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Wordshark 5.0 DVD Single User
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 Wordshark 5.0 DVD Single User
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WORDSHARK 5.0 is Windows and Macintosh* compatible, available in Stand Alone DVD, Download (Single & 5 Computers) and USB .

Note 1. : The Wordshark 5.0 PC or Windows Network edition for schools program is accessed by clicking here.

Note 2. : Wordshark 5.0 on USB flash drive media is accessed by clicking here.

Note 3. : The White Space® remedial numeracy program Numbershark 5 is available in both DVD and USB editions and as a Network edition disc.

View a comprehensive collection of Wordshark 5 videos hosted by White Space by clicking here.

View Wordshark Screenshots as a printer friendly ^PDF by clicking here.

View a brief Wordshark 5 program description as a ^PDF by clicking here.

Wordshark is a major teaching resource used widely in Australian schools. It combines the excitement of computer games with the serious task of learning to read and spell. Wordshark 5.0 now has 60 different games and 9000 pre-recorded words and sounds arranged over 6 alternative courses using sound, graphics and text in a multi-sensory approach1 to practice word recognition and spelling. The games and pre-recorded words have been targeted to assist those with specific learning difficulties (Dyslexia), but many teachers have found the program to be very useful for general literacy training2,3, with an increasing number of schools installing network versions for whole classroom training.

What's New In Wordshark 5

  • Simple fast sign on
  • Easy switch between games and word lists
  • New screen for student management with many new features
  • Tracking of students' progress using a baseline and re-test
  • Ways to bulk add/delete students
  • Exporting of records to an Excel format
  • Recommended games for all word lists in all courses
  • Ability to import/export and share your own word lists
  • Feature to add your own images to your lists
  • A facility to add definitions or translations to your word list
  • Overview of all teachers' set work

The games provide high motivation and interest, with each game helping with one or more aspects of reading and spelling. Games are included to emphasis rules for suffixes, plurals, syllable division, dictionary skills and word shapes.

The Structured Courses:

  • A course to support 'Letters and Sounds' in the UK government phonics program
  • An easy-to-follow course to support the UK's 2014 national curriculum spellings
  • The Wordshark course (default) - a structured sequential course
  • Alpha to Omega - following the structure of the book Alpha to Omega, by Beve Hornsby, Frula Shear and Julie Pool, ed. (and author), 5th Rev.Ed., 1999, Heinemann
  • Secondary school subject lists
  • Everyday vocabulary lists - especially useful for EAL
  • High frequency words
  • An alphabet and dictionary skills course

You can easily add your own words for learners to practice and the program keeps student records too. The new say word games within Reading games are best used with a high quality noise-cancelling microphone and/or headset. We recommend a set which can be used with both desktop and notebook PC's such as the Plantronics DSP 478 USB folding headset, 628D headset, 646D headset or 655 headset. See the online ordering selector for the microphone/headsets at the bottom of this page.

Suitable for home and school use, from Prep to Young Adult.

Interactive white-boards & touch screens: Wordshark (and Numbershark) from release 3.05 work well with these. Wordshark 5.0 is accredited for use with the major interactive white-board suppliers, and as far as we are aware work well with all other interactive white-boards. For e.g. with 'Wordsearch': Use the 'screen blind' or 'shutter' facility to cover the wordsearch (but not the wordlist), and then reveal it half a line at a time. This focuses the eyes on a single line, but also allows learners to think about ascenders.

Teaching Aid: Some parents & teachers like to use paper-based records and a few have asked for Excel® spreadsheet format records. A set of records for the Alpha to Omega lists, in Excel® 2002 format, are available by clicking here. This file may be used within Excel®, or printed out for non-electronic use. We suggest that if you wish to use these, you tailor the columns to your own requirements. The sheets have been used for a single pupil (recording where they are for reading, spelling, understanding of vocabulary, ability to sign/vocalise). They have been used equally successfully for recording progress of groups of children.

Wordshark 5.0 Manual: This is now available as a printable pdf manual on the DVD media rather than an A4 printed manual as with previous Wordshark editions. Individual pages can also be selected to print Word Lists and other resources. The 'Getting Started with Wordshark Guide' is incorporated into an A5 'Introductory Manual' included in the software package.

Minimum System Requirements: click here

Windows and Macintosh Dual Platform DVD media
The Stand Alone (single user) DVD when used in a Macintosh PC must also be in the DVD drive whilst the program is running.

Important Note for Android / Kindle /iPad / Windows 8 RT Tablets & similar:
These are not currently compatible with our large programs, which need a Microsoft or Mac OSX computer, so we are unable to support running on these. However, school technicians may wish to experiment with running remote desktop/RDP from our version 5 networked products to such devices. This has been reported to work, though very dependent on the skills of the technician and the network infrastructure.


Please select either 'Australia Post Trackable Satchel' or 'Signature on Delivery' for your preferred freight option (NB: Freight charge for a single Trackable Satchel will show as an additional line item and is $11 Australia-wide or $14 for 'Signature on Delivery' Australia-wide). After product, quantity (default value is 1) and freight selection click the 'Add to Cart' button. This takes you to the registration & payment pages where you can choose to pay by credit card (secure PAYPAL system) or direct deposit. Customers can also place an order online then phone (038682 9945) their credit card details through to finalise the transaction or simply phone in their complete order details during business hours (9-5.30 Mon-Fri).

School ordering of Stand Alone or USB Single Computer version.
Schools, hospitals and other government bodies may fax a purchase order to East West (03 9017 8931) rather than use the online ordering system. Payment is on receipt of the invoice obtained with the delivered goods. See the table directly below for the final ex. GST price that eligible organisations will pay after recovering the initial GST outlay.
For up to 10 students and >10 in schools, the Wordshark Network Edition for 10 users & > is recommended (lower cost/student and other reasons) and that program and ordering can be accessed by clicking here

Prices below as from 1/3/17
No. of UsersPackage ContentsPrice ex. GST
Price inc. GST
Single Computer DVD DVD, 1 Manual132.00145.20
Single USB Flash Media Ver.
click here to order
USB Flash Drive, 1 Manual165.00181.50
Single User DownLoad Version
ordering only by email to: [email protected]
electronic download, licence132.00145.20
Five User DownLoad Version
ordering only by email to: [email protected]
electronic download, licence625.00687.50
10 users & > - Network Version1 Network DVD, 2 Manuals,
User licence
Go to Wordshark 5 Network Version page

Further Literacy & Dyslexia Reading: click here.


  1. The article: 'Wordshark : A Tool to Help Dyslexia' authored by Sharon Dominica was updated (2012) on the Bright Hub website. Also see Sharon's article on multi-sensory learning by clicking here.
  2. A 2009 review with content and classroom evaluation of Wordshark 4 has been published online from
  3. A recent (2011) review with content and classroom evaluation of Wordshark 4 has been published online from
  4. There is a recent recommendation (2012) for Wordshark for learning support teachers on the website Learning2read. Other useful links are also displayed here.
  5. A 2011 article in TESConnect (Times Education Supplement), entitled "IT behind astounding gains in spelling' was published on the website This article was also published in The Scotsman newspaper in the same year.
  6. A classroom teaching evaluation of Wordshark 3 with usability tips is available online from This review by Patricia Fielding of St Josephs Secondary College, Co. Mayo Ireland, is also available as part of a book chapter titled 'The Software Jungle - Software and its Application' from the same website or conveniently as an edited ^PDF version from our website by clicking here. A file within that website that may also be useful is Wordshark teaching exemplar in ^PDF format that can also be downloaded.
  7. An abstract of a paper titled 'An evaluation of Wordshark in the classroom', by Chris Singleton and Fiona Simmons presented at the 5th BDA International Conference is available as a ^download by clicking here. Additionally, a paper of the same title by these authors published in Brit. J. Educ. Tech., 2001, 32, 317-330, can be purchased online from the Wiley Online Library. Select the journal followed by its publication year then the June issue. Scroll down to the fifth Original Article.
  8. More brief reviews are available as a ^download by clicking here.
  9. The Guardian, EDUCATION - Tuesday, 12 January 1999.
    "Wordshark not only teaches spelling, it is one of those programs that teachers instantly recognise as having educational integrity. It supports not only a phonic and visual style of learning spelling, but also a kinaesthetic approach-and it's fun"
  10. BETT (British Education & Training Technology), the organisers of the world?s largest annual educational technology exhibition in London have published a short online profile of White Space, the developers of Wordshark. See BETT Review.
  11. The 'Independent Review of the teaching of early reading', Final Report, Sir James Rose, 2006 is available from the UK's Department for Education and Skills' website as a ^PDF file by clicking here.
  12. The April, 2009 publication of the'Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum: Final Report', chaired by Sir James Rose, is available from the UK's Department of Children, Schools and Families' website as a ^PDF file by clicking here. This important review is likely to influence the teaching of literacy for struggling primary school students for some years to come in the UK.
  13. The Dyslexia Action group in the UK has followed up the most recent Rose Review with a response paper titled 'Key Recommendations of the Rose Review' which can be viewed by clicking here.
  14. For a less serious review of Wordshark 3, take a look at this recent YouTube Video. Turn on your speakers!

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