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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.
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 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.
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.
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?”
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.
Engaging students in topical debates and discussions is a great way to build their confidence and skills in speaking and writing.
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.
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 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.
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.
In a recent conversation with an assistive technology specialist in Virginia, the topic of worksheets came up.
When teaching students with spelling difficulties, we can't use a “one size fits all” approach. So, I have highlighted a few ways that Clicker tools and resources can be used to give these learners personalized tasks and support, enabling them to experience success.
In February we have a packed agenda of webinars to demonstrate how everyone can benefit from using our Clicker literacy tools.