Magazine article Technology & Learning

Clicker 5: Get Your Students Writing with This Versatile Multimedia Tool

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Clicker 5: Get Your Students Writing with This Versatile Multimedia Tool

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Now in its fifth version, Crick Software's Clicker, a powerful multimedia tool, has had its myriad features improved. When launched, Clicker 5's GUI appears in a split screen: one-half is a talking word processor, the other a multimedia writing space called a grid. Students can start composing by clicking images and animations from a grid and dragging them to the word processor.

More advanced students can insert text or their own images into a blank Word document or work from one of several grid templates to create video-enhanced books or record their voices to accompany a report. If writer's block impedes the creative process, students can string together words and sentences using the pop-up keyboard or word banks.

Although new editing features make creating and saving grids easier than earlier versions of the program did, accessing the full library of teacher-created grids via the program's online Explorer mode is still limited if using a Mac. Also, navigating these ancillary tools is not intuitive. Because this is a multi-use program, teachers will need time to both explore the best learning contexts for using Clicker 5's existing grid sets and for designing subject-specific grids and projects. However, after a few run-throughs, the process gets easier and is well worth the effort. …

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