Recently, I was able to spend time with a student and his teacher as they brainstormed ideas for a writing project using Clicker Books. The book was produced by a 1st grade student who had been studying the concept of riddles in class, specifically around the theme of Halloween. The teacher’s idea was to create a supported template containing Word Grids to provide vocabulary support for both the Title Box (for the question) and Text Box (for the answer) sections of each page, as well as a Picture Bank of images selected by the student.
Here’s how it works:
When the ‘Halloween Riddles’ book is opened, the student is presented with the standard building blocks at the left of the screen – Title Box, Picture Box, Text Box, and Sound Button.
When the Title Box or Text Box is selected, the student is presented with a selection of Word Grids to choose from, instead of the default keyboard view. This approach gives a much higher level of support and guidance to the writing task. Comprehension is measured by correct re-ordering of the words in a riddle question, selection of the appropriate picture, and finally selection and re-ordering of the correct answer.
When the Picture Box icon is tapped, the student is only offered a Picture Bank (browsing the camera roll, use of the camera, and the painting tool have all been disabled) – the pictures offered are the ones chosen during the preparation stage.
When complete, the teacher was able to ‘lock’ the book (to prevent accidental editing) and have the student share it with the rest of his class.