Educational Software Thread, Alternatives to Word Shark in Technical; Hi all, i have just been asked to install some "Typing Practise Programs" on a laptop for a student with ...
2nd February 2010, 10:09 AM #1
Alternatives to Word Shark
Hi all, i have just been asked to install some "Typing Practise Programs" on a laptop for a student with literacy problems. I know of Word Shark but i was wondering if anyone knew of any alternatives?
2nd February 2010, 10:41 AM #2
Word shark isn't really a typing practise program. It's the tool of choice for SENCOs dealing with children who have literacy problems.
For actual typing practise, we have: Learn to Type Fast with KAZ Typing Tutor Software
Online, BBC - Schools - Dance Mat Typing is popular here
And we also have this installed on a couple of standalone PCs [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Education-Typing-Timon-Pumba-PC/dp/B000A437QK]Typing with Timon and Pumba[/ame]
2nd February 2010, 10:45 AM #3
Thanks, i am aware of the the typing tutors but that's not what they want. sorry should have been more clear. They don't want to teach them to touch type or anything like that just to be able to recognise words and use a keyboard.
2nd February 2010, 10:47 AM #4
If you mange to persuade your SENCO to consider anything other than Wordshark, let me know! My experience is that they won't use anything else!
2nd February 2010, 11:06 AM #5
Not the case here. Do I get a cookie?
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
2nd February 2010, 11:09 AM #6
We use busykidfingers but they just revert to one finger, so is it worth it. We have some kids, mainly girls, who are taught touch-typing at home by mum.
2nd February 2010, 12:20 PM #7
What are you using then? This software is the bane of my life! Known issues list as long as your arm for what should be very simply hold your hands up and admit your software doesn't work properly mistakes
Originally Posted by Edu-IT
2nd February 2010, 12:22 PM #8
Not really any help as you are not looking for typing tutors but we have mavis beacon 16 network version which we are using in the senior school and have numbershark and workshark available to all students in the junior school. Our staff seem happy with that setup.
23rd August 2010, 08:43 PM #9
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Yes, we do indeed hold our hands up and admit that our software does not always work properly, particularly on dodgy kit - very open, as your link shows, to holding our hands up to this. Many techs would rather we were open than not have a "known issues" link, though you are clearly an exception. However, when you look at the known issues, they have solutions. Agreed, if your soundcard does not work then our program will not have sound until you fix the problem. If you have forgotten your password, you will not get admin access until you get a bypass. If you have not registered your pupils, then they will not get results recorded until you do. Read the known issues, hold your hand up and agree that you are indeed aptly named on this one. If you have a problem with our software, try ringing or emailing us. You just might find we help even if your problem is to do with RTFM (as many of the known problems boil down to).
Originally Posted by OutToLunch
23rd August 2010, 08:48 PM #10
One of my schools uses wordshark and numbershark, and we dont have any issues as long as it isnt networked.
The other school uses Rapid Writing (and Rapid Reading) which seem to do the things that you want.
NB: the discs are very old which is why there would be networking issues. I cannot comment on newer discs as my school won't buy them!!
Last edited by witch; 23rd August 2010 at 10:30 PM.
23rd August 2010, 09:44 PM #11
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Hi Witch - not chatted with you for a while, so assume all is well at FFS. I've a note that they are using quite elderly single user CDs, which I agree should be fine on your setup so long as you don't try to run them as if they were the network version. I agree that for what LeightonJames is after, "Rapid Writing" would be a more sensible option than Wordshark, which really is not intended to be a typing practice program.
23rd August 2010, 10:29 PM #12
hi - I left FFS over a year ago and I presume they are still using the same discs!! My current school also uses old discs which is why I won't network it!
Originally Posted by mr_wordshark
Rapid Writing isnt used as a typing program at my school, obviously it does help but SEN use it for word recognition and to help the children to use the keyboard which is what the OP wanted
23rd August 2010, 10:50 PM #13
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I think FFS are. Old disks - wise decision. If they want to we do trade ins (even for the original disks 15+ years old, at least for now), but no rush. Support is still available for the old discs should you need it, subject to your hardware coping with geriatric disks. If you are at BETT in Jan do pop in and see us if you are ready for a coffee.
24th August 2010, 01:00 PM #14
Thanks - I will be around i hope
24th August 2010, 03:19 PM #15
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