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Wordshark Computer Software

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What is Wordshark?

Wordshark is a hugely versatile computer program for reading and spelling.

It uses more than 60 specially designed games to teach and to reinforce reading and spelling using over 10,000 pre-recorded words grouped in specially selected word lists. You can also add your own words. The many permutations of games and word lists create both variety and motivation.

Video tutorials on Vimeo/YouTube:

Wordshark includes a spelling course mapped to the National Curriculum for England. It also includes a high quality phonics approach which is available for the majority of the word lists. Different games include blending sounds into words for reading and also segmenting into sounds and syllables for spelling. All common letter patterns and auditory patterns are covered, also spelling rules, syllable work for longer words, homophones, and alphabet and dictionary skills.

The tailored games and structured word lists make Wordshark especially useful for students with dyslexia as well as for general use.

The games are excellent for use on an interactive whiteboard and children enjoy playing the games on the big screen. An on-screen keypad is provided with the program.

There is plenty of help in using Wordshark:

  • Under Help in the program there are links to video tutorials (as above), as well as access to the pdf manual.
  • This same information is on the ‘Using Wordshark‘ page of wordshark.co.uk’s website where you can view bite-size pdfs on Wordshark.
  • Within the program you will also find on-screen help for all games, tool tips and teaching notes.
  • Variable speeds and other options meet all levels of skill.

For what ages is it suitable?

Wordshark is mostly used by students between 5 and 15. Some of the games are more suitable for younger children but most games are appropriate for any age.

The variety of games, concepts and words make Wordshark suitable for use in both primary and secondary schools.

More information on using Wordshark for different ages and abilities

How are the words set out?

Teachers have a very wide set of word lists to choose from, grouped into courses. Several can be worked through in sequence – or dipped into as needed.

Specific courses include:

  • An easy-to-follow course to support The 2014 national curriculum spellings
  • The Wordshark course (default) – a structured sequential course
  • Everyday vocabulary lists (especially useful for EAL)
  • Secondary school subject lists
  • High frequency words
  • A course to support ‘Letters and Sounds’
  • Acourse to support ‘Alpha to Omega’ by Beve Hornsby and Frula Shear
  • An alphabet and dictionary skills course

Can you add your own words?

Yes! This is one of the things that Wordshark users like most about Wordshark, and it’s very easy. You can add as many lists of words as you like. You can also add your own pictures, and record the words yourself (or record your students). You can also add description and translation lists.

Are records of student activities kept?

Records (printable) are kept once students have been added to the system. A facility is available to track specific progress.

Can specific work be set for students?

Once students are added to the system, you can choose the words and games that they can use. This can also be done for groups of students.

What printouts are available with the course?

Sentence work sheets (crossword puzzles), spelling lists and word searches can all be printed out. Flash cards for each list can also be printed. (A4 size down to credit card size).

What is needed to run Wordshark 5?

Operating systems:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Apple Macs need OSX 10.7 to 10.12

Networks:

  • Schools should buy a licence based on the required maximum number of students who will use the program at any one time. (concurrent users)
  • Network server 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2 are supported
  • The network version is not suitable for Mac networks.

Single User DVD or USB:

  • The DVD or USB has to be in place for the program to run but can be moved between/used on any compatible computer. ‘Single User’ DVDs/USBs are not intended for use on networks, many of which will not accept this version.

Please note: Wordshark is currently unavailable for android devices, Chrome OS e.g. Chromebooks, or in ‘App’ format

New features in Wordshark 5

 New in Wordshark 5 PDF download (293kb)

Wordshark 5 details PDF

 Wordshark 5 details PDF download (596kb)

Wordshark is a computer program that combines the fun and excitement of bright, multi-sensory games with the serious task of learning to read and spell.

It is used widely in schools as well as at home.

More than 60 colourful games have been designed by teachers to teach and reinforce reading and spelling using over 10,000 pre-recorded words.

You can also add your own word lists which is particularly useful for practising homework.

The varied combinations of games and word lists create both variety and motivation.

The program in basic steps:

Step 1. Select a word list or set up your own words…To get to the database of words, click on ‘Change word list.’ The words are grouped into specific, carefully structured lists.
Step 2. Choose one of the games icons…. To find these, click on ‘choose game.’ (The words in your list will appear in that game.)
Step 3. Play the game! Then try the reward activity…
Step 4. Play again or pick a new game…The different games reinforce the words in various ways.
Step 5. When the words are learnt, choose a new list.

As you can see from the steps above, Wordshark is very easy to use, however there is plenty of help in using the program:

  • Under Help in the program top menu you can access video tutorials and a pdf manual
  • This same information can be accessed from the ‘Using Wordshark’ page of wordshark.co.uk’s website, which includes a pdf on tips for home users as well as all the other bite-size pdfs on using Wordshark
  • On-screen help can also be switched on, under Help in the top menu

For what ages is it suitable?

Wordshark is mostly used by students between 5 and 15. Some of the games are more suitable for younger children but many games are appropriate for any age.

How will it help someone with dyslexia?

Parents are often recommended Wordshark when they seek extra help for their children’s dyslexia. As a result of dyslexia, children can have a negative attitude towards learning, so Wordshark combines fun and variety to create motivation and as a result, greater confidence.

Wordshark was created by teachers with practical experience of Special Educational Needs. Both the games and many of the word lists have been specially structured to assist those with any level of dyslexia.

Examples of suitability for Dyslexic pupils:

  • Over 70 games plus incentivising reward games with multiple options and settings offer the perfect antidote to reluctant learners or those with a short attention span.
  • The variety of games also means that students have the opportunity to learn in different ways, and to ‘overlearn’ i.e. repeat the same information, but without losing motivation.
  • The multi sensory approach adopted by Wordshark has been found to be very effective with Dyslexic learners.
  • Personalising Wordshark is easy. You can add your own words and create personal accounts for each student (including settings choices or the option to set work.) This means that you can adapt Wordshark for each learner, who can work at their own level and pace.
  • Phonics courses and other options for teaching with phonics provide support for the development of early reading skills, as well as catering for SEN students of all ages. Spelling through phonics is the most commonly used technique for learners with Dyslexia.
  • Visible scores and few time restraints mean that children are in a exciting but stress-free environment. This encourages them to try harder and achieve even more.

How can Wordshark be used at Home?

Wordshark can either be used directly to support school work and homework (learning class spellings etc) or can be used independently to suit the student’s own pace and needs.

If necessary, the school teacher can be asked to suggest the appropriate word lists for the student.

Once students are set up by the administrator, the program will keep a note of their names and personal settings.

It is recommended that the sessions are short but frequent as this not only maintains the child’s interest but gives the necessary practice needed for success.

There are no hard and fast rules, but generally, three or four short sessions a week (about 10-15 minutes each) seem to work really well, to achieve significant gains.

Some children will need to repeatedly go over what seems to be very basic work before moving on, in order to make real progress. Equally, some children need to be encouraged to move on.

Parents should always follow the progress of their children in using Wordshark – encouraging them to try the recommended games (both for reading and spelling) and to move on through the word lists.

In terms of making the most of Wordshark, under Help in the program you can access video tutorials and the pdf manual. This same information can be accessed more easily from the ‘Using Wordshark‘ page on wordshark.co.uk’s website, which includes a pdf on tips for home users.

Can Wordshark be used with more than one child?

Yes. The program will allow you set up an account for each of your children. They will then be able to work at their own level and keep their personal settings and a record of their progress.

What does Wordshark 5 run on?

  • The computer will need a DVD drive (or a USB port if the program is purchased on a USB)
  • Windows: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Macs: OS X version 10.7 to 10.12
  • A microphone – inbuilt or otherwise, is also needed if you would like to record your own words.

Please note: Wordshark is currently unavailable for android devices or in ‘App’ format

New features in Wordshark 5

 New in Wordshark 5 PDF download (293kb)

Wordshark 5 details PDF

 Wordshark 5 details PDF download (596kb)

Tel: 0208 748 1170

Email: support@wordshark.co.uk Try phoning us first.

Numbershark Computer Software

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What is Numbershark?

Numbershark is a computer program to help anyone improve their understanding and use of numbers. The program teaches and reinforces numeracy using a wide variety of carefully designed games. There are over 600 topics to choose from.

  • The topics address each of the number operations + – x ÷ plus fractions, decimals and simple percentages, in very gradual steps. A section of graded word problems is included.
  • The topics are quick to access and clear examples are given on screen. Numbershark gives a fresh set of ‘sums’ each time a topic is selected.
  • Recommended games are given for every topic.
  • There is a fully graded course supporting the National Curriculum England, for numeracy KS1 and KS2.
  • The wide variety of games and options give many ways to practise the same work and to promote both the understanding and the memorising of number facts, whilst maintaining interest.
  • The games are excellent for use on an interactive whiteboard and children enjoy playing the games on the big screen. An on-screen keypad is provided with the program.
  • Under Help in the program there are links to tutorials (as per below), as well as access to the pdf manual. This same information can be accessed on the ‘Using Numbershark‘ page of wordshark.co.uk’s website, with bite-size pdfs on Numbershark. Within the program, there is also on-screen help for every game as well as pop-up teaching notes.

View tutorials on Vimeo/YouTube:

For what ages is it suitable?

Numbershark is mostly used by students aged between 6 and 14. Some of the games are more suitable for younger children but many games are appropriate for any age.

Older students, with reasonable number skills use Numbershark to improve their mental maths – sometimes before exams. Variable speeds and other options meet all levels of skill.

The variety of games, concepts and topics make Numbershark suitable for use in primary school and also secondary school where students have gaps in understanding.

How will it help those with poor Number skills?

The program addresses many of the difficulties which lead students to dislike maths. These include poor short term memory, limited attention span and poor sequencing skills.

To help those with dyslexia and dyscalculia many of the games give a visual idea of what is happening when you add, subtract, multiply or divide. Numbers are shown as objects, digits, rods, or on an abacus, a number line, a number pad, a 100 square –  to help basic understanding. Fractions and decimals are also shown visually.

Most games have no time limit (though a clock is running) so students have space to work out their number strategy and to build confidence. Variable speeds and other options help to match individual needs.

Are records of student activities kept?

Records are kept once students have been added to the system. Progress can be measured accurately. Records can be printed out.

Can specific work be set for students?

Once students are added to the system, you can choose the topics and games that they should use. This can also be done for groups of students.

What printouts are available with the topics?

Worksheets can be printed out for most topics, in different formats and layouts.

What is needed to run Numbershark 5?

Operating systems:

  • Windows: 7 or 8 or 10
  • Macs: OSX 10.7 to 10.12

Networks:

  • Schools should buy a licence based on the required maximum number of students who will use the program at any one time. (concurrent users)
  • Network server 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2 are supported
  • The network version is not suitable for Mac networks.

‘Single User’ CDs or USBs:

  • The CD or USB has to be in place for the program to run, but can be moved between/used on any compatible computer. ‘Single User’ CDs/USBs are not intended for use on networks, many of which will not accept this version.

Please note: Numbershark is currently unavailable for android devices, Chrome OS e.g. Chromebooks, or in ‘App’ format

What is Numbershark and how does it work?

Numbershark is a motivating computer program that uses 50 games to teach and reinforce numeracy and improve understanding and use of numbers. The wide variety of carefully designed games provide many ways in which to practise the same information.

There are over 500 topics to choose from, addressing each of the following number operations:
+ Addition       –  Subtraction       x Multiplication       ÷ Division
 PLUS….
½ Fractions    1.2 Decimals    % Simple Percentages      Presented in very gradual steps

The program in basic steps:

Step 1: The program in basic steps: Select a list of ‘sums’ from the ‘topics’ e.g. 7 x table, easy adds to 100… To get to the database of topics, click on ‘choose topics.’  Numbershark gives a fresh set of ‘sums’ each time a topic is selected. There is a recommended set of games for every topic to get the most out of Numbershark.
Step 2: Click on one of the games icons.
To get to the icons, click on ‘choose games.’ (Your chosen list of ‘sums’ will be applied to specific games.)
Step 3: Enjoy playing your game! Then try the reward activity…
Step 4: Pick a new game!
Step 5: When the topic is learnt, choose a new one!

The program includes links to video tutorials and a pdf of the full manual. This same information can be accessed on the ‘Using Numbershark‘ page on wordshark.co.uk’s website where you can view bite-size pdfs on Numbershark. There is also on-screen help for every game, under Help in the top menu of the program.

For what ages is it suitable?

Numbershark is most often used by students between 6 and 15. Most games are appropriate for any age although a few of the games are more suitable for younger children.
Older students, with reasonable number skills, use Numbershark to improve their mental maths – sometimes before exams.

Will Numbershark help with poor numeracy?

The program addresses many of the difficulties which lead students to dislike maths. These include poor short term memory, limited attention span and poor sequencing skills.

To help those with dyslexia and dyscalculia, many of the games give a visual idea of what is happening when you add, subtract, multiply or divide. Fractions and decimals are also shown visually. Variable speeds and other options meet all grades of skill.

Most games have no time limit (though there is a clock running) so students have space to work out their number strategy and to build confidence.

How can Numbershark be used at home?

Numbershark can either be used directly to support what is being learnt in school or used independently to gain confidence in number bonds and tables and number operations where there are gaps in knowledge.

Once students are set up by the administrator the program will keep a note of their names and personal settings.

It is recommended that the sessions are short but frequent as this not only maintains the child’s interest but gives the necessary practice needed for success.

There are no hard and fast rules, but generally, three or four short sessions a week (about 10-15 minutes each) seem to work really well to achieve significant gains.

It is good to be aware that some children need to go over what seems to be very basic work before moving on in order to make real progress. Equally, many children need to be encouraged to move on.

On the ‘Using Numbershark’ page of this website you can access a pdf on tips from home use as well as the rest of the manual and video tutorials.

Can Numbershark be used with more than one child?

Yes. The program will allow you to set up an account for each of your children. They will then be able to work at their own level and keep their personal settings and a record of their progress.

What does Numbershark 5 run on?

  • A computer with a DVD drive or USB port
  • Windows: 7 or  8 or 10
  • Macs: OS X version 10.7 to 10.12

Please note: Numbershark is currently unavailable for android devices or in ‘App’ format

Tel: 0208 748 1170

Email: support@wordshark.co.uk Try phoning us first.