Word Processor

Boost Writing Independence with Clicker's Word Processor

Clicker is fast becoming the word processor of choice for elementary schools. Students can open Clicker and just start writing; the built-in support tools and child-friendly interface really encourage writing independence. If additional help is needed, teachers can provide grids of words, phrases, and / or pictures related to that particular lesson or learning objective.

As students move through the school, Clicker can be easily adapted to provide support appropriate to their age and ability level.

Customizable tools

Clicker gives students of all abilities the tools they need to independently translate their thoughts and knowledge into coherent writing.

By selecting Clicker 7’s new Voice Notes tool, children will be able to record their own audio notes before they write. This is a great opportunity for children to vocally rehearse their sentences in preparation for writing, and a powerful way of recording initial ideas. As children complete a sentence, Clicker’s new child's voice reads it aloud, giving them an opportunity to hear their work read back to them in a friendly, age-appropriate voice that they can identify with. This encourages students to actively review what they have written and correct any errors themselves. The speed and frequency of the speech feedback can be changed depending on each learner’s requirements.

Clicker’s intelligent word predictor suggests words that fit the context of the student’s writing, encouraging them to use more adventurous vocabulary. Children are able to create flowing pieces of text with accurate spelling and grammatically correct sentences. Set the predictor to whichever of the four levels best meets their needs, or create a customized level just for them.

What happens when your students need to include unusual words or names in their writing? Our new Word Pool tool lets you add new words to Clicker’s knowledge base, ensuring they’re picked up by the predictor and accepted by the spellchecker. You can also define how each word will be pronounced by the speech engine and even add common misspellings, enabling you to tackle specific spelling patterns your students may be struggling with.

Picture support

Adding a creative dimension to writing activities helps children to actively engage with the task at hand. Students can use the built-in web cam to personalize their documents with their own photos, or create their own pictures with the Clicker painting tools. This also provides early or struggling writers with an alternative way to demonstrate understanding and capture ideas.

Clicker 7 also includes CrickPix, a bigger, broader library of over 3,500 curriculum pictures. The library gives students easy access to relevant illustrations for their work, and teachers have a high quality bank of images at their fingertips to incorporate into Clicker activities. Symbol libraries are also available to purchase.

Sassoon font

The Sassoon font has been researched and developed specially for children. It is based on letter formations familiar to beginning readers and writers, for example rounded letters. Key features include the handwriting-like exit strokes at the base, and the longer ascenders and descenders, which aid letter and word recognition. The line spacing is also slightly bigger than most fonts to make texts easier to read. Whilst a range of other fonts is available in Clicker, using the Sassoon font is a really effective way to aid developing readers and writers.

Clicker Sets

In addition to the support built into the word processor, teachers can create or download grids to support writing. A range of styles is available to support different stages of literacy development, including Sentence Sets, Word Banks, and Writing Frames. Click here for more information on writing grids and other styles of Clicker Sets for literacy.