ClozePro Version 2
by Crick Software
Proven to be very successful in helping young learners with word recognition and prediction skills
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ClozePro is the unique assessment tool that enables you to build a cloze activity in seconds from any text. ClozePro is an extremely efficient way of Assessing Student Progress, giving you detailed information that enables you to plan your teaching.
Whether you’re a special needs coordinator, a primary class teacher or a secondary history teacher, ClozePro is for you!
ClozePro gives you the option of installing either the Primary or the Secondary examples, or both. The option you choose sets up an appropriate default look and feel for your age group, which easily can be customised.
Especially relevant for primary schools is the child-friendly Sassoon font, plus the Crick Picture Library 2, containing more than 1800 curriculum graphics to illustrate your activities.
For secondary schools, the range of example activities covers many curriculum areas, demonstrating the power of ClozePro across a wide age, ability and subject range.
The Quick Tour, accessible from the opening screen, is a great introduction to the power of ClozePro in both primary and secondary environments.
Creating an activity is as simple as pasting in some text from a web page or document, selecting the text to remove and choosing an appropriate layout. It only takes a few seconds!
1. Type or paste some text into ClozePro.
2. The text you remove is placed automatically in a ‘grid’.
3. Run the activity, or print it as a worksheet for the whole class to use.
Assess student progress in any subject area and save hours you would otherwise spend creating worksheets and marking work. You can create anything from single page activities for quick assessments to a set of linked pages that form the basis for a whole end of unit assessment.
While an activity is being completed on-screen, a report is automatically generated and stored on the local computer or on your network. The report begins with an overview, and you can drill down for detailed information, right down to viewing the page exactly as the student completed it. This level of detail enables you to track individual progress and diagnose problems.
Print perfectly formatted worksheets, work with the whole class on the whiteboard or have individual students complete the activity onscreen. ClozePro is so versatile that you’ll find yourself using it in a variety of contexts:
- On the Whiteboard
A ClozePro activity makes a great plenary activity, either to start a lesson or for a quick revision activity at the end.
Used individually on the classroom computer or in the computer suite, ClozePro gives you detailed reports that enable you to monitor student progress.
- On paper
Just two mouse clicks prints an entire activity as a perfectly formatted worksheet for completion by students away from the computer. Creating your worksheets like this will save you hours compared with trying to do it in a word processor!
ClozePro includes built-in support for a range of special needs, including dyslexia, learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
ClozePro and Symbols
By adding the symbol set of your choice to ClozePro, you can create cloze activities that are more accessible for students who benefit from this level of support.
ClozePro activities can be easily adapted for students of all abilities. By having the whole class working on differentiated tasks, you ensure that those students who need symbol support feel as included and involved as the rest of the group.
The way in which you incorporate the symbols is up to you; choose to have the symbols appear in the main text of the activity, in the missing words grid, or both! ClozePro displays both the symbol and the corresponding text, encouraging learners to make the connection between the words and the images. By using the built-in speech support, learners develop their understanding of the link between the symbols they see and the words they hear.
ClozePro’s flexibility enables you to meet the learning needs of all your students, including those with learning difficulties.
High quality, British English speech enables students to listen to the sentence they are working on, and to ‘try out’ words by listening to them before placing them in the gaps.
When you create an activity, you choose whether or not students will have access to the prompt tool, and if so, the nature of the prompt that will be given. This is a useful way to be able to give additional help while still requiring input from the student. The report automatically records all uses of the prompt.
The flexibility of ClozePro enables you to easily created differentiated activities for students of different abilities. Methods of simplifying an activity include:
- Using a simplified version of the text
- Removing fewer words from the text
- Splitting up the text into smaller chunks, so that each page contains just one paragraph or even just one sentence.
- Supporting words with pictures
- Limiting the number of choices for each gap
- Varying the length of each gap according to the correct answer
ClozePro makes it easy to make these changes, so you can very quickly customise your activities to suit the varied needs of your students.
In addition to the high quality speech and the clean, uncluttered screen layout, ClozePro includes a range of extensive accessibility options for students with low vision.
- Customisable zoom options
- Special high-contrast colour options
- Variable line spacing
- Large toolbar option
For students who are unable to use a keyboard or mouse, ClozePro includes a comprehensive range of switch access options that offer complete control of the program with a minimum of switch presses. Just connect a Crick USB switch box, set the scanning method and you’re ready. This is a great way to provide switch users with access to the curriculum, and to assess the comprehension of non-verbal students.
Read more about ClozePro Switch Accessability
ClozePro has just got even better! Version 2 has been updated with a great new look and new features.
ClozePro Version 2 was released in January 2010 and includes the following new features:
- Improved look and feel
- New speech engine: state-of-the-art male and female British English voices from Acapela
- New graphics library: now includes Crick Picture Library 2 with over 1800 graphics
- Full support for the latest operating systems: now works with Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Windows 7
- Fixes ClozePro version 1 issues with Internet Explorer 7 and 8
To see what ClozePro can do, take the ClozePro Online Guide.
Want ClozePro to speak in other languages? Check out Speech Support for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).
ClozePro and other Crick Software educational products are supported by the free website of resources at www.LearningGrids.com/anz (over 70,000 registered teachers). The LearningGrids.com website provides ready-made ClozePro materials for use in your classroom. Just register on the site, view images of the resources, then simply click to download.
Now also available … ClozePro Training Booklet
This booklet covers the skills necessary to use ClozePro to make resources suitable for learners of all ages and abilities. Click here for an inside view of ClozePro’s Training Booklet
Videos about ClozePro
NETWORKING: All of Crick Software’s programs can be used on a network. ClozePro can be purchased for a single computer, 5 computers, 10 computers or 30 computers in one school, depending on your requirements. So, if you required 15 licences, you would need to buy both a 5 computer and a 10 computer licence.
Alternatively, you can purchase a OneSchool site licence, which will enable you to install the software on all existing and future computers in your school, any teacher laptops, and the home computers of your teachers and teaching assistants.
System Requirements for Windows
- Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000
System Requirements for Mac
- Mac OS X 10.4 – 10.6; not compatible with 10.7 “Lion”
- ClozePro Version 2 Addendum Manual (1.6 MB)
ClozePro Version 2 is targeted at the following age ranges:
- Early Childhood
- Early Primary
- Mid Primary
- Upper Primary
- Secondary School
ClozePro Version 2 is designed to foster development in the areas of:
- Early concepts
- Resource preparation
- Use of assistive technology
Users can access ClozePro Version 2 in the following ways:
- Mouse/ Trackball/ Joystick
- Single Switch
- Multiple Switches
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