Staff Training

Staff Training

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Webinars - free live or recorded demos (30 mins + questions)

PowerPoint presentation (10 mins)


Introducing Wordshark to your school   

Make the most of Wordshark by discussing:

1)      What are the most important outcomes for the school/students?

2)      How is Wordshark going to be used? Take a look at the diagram above to see the student’s learning journey/options. The report by St Leonard's School may also be helpful 

3)      How can Wordshark be scheduled into the day for students to access? 

4)      Are ‘teacher’ users aware of the help available? Teacher’s getting started guide    Free Webinars   Help centre (That you're in now if you're viewing this online!) 

5)      On an ongoing basis:

a.      Who will be able to review reading/spelling progress? Viewing reports 

b.      What are the best ways to provide extra encouragement to students? Eg. Click here for achievement certificates 

Staff training sessions

Above all, introduce the Games & Lists tab so that ALL STAFF can explore content
  1. The school’s Wordshark Administrator will have added teachers and support staff and some/all students
  2. ‘Teachers’ should then get a welcome email – check junk if not
  3. Teachers can see any students they have been given by the Administrator
  4. Teachers can then add new students (and groups) at any time - under Groups and Users tab*
  1. Everyone should log in to the school’s unique URL– bookmark/shortcut/put on school website
  2. Login details for students - a button in the Groups & Users screen

The program has 3 modes of working:
1. Supersharkonce the students sign in they are automatically given a test which places them in Supershark (the automatic progression course). It runs all the time and progresses them through the Wordshark course – use the print out of this overview, - to check progress - and for where to move students to if needed   – under Set Work tab then ‘Change level – Supershark’ button

Supershark cycles through different games choices and ensures periodic spelling tests requiring between 85% and 100% accuracy for mastery – see under ‘Student Progress’ tab.

Supershark may be your main use of the program, or you may well wish to set work in addition

         2. Set work (see below)

     3. Free Play*granting this enables ‘handpicked’ trustworthy students to choose any word list

Progress records in Supershark

Student Progress* tab.  Built over night. ‘All’ in the student dropdown gives an onscreen group report. Each green square represents a whole Unit covered in your chosen time period (each unit being a group of word lists). Individual student reports can be saved. Decide an acceptable pace of work.

Set work * Match any spellings/vocabulary you may be working on. Choose any list from the published courses – or create your own lists* and set them as work with the easy set-up tool. Progress for Set work is under the ‘Set work’ tab and requires at least 75% accuracy for completion

A quick tip

TAs (and parents) working with individuals, could use the student’s ‘own lists’ tab and create private lists with them. These could be from common errors that occur in their work or contain useful vocabulary.

Introducing the program to students – all points below are important
  1. Decide how best to communicate with students/parents to get them excited about using Wordshark and understanding the benefits. Communicating with parents and Information for parents 
  2. Students/parents will need to be given their login details by email or by hand
  1. Each new list – open ‘My Play Words’ (yellow roll down in centre of screen)
  2. Look, and listen to the words and remember any accompanying photos
  3. Discuss the sliders at the bottom of the screen
  4. Make sure the students are the detectives and spot what each list is all about
  5. Explore the games and explain a bit how the program works
  6. Students are likely to discover for themselves the reward systems and weekly popup of achievement
  7. Certificates can be printed out if needed 


  1. i (information buttons) are in the program to help you
  2. Click on the’?’ top right hand of the screen for lots of info – including the above topics marked with a *


      Short introduction to Wordshark Online (3 mins)  Taking a quick look at Wordshark Online

      Recorded Webinar (16:17mins)   Introduction to Wordshark Online
  • 00:00 to 00:35 Logging in and creating a shortcut 
  • 00:35 to 01:25 Managing 'Groups and users' and how teachers receive login details  
  • 01:25 to 02:28 Looking at the student login details ready to give to students 
  • 02:28 to 03:51  The 3 modes of running explained (the ways you can use Wordshark) 
  • 03:51 to 04:24 Accessing help/instructions/videos/teaching notes (via the ? in Wordshark)  or to take a look without going via Wordshark: 
  • 04:24 to 09:09Games and word lists and viewing the words being worked on ('my play words') 
  • 09:09 11:35 How to set work for your students 
  • 11:35 to 12:37 How to change the level in 'Supershark' (automatic progression) i.e. for some students you may want to overide what Supershark is doing 
  • 12:37 to 14:14 Student progress 
  • 14:14 to 14:41 Giving students access to 'Free Play' 
  • 14:41 to 15:15 Confirming where you can go for help! 
  • 15:15 to 16:16 What the student sees and how they see their own progress 

 Within this video Ruth mentions a separate video on creating your own lists (3 mins) 

 Theory to practice (3mins)  How Wordshark relates to key speakers/content at the 2022 PATOSS conference 

‘How to’ including videos

Adding users & sending/re-sending login details     

Setting work including personalised lists

Viewing work done/progress     


How other schools use Wordshark and more…

Any questions?  020 8748 5927 Further contact information: 

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