During a recent school visit staff were particularly interested in how you could use Clicker to support pupils with EAL. I thought I’d share some of the ideas we discussed around using picture support within Clicker to develop links with new vocabulary.
You can set up picture support in the Word Processor in Preferences under the Options ribbon. When in Preferences, select the Pictures tab. Here you can tick the boxes on the right-hand side to tell Clicker to display pictures in the Word Processor as words are typed into the Document, in the Spell Checker when words are checked, or in the Predictor as pupils write.
You can also choose to have picture support in most of the different Clicker Sets. Some examples of this might be: easily editing a Connect Set so that different words or parts of sentences have a picture to accompany them, or changing a Custom Set so that it is more appropriate to what you are teaching.
It’s also possible to incorporate pictures into other elements of Clicker. Use a Clicker Board mind-map with key vocabulary and relevant pictures to reinforce topic understanding. Or introduce and consolidate vocabulary using a Matching Set with a combination of pictures, words and sounds. The images you use can either come from CrickPix, our library of images, or your own pictures.
These are very easy to add, too. For example, if you wanted to have a class discussion about a particular topic which you have found a lot of pictures for, go to Insert Picture, then Browse, then select My Documents. If your folder isn’t appearing click the cog icon in the lower left, click New Shortcut and find your folder in the new dialogue box. You can now select and insert pictures like you would with the CrickPix library.
By using the picture support options available in Clicker, you can provide context and make text more accessible for your EAL pupils. Find more ideas on how you can use Clicker to support pupils with EAL here.