INTEGRATED PROJECT 026
The Role of ICT as a Support To Learning
I have been using Wordshark over the past months
with (a) a number of small groups on an intermittent basis and (b) with a
number of individuals on a more intensive basis.
is a good, well structured phonic programme which can also be used as a
basis for a spelling programme. It
also contains the high frequency wordlists/key words necessary for
children to master before they can effectively benefit from a remediation
programme. This software is
linked closely with Beve Hornsby “Alpha to Omega” literacy programme.
As I use this programme with groups I find Wordshark provides
useful supplementary activities to reinforce learning.
phonic sequence in the programme is good and the games/activities used to
reinforce the wordlists are effective.
There are a wide variety of games, which employ a number of
different techniques to aid learning difficulties.
Some games like PAIRS, SNAP and FIT/SHAPE are good for developing
visual memory while others like FIND THE WORD are good for auditory
memory/discrimination and others combine a combination of both.
There are also a number of good spelling activities on the
will continue to use Wordshark in conjunction with my own phonic
programme, mainly for its motivational value – children like the
activities and they are well structured.
I wouldn’t use it on its own exclusively as a phonic/spelling
programme as I found that those using it intensively are tired of it after
a while. There is not a great
emphasis on reading for meaning/comprehension and the use of wordlists in
context. However, as an
aid and resource in teaching phonics/spelling, it has a value.