+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5
Educational Software Thread, Success Maker alternative in Technical; We currently use Success Maker on a few PC's (approx 10) and we pay approx 400 per year support, the ...
  1. #1
    cookie_monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Derbyshire
    Posts
    4,196
    Thank Post
    392
    Thanked 278 Times in 239 Posts
    Rep Power
    74

    Success Maker alternative

    We currently use Success Maker on a few PC's (approx 10) and we pay approx 400 per year support, the software seems a bit OTT for what our LS department use it for.

    Does anyone here have an alternative (READ costs less) program that you use?

    Cheers.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Devon
    Posts
    1,041
    Thank Post
    226
    Thanked 63 Times in 56 Posts
    Rep Power
    29
    We've recently binned successmaker and replaced them with Numbershark and wordshark, thats in our junior school anyway. Our senior school has never used successmaker but are starting to make use of the new software.

  3. #3
    cookie_monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Derbyshire
    Posts
    4,196
    Thank Post
    392
    Thanked 278 Times in 239 Posts
    Rep Power
    74
    We already have Numbershark and wordshark but i was under the impression that they were quite different products to SM is that not the case?

    We are a secondary school.

    Cheers.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Devon
    Posts
    1,041
    Thank Post
    226
    Thanked 63 Times in 56 Posts
    Rep Power
    29
    Well i know for the junior school that SuccessMaker is mainly for LS in English and Maths, Numbershark and wordshark are also for LS in English and Maths.

    I know we have had 2 staff complain and fight to the bitter end to keep SM but i think that is because they enjoyed dumping the "slower" kids on them rather than teach, but the rest of the staff have taken to the change and do not see we are worse off for having Word/Numbershark.

    But that is for a junior school cannot comment on secondary as we never used SM in ours.

  5. #5
    mr_wordshark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    32
    Thank Post
    18
    Thanked 13 Times in 6 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    Hi all
    With declaration of interest in sig block.
    A site licence (one-off, NOT annual) for Wordshark or Numbershark is in the same ballpark price area as the SM annual support cost (and our support is FOC for a minimum of 5 years)
    Numbershark and Wordshark are indeed very different to SM in "look and feel" when "straight out of the box". Both, like SM, are indeed often used for learning support in English/Maths, though both are used across a wider age/ability range (I'm supporting a mature student through her Masters with the aid of Wordshark! I taught using Numbershark to GCSE grade C, so yes, both are useful for secondary school for more than 'just' learning support).
    Some teachers like the way that a child can be "put" on SM which then takes them through a program of work step by step so that the teacher can get on with other things - I can't comment on Dave.81's "enjoyed dumping", though can see the potential for that.
    Numbershark and Wordshark CAN be set to take children through a program of work step by step rather like SM, but to avoid the "dumping" we insist the teacher first sets up that program to give the child or children what the teacher professionally considers they need. This is available in v4 via: Admin / [add and]Manage Students / Set up detailed work programs. We have a "how to" document here in Support for any staff needing more comprehensive instructions, or can "Logmein" to demonstrate. A very powerful feature of both programs, but not one to use without good reason. More commonly, Numbershark and Wordshark are used in ways that allow students rather more autonomy. Support, 0208 748 1170, can help if needed.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 17
    Last Post: 4th October 2007, 10:37 AM
  2. Success!!!
    By contink in forum General Chat
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 22nd January 2007, 09:50 PM
  3. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 1st December 2006, 09:55 AM
  4. Success Maker
    By Gatt in forum Windows
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 27th April 2006, 07:46 AM
  5. Success Maker , new CD
    By Quackers in forum Educational Software
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 7th February 2006, 01:16 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •