Students on track for record-breaking Word Mania - Education Matters Magazine

Students on track for record-breaking Word Mania

Australian students are putting their spelling skills to the test in LiteracyPlanet’s Word Mania. As part of this year’s challenge, over one million games have already been played, with students spelling 20 million words correctly so far.

Word Mania is a fun, free online spelling competition with $350,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Created by LiteracyPlanet, an award-winning online English literacy education program, Word Mania challenges students to build as many words as they can in three minutes, from 15 randomly generated letter tiles.

It is designed to engage students and develop crucial English literacy skills.

Vicki Matthews from Nichols Point Primary School in Mildura, Victoria, is one teacher who’s noticed a significant improvement. “It is so much educational fun that caters for all our Year 2 to 6 students. Students are always motivated to improve their literacy skills,” she said.

“Because of the high level of engagement, students want to use it at home and during class time, so that means more time completing meaningful tasks that are relevant to them. Thus improving their literacy skills and learning outcomes.”

Students have until 9 August 2019 to sharpen their skills as part of the Practice Round, before the official Competition Rounds from 12 to 23 August 2019.

The top-performing schools will face off in the Final Round for the glory of being crowned Word Mania champions and a share in $350,000 in prizes.

LiteracyPlanet CEO Adam McArthur added, “The highlight of Word Mania for the LiteracyPlanet team is not just seeing such a high level of engagement from students, but noticing the impressive rate of improvement over the course of the competition.”

Teachers can register their students for Word Mania by clicking here.