Silverdale is a large community primary school with 620 pupils on roll. We were first introduced to Clicker by our SENCo, who had used it in her previous school and found it to be a really useful tool for supporting the struggling readers and writers that she worked with.
We purchased a 10-Computer License for Clicker at first to try it out with a few of our pupils whom we felt would particularly benefit from using it. However, we quickly realised how effectively it could be used to support many more of our children and decided to extend to a full Site License.
I created a word bank with the key words and phrases to support my pupils’ writing. This was really effective, particularly for my struggling spellers, who found being able to select words from the bank so much easier.
We have primarily been using Clicker with pupils with special educational needs, but the more I use it, the more I can see positive uses for it anywhere and everywhere – I have started tying it to all my literacy lessons where possible. For example, we were recently working on our letter writing unit and I created a word bank with the key words and phrases to support my pupils’ writing. This was really effective, particularly for my struggling spellers, who found being able to select words from the bank so much easier and managed to get a lot more done than they would have been able to without Clicker.
What I really like about Clicker is that whatever a child’s ability, features like the speech feedback, the predictor and the word banks enable them to get their ideas down on the page, and actively encourage them to proof their own work. I have been particularly impressed by the effect Clicker has had on their use of vocabulary – the children are starting to move beyond using the more obvious words they know and making much more ambitious vocabulary choices.
What I really like about Clicker is that whatever a child’s ability, features like the speech feedback, the predictor and the word banks enable them to get their ideas down on the page.
Every child I have used Clicker with produces work of greater quantity and a higher quality now that this support is in place. Not only that, but they absolutely love using it. One child in my class is incredibly proficient; he’s even more of a Clicker expert than I am! As part of our plans to roll Clicker out even more widely across the school, I plan to get him visiting the other classes to help children new to Clicker start using it.
One of the other children in my class who is a regular user of the software really stands out for me as a Clicker success story. He finds writing and spelling very difficult, and gets really frustrated whenever he has to sit down and write. Clicker has opened the door for him. The flow of his writing has really improved and he is able to focus on what he wants to write, the ideas and knowledge that he wants to express, rather than the laborious process of forming each word.
I think that Clicker would be well worth the investment for any school.
I think that Clicker would be well worth the investment for any school; it makes such a difference to the pupils I work with. It gives them so much more control over their learning; they are asking for help less and less and are just getting on with their work and achieving independently.
Clicker is far superior to anything we’ve tried before with these children – and the more I work with it, the more potential I see for it to help all our children and be used in many different ways. The possibilities are limitless!