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  • With Clicker being a core literacy tool in so many classrooms, it’s important to have it available on a range of devices. The recent release of Clicker Connect for Chromebook means that we now have all of our core elementary writing tools available on Windows, Mac, iPad, and Chromebook.

    The three apps – Clicker Sentences, Clicker Connect, and Clicker Docs – work on iPad and Chromebook, while Clicker 7 for Win/Mac includes the functionality of all three and more.

    We aim for complete consistency across Desktop, iPad, and Chromebook, while ensuring we get the right look-and-feel for the device. We’ve also made it really easy to share files between any device using Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive.

     

    Perhaps most importantly of all, you can use the same resources across all the devices. So when you find that great Connect Set on LearningGrids, you can use it on your desktop computer, on iPad and on Chromebook (and it’s the same for Clicker Docs and Clicker Sentences files).

    Our focus has always been on providing practical writing support to enable all learners to achieve success. Making Clicker available on a broad range of devices expands the number of learners we can help as we strive to make a real difference in the classroom.

  • Accessibility in Clicker Apps


    We want all children to benefit from our apps, including those with motor control difficulties for whom technology is vital for accessing the curriculum.

    SuperKeys is our unique access method for children who find it difficult to accurately target small areas on the screen; for example, keys on a keyboard or cells in a Clicker Grid.  When you turn SuperKeys on in the app’s accessibility settings, keys and cells are grouped into clusters.  Just tap the cluster containing the item you want, then tap the item.

    SuperKeys example

    SuperKeys is proving hugely popular for children with mild to moderate physical challenges – compared to switch access it’s fast, direct, and very easy to learn.  SuperKeys is an option in Clicker ConnectClicker Docs and Clicker Communicator, and for accessing other apps we have a standalone SuperKeys keyboard app.

    Clicker Connect and SuperKeys example

    Children who are unable to use SuperKeys can use switch access.  We’ve optimized the scanning to make it as simple as possible - only the most important items are scanned, and grids are scanned in a logical order.  We’ve also created a new guide to setting up switch access.

    There are other options in all the apps to help users with motor control difficulties. We know that if a user’s finger moves while tapping, the iPad may ignore the tap, treating it as the start of a swipe instead.  To prevent this, turn off Swipe Grids in the app’s Accessibility settings.

    Finally, the Show Touches option highlights each place that you tap.  This is great when you’re demonstrating the app too!

    Thanks  to everyone that’s given us feedback and helped us to make Clicker Apps accessible to all!


  • Last quarter I visited a very inspiring School for the Deaf, where I demonstrated some of the ways in which Clicker can be used to support its learners.

    Students at this school are between 12 and 18 years old and around 80% of them are profoundly deaf, with very few using cochlear implants.

    For those students whose deafness preceded their language development, the acquisition of language is particularly challenging. Making the link between how a word (or letter) looks and how it sounds is a major issue, and there will often be language and vocabulary delay.

    Signing is a very different and less sophisticated language and it can be especially difficult to learn the rules of grammar. A Clicker resource such as the one below can provide valuable support, with tabs offering words for each part of the sentence:

    Grammar resource example

    Learning that adding an ‘s’ to a word makes it plural can also be very difficult. I showed how an activity like this can be made – and personalized – quickly and easily:

    Writing activity - plurals

    I also created this very simple resource which allows learners to record themselves adding the ‘s’ sound:

    Recording activity - plurals

    In addition to showing how the use of instant pictures in the document and predictor can provide pictorial cues for the meaning of words, I demonstrated different ways of using British Sign Language symbols with Clicker:

    Using BSL symbols with Clicker

    Using BSL resources with Clicker

    ...and how the school could also use its own pictures of students, staff, or the school environment with Clicker to make learning really personalized and engaging. 

    Personalising resources with photos

    If you would like to organize a Clicker demonstration tailored to the particular needs and learning objectives of your students, please do get in touch!