Does any of the following sound familiar?
“He finds writing and spelling very difficult, and gets frustrated whenever he has to sit down and write.”
“She has some really great ideas, but just can’t seem to organise or record them effectively.”
“One of the biggest hurdles our children face is having the confidence to put their ideas on to paper.”
Clicker is being used in thousands of primary schools across the UK to develop the confidence and skills of struggling writers. This child-friendly word processor enables every child to play an active role in their own learning and offers complete support throughout the writing process.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key features that make the latest version, Clicker 7, such an effective solution:
Clicker’s realistic children’s voices give pupils the opportunity to hear their work read back to them in a friendly, age-appropriate voice that they can identify with.
Speech feedback encourages pupils to punctuate their work, and ensures that they review each sentence before starting the next one. Children can hear their mistakes and independently make corrections and revisions.
You can also paste any piece of text into Clicker and have it read aloud, giving struggling and emergent readers independent access to text that they would find difficult to read themselves.
Child-friendly planning space
Organising ideas is a vital first step in the writing process. Clicker Board provides Clicker 7 users with a built-in planning tool to help them prepare for writing. Pupils can manipulate and link any combination of words, pictures and sounds together on their Clicker Board, mapping out their ideas in a way that is easier to understand and particularly effective for more visual learners.
Pupils with ASD often find mind mapping to be a really useful way to plan their work, and Clicker Board has also proved to be a big hit with those supporting learners with dyslexia, who often find longer pieces of written work harder to organise and structure.
Ready to start writing? Once a Clicker Board has been created, it can be instantly transformed into a word or picture bank that will sit at the bottom of the document as pupils write, providing instant point-and-click access to key words, phrases and/or images. This really helps to bridge the gap between planning and writing.
Audio note creator
When children select Clicker 7’s new Voice Notes tool, they will be given the opportunity to record their own audio notes. This is a great way for children to vocally rehearse their sentences in preparation for writing.
In addition, Voice Notes offer a powerful way to record initial ideas, giving children who struggle to express themselves in written form an opportunity to capture their thoughts without being distracted or held back by the mechanics of writing.
They are also a great tool for teachers; use them to record activity-specific instructions or to create verbal prompts for your learners. This will help them work their way through tasks more independently, focus on the key objectives and organise their writing more effectively.
Targeted spelling intervention
Clicker’s intelligent predictor suggests words based on the context of the pupil’s writing. This helps to overcome spelling frustration, speed up writing productivity and encourages learners to use more adventurous vocabulary.
If there are certain words that your pupils regularly want to include in their writing that are not currently being suggested by the predictor, proper nouns or unusual curriculum vocabulary for example, you can use Clicker 7’s new Word Pool tool to add them to the program’s knowledge base. You can even link common misspellings to them, enabling you to tackle specific spelling patterns your pupils may be struggling with.
You can also use Clicker to create grids called Clicker Sets, which provide instant point-and-click access to words and phrases relevant to the current writing task. This can be in the form of a sentence building set, a key word bank, a writing frame – each kind of Clicker Set provides a specific writing support or targets a particular skill. Clicker users have access to a growing bank of ready-made sets that cover a huge range of curriculum subjects. Alternatively, it’s really easy to create your own, tailored to the specific needs of your pupils and the specific learning objectives you are covering.
You can find out more about Clicker 7 on the Crick Software website, where you will also find links to a really useful introduction video, upcoming regional breakfast seminars and our 28-day free trial.