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  • Twilight Seminars


    The team just finished hosting their first round of twilight seminars in the northeast. These seminars gave us a chance to connect with new and existing customers in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. The Connecticut seminars concentrated on the Clicker Apps for Chromebook, while the Massachusetts and New York seminars focused on Clicker 7.

    The Clicker Apps for Chromebook seminar in Cromwell, Connecticut had over 20 attendees including teachers, SLPs, and support professionals from the surrounding areas. Many were extremely impressed with the ability to create activities and share them to other platforms; this was mentioned to be a great way for teachers to save time. One attendee said, “It’s incredible that we can create Sentence Sets in Clicker 7 and then share them to Clicker Sentences on the iPad or Chromebook!”

     

    If you would like to attend a seminar, all future events will be posted here on our website.


  • November was a busy month! It was spent traveling across the lovely state of Pennsylvania showing Clicker 7, the Clicker Apps on both iPad and Chromebook, and Clicker Communicator.

    The PaTTAN AT Expo was a huge success. PaTTAN is a traveling tradeshow. We started in Valley Forge, moved to Harrisburg, and then ended in Pittsburgh. It was an incredible way to connect with people from all over the state. 

    Clicker Communicator was the hit at PaTTAN. I enjoyed watching the expressions on people’s faces when they saw how easy it is to start using the app as soon as it’s downloaded. They could see themselves introducing students to one of the Core Vocabulary Sets provided with the app right away. One SLP spoke to me specifically about a student she could see using it throughout the day, but especially to participate more fully in his Social Studies and Science classes. Clicker Communicator really does make it very easy for users to participate more fully in the classroom.

    Many PaTTAN attendees were also Clicker 6 users. One teacher told me how she currently uses Clicker 6 extensively in her class and had come to see us to understand how we could have made it better. She was blown away by the many uses of the new planning tool, Clicker Board. She could easily see how she could use this during whole class instruction to get everyone’s ideas together before giving her class a wordbank to work with more independently. This, coupled with the new children’s voices, voice notes, and app interoperability that Clicker 7 has to offer, was more than enough to send her away ready to get a purchase order approval to upgrade!

     

    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference is for Speech and Language Pathologists and was also in PA this year. This was ASHA’s biggest year, with over 16,000 attendees. The ease in which you can edit and create Vocabulary Sets with Clicker Communicator was very well received at this conference as well.

    Overall, November was a great month. We were able to connect with new and existing customers in Pennsylvania and talk to them about what we do best: literacy, AT, and AAC.

  • Clicker Apps for Chrome and Closing The Gap


    Another October means another successful Closing The Gap Conference in Minnesota. This year was particularly exciting because it was the first time showing Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs for Chromebooks

     

    The excitement over these apps has been positively overwhelming! Clicker Sentences and Clicker Docs are packaged apps, which means that they run on their own, independent of internet access. Therefore, students can use these apps offline if they need to. The apps are also integrated with Google Drive and sync with the Google Drive account once internet access is restored. This makes saving and sharing work effortless!

    We had a wonderful time at CTG and are looking forward to 2017! Couldn’t make it to CTG this year? Don’t worry, contact us and we will be happy to arrange a demonstration of the new Chromebook Clicker Apps, or any of our products.


  • ISAAC (the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) held its biannual conference in Toronto last month. More than 1,200 visitors from over 40 countries made for a magnificent melting pot of AAC expertise and experience! We were there to showcase our AAC app, Clicker Communicator. Many delegates were new to Clicker Communicator, and we were delighted to receive so much praise for our first dedicated AAC offering.

    I wanted to share three of the features that our booth visitors liked best:

    1. Uniquely Accessible

    Clicker Communicator incorporates a revolutionary new accessibility feature called SuperKeys – designed to speed up access to the communication grids by grouping cells into clusters. It can be enabled at any time, and also used in conjunction with iOS Switch Control if required:

     

    In addition to working with the cells in communication grids, SuperKeys also offers support with keyboard access, giving rapid access to clustered letters which work in tandem with a symbol supported word predictor. Delegates working with higher functioning users identified huge time saving benefits when typing:

     

    2. Superfast Editing

    Although new to Clicker Communicator, many of our visitors were seasoned users of the Clicker Apps family, and they were delighted to find a very familiar user interface in Clicker Communicator. From a facilitator perspective, the speed and ease of creation and editing is a critical consideration – whether editing grids on the fly to enable real time communication, or when preparing resources for curriculum support, time is always of the essence. With Clicker Communicator, you can:

    Edit individual cells, including personalization of symbols, pictures, and photographs:

     

    Bulk populate a grid with a multiple selection of symbols in seconds:

     

    Select multiple cells as a group and apply instant formatting to all (background, text and border color, hide, pin, etc.):

     

    3. Free Content

    Alongside the functionality and support that Clicker Communicator provides as a creation tool, users have direct access to free content for the app through our LearningGrids resource bank. The selected resource opens instantly for immediate use, and our visitors praised this feature not only for its huge time saving benefit, but also for opening up a vast range of ideas and applications of the app.  

    Clicker Communicator is now available with three different symbol sets – SymbolStix, PCS (BoardMaker), and Widget, and it can be purchased through the App Store or via the Volume Purchase Program.

  • Crick at ISTE 2016


    In late June, the Crick Software team made its way to Denver, Colorado for the ISTE 2016 conference. It was great to meet so many educators interested in Clicker 7 to support their student’s literacy skills. We were very excited to be able to demonstrate Clicker 7 and the developments that we have made since its release in January. 

    It was wonderful seeing people react so positively to the new features of Clicker 7 like the children’s voices for speech support, enhanced word prediction, and the larger picture library. One of the most popular features that I personally showed was the Word Pool. Word Pool is a unique feature which allows the user to add a word into Clicker 7’s dictionary so that it is recognized by the spell checker. It also allows the user to change the pronunciation of a word by typing it in phonetically. This changes the pronunciation of the word, but not the correct spelling in the document.

    It is always such a pleasure to go out and meet the people that are familiar with our products and introduce new educators to them. ISTE 2016 was a great success and we are looking forward to returning next year!

     

  • Sharing Clicker 7 at ATIA


    The beginning of February was spent in sunny Orlando, FL at ATIA 2016. This conference has an assistive technology focus, and this year was especially exciting for us because it was the first time that Clicker 7 was shown to everyone in the United States.

    The response to the enhancements and additions in Clicker 7 was overwhelmingly positive! People came back more than once to listen to the children’s voices speak with inflection. Multiple people came to the booth to see the interoperability between Clicker 7 and the Clicker Apps in action. But, the new features that had everyone talking were Clicker Board and eye gaze functionality.

    Clicker Board is the new planning tool that is built into Clicker 7 and allows graphic organizers to be turned into word banks or picture banks in a matter of seconds! Now teachers can create a writing plan with their students as a group and then the students can use the word banks to assist them with their individual writing; or students can work independently by using a pre-made mind map or creating one on their own.

    Dr. Caroline Musselwhite came to the booth to see Clicker 7 and in her blog she comments: “All of these wonderful features are now available for individuals who use eye gaze as an access method.”  Read more about what Dr. Musselwhite says about Clicker in her post - Clicker 7 – Great New Features!



  • ATIA 2016 is taking place from February 3rd – 6th at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, and TCEA is taking place from February 3rd – 5th at the Austin Convention Center in Texas, and we can’t wait to show you Clicker 7, the brand new version of our much-loved software!

    We will also be showcasing WriteOnline and our range of iPad® apps, including the newest addition, our AAC app – Clicker Communicator.

    Clicker Communicator and our assistive keyboard, SuperKeys, were shortlisted for the Bett Awards 2016 in the ICT Special Educational Needs Solutions category. We are excited to announce that SuperKeys won the award last night!

    If you aren’t able to make it this year we’d be happy to send you a copy of our new 2016 catalog, which contains the most up-to-date information on our entire range of products, including pricing for Clicker 7 and WriteOnline. To arrange for a catalog to be sent out to you please call us at 203 221 2607 or email your request to USinfo@cricksoft.com.


  • Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Closing The Gap conference in Minnesota; it was my first time attending this event. I was thrilled to speak with many attendees who use and love our products! One attendee, Josh Dickson, loves our Clicker Connect and Clicker Communicator apps so much that he featured them in a presentation that he co-hosted with his colleague Hillary Jellison, both of Communicare, LLC.  I was able to attend this session and it was wonderful to see our products being used by educators out in the field and to hear how successful students were with writing while using our apps. 

     

    The session was titled, Written Composition and AAC, which focused on how to make writing achievable for all students through the RTI (Response to Intervention) model with the goal of students passing state level standardized tests.  Reading about the session before hand, and walking into the session, I understood how Clicker Connect would fit into this topic because this app supports students writing a document, even if the document is only a couple sentences.  But Clicker Communicator is our communication app and I was not familiar with educators using this app to create pieces of writing.  Josh explained that because the symbol support is available in the grid and the message area, this app is ideal for students who rely on symbol support when writing sentences.

    Josh used a LearningGrids example about the butterfly life cycle to illustrate how easy it is to create a complete sentence from a free, ready-made resource!  It was a new way of looking at Clicker Communicator and it is exciting to know that students are using our apps to write pieces that were not possible before. 

     

  • My First CTG


    Last week I attended my first Closing the Gap conference in Minneapolis. It was very exciting to meet so many special needs professionals who were passionate about finding literacy support tools for their students. Those who came to our Crick Software booth were very interested in learning about our Crick products and many already had familiarity with them, but wanted to learn more... 

     

    The visitors at our booth had a wide range of experience with our products. For example, some were using one Clicker App, such as Clicker Sentences or Clicker Connect, and wanted to learn more about the other apps – Clicker Docs and Clicker Books. Others were familiar with all of our apps, but wanted to get a look at Clicker Communicator. They were impressed with how easy it was to use, especially because the user interface is consistent with our other apps. They also were amazed by how quickly and easily you can create topic specific vocabulary sets. They enjoyed seeing a quick demo and asked for a free, one-hour webinar to get a closer look at its features and capabilities. I will be very excited to follow up in the next couple of weeks and show them the power of our literacy support tools, which will assist so many students with reading, writing, and accessing the curriculum in the classroom.


  • At the recent Closing the Gap Conference in Minneapolis, a Clicker Communicator set that proved particularly popular with delegates was the LearningGrids set Travel Survey. This set is designed to enable students to use questioning to collect data about how the children in their class travel to school.

    It was so well liked because the set puts the Communicator user in charge as they initiate and lead the conversation. They ask the questions and are no longer stuck in respondent mode.

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