INTEGRATED PROJECT 026
The Role of ICT as a Support To Learning
Learning Support Teacher.
For the last three months I have used Wordshark as part of leaning
support with my groups and have found it hugely beneficial.
The major advantage of Wordshark is that it works; it helps pupils
to improve their phonic and spelling skills. Among its other benefits
The software is in itself a complete phonic program that can be used
throughout the primary school.
It enables children who need extra phonic support work to learn in a fun
way using the many different games.
All words are sounded and seen as necessary. This multi-sensory approach
is vital to children with specific learning difficulties (dyslexics)
Once workings of program are explained, each child can work
independently on phonic drills, thus freeing up time for teacher to do
Software allows teacher to set up different work for each pupil so
phonic programme can be individualised to meet the individual needs of
Pupilsí work is protected by password and this element adds to the
motivation of pupils.
Teacher has own password and can look and change settings of pupils as
necessary. He can also check
on progress to see the quality of the pupils learning.
The software provides instant sound feedback so pupil knows if he has
given right or wrong answers. Visual and auditory clues are given to pupil
Of enormous significance is that the teacher can set work up on software
a programme of work for pupil. In rural schools where learning support
teacher may be only seeing pupils a few times per week, this makes it
possible for the pupil to receive daily learning support which can be done
independently by pupil of both class and remedial teacher.
Children can work collaboratively on programme.
Pupils can work in twos but can also help in examining each others
work. Pupils to test each
other can use the Word lists. While
one clicks on words to give their sound, the other can be working away
from computer writing them down in copy.
In this way pupils are providing extra dimension to learning
Software comes with a comprehensive book from which teacher can
photocopy word lists. These
can be used to base work away from computer around these words and also
given to class teachers as a way of informing them of what level the pupil
This is an outstanding piece of software for learning support teachers
and once used will never be done without again.