:

     

    In the second example, we have changed Clicker to use custom display colors and selected the ‘Dyslexie’ font, which is included in Clicker 7.

     

    You can see that the letters are much easier to distinguish in the second example – the ‘d’ & the ‘b’ are more distinct from each other and the tails on the ‘y’, ’j’, and ‘g’ are very different.

    The font itself is heavy-based and loosely spaced – this helps to combat vibration and compression.

    To watch a video I’ve created this topic, please click here.