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book-dash-and-clicker
Joanne Gibbins

Book Dash and Clicker

January 4, 2023
by Jo Gibbins

Earlier this year, we came across an article that highlighted the work of a South African based charity called Book Dash that creates and publishes books for free. Their aim is to enable all children to “own a hundred books by the age of five.”

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Pauline Smith

There has been a (much–needed) focus on developing early language skills recently. Through my research, I discovered that experts are talking about the power of nursery rhymes. Did you know that a child who knows eight nursery rhymes in their early years will be among the higher achievers in reading and spelling when they are eight years old?

Explore Mexico with Clicker
Tania Johnston

Explore Mexico with Clicker

October 19, 2022
by Tania Johnston

Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death and takes place on November 1st and 2nd each year in Mexico. The holiday has roots back to rituals honoring the dead in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US-Using Clicker across the curriculum
Gemma Dean

I had a Customer Care meeting recently with a school who wanted to expand their use of Clicker across the curriculum. I showed them that we have lots of resources for cross-curriculum literacy on LearningGrids. Many of these can be found in the English Language Arts subject area.

US-Exploring the moon
Tania Johnston

Have you had a chance to look at all the Clicker resources on LearningGrids about the moon?

Clicker Books launch
Siobhan Butel

Here at Crick, we’ve all been working hard to get ready for the launch of Clicker Books for iPad and Chromebook. Now that it’s here with beautiful illustrations and a huge range of resources, I can’t wait to share what’s in store for you and your learners.

Carol Allen - The next stage of coping with Covid
carol-allen

Carol Allen is an Education Advisor specializing in Information Technology and Inclusion, having taught in both general education schools and schools for students with severe, profound, and multiple learning difficulties. In this powerful guest post, Carol explores the unique challenges that schools are currently facing, and what they can do to help everyone in their community flourish.

Check out our new Clicker Books
Pauline Smith

Check out our new Clicker Books!

April 8, 2022
by Pauline Smith

Let’s take a closer look at the new Planet Wobble Books … The three new stories involve the Planet Wobble characters having an adventure or solving a problem - they are ideal for readers aged 5-7.