Clicker 8 for Windows / Mac


New for 2020, version 8 combines exciting new feature ideas from our Clicker fans with the inclusive literacy support tools you already know and love. Clicker 8 builds on the worldwide success of its award-winning predecessors. It’s inclusive, it’s engaging, it’s intuitive, and it enables teachers to give every learner the personalised, evidence-led support they need to take their literacy skills to the next level.
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Help every child achieve writing success


Jump start writing tasks - At the heart of Clicker sits a child-friendly word processor. Watch your pupils confidently tackle writing tasks with help from Clicker’s realistic speech feedback, talking spell checker and word predictor. Clicker Grids enable pupils to write with whole words and phrases. Emerging writers build sentences word-by-word, while Word Banks provide scaffolding to support developing writers.
  • Sentence Sets - Each grid in a Sentence Set contains all the words you need to build a sentence. A model sentence can be shown on the grid, in a pop-up, or aurally to provide the appropriate level of support. Sentence Sets develop important literacy skills such as left-to-right directionality and the accurate use of capital letters and full stops. You can create a Sentence Set for your pupils by simply typing or pasting your sentences.
  • Connect Sets - Connect Sets help developing writers, struggling writers and English language learners to take their first steps to independent writing. Pupils are provided with clusters of words, phrases and/or pictures to help them build a coherent piece of text. As with all Clicker Sets, pupils can listen to any word or phrase before adding it to their sentence.
  • Word Banks - When children are ready to write using the keyboard, they may still need support with the more difficult words. Build Word Banks to support any curriculum area - just paste relevant text and let Clicker do the rest, automatically removing the high frequency words. Word Banks are organised in tabs to provide access alphabetically or through topic areas. It’s now even easier to create and edit Word Banks, and you can use them for writing frames too.
Harness the power of pictures - Clicker 8’s new ‘Picturize’ button instantly adds pictures to any Clicker Grid, helping children to find the word they want. Choose from over 4500 Clicker curriculum pictures or use your own.
  • Express yourself - Clicker offers children three great ways to illustrate their documents and mind maps. First, there’s the enhanced CrickPix library of over 4500 curriculum-related pictures, with child-friendly searching. Secondly, you can take a webcam photo straight into your document. Last but not least, you can paint your own picture using Clicker’s built-in painting tools.
  • Provide visual cues and prompts - Clicker 8’s new ‘Picturize’ button enables you to instantly add pictures to cells in any Clicker Set, including Sentence Sets, Connect Sets and Word Banks, and to whole passages of text within a document. Use the CrickPix library or upload your own. This is a powerful way to reinforce the meaning of words and introduce new vocabulary.
  • Personalise the learning experience - Create engaging and motivating literacy activities by incorporating places, people and objects that your pupils are familiar with. This could be a ‘Talk About’ activity using photos from a recent school trip, a ‘getting to know you’ resource for new pupils with images of classmates and important areas of the school, or a Clicker Book about the adventures of the class bear…the possibilities are endless!
  • Picture supported writing - Create engaging and motivating literacy activities by incorporating places, people and objects that your pupils are familiar with. This could be a ‘Talk About’ activity using photos from a recent school trip, a ‘getting to know you’ resource for new pupils with images of classmates and important areas of the school, or a Clicker Book about the adventures of the class bear…the possibilities are endless!
Boost speaking, listening and reading skills - Make curriculum content accessible for all with talking Clicker Books, support emergent readers and EAL pupils with Matching Sets, and use Talk Sets to develop speaking and listening skills.

Organise ideas - Organising ideas is a vital first step in the writing process, and one that many learners struggle with. Clicker includes a child-friendly mind mapping area to help learners prepare for writing.

Save preparation time - Clicker includes free access to LearningGrids, an ever-growing bank of ready-made classroom resources. Our activities are created by experienced teachers and cover a range of primary topics.

Check understanding - Cloze activities are a great way to assess pupils’ topic knowledge, as well as their ability to use semantic and contextual clues. Create your own Cloze activities in a matter of seconds!

Assess pupil progress - Clicker 8’s Analytics tool gives you a unique insight into each learner’s writing process, helping you make informed decisions about their current support levels and the most effective next steps.

Provide access for all - In addition to extensive support for learners with reading and writing difficulties, Clicker 8 opens the door for pupils with a wide range of additional needs, including switch and eye gaze users.


What’s new in Clicker 8?


Clicker Cloze - Cloze activities are many a teacher’s go-to resource for comprehension exercises. They’re also fantastic for developing core reading and language skills. With Clicker Cloze, you can create a cloze activity using any text in just a few seconds. Complete within Clicker or print out for use away from the computer.

Clicker Analytics - Clicker enables struggling writers to produce finished pieces of work that just wouldn’t be possible without its support. But wouldn’t it be great to see how your learners achieved this? Clicker 8’s brand new analytics tool records each pupil’s writing journey. See how the writing task was completed, with detailed information about the tools that were used, to make informed decisions about each pupil’s current support levels and progress-boosting next steps. 

Picturize - Whether used for visual stimulation, talking points, or to aid understanding, pictures are a valuable tool for supporting literacy development. Select the ‘Picturize’ button to instantly add pictures to any Clicker grid, including Sentence Sets and Word Banks. Our updated CrickPix bank includes over 4500 curriculum pictures, and you can also incorporate your own images or one of our add-on symbol sets.

More curriculum resources - The all-new LearningGrids zone includes powerful new search tools so that you can find the ready-made Clicker resources you need, faster. Use ‘Resource Families’ to quickly find groups of literacy activities on the same topic. Plus, we’ve added hundreds of new resources based on our award-winning ‘Powered By Clicker’ titles, including the Find Out & Write About non-fiction series, Planet Wobble talking books for struggling readers, Clicker Tales for Early Years, and our New to English resources for EAL pupils.

Books and boards - Two of your favourite Clicker activities are now even easier to create and customise. Choose from a selection of easy templates when you start making a Clicker Book or Board, with much more control of the layout and ‘look and feel’. Clicker Book fans will also be excited by our new ‘Add video’ option to quickly bring books to life!

New children’s voices - Realistic-sounding speech feedback has always been one of Clicker’s most powerful literacy support tools. Clicker 8 comes with two additional children’s voices to further increase our selection of regional accents.

What are the minimum requirements for Clicker 8?


Clicker 8 works on Windows and Mac computers.
  •  Windows specifications: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
  •  Mac specifications: High Sierra (10.13) to Catalina (10.15)
Clicker 8 is available as a three-year subscription only.


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