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CLICKER: THE EXCITING NEW TOOL FOR LITERACY, ACCESS AND COMMUNICATION

John Crick
Crick Software Ltd.
Northampton, United Kingdom
www.cricksoft.com

Clicker 4 is an extremely flexible tool used in thousands of schools to support students in reading, writing, access and communication. Clicker's talking word processor and unique system of grids makes it very easy for teachers and therapists to tailor the program to suit individual needs. Grids can be made in seconds, with each 'cell' holding a letter, word, phrase, or picture. In addition to its own large picture library, Clicker is able to use the Mayer-Johnson PCS library, which can be purchased separately.

With Clicker, the student is able to write using letters, whole words, phrases and pictures. Software speech is included, and real sounds can also be used, which can be recorded within the program. The student is able to 'try out' the sound in a cell before writing it, giving support to struggling readers.

The program is fully switch accessible, and switch users can even open and save their own documents.

Clicker Writer, Clicker 4's talking word processor, has been completely re-written, and now uses html as its native format, enabling students of all abilities to create web pages from within the program. The multimedia features have also been greatly enhanced, making it even easier to create talking books (these can now include videos) that are fully switch accessible.

Clicker is supported by hundreds of free resources which can be freely downloaded from crick's website, www.cricksoft.com. These high quality, fully tested materials include Clicker grids created by actual users, in addition to those created by Crick Software. Clicker has won five of the prestigious BETT awards in the UK, the most recent being in January 2000, and has also won the status of Millennium Product.

Clicker 4 is now available for both PC, and Mac. Clicker was conceived by John Crick, a teacher with 17 years experience of working with children with physical and learning disabilities. Many of the company's staff are ex-teachers, who keep in close contact with the world of education.

GRAPHICS CAPTIONS

Writing: Clicker is a fully accessible writing too, ideal for young children.

Communication: These 'Quickfire' Clicker communication grids turn Clicker into a powerful communication aid.

Talking Book: Clicker can be used to create fully accessible talking books.

Jobs: Multimedia and writing features of the program can be linked to give curriculum access in a unique way.




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