Information for parents / students
What is Wordshark Online?
Wordshark is a games-based product for learning spellings and for reading skills. Wordshark was the first of it's kind when it first came out, 25 years ago!
How do I log in?
The school or tutor will give you:
- A URL address to the login page that's unique to your school/tutor name (for example https://onwordshark.com/stmargarets)
- Username (login) (for example, vjulie381)
- Passcode (for example 56928)
For an easy way to reach your login page each time you use Wordshark, you could set up a shortcut
What to expect...
- Normally you are invited to take the 'Shark challenge' - this helps Wordshark to decide where you should start in the program. Taking the Shark challenge is important because starting at the right point in Wordshark will make learning more effective and maintain your motivation! You can take a break from the Shark Challenge if you like and come back to finish it later. Sometimes your teacher will decide where you should start in Wordshark in which case you won't need to take the Shark Challenge.
- Then Wordshark will suggest some words to learn in 'Supershark' (automatic progression mode). You can choose which games to play.
- Your teacher/s might also set you work. For example, in the image below, the student has clicked on 'My set work'. You can also see the blue 'Supershark' button that you can click back to.
How long to spend on Wordshark
are some examples of ways to use Wordshark, for how long/often, and how to manage the time. These are guidelines but if you use Wordshark even more, that's even better!
1: you could use Wordshark for 15 minutes for each
session (3 times a week or more.)
2: you could aim for at least 3 games
per session (3 times a week or more.)
3: Alternatively, the minutes can reflect the age, so a 7 year
old would do around 7 minutes, either every day or maybe Monday to Friday.
4: If you have been given Set Work, (there will be a date you need to finish the work by), you could ask your teacher/tutor how many lists you have been given to learn. This can help you manage your time better.
It may be more fun to have a chart , including days that you are going to use Wordshark etc, to tick after each session.
Letter to parents
If you are introducing Wordshark to parents, the below wording may be useful: Dear parents We are pleased to inform you that your child will be given access to Wordshark Online from home. Wordshark is a computer program with a long track record of ...
Sending student login details to parents/students so they can log in from home
This article explains how you email the login details to your students (via parents) in order for them to access Wordshark from home. Step 1. Download and copy the student login details From the main menu, select Groups and Users Lower right of the ...
Removing (archiving) students
Removing (archiving) students Sign in as an administrator or teacher Select 'Groups & Users' Select 'Manage Students' Select one student at a time. Note: it doesn't matter if the student is in more than one group, but let other teachers know if they ...
For students/parents: logging in (username and passcode)
Where can I find my ‘Username’ and ‘Passcode’? Your unique Username and Passcode will have been given to you by your school/teacher. It would look something like this: Depending on your school/teacher, this information might have been given to you as ...
Simple method to add a student and a group
All students in Wordshark are allocated into 'Groups', as covered in the set-up guides For school subscriptions if you haven't already set up your group/s, you will need to do this before adding your students. Create a Group First you need to ...
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