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Nicki Wilson

Everything you need to know about our February webinars

January 20th, 2022

In February we have a packed agenda of webinars to demonstrate how everyone can benefit from using our Clicker literacy tools. Our hosts will show you how to save time with our vast collection of ready-made resources, and our fantastic guest speakers will reveal their strategies to help your learners thrive.

1) Supporting English learners with Clicker

First up, we've invited Louise Dawson to join this half-hour discussion centered around how we can best support English learners. We know teachers are already stretched trying to meet the varied needs of children in their classrooms, so Louise will share some quick and easy ways that Clicker can be used to make the curriculum more accessible for English Learners.

Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time: 10:45am EST

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The webinar will cover:

  • Modeling language and sentence structure
  • Phonics, blending, and pronunciation skills
  • Developing topic-specific vocabulary

Louise is an independent consultant with 20+ years’ experience supporting inclusion in schools. Currently, she lives and works in Dubai, running her own company built on the principle that every child should be given the chance to be independent.

Don't miss out on Louise's expertise, click here to register.


2) Developing oral language skills with Clicker

Next, we have Lidia Giosa sharing strategies to support vital oral language development. Oral language skills impact all areas of a child’s life. Building these skills not only forms the foundation of academic and literacy success but allows students to understand expectations, express emotions, share ideas, interact appropriately with others, and problem solve.

Date: Thursday, February 10
Time: 1:00pm EST

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The webinar will cover:

  • Why it is important to consider oral language skills
  • How oral language skills are fundamentally linked to reading and writing skills
  • The multiple ways Clicker can help support oral language learning

Lidia is a speech-language pathologist in Ontario, Canada. She works with students and teachers at Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and is registered with CASLPO (College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario).

Sign up here.


3) Supporting emergent writers: from scribbling to their first word

At the end of the month, Kelly Fonner joins us to talk about how drawing and scribbling are essential skills for children to understand letter formation. A keen advocate for assistive technology, she'll be explaining the 14-point Developmental Writing Scale and how tools in Clicker can help children with the first five levels of the DWS.

Date: Thursday, February 24
Time: 11:00am EST

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Topics to be explored:

  • Stages of emergent writing to the first word
  • The role of traditional tools and alternative pencils throughout these emergent stages
  • A range of Clicker ideas to help emergent writers

Kelly has been working with individuals with disabilities since the mid-70s and with assistive technologies since 1983. Kelly has also taught courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in both the Occupational Therapy and Exceptional Education departments and at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Register for our webinar with Kelly today and secure your space.

Our webinars are completely free to sign up for and if you can’t make the date, there’ll be a recorded version made available afterwards. We hope to see you there!

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