INTEGRATED PROJECT 026
The Role of ICT as a Support To Learning
Review of Numbershark.
Having used Numbershark for only a few weeks I have found it
extremely educational and motivating for most of the pupils I take for
Maths.Initially I found it quite difficult to set up an individual
programme of games and topics for each child as we did in Wordshark,but I
think I have it mastered now.The topics are graded and get progressively
more difficult which is a positive aspect of it.
Obviously some of the games were more appealing and enjoyable than
others.The Catch balls proved easy enough for the
children as the ball keeps bouncing until it pops into the right
slot.There is an option to make the game harder which I didn’t bother
with.I found Pairs and Snap
excellent for practice of table facts and increasing the speed of mental
maths and also estimation of answers with large numbers.
The kids found the Surround game a bit tricky
to manage as it needs very good mouse control and we found the Maze
game much too difficult altogether because you have to click between map
mode and being inside it in order to open doors and zap monsters.
Rod games were good for understanding basic
number bonds.The Fit In game was especially good for
the younger ones by helping them to see the visual pattern of written
numbers.The younger ones also enjoyed the Counting
game and the Pick game was good fun especially at the
end when you have to pick the monster to match the one shown and then they
do a little celebratory dance!As in Wordshark the Shark
game proved to be one of the favourites with everybody,the aim being to
turn the biting sharks into smiling ones by catching them and typing in
answers to their questions before they gobble you up.
The Sort game was helpful for putting numbers
in order,sometimes starting with the lowest and other times the highest;
it also proved good for counting practice in ones,twos,threes,etc. when
any multiplication topic is selected.
Estimating which is very much part of the new Maths Curriculum is
well catered for in many games including the Knock
Down game where you can choose the ‘approximate’
instead of the ‘exact’ option and then the number that is called out
to you will need to be rounded up or down in your head before attempting
to knock down the nearest number to it.
I didn’t make much use of the Conserve or Match
games or some of the others due to lack of time because of testing,etc.
but hopefully after the summer holidays
I will take up where I left off .There is a huge amount of
worthwhile material in the C.D. and I look forward to becoming more
competent in its usage as time goes on.