Reviews and success stories

Talbot Specialist School

Talbot Specialist School

Cheryl Gaughan tells us how Clicker is raising enthusiasm for writing and giving a voice to children at Talbot Specialist School.

"Although I use it a lot with children who have special needs, the good thing about Clicker is that you can use it with both children who have special needs and those who don’t. A child doesn’t have to have a disability or a need to use Clicker because it’s useful and engaging for every child. I think that’s the nice thing about it - it’s not seen as something that only special education students can use, but all children in any setting, too."

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Skyline High School

Aeshia Grine is a special education teacher at Skyline High School in Colorado. She works with students from Grades 9-12, all of whom have significant needs, and has been trialing Clicker with two of her students.

"Josh is very good at repeating words as he hears them, but I wanted to work on his recognition of their written form. I have had a lot of success with the ‘Matching’ wizard in Clicker ..."

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Debbie Vita

Debbie Vita writes about an autistic high school student using Clicker to express her stories and develop her artistic skills.

“When introduced to the software program Clicker, Quiana taught herself how to use the program. She is presently using this resource to write, illustrate, and even narrate books! Technology skills and Clicker have provided a fantastic tool to help this young lady create additional characters with on-going storylines and/or experiences.”

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Hyde School

Recently, June Howard sent us a message to share how Clicker 7 has made a world of difference to an eighth grader she works with – not only in terms of his learning, but also his behavior in school and at home.

“He has behavior and learning difficulties but since using Clicker his behavior has improved immensely and he is now above target in 8 subjects - all the teaching staff are amazed at his improvement!"

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Fiona Tyler – mother of Becky, aged 14

Becky has severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She has been using Clicker with a Tobii eye tracker since she was 7 years old!

“As Becky has grown, Clicker has grown with her. When she was younger she used it to produce many beautiful pictures. Now, it's her preferred tool for tackling curriculum writing tasks at school and at home.”

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Manor Academy

Tracey Horne reveals how Clicker 7 is transforming attitudes to writing in this secondary special education school in Sale, England.

"The students are very proud of what they are able to accomplish with Clicker 7. Many actively disliked English before, because of the reading and writing aspect of the lessons and their inevitable struggle with it. However, they are now able to achieve something independently. Every student can now participate, even those with the biggest learning challenges..."

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Highfield School

Highfield School is a Foundation Special School designated for learners in the 11-19 year old age group. Elaine Blake tells us about the Clicker Expert Trainers Group her students have set up.

"The students have gained an enormous amount from this project. Not only has it helped them to develop various functional skills themselves, but it’s been really motivating for them to teach their teachers something! Their confidence has really increased too..."

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Montgomery County Public Schools

Teachers report their findings following the use of Clicker with middle and high school students working on a functional life-skills curriculum.

“Clicker was used with approximately 30 students at a high school and 20 students at a middle school in MCPS.

All of the students had intellectual disabilities and were working on a functional life-skills curriculum. Many of the students also had motor and speech impairments.”

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Peggy Bergey

Peggy Bergey uses Clicker talking books and word bank grids to support students in reading and writing about books that are beyond students’ reading abilities.

“I asked a second grade teacher in my school for books that she used as class books. After getting the books I created templates for these books to help the students. These templates can be easily modified for use with any reading selection by adding the appropriate vocabulary.

Although this started as a project for special needs students, it can be used with all students. I have used it with second and third graders as created and with fourth and fifth grade students with more student input.”

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Kelvin Hall School

Jon Hickman tells us how he has been using Clicker and the Clicker Apps to help ELL students and learners with special needs access the science curriculum.

"The outcomes have been very positive – all of the children have demonstrated significantly improved literacy skills. Their work is much easier to read and they are able to get their ideas down much more quickly, and achieve a lot more within the time frame of a lesson. What’s really important is that with the help of Clicker, they are encouraged to use that key subject-specific vocabulary in context, and produced more detailed explanations."

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Pen-y-Bryn School, UK - Alice in Wonderland

The school’s Sixth Form Enterprise Group have used Clicker to create an interactive storybook of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The money raised from sales of the printed version of the book will go to Bobath Wales, a Cerebral Palsy support charity. Clicker users can download a free copy of the talking book…