AT Tool: Clicker 6

Literacy without limits!!

Introduction: Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is a term that is used to refer to assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process of locating, selecting and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform daily regular tasks that they were unable to accomplish earlier.

Assistive Technology in the Classroom!

Assistive technologies are used in the classrooms to scaffold students in their learning. There are numerous assistive technology tools that can be used in the classrooms to support diverse students in their learning and implementation.


What is the one thing that a student starts his/her learning process with?


Communication! During early speech and language development, you learn skills that are important for the development of literacy. Literacy is a person's ability to read and write. In schools, children with communication disorders are more likely to struggle with literacy skills. They often perform poorly in class, have difficulty reading, writing and expressing themselves.


Clicker 6 is a child-friendly writing tool that enables students of all abilities to significantly develop their writing skills. It is an extensive word processor that uses pictures and animations.

What sets Clicker 6 apart from other word processors?

Clicker 6 - 1 Introduction

Designed for Academic USe


  • Clicker 6 is a suitable tool for early elementary, intermediate elementary and middle school students.
  • This assistive technology tool primarily focuses on the reading and writing skills of students.

Accommodates Specific Learning Goals of Students with Learning Challenges

The tool scaffolds autistic, and speech and language impaired students in the following learning goals:


  • Reading - Clicker provides talking books app for reading materials in classrooms. It helps in speech support, has recording functionality to practice reading text and provides flexibility
  • Writing - The built-in predictor provides the students with a range of words and phrases that help improve their vocabulary and writing skills. The tool also reads out what the students have written, encouraging them to review what they have written and make corrections.
  • Communication - Clicker Communicator is an app designed to give a voice to the students with speech and language difficulties.


This tool has the Listen and Say wizard that helps non-verbal students to speak. It also has the 'Matching' wizard that helps to matching pictures to the words. This helps them build their vocabulary.

Classroom Implementation Strategies

To implement Clicker in the classrooms, the teacher needs to:



  • Provide an engaging introduction to the tool pointing out its use and benefits
  • Install the app on the Windows or Mac Computers and iPads
  • Demonstrate to the students on how to use the Clicker app
  • Assign tasks and activities to the students to perform using the Clicker app
  • Keep track of student development regularly
  • Upgrade to the latest version of the app whenever available to avail maximum benefits

Ways to use in an inclusive classroom

The Clicker app works as a great equalizer in the classrooms. This app is not only for students with disabilities. It can be used to help any student improve their vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Incorporating this app increases students motivation to learn and personalizes lessons to a students' individual needs.
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other features pertaining to adoption of technology for instruction

More Student Independence!

  • Quick start word processor: Students are able to start working right away!
  • Enhanced picture library: Over 2,500 curriculum pictures which are available for use.
  • Built-in painting tools: Crick’s popular painting program, Clicker Paint, is now fully integrated into Clicker.
  • Webcam support: Students’ photographs instantly appear in their Clicker documents.
  • Favorites list: Students can save their favourite Clicker activities for easy future access.
  • Click & Edit books: This feature enables students to independently create their own talking books and presentations!

Less Teacher Time!

  • Clicker wizards: Follow the step-by-step instructions to quickly create personalized reading, writing, matching, labeling, speaking, and listening activities.
  • New editing tools: Editing activities made simple! When you click on a cell, the toolbar instantly changes to display only the tools relevant to the item being edited.
  • Faster access to Learning Grids: No need to login, access hundreds of free resources instantly from within Clicker!

About the Company

crick software

Established in 1993 by teachers John and Ann Crick, the company has earned an excellent reputation for quality. Many of our staff are qualified and experienced teachers, including the majority of our content developers, education sales consultants, and trainers.

Our products cross the artificial divide that exists between "regular students" and those who need extra support. Universal Design for Learning is fundamental to everything we do; we design software for learners of all abilities and with differing educational needs, including struggling readers and writers, students with learning or physical disabilities, and English language learners.

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training requirements for teachers, students and parents

Clicker 6 is easy to use and it works on different devices (Windows, Mac and iPads). Before starting to use the app, the teachers or parents need to:


  • Create an account
  • Buy the product
  • Provide access to the students


Details on the training available are mentioned in the next section.


For information on licensing, click here.


If you are still not sure about the product you can look at the product information mentioned here.


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trainings and webinars

The Crick Software website provides different resources to meet the training needs of the teachers, students and parents. It is important that the teachers and the parents know the software to troubleshoot and help the students whenever necessary.


To know more about the app, you may access some of the free webinars listed here.

System requirement to access the webinars are listed here.


To access different trainings and seminars, click here.

pricing of the product

For more details on the products and the pricing, click here.

Product registration benefits

Registered users are entitled to the following services, free of charge:

  • Software updates
  • Technical support
  • Serial number retrieval


To register now, click here.

system requirements

windows

Minimum Requirements:


  • Windows XP - Intel Pentium 4 2Ghz, 1GB RAM
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 - Intel Dual Core 2Ghz, 2GB RAM
  • Internet connection required for activation

mac

Minimum Requirements:


  • Mac OS X 10.6 - Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 - Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM
  • Requires Java 6
  • Internet connection required for activation

networks

Clicker 6 features a network installation option. This creates a unique network package to deploy to workstations. It is compatible with standard Windows/Mac networks.

Installation instructions are included on the DVD and in the support section.

Clicker 6 is not intended for use on thin client networks or virtual desktop systems. It is not designed to run directly on server operating systems and is incompatible with products that provide this functionality.