FAQ

The Competition

What is LiteracyPlanet Word Mania 2017?

LiteracyPlanet Word Mania 2017 is a free competition for schools involving a seriously fun online game that challenges students to build as many words as they can in three minutes. The competition is by year level and open to Years 1 to 9.

What are the competition dates?

The Word Mania game is available for practise from June 2 and the competition starts on August 1. There are two rounds of online competition, and a final round for the highest scoring schools:

  • Practise - Friday, June 2 to Sunday, July 30.
  • Competition Round 1 - Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4.
  • Competition Round 2 - Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11.
  • Final Round - Wednesday, August 16 to Friday, August 18.
How do I play?
  • Click ‘Start’ and you will get a three-second countdown before your board with 15 random letters is revealed and the three-minute countdown starts.
  • Drag letters into the dock and arrange or rearrange them to build words.
  • Click ‘Mark’ to score each word.
  • Drag letters out of the dock to remove them, or press ‘Clear’ to start again.
  • At the end of each three-minute game players receive a game score and number of valid words built.
How can my school participate?

The competition is free, and to participate schools must be registered in Australia and have students in or between Years 1 to 9.

  • If your school has a LiteracyPlanet account you have automatic access to Word Mania, and teachers can contact LiteracyPlanet on 1300 565 696 to arrange competition logins for additional students who don’t use the program.   
  • If your school does not already use LiteracyPlanet teachers can register the school for Word Mania 2017 at www.wordmania.com.au
What prizes can schools win?

There is more than $350,000 in prizes to be won, for both participation and skill.

  • Prizes for participation in each round: schools at the top of their year level's regional participation leaderboard at the end of each round.
  • Prizes for regional winners: highest scoring schools for each year level in each region, at the end of the competition rounds.
  • National winners: the top three schools for each year level after the final round.
  • Prizes include certificates, TeachStarter subscriptions, EZ Robots, Tarantula 3D Printers, trophies, and vouchers for school resources. 
How are schools scored?
  • The competition is by year level, so make sure every class for each year level is participating, and the more year levels that are participating the more chances your school has to win prizes.
  • There are prizes for participation, which is based on the average number of games played by all students in that year level.
  • There are prizes for skill, with scores based on the sum of the highest 50 game scores from at least five students from the same year level in a school.

For Students

How can I play for my school?
  • You have to be in or between Years 1 to 9 and have a LiteracyPlanet school login to participate.
  • If you have a LiteracyPlanet school login, you can play by logging in and clicking on the Word Mania icon, or through the free Word Mania 2017 App.
  • If you do not have a LiteracyPlanet school login ask your teacher to organise one for you by contacting LiteracyPlanet on 1300 565 696 or registering your school for Word Mania 2017 at www.wordmania.com.au
  • When you play using a LiteracyPlanet school login your scores will automatically go towards your school’s scores.
How can I get my friends involved?
  • Tell your friends about the competition and make sure they also have logins to play.
  • If you and your friends have LiteracyPlanet Word Mania logins you can be Word Buddies and play against each other. See how under ‘Can I play Word Mania against my friends?’.
Can I play Word Mania against my friends?
  • Yes! To play against a friend they must be your ‘Word Buddy’.
  • To make a friend a Word Buddy, click ‘Challenge a Friend’. Send your friend a Word Buddy request - they will also need to have a login for the Competition and you will need to know their username. When a friend accepts your Word Buddy request they are added to your Word Buddy list.
  • Choose a friend from your Word Buddy list and click ‘Challenge a Word Buddy’ to send them a Challenge Request, which will appear on their Dashboard. Challenge Requests sent to you from your Word Buddies will appear on your Dashboard.
  • When you play against a Word Buddy you will both get the same letter tiles for your challenge game.
  • See all your challenge results under ‘Challenges’. Think you can do better? Rematch!

Technical Help

General browser requirements
  • To successfully interact with our website, your browser must meet the following requirements:

    • The browser must be configured to accept cookies
    • The browser must be configured to execute JavaScript
    • The browser must have Adobe Flash 22 or higher installed and enabled. You can check whether you have Flash installed by clicking here.
    • You may experience difficulty accessing our online services if you have disabled cookies, JavaScript or Flash.
Specific browser requirements
  • To deliver a high level of customer support, LiteracyPlanet relies on statistical data obtained from visitors to our website, rather than generic industry data. We regularly review this data to determine which browsers to support.

    We validate and fully support our customers' use of the following browser/platform combinations:

    • Chrome (56 or higher) for Windows (7 or better) and OS X Yosemite (version 10.10 or better).
    • Internet Explorer (11 and higher) for Windows (7 or better).
    • Firefox (45 or higher) for Windows (7 or better) and OS X Yosemite (version 10.10 or better).
    • Safari (9.1 or higher) for OS X Yosemite (v 10.10 or better).
    • We invest time and resources to ensure that our websites and Applications are consistent across each supported browser/platform combination.
Can I play Word Mania against my friends?

If you are experiencing a problem using one of the browser/platform combinations we support, please contact our technical support group for assistance by emailing support@literacyplanet.com.au

If you are experiencing a problem on an unsupported browser/platform combination, the issue might be resolved by using one of the supported browsers mentioned above.

How do I update Flash?

Users on all supported platforms can manually check whether their installed Flash Player is the latest and most secure version. To check which version of Flash Player you are running, go to the Flash Player home page. This page runs a version test that reports your currently installed version of Flash Player and lists the latest available version for the platform. To install the latest version of Flash Player visit the installation page.

Mobile application

The Word Mania 2017 App is supported on the following devices:

  • iPhone (SE/6 or higher),  iPad (3 or higher), iPad Mini (2 or higher) with iOS 9.1 or higher
  • Android 4.4 or above with a screen of 720p or higher.
How to keep an account secure

LiteracyPlanet is a safe website for children.

We recommend that children keep their username and password in a secure place and do not share it with anyone besides their parent and teacher. We advise against publishing usernames on the Internet and if playing on a shared computer, tablet or phone, to remember to properly log out when finished.

For Teachers

How can my school and my class participate?
  • If your school has a LiteracyPlanet account and students in or between Years 1 to 9, you  have automatic access to Word Mania.
  • Students who already have LiteracyPlanet school logins can play by logging in and clicking on the Word Mania icon, or through the free Word Mania 2017 App.
  • Teachers from schools with LiteracyPlanet accounts can contact LiteracyPlanet on 1300 565 696 to arrange competition logins for additional students who don’t use the program.
  • If your school does not already use LiteracyPlanet register for Word Mania 2017 at www.wordmania.com.au
How can my school and class win prizes?
  • The competition is by year level, so make sure every class for each year level is participating, and the more year levels that are participating the more chances your school has to win prizes.
  • There are prizes for participation, which is based on the average number of games played by all students in that year level.
  • There are prizes for skill, with scores based on the sum of the highest 50 game scores from at least five students from the same year level in a school.
What prizes can my school win?
  • There is more than $350,000 in prizes to be won, for both participation and skill.
  • Prizes for year levels at the top of the regional participation leaderboards at the end of each round.
  • Prizes for each region’s highest scoring school for each year level at the end of the competition rounds.
  • Prizes for the top three schools for each year level after the final round. 
  • Prizes include certificates, TeachStarter subscriptions, EZ Robots, Tarantula 3D Printers, trophies, and vouchers for school resources. See the prize page for more details
How do I know which region my school is in?
  • Teachers and students can see which region their school is in from their dashboard.
How can I see how my school is going compared to other schools?

Teachers and students can see how their year level is going in the participation and skill leaderboards for their region, in their dashboard.

Are smaller schools at a disadvantage?

Definitely not. Every school that has at least five students from the same year level playing Word Mania has a chance of winning prizes! Skill scores are based on the sum of the highest 50 game scores from at least five students from the same year level in a school.

Are there other resources for teachers?

Yes! We have a great Starter Kit for teachers including:

  • Word Mania tips & tricks
  • Word building games for the classroom
  • Take home letter for parents
  • Reward certificate
  • Creative activities: writing task, colouring-in poster template, short video. 
  • Hours worth of literacy activity sheets.

For Parents

How can Word Mania improve my child’s literacy skills?

Word building is a fun challenge that involves many different literacy skills:

  • Phonemes
  • Morphemes including affixes and plurals
  • Spelling
  • Word recognition
  • Vocabulary
  • Word knowledge

Word Mania tests and improves these skills, with the added challenge of speed!

How can my child play for their school?
  • Your child must be in or between Years 1 to 9 and have a LiteracyPlanet school login to participate.
  • If your child has a LiteracyPlanet school login, they can play by logging in and clicking on the Word Mania icon, or through the free Word Mania 2017 App.
  • If your child does not have a LiteracyPlanet school login ask their teacher to organise one for them by contacting LiteracyPlanet on 1300 565 696 or to register the school for Word Mania 2017 at www.wordmania.com.au
  • When children in Years 1 to 9 play using a LiteracyPlanet school login their scores will automatically go towards their school’s scores.
Can my child play at home?
  • Yes, if your child has a LiteracyPlanet school login, they can use this to play Word Mania on any desktop or device at home.
Can my child play using a LiteracyPlanet home account?
  • This is a school competition. Your child can play the Word Mania game on a LiteracyPlanet home account but to particpate in the competition and play for their school they will need a LiteracyPlanet school login.
How can my child play Word Mania against their friends?

To play against a friend, that friend must also have a LiteracyPlanet school login to play Word Mania and your child must know their friend’s username. Then your child can use the ‘Word Buddy’ feature to challenge them to a game. On their dashboard (web version) click ‘Challenge a Friend’ and send a Word Buddy request. They can choose a Word Buddy from their list and click on ‘Challenge a Word Buddy’ to play against them.

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