Clue Catcher ™ Getting Started & Tips

Begin by Launching Clue Catcher ™

Clue Catcher ™ is designed to be used in Landscape mode on your IOS or Android device.

The first time you launch the application you will be brought to a Welcome Screen and asked to enter a student name. Tap  the Red Plus button to add a student.  You will be brought to the Add New Student screen.

If this is the first time that you are using the application, or if you want to create New Student(s) to work with in the application, you will need to enter student information here. If you have already added the Student(s) that you intend to work with, when you open the application, a list of student names will appear.  Click on “start training” next to a specific student’s name, to begin training.


  1. Populate the Student Name field and the optional Description field.USER TIP: When entering the student’s name, use their last name or initial to distinguish from other students with the same first name.
  2. Select one or a plurality of Grade Levels that you intend to work on with the student by clicking in the check box field next to the grades.USER TIP: It is recommended that you begin with vocabulary a grade level or two below the student’s current grade.  Often, when teaching a skill, it is desirable for the stimuli to be easy to understand until strategies are mastered.

Click Save to return to the Students Menu if you wish to add more students OR click “Save and Start Training” if you wish to begin using the application with the Student that was just added.

USING Clue Catcher ™

The Clue Catcher ™ Application Screen is divided into two main sections. The “Word, Sentence and Clue Section” and the “Control Panel Section” that runs down the left side of the screen.

The Word, Sentence and Clue Section

This is the main work area of the application. Words are presented to the user at the top of the screen in ALL CAPs along with a sentence to provide the baseline contextual clue to the user.

Also contained in this is section is the Mark for Review Checkbox. During the course of training, an item can be ‘Marked for Review’ simply by selecting the green ‘Mark for Review’ button to the right of the Word.

Clue Catcher Mark for Review

Items that have been ‘Marked for Review’ can be reviewed by selecting the Red ‘Marked for Review’ button, in the Left Control Panel.  Each word marked can be selected and reviewed individually.  Upon reviewing, the word can be removed from the Mark for Review list by de-selecting the Green “Mark for Review’ button to the Right of the word.  That “Mark for Review” button is a toggle that can be turned on and off by clicking the checkbox.

The Control Panel (left column) contains 3 sub-sections:

1. The Clues Sections
These are designed to assist the student through the process of defining targeted words.  (See Context Clue Options)
The three Context Clue types that can be chosen are:

  • Highlight Words:  When selected, important clues within the sentence will be highlighted in yellow.  These words phrases often provide information about setting, both time and place, or mood which can be very useful in gaining an understanding of ‘what is going on’.  The “Highlight Words” option is a toggle control, which can be turned off by selecting “Highlight Word” again. (See Marked for Later section below)
  • Think Clues:  Think Clues are designed to reiterate important information or alternatively pose a question in order to guide the student toward a better understanding of the sentence content.  By understanding content, a student may be better equipped to ‘guess’ an unfamiliar word’s meaning.  The “Think Clues” option is a toggle control, which can be turned off by selecting “Think Clues” again.
  • Show Choices:  The Show Choices option, when selected, will display three (3) definitions (1 correct and 2 incorrect). When a student is ready to take a guess as to the targeted word’s meaning, the student or the teacher can select the “Show Choices” option and the aforementioned answers will be exposed.  A correct response will garner a bell like tone. An incorrect response will result in a buzz, and the items will remain until the correct answer is selected.   Sometimes, a student may not know the meaning of one of the word choices. The teacher can then guide a student through the process of elimination and explain how it can work to hone in on the best word choice.

2. The Score Card
This section records the number of words that have been defined correctly or incorrectly. Once a word is guessed incorrectly, it will remain on the “incorrect” list until the data is reset even if it is guessed correctly on a subsequent attempt. (see Resetting Data).  A list of words defined correctly, or incorrectly, can be viewed by selecting ‘Correct’ and/or “Incorrect’.

3. Marked for Review Indicator
This records the number of words that have been Marked for Review (See Mark for Review Section above)

Data Collection

Within a given session, data in the form of correct vs. incorrect answers is recorded.  The first choice is the choice that is counted for collection purposes.  For example, if a student selects an incorrect response, it is recorded as ‘incorrect’.  If on a subsequent attempt at answering, they correctly guess, those attempts do not affect the collected data in that the answer(s)  is recorded as neither correct nor incorrect.  Only the accuracy of the student’s first selection is recorded.  This will remain in the counter as the initial response until the data is re-set. (See Resetting Data)

Resetting Data

Data will carry over from session to session for each specific student unless the data is re-set.  In the upper right hand corner of the screen, the student’s name appears.  If you select the student name, a dialogue box opens up to show the Student Name, Grade Level Vocabulary and an Edit button.  The Edit button allows the user to change grade level vocabulary and/or Reset Data.  Once the data is reset, it is purged from the system and cannot be recovered.

USER TIP: Be sure to record accuracy counts after each session but certainly prior to resetting data to preserve the ability to conduct data analysis.  A screen shot can be used to document ongoing data collection.


You can move forward or backward through the data set by using the white arrows located in the red box at the top left corner of the screen. This option can be used to skip a word or return to a previously displayed one.


During the course of training, the teacher may want to confirm the grade level(s) of vocabulary on which they are currently working.  By selecting the student’s name, top right, you will see numbers underneath the student’s name in the red box.  The last digit, or several digits separated by hyphens, note the grade levels selected for this specific student. If multiple grade levels are in use, the numbers will reflect that.

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