Clicker Docs provides children with a talking word processor on the iPad. The app includes a range of writing support tools to help pupils create accurate, flowing documents. Clicker Docs is an excellent app that can be used with children of a variety of ages and abilities to develop their writing skills. The app receives EAS Recommended status.
The Clicker Docs app is a great resource to use with any child who is developing their writing skills and is particularly suitable for those who have dyslexia or are reluctant writers. My own 8 year old is a reluctant writer and she delighted in writing and listening back to her own story using the app. She found it particularly useful to review and check her writing by herself and the option to change the appearance of the page made it more engaging for her than using a conventional word processing program. She is keen to use the app again to investigate using some of the other LearningGrids resources which link to the topics she is exploring at school.
There is enough information inside the app and potential for using outside content to spark creativity. Clicker Docs has access to 'Word Banks' which are from the resources site, LearningGrids, in order to keep the learner stimulated with content. Furthermore, it is possible to copy and paste text from outside the app and other browsers and to create personalised word banks from there. I can imagine taking a literary text and copy-pasting it into the app in order to analyse the sentence structure and vocabulary.
The landing site has the appearance of a child friendly word processing program with a blank page and keyboard and is quite simple to use. However there are a range of features and settings for which children would need adult guidance, at least initially.
The keyboard has a simple layout and when the shift key is pressed all the keys change to lower or upper case. It is possible to switch between the keyboard and word banks which help the children with their writing. Users can create their own word banks, use any saved in Dropbox or access Crick Software's own word banks. To access these grids the user needs to register for free on the website but is then able to use a full range of word banks which relate to various topics from story settings to Ancient Greece. This feature makes it particularly useful for KS2 children who are writing about a particular curriculum topic or need to practice writing in a particular genre or extend their use of adjectives, for example. These topic based grids can be used immediately but it is also possible to add additional words or remove sets of words from the grid as required.
Overall the Clicker Docs is a user friendly app which can be adapted to the needs of a wide range of learners to enhance their writing skills. It has lots of different options and features which can take quite a while to explore. The app is comparatively quite expensive but it can be used for many years and I have yet to find anything other writing app with as many features or supporting materials available.
We thoroughly enjoyed the app and as with Click Sentences, the app receives the highest EAS Rating of 5 stars. The apps are academically relevant, engaging have learners really getting into writing and looking deep within text. The design is clean and the apps are very functional. This is truly an educational app of quality.
From the Developer
Develop pupils’ writing skills and build struggling writers’ confidence with Clicker Docs - the writing tool that provides differentiated support for pupils of all abilities.
Continuously developed by Crick Software for over 20 years, the Clicker product range is used in schools around the world.
“The new Clicker Apps are a complete game changer.”
Michelle Hill - Leamore Primary School
“Great products – fantastic for those reluctant writers!”
Mairead Boucherat – Parkside SpLD Base
"A level of smoothness, creativity, mobility and personalisation that takes the software from very impressive functionality to captivating brilliance."
Merlin John - Education technology journalist
“Clicker really encourages independent learning and the essence of that is all here in the apps. They are incredibly well thought out, so user friendly and the potential is fantastic – I’m excited by just how much my pupils will be able to progress with access to such tools.”
Ros Henshaw - Independent Consultant
REVIEW WRITING WITH CLEAR SPEECH
Pupils use the child-friendly keyboard to type into the simple word processor, and a range of speech options encourage them to review what they have written. This helps them to find and correct errors for themselves, enabling them to become more independent writers.
DEVELOP VOCABULARY AND SPELLING WITH WORD PREDICTION
The intelligent word predictor suggests words that fit the context of pupils’ writing, encouraging them to use more adventurous vocabulary and helping them to create flowing, grammatically correct text with accurate spelling. There's even a talking spellchecker!
BUILD WRITING CONFIDENCE WITH WORD BANKS
Word Banks provide tabbed vocabulary support for any subject or topic - just tap a word to add it to the document. Make your own Word Banks in a flash (you can even paste in a block of text from anywhere and have it created automatically, and use the free, ready-made Word Banks on our LearningGrids site, accessible from within the app!
CHECK WORDS BEFORE THEY ARE USED
Pupils can even listen to words before they write them, helping them to find the word they want and achieve writing success. Any word in the predictor or Word Bank can be heard before it is used by using our unique Sound Shift tool.
WRITING TO BE PROUD OF
The child-friendly Sassoon font included in the app makes your documents look great on-screen and on paper. Print your work to any Airprint-compatible printer, or share it via email. Whatever your pupils’ current level, watch their confidence grow and their motivation soar as they experience writing success!
SHARE WITH DROPBOX
Use the built-in Dropbox support to share Word Banks and documents across all your iPads!
PART OF CRICK SOFTWARE’S CLICKER FAMILY
Based in the UK and US, Crick Software has a worldwide reputation for quality educational software for pupils of all abilities.
Clicker Docs is part of a growing family of Clicker Apps – find more in the App Store.
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