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Spelling Force Version 2

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X
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  • Word lists include phonics, frequency, word-building, thematic – even word origins and homonyms
  • Flexible gameplay options cater to all ability levels
  • Addresses all spelling outcomes contained in the UK National Curriculum
  • Featuring 10,000+ word bank graded by experienced teachers
  • Each word has an example sentence, misspellings to watch out for plus clear voice recording

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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B003KG9ZXE
  • Release Date: 21 Jun. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,660 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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Spelling Force v2

The complete spelling tutor for home and school! Boost your spelling power!

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Overview

Boost your spelling power with Spelling Force v2, featuring over 10,000 words. Each word has an example sentence, common misspellings to watch out for and a clear voice recording PLUS four spelling games, printable worksheets, Look! Cover! Write! Check! and more! This is extreme spelling action! Motivates and challenges spellers of all ages and abilities!

Spell your way out of a nuclear disaster playing awesome spelling games with your chosen word list: save the ship's gravity pods, launch an escape rocket, and salvage damaged space probes; have fun and boost your spelling power at the same time!

Educational Content

  • Spelling Force addresses all spelling outcomes contained in the UK National Curriculum. Go to edalive.com/curriculum for more detailed information
  • Hundereds of spelling lists, including
    • Word lists for Key Stages 2, 3 & 4
    • Blunkett's word list
    • Word list categories
    • Graded word lists
    • Dorothy E. Miller phonics
    • Word building and word group lists
    • Frequency lists
    • Difficult word lists

Key Features

A character from Spelling Force v2
  • Suitable for ages 5 to 15+
  • Progress beginning, emerging, struggling and power spellers by selecting spelling content appropriate to their age and stage
  • Powerful administration and user-management features that can track the results of up to 10 users
  • Monitor each student's progress using smart record-keeping to allow targeting of individual needs for extension and revision.
  • Create custom word lists including weekly school spelling lists. Users can keep multiple lists in their name for access at a later date
  • Print spelling lists or copy them to your word processor from your own or the in-built spelling lists
  • Generate a 'words for practice' list for each user according to progress
  • Teach spelling using the Look! Cover! Write! Check! method
  • Create up to seven different types of printable worksheets from your spelling lists:
    • Cloze 1 - Omit Vowels
    • Cloze 2 - Omit Consonants
    • Cloze 3 - Omit first and last letters
    • Cloze 4 - Omit odd numbered letters
    • Cloze 5 - Omit even numbered letters
    • Jumbled letters
    • Match word with sentence

Four Awesome Games!

The Games in Spelling Force v2

The Magno-Beamer!

An asteroid shower has ripped through a group of Spelling Force probes, sending pieces of equipment and asteroid drifting through space. To collect the damaged probes, you have launched 'The Magno-Beamer' pod which attracts all surrounding objects to itself.

You must catch the pieces as they drift towards the pod or use the Beam Booster to suck them in. You can destroy any asteroids with the Pulse Laser or let them be vapourised on the force-field. Don't miss any pieces of probe and don't let an asteroid into the pod! Once you've collected all the pieces of probe, you must reassemble it in the S.P.R.O.U.T. (Space Probe Reassembly Operation Unit). Letters are presented randomly and you must gather, in any order, all letters needed to spell the word and discard the others. Letters must then be unscrambled to spell the word.

Launchpad Panic!

The planet Phyew is so hot, the air so toxic and the local inhabitants so noisy that the P.E.A.S. (Protective Energised Atmospheric Shield) for the Spelling Force Launchpad can only be opened for a short time each day.

The ignition code must be entered to launch the ship. The shield's shutters will begin to close but the ship must be clear before the dome slams shut. You must drag and drop letters from an alphabet to decode either one word or a set of words. Clues include letter shape or a different symbol for each letter.

X-Ray Emergency!

The Spelling Force mothership is passing through a powerful X-ray storm. All crew have been ordered to put on their protective clothing but the ship's V.E.G.I.E.S. (Very Expensive Gravity Inducing Energy Sources) that power the ship have started to decay under the deadly radiation.

To turn off the V.E.G.I.E.S. and save as much of the energy as possible, you must recognise and type in the code (word) before the core is completely exposed. Words are built up on the screen with 12 different reveal styles (e.g. random pixels, top to bottom).

Major Meltdown!

An automatic alarm has been triggered at T.U.R.N.I.P.S. (The Underwater Radio-Nuclear International Power Station). Spelling Force has been called in to shut it down before it melts down. To reach the station you must guide your submarine through a series of force-field gates. There are three switches but only one will open the gate. Once you are inside T.U.R.N.I.P.S. you must enter the correct shutdown code to avoid an environmental disaster!

You must make the correct choice when presented with a word and two of its common misspellings (ten words per game). Then recognise any incorrectly spelt words (one option only) from a list of ten.

Look! Cover! Write! Check! Module

  • This module displays the spelling word on screen while the child "looks" at it. The word is then "covered" while the child "writes" the word by typing it from memory. Once complete the spelling is "checked" for correctness
  • You can set whether the child or the computer "checks" the correctness of the spelling
  • Parents and teachers can vary the amount of time the word displays

Multiple Award Winning Software with Cross-Platform Compatibility

Multiple Award Winning Software with Cross-Platform Compatibility

Backward compatible and future proof:

  • Microsoft Windows

    Complies with Microsoft Application Standards to give maximum compatibility with Windows operating systems and servers, including Windows XP Service Pack 2, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Servers 2003 and 2008

  • Apple Macintosh

    Supplied in Universal Binary to ensure maximum forward compatibility with all Macintosh systems, from OSX 10.4.11 and later*

    * Version 1 used the PowerPC emulator "Rosetta". Rosetta emulation is slower and more error-prone when compared to Universal Binary, and is provided by Apple to support older, non-standard software

Multiple award winning software

  • BESSIE Awards - Best Upper Elementary Spelling Software
  • EDDIE Awards - Best Upper Elementary Language Software
  • Children's Technology Review - Editor's Choice
 

About EdAlive

Since 1987, EdAlive has been helping parents and teachers instil the love of learning in their children through educating, motivating and rewarding software, and has grown to be one of the world's leading publishers of educational software for primary aged children.

The EdAlive range consists of over 50 powerful titles that motivate kids to learn through fun. Over the past few years EdAlive has won over 60 awards and endorsements recognising the quality of its software. The flexible educational content and customisable user settings allow parents to target their child's learning needs.

EdAlive software is real learning fully integrated with addictive fun!

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PC CD ROM

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I got this because my son age 7 really does not like doing his spelling.

The games has 10,000 word that it sort in different ways like high frequency and you choose a list of 10 words for my son to learn. He then can choose from 4 different games that uses the choosen 10 words. My son found the games OK to play but not over the moon about them. He found playing the games much more fun and interesting than having to do the traditional paper and pencil way.

One games gradually fades in the words and you type them in and if done in time your get a point. Another game you navigate a spaceship throw the force field that matches the correct spelling of the word that you hear.
Another games you shoot the correct letters for your spoken word then later place the letters in the correct order for that word.

With the last game my son found that having a time limit quite stressful, because there was a large band sound after a certain time to show time was getting by. Then the games would say time had run out. I would rather it was timed rather then you ran out of time. My son needed extra time to think about which letter to put down. With this games I alway do it with him, so that it is not so hard. I think this games would suit an older child and my son would grow into playing this game on his own.

I love the fact that I can enter his school spelling words every Friday and let him play as he learns. I just let him choose any of the games and play them over and over again. I then give him every now and again the spelling test that says the word and he keys the correct spelling.

I find that I really need to be with him while he plays the games to help him sound out the words and keep motivated with the games.
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I was intrigued by this offering as I have one very keen academic child (8) and one capable child (5) - not sure which way she will go on the academic front yet hence was very keen to see how they would both take to this.

The concept of having individual accounts for each child/user is good. The premise of having word games to make spelling more exciting is also good. The verbal instructions were useful (including the ability to switch them off for good readers - even better!!!). The game concepts were good, particularly the one that allowed you to shoot letters.
All of them I think could have been improved with minor tweaks to the sound - a fanfare/or noise to indicate the person has done well/or not. Remember these need to be compared to things like Brain Training which is what the children are used to. The x-ray emergency game did not seem to hold their attention either - I believe in part this was caused by the very dull graphics. The countdown being a timer from 1000 (not very good for a Reception/KS1). Why not have the screen turning red or something like that.

In terms of the variety of word lists I found them extensive, if a little interesting. There may be the feature but I did not come across it the feature to be tested from any one of the 1000 words at each level. It seemed to rely on selecting a list of 10 and then being tested on them.

There is quite a lot to this package, and I think it will get the young ones using the computer, but for the DS/Wii children of an older age I just do not think this will hold their attention.
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Any tool that helps children sit at the computer and learn is great. Spelling Force is a great initial tool, it does give you encouragement to help your child spell. However, the games are mediocre and they lose concentration fast, maybe rewarding them with something that excites the child is better. I mean I usually reward my child by allowing them play there favourite game or something. The spellings also need to be more varied and allow the user to change the levels on the fly.

Overall, it's not bad and pretty decent tool. However, I am a strong believer that writing the spellings down on paper help you remember much quicker than visually seeing them. You can't really beat the old method in doing spellings. As it is scientifically proven that writing and reading helps the memory better than just visually viewing it.

I can't knock the toolset within the spelling force, so definitely 4 stars.
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I originally bought the BRAINtastic Version 2 Mega Bundle, Ages 5 to 15+). The children liked it so much so I downloaded some other trials from their home page. (Don't think i can post a link - but I just googled EdAlive anyway!) This was one of their programs for spelling, the demo was fun but not very long. So when my neice's school ran their Community Software Plan, I purchased the rest of the titles ( I think there were like 16 or so! But they were really cheap :) )

Hannah (9yr neice) had some difficulty with the first sets of words that the program made for her - so I copied the list her teacher gave her for homework into the administrator part of the program. That made it much easier for her because she was learning the same words at school! While she thought the games were fun, she was very eager to tell me that the "subliminal" messages were NOT working! Intrigued I asked what she meant, and she explained that all the games were named after vegitables (like P.E.A.S.=Protective Energised Atmospheric Shield and V.E.G.I.E.S.=Very Expensive Gravity Inducing Energy Sources)) and that she would not be eating more than "her fair share". She must be doing well in Words Rock Version 2 to pick up those words!
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