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  • DocsPlus' Standout Features!


    We at Crick Software are so happy about the launch of DocsPlus. DocsPlus is designed specifically to support older students.

    Recently the sales team has started doing tailored demonstrations for schools and districts to show how support for students in middle and high school has changed with DocsPlus. Right away we noticed certain features as clear standouts for these teachers seeing it for the first time.

    The first standout being the Workspace feature and all the ways this tool can be further manipulated in DocsPlus. Workspace is essentially a graphic organizer built into the program that allows users to create their own visual aids for learning.

     

    These aids can be turned into an outline or a Wordbar, one of the most useful and handy elements of DocsPlus. This means that a teacher can build a graphic organizer with a student in a way that is most meaningful for them and turn those words into a Wordbar, used for more extensive writing.

     

    Not only does the Workspace make the creation of graphic organizers possible, it makes it even easier than ever before to make Wordbars to support students with their writing.

     

    The other standout feature is the DocReader, which makes it possible for PDFs to be read aloud to students. This means that students can work independently on worksheets, read longer texts with support from DocsPlus, or even use DocReader during exams if they are allowed. The DocReader enables students who struggle with being able to read a longer piece of text to be able to break it into more manageable, speech supported sections.

     

  • DocsPlus Support


    The Support section hosts a wealth of helpful information about our products and how to use them. Recently, lots of new content has been added to support the newly released DocsPlus.

    PDF Guides

    DocsPlus’ built-in User Guide is also available to download as a PDF. This can be printed out or opened on another device, so it can be viewed side-by-side with DocsPlus (particularly useful if you wish to work through the guide sequentially).

    If you use a Crick USB Switch Box, the Switch Timings in DocsPlus guide explains how DocsPlus can be adapted to suit the characteristics of a diverse range of switch users.

    If you use eye-tracking technology, the Using Eye Gaze in DocsPlus guide explains how the Eye Gaze feature in DocsPlus can make it easier for users to select things by looking at them.

    Answers to Common Inquiries

    These newly-published support articles provide answers to common inquiries:

    DPWH2 - How do I transfer licenses?

    DPWH6 - Does DocsPlus run on an iPad or Android tablet?

    DPWH8 - How do I change the pronunciation of a word in DocsPlus?

    DPWH9 - How do I add words to the DocsPlus spell checker?

    DPWH10 - Which switches can I use with DocsPlus?

    DPWH14 - How can students use DocsPlus at home?

    DPWH19 - How do I delete files from Explorer?

    DPWH21 - How do I stop the on-screen keyboard from appearing?

    DPWH24 - How do I see which spellings were corrected in a Document?

    DPWH25 - How do I save DocsPlus Document as a Word Document or PDF?

    DPWH26 - How do I set up picture shortcuts?

    DPWH30 - How do I make DocsPlus's Eye Gaze work on my Tobii device?


  • On LearningGrids, we have created three different types of Clicker Communicator sets with different color-coding systems.

    The majority of our Clicker Communicator sets use a modified Fitzgerald color-coding system with people and pronouns in yellow, verbs in green, nouns in orange, places in purple, adjectives in blue, prepositions and social words in pink, and conjunctions and other miscellaneous words in white. This type of set includes our topic vocabulary resources which provide the opportunity for focused “scaffolded talk” in a curriculum context. With Materials and Properties for example, students can respond to questions about the materials that objects are made from. Guess the Shape allows students to play a shape guessing game by asking questions about the number and type of sides that a shape has.

     

    Some of our other Clicker Communicator sets using the modified Fitzgerald color-coding system include resources which are designed to support students as they retell a familiar story such as The Tortoise and the Hare or Jack and the Beanstalk.

     

    Our colorful semantics sets use a different color-coding system. These sets help students learn the important elements of a sentence and how to join these elements together in the correct order. Students learn to associate different “types” of words with different colors to help them to gradually build sentences in stages, adding increasing detail (who/orange, what doing/yellow, what/green, and where/red) as their confidence and competence grows.

     

    Clicker Communicator sets such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and One Two Buckle My Shoe are designed for children to join in and recite nursery rhymes. Each line of the rhymes is divided into color-coded sections. Children choose from the colored cells to recite each line. With these sets, each cell speaks as they tap so that they hear the rhyme as they go. They can then listen to the entire rhyme by tapping the message area.

     

    With all Clicker Communicator sets on LearningGrids, the color-coding, as well as the content, can be changed to match your own school’s system or to provide different support for your students.

  • DocsPlus


    We are very excited that DocsPlus, our new reading and writing product for secondary schools, has now been released. Our Education Consultants have been showing DocsPlus over the past few weeks to secondary schools and the response has been overwhelming!

    So many students of all ages struggle with reading and writing, which is not only an obstacle to their development in all subjects, it also affects their self-esteem which can lead them to feel they can’t succeed.

    DocsPlus provides the tools that students need to achieve reading success and develop into fluent writers, all in a single application with a grown-up look and feel that is appealing to secondary students.

    Writing support is provided in the form of a talking word processor that includes a powerful word predictor (that includes phonetic prediction), voice notes for on-the-spot prompts, Wordbars for curriculum support, and a graphic organizer for planning.

    Reading support is provided by our brand new DocReader, which is integrated into DocsPlus and reads aloud any part of a PDF. It’s really easy to move between the document you’re reading and the one that you’re writing – in fact it’s just one click!

    DocsPlus will really change how students with reading and writing difficulties access the curriculum and produce their written work. Find out more or download the trial version. I hope you’re as excited by DocsPlus as those schools that are already using it, and we look forward to hearing from you with your feedback.