On January 16th, 14 teachers and educational assistants from Vancouver and Richmond attended a SET-BC Clicker 6 Workshop. Clicker 6 is a software program created by Cricksoft that provides reading and writing tools for students who need additional literacy support across the curriculum.
Workshop facilitators Connie Bentley, Reiko Shimizu and Lisa Watson (SET-BC Consultants) guided participants through hands-on activities that highlighted the different features of this literacy tool. This introductory session started with writing activities using Clicker’s writing supports, including word prediction, a built-in picture library, and speech feedback. Customizing the User Preferences allowed the participants to see how Clicker can provide optimal support as students develop both their reading and writing skills.
Attendees then created talking books illustrated with images from Clicker’s built-in picture library and its built-in Paint program. The facilitators also led the participants through the program’s Clicker Wizards to create on-the-fly Sentence Building and Matching activities, as well as Picture Banks and Word Banks customized to each student’s needs and abilities.
Participants also browsed through the free Clicker reading and writing activities available in SET-BC’s CurriculumSET, which all support BC curricular learning outcomes and includes Canadian content. One of the many benefits of Clicker 6 is the ability to access and download hundreds of free pre-made Clicker Sets at www.learninggrids.com.
The morning wrapped up with an overview of Clicker’s 90-second training videos, which are accessible at any time on an as-needed basis. Participants left the workshop equipped with some valuable tools and resources to get their students started with this wonderful software program.