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  • Have you had a chance to read our latest Clicker 7 review?

    Louise Bounous is a teacher working for a student and school support service, assisting and advising schools on how best to help children with cognition and learning difficulties.

    Louise took a closer look at Clicker 7 for Nasen Magazine:

    “I have witnessed the Clicker evolution and have seen first-hand the significant impact it has, and continues to have, on learning and teaching. I also believe that I understand the potential it can have, which is why I strongly recommend it to all of the schools that I work with. The only limit to such innovation is your imagination…

    As well as improvements to its existing facilities, Clicker 7 contains a number of completely new features, including, notably, some that specifically support the process of planning for writing. Voice Notes could easily be used to support pupils with poor memory, dispensing with the need for a separate recording device to aid retention. Clicker Board, another new feature, provides a virtual planning space, facilitating note-making, plans and lists, and is fully integrated to allow many possible uses.

    The notion that Clicker is still predominantly a Special Educational Needs support tool seems increasingly outdated. In fact, in my experience, quite the opposite is true and the more fully the software is integrated throughout the school, used by as many pupils and staff as possible, then the greater the impact: it becomes a tool to support learning rather than a tool to support learning difficulties.

    This is a quality product with enormous potential, limited only by the extent to which we invest in it.”

    You can read Louise’s review in full on our website.

  • DocsPlus has Arrived on LearningGrids!


    You may have noticed new resources on LearningGrids for DocsPlus, our latest tool for secondary school students. Offering writing support, we have Wordbars covering science, history, geography, literature, and more.

    As a cross-curricular tool, DocsPlus can be used to support writers in all of their subjects. So whether you want to provide access to topic-related specialist vocabulary, offer suggestions to encourage the use of a more adventurous and varied vocabulary, or scaffold genre writing styles, have a look on LearningGrids.

    We will be busy over the summer creating resources to offer broad coverage for the secondary curriculum, so make sure you visit the LearningGrids site regularly to see what’s new.

     

    Use Wordbars for writing in all subjects.

  • Clicker Sentences Sets on LearningGrids


    Sentence building activities support students in their first steps of writing in meaningful, cohesive units of text. They help to develop important literacy skills such as left to right directionality and the accurate use of capital letters and periods.

    On LearningGrids, we have lots of these early writing activities across a wide range of curriculum areas and themes. The activities offer customizable levels of structured support to provide appropriate prompting and reinforcement as students develop their writing skills. These activities are particularly useful for emergent writers and English language learners.

    Each grid in a Sentence Set contains all the words you need to build a target sentence. A picture can also be used to support the sentence. A model sentence can be shown on the grid, in a pop-up, or aurally to provide the appropriate level of support. You can adjust the model in any Sentence Set, adapting to the needs of your students as they become more confident. You may also choose to provide no model at all. Simply go to Edit View to change the model for the set (or even for individual sentences within the set).

    Model on the Grid

    This level of support is particularly helpful for children who are at the early sentence building stage – they can look at the model and click on the words in the grid to match the target sentence.

     

    Pop-up Model

    Offering a visual model, which pops up as required, subtly reduces the level of support. This time, the child can see the model but must close it before building the sentence – therefore encouraging independence and less reliance on the model.

     

    Spoken Model

    The spoken model really encourages children to focus – listening and processing the accuracy and meaning of the sentence internally before building it. It’s a great task for building cognitive skills, making the link between the spoken and written words.

     

    Word Order

    Another differentiation variable we can add is that of word order. In many instances, offering the words of the target sentence in a jumbled, random order is appropriately challenging. For some children at earlier stages, however, this may be a step too far. To provide more structured support for these children, we can set the words in the grid to “Sentence Order” (so they can simply click on the words in order from left to right and build the sentence), or even “Guided Order” (which forces the child to click on the words in the correct sequence).

     

    There are certainly many options to explore and use with the children in your classroom – it’s amazing how much scope such a simple activity can offer. Head over to LearningGrids and discover all these great sentence building activities and more for yourself!


  • When we were developing the Clicker Apps for Chromebook, we started to think about ways in which the apps would be accessed and managed in school districts. During our research, we heard from many customers that managing apps in a large district can be something of a headache, especially when students are located across multiple school buildings. Often the only solution is to have many Single User subscriptions in play at once, which can be a really time-consuming process.

    We thought long and hard about this challenge while developing the Clicker Apps for Chromebook, and we have come up with a pretty neat solution called the Student Support License.

    Here’s how it works:

    • The customer (e.g. your school district) receives an activation code for each subscription, set to allow a fixed number of installations, according to the subscription purchased.
    • The code is distributed to the users who you want to provide access to the apps.
    • The code will work with any Google Account – the domain is not important.

     

    And here’s how you manage the users:

    • With the subscription you get a management page, where you can see and easily manage a list of all your users.
    • You can remove a user from the list at any time, allowing you to give the app to a different user.
    • The license is expandable – you can add more users at any point in the subscription.

     

    Feedback from our early adopters has been fantastic, and we have been told by many that this is the simplest, most intuitive (and therefore time-saving) mechanism they have seen for managing apps with a large population of users.

    We also offer the Student Support License for Clicker 7 and DocsPlus - contact us to find out more!