Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support

Clicker Apps for iPad

There are now three Apps in the Crick stable and all have a good pedigree. All allow for the generation of personalised materials and all offer access to an ever-growing bank of resources stored at LearningGrids. – there are discrete sections for each of the apps and none appear to be interchangeable. Certain layouts and word banks can be constructed within Clicker 6 and shared with the iPad via Dropbox or email.

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C Sentences Clicker Sentences (£18.99) has been around now for a few months and after a few teething problems has settled down into a useful reading tool and sentence construction tool for even very young users. The main function is to provide sentence models, on the grid, as a pop-up, and as an audio support to support the pupil’s re-building of the sentence from the automatically generated wordbank. The wordbank also provides options for support at differing levels: guided support, alphabetical, and random order to allow teachers to assess how their pupils are managing sentence construction. Activities are very easy to generate, either with saved pictures or those taken live and are easily adapted across the levels of difficulty.

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I particularly like making talking books with this app – photos or clipart from a book (remember Clicker clipart is available if you’ve bought any of the Powered by Clicker series) along with text at the relevant level. We’ve even had some parents use it as a home-school diary so that the pupil can relay their news at sentence or word level when they get to class.

See it being used here.

c docs Clicker Docs (£21.99) is a fantastic, versatile tool – it’s an age-appropriate word processor with, if you want or need it, speech support, prediction support, and word bank support for writing.

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See Clicker Docs in use here.

WOL Write Online (£21.99) is the newest app from Crick, and, as far as I can see, it’s almost identical to Clicker Docs apart from a different default appearance for slightly older users. Despite the two apps being almost identical and performing the same tasks for different age groups, you can’t access the resources from LearningGrids across the two apps – a bit of a cynical move, I feel, to force you into two apps when one might have been sufficient. Oddly, you can show up to 8 predictions in Clicker Docs but only 6 in Write Online despite it being aimed at older users! It’s nice, though, and I can envisage lots of students making use of it.

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LearningGrids areas samples:

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Posted in ICT Support

What do you want kids to do with technology?

This poster by Bill Ferriter has being doing the rounds this summer but I just wanted to put it on this blog because it speaks for itself and reflects ATSS thinking.

Bill’s original post is here. A follow-up post relating to some argument around the original is here.

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Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion, Teaching & Learning

ChooseIT Maker 3 – It’s Here!

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ChooseIT Maker 3 from Inclusive Technology is now available online as a subscription service via the already well-established HelpKidzLearn website. Not sure that schools really like this type of arrangement but the fact there are no installation costs to be considered might make up for the annual commitment.

The software boasts the ability to quickly and easily prepare activities for pupils online that can then be shared and used across any PC, Mac, iPad, or Android tablet. The activities themselves can be accessed via mouse, touchscreen, switches, and even eye-gaze. This makes CM3 an attractive assessment tool: those of us who work in assistive technology often have difficulty finding age-appropriate, relevant, personalised, motivating activities for pupils so the ability to quickly put something together could be a real boon.

As well as the software activities and the ability to use your own photographs, users will also have access to 30 000+ symbols from Widgit, Symbolstix, and Inclusive Technology.

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All of these details and more can be found on the ChooseIT Maker 3 flier which you can get here or by clicking on the images below.

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Posted in Accessibility, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion, Web 2.0

My Clicker 6 Webmix in Symbaloo

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I’ve always liked Symbaloo. I think it’s a great way to get pupils to the websites you want them to visit without any need to type in complicated URLs. It’s also a great way to gather related links all in one page (Webmix) for future reference.

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I’ve made this mix for teachers to collate links, tutorials, guides, hints and tips, and videos for Clicker 6. CPD in a page!

Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, Inclusion, Teaching & Learning

ChooseIT Maker 3

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I’m quite excited about the soon-to-be-launched ChooseIT Maker 3 for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it has loads of new features that are going to make the development of materials much simpler and more quickly. Secondly, this is going to be available through the wonderful HelpKidzLearn website. This means that the software will run in your browser and that no software has to be installed to school computers. Not sure yet of how this is going to affect costs but ease of access should make it worthwhile.

You can get a flavour of what ChooseIT Maker 3 can do by watching this video.