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summer-story-share
Bridget Philpott

Summer story share

September 28, 2022
by Bridget Philpott

We are delighted to share some lovely entries from our Summer Story Share competition!

stuck-list
Joanne Gibbins

According to Dr. Kirstin Mulholland, a professor in education, everyone needs a “stuck list.” She shared her advice in a recent article about classroom strategies to support students to work and tackle challenges in their learning independently, minimizing the first port of call being to ask an adult for help.

news
John Crick

We’re really excited to announce Clicker 8 Release 9, available free to all Clicker 8 users. Here are a few highlights...

Clicker Talk is here
Lina Howarth

Clicker Talk is here!

September 13, 2022
by Lina Howarth

We’re excited to announce the launch of Clicker Talk, the newest member of the Clicker Apps family - perfect for boosting students’ speaking and listening skills across the curriculum.

Nonsense narratives
Bridget Philpott

Research shows that nonsense narratives benefit children’s social and emotional well-being. Here’s how every learner can enjoy writing them using Clicker.

news
Lina Howarth

It’s been a busy few months at Crick, and as we prepare for the new academic year, we also have some fantastic new members of the UK team that we’d like to introduce you to.

We're going on a shape hunt
Pauline Smith

We’re going on a shape hunt!

August 10, 2022
by Pauline Smith

Have you seen the 3-D Shape Hunt Clicker resources? These colorful sets are great for helping students to identify, name, and write about shapes that can be spotted within everyday objects. Read on to see how this can be a fun activity to carry out during the summer break.

Clicker-and-learners-with-physical-difficulties
Joe Owen

At a recent school district demonstration, I focused on how Clicker can be used to support learners with a range of physical difficulties. Here are a few highlights!

Cognitive-Load-Theory-and-Clicker
Joanne Gibbins

Clicker is a great tool in supporting learners at all stages of their literacy journey. With lots of recent talk about cognitive load theory and its implications on learning, I wanted to explore some ideas about how Clicker can help.

Customer-Care-Meeting-Spotlight
Gemma Dean

Customer care meetings are a fantastic opportunity for Clicker and DocsPlus users to get expert advice during their subscription period.

Writing for an authentic audience
Tania Johnston

Most of us write differently depending on what we are writing and, importantly, who we are writing for. While we regularly give students different writing tasks to develop their writing skills and to expose them to different genres, too often the only audience for their writing is their teacher.

Nogrids-noproblem
Phil Hackett

No grids? No problem!

June 29, 2022
by Phil Hackett

LearningGrids is one of Clicker’s most popular features – teachers love having instant access to a free library of curriculum resources – at the time of writing there are close to 3,000 available! However, I am sometimes asked when training schools – “What if there aren’t any resources on my topic? Is it difficult to make your own?”

Inspiring-creative-story-writing-with-Clicker
Pauline Smith

Recently, I read an article written by teacher, author, poet and playwright Michael Morpurgo. He wrote about why schools should move away from teaching writing through a grammar-focused approach and, instead, encourage creativity and children’s love of reading and writing. I believe Clicker can help in this mission! Read on to find out ways that Clicker can empower students to express their thoughts, develop ideas, and discover the joy of writing.

Debates and discussions with Clicker
Pauline Smith

Engaging students in topical debates and discussions is a great way to build their confidence and skills in speaking and writing.

summer-story-share
Siobhan Butel

We’re looking for adventure-loving students of all ages and writing levels to join this year’s Clicker Summer Story Share.