Clicker Success Stories
The children at Sunshine Cottage School in San Antonio , Texas are challenged constantly. Although our students have various hearing abilities, they make excelling in academics and life skills an everyday occurrence. We insist on providing a wonderfully supportive environment, rich with content (that match Texas state standards) and days filled with sounds, voices, and laughter. To accomplish this, technology plays a big part. As the technology coordinator I am involved with special teams, administration, classroom teachers, clinicians, and specialists in audiology, and speech and language. I am always on the lookout for tools that will help our teachers and students.
At a TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) conference, I attended a session that featured Clicker and I was amazed at all the possibilities that I could imagine. Creativity is a major element of what we do and Clicker was the tool I had been looking for to make good use of the technology we have to be creative in what we do. It allowed me to differentiate instruction for our broad range of student abilities.
I was drawn to the creative aspect of Clicker; it had ‘infinite' possibilities. With this software our teachers could create their own vision of a lesson, or make minor adjustments to meet the needs of students on an individual basis. Because Clicker was an authoring tool, it allowed me to use one application to support all curriculum areas economically. It also meant that our students could use the software too, for writing activities, vocabulary lessons, story writing, and for presentations. Language skills are heavily stressed and giving students the opportunity to use those skills to present their work was a natural fit. Clicker is only limited by the mind of the user and I was determined to open the minds of my teachers and students using technology and this fantastic tool.
After using the software myself for some time and becoming quite proficient, I decided that I wanted all of our teachers to use it as often as I did, knowing that once they did the students would benefit greatly. My teachers would have been perfectly happy to have me build all the grids but I knew they needed to learn it too, so I began offering classes. Several of the teachers are making minor adjustments and making some simple grids of their own. I regularly visit the Crick website, LearningGrids.com, to see what new free resources are available on their teaching and learning materials site.
I have seen some amazing things happen in our classrooms where I have introduced Clicker. We have students as young as 3 and 4 year olds that are using Clicker's forced order grids to write sentences and then read them back. On the other end of the spectrum, I have older students creating story books, history projects, and presentations of all kinds. There's nothing these kids can't do.