INTEGRATED PROJECT 026
The Role of ICT as a Support To Learning
Numbershark contains a suite of 20 different
games/activities to practice and reinforce number and computation skills.
From the maim menu one has the option to decide on addition, subtraction,
multiplication or division activities.
Within topic decided, one can then decided level of difficulty to
suit needs of child. For
example in addition, easiest option is counting in 1s to 10 and most
difficult option is addition of four digit numbers.
For multiplication, the lowest level it focuses on is two times
tables and at the highest level it contains long multiplication using up
to four digits
Now it is a matter of selecting from one of
the 20 games on screen to begin. The
variety of games gives the pupil repeated practice to help in improving
his mathematical computational skills in a fun and enjoyable way.
Unfortunately, there is no on-screen help
available for each game and so it is imperative for teacher to read book
for an understanding of how each game works.
Once explained children find games easy to navigate. Through short
sounds the pupils are let know if answers are right or wrong.
Like Wordshark, each pupil can be set up with their own password so
they can work on their own. This
also allows teacher to check their progress at a later stage by entering
the teacher settings. However,
unlike Wordshark, Numbershark does not have the capability to allow
teacher set up individual work for each pupil.
For this reason, teacher needs to spend a lot of time familiarising
pupils with how software works before letting them work on their own.
In reality, I found Numbershark quite time-consuming initially on
Overall, very suitable for pupils who need extra time with computation and ideal for the learning support teacher to be used as part of childrenís learning programmes.