Advice, encouragement and usage
Students learning at home...
Due to school closures many students have needed to manage their own learning day, organising the work they have been given. This can have mixed results, with potential over-use of 'screen time'. Here are some ideas to help set aside a little time for learning spellings, and help provide routine, encouragement and targets to aim for. Our general blog on this subject may also be helpful: The need for structure – wherever and whenever we learn
Setting the scene
- Ask your students if they can think of a set time and place where they can access the program for their sessions on Wordshark.
- If they are easily distracted or there is background noise, ask if they have any headphones that they can use.
Time spent on Wordshark
Here are some examples of ways to use Wordshark and how to manage the time. Knowing your student, you may have an idea of which one might suit them best.
- Example 1: they could set a timer to use Wordshark for 15 minutes for each session (3 times a week or more).
- Example 2: they could make a note for each game played, aiming for at least 3 games per session (3 times a week or more).
- Example 3: Alternatively, the minutes can reflect the age of the student, so a 7 year old would do around 7 minutes, every day or maybe Monday to Friday.
- If you have set them work you will have also requested that it's completed by a certain date. You may need to give them an idea of how many lists you have set them to help them manage their time i.e. they can work out how often they need to use Wordshark.
Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
They could design their own chart
Why not ask them to design their own 'tick' chart, similar to the above charts.
- Students can go to the 'My progress' tab to see how they are doing, - or the 'Set work' tab if they have been set work.
- Can they think of a way to reward themselves when they've met their daily or weekly target - or agree with a family member what the reward could be?
- There could be a reward for completing a list of words.
Creating spelling lists for your students
- Add your own word lists to Wordshark and set them as work - it could be a subject that your student(s)
like, or the words could relate to class topic work.
Understanding your student's experience
Try creating a fake student and sign in on as them in order to experience the Shark Challenge, to see what Supershark is like, and maybe also to take a look at what the 'Ocean Scene' rewards look like. (My Ocean Scene is on the student's dashboard.)
- You could then discuss what their favourite games are, and encourage them to try a variety. Discuss if they have collected stickers from the ocean scene!
- Listen to any difficulties they have accessing the program. Contact the Wordshark support team if there are any questions you can't answer: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Encourage family members also to ask the student about their favourite games.
- For a change, encourage students to ask someone in the family to take part. A parent or sibling can read out the words in ‘my play words’ to see if your student can write them down.
- Then play a spell check
game and see how many they get right (practise this in a lesson if you have
direct contact online with your student.)
TEACHER Start-up guide
Step 1: Log in to Wordshark Online Click on the link provided in your welcome email or copy and paste the unique URL into a web browser – Google Chrome / Safari is recommended. Enter your email as your username - as shown in the email. Once you have ...
For teachers: logging in (username and password)
Where can I find my login details? (username and password) If the Wordshark 'administrator’ in your school/organisation has set you up as a ‘teacher’ user then you will receive an invitation email (via Wordshark) that includes a link (your Wordshark ...
For teachers/administrators: URL questions (accessing wordshark online)
Where can I find my school URL address? The URL address for your staff and students to access Wordshark Online will be unique for your school, ensuring that your school’s data is safe and secure. When the school first signs up to use Wordshark, the ...
ADMINISTRATOR Start-up guide
Step 1: Log in to Wordshark Online Click on the link provided in your welcome email or copy and paste the unique URL into a web browser – Google Chrome / Safari is recommended. Enter your email as your username Once you have changed your password you ...
For administrators: logging in (username and password)
Where can I find my username and password? When you signed up to use Wordshark for the first time, you will have received an email from Wordshark that includes your unique school URL link, your username (your email), and a temporary password. When ...
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