SCHOOLS INTEGRATED PROJECT 026  

The Role of ICT as a Support To Learning  

Background

SIP Groups

Childrens Work

WordShark Evaluation

Firstly,  the venue and the training day.  Ballinahinch N.S.  was an excellent venue, the staff were most welcoming and accomodating, we had a spacious classroom at our disposal and all necessary equipment was in place. Lunch was provided for us and this was also much appreciated.  Our tutor Brian Dillon was very  familiar with  Wordshark, Numbershark and Clicker 3, and this combined with his experience of Remedial Teaching meant that we had three excellent tutorial sessions during the day.

Following on the training day I started to use Wordshark with all my  students. As suggested by  Brian I keyed in the appropriate work at the beginning of the week - at the  time I was working on "magic e", and the students, after a short briefing period and with the permission of the class teacher,  were able to work away on their own for a short period of time each day. At the end of the week using the  special teacher facility on the programme I reviewed the work done and set new targets if appropriate. The students love the programme because it's all learning through games, they score points with  each game played correctly and there are regular arcade type games for extra bonus points.I love  the fact that the arcade game can only be played twice and  then its down to more work. As I can programme in up to 8 items for a student I can move on to new work and still keep some of the old  items for revision. There are two menu choices on the programme - phonics and literacy,  so I usually key in some vocabulary from the literacy section to help with word recognition and acquisation. I consider Wordshark both Teacher and Student friendly and I am delighted to be able to use it  with my  students. 

Sinead Daffy,

Resource Teacher ,

Ballina N.S.