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Spark Learner is the version of Spark-Space for the student in secondary and higher education

This product is no longer available from Spectronics.

Spark Learner bridges the gap between ideas and the production of a structured piece of writing. It is for students with a conceptual learning style such as those with hidden disabilities like dyslexia. Spark Learner allows students to structure their thoughts at speed and then turn those ideas into a logically organised document within the one program. Spark Learner enables students to see relationships between ideas through its unique 3D view, thus accelerating learning and understanding. Independent working is also encouraged as built in text-to-speech allows them to review and correct their own work. Spark Learner transforms the learning landscape for the student with learning difficulties!

Spark Learner is for use by the student to review the classroom lesson by using text-to-speech options allowing all literacy levels to keep up with the class, or it can be used as a template for home study providing a structure around which to work, additionally, it can be used to create essays and projects and to publish on the web.

New features in Spark Space version 4:

  • User Profiles – You can now save all settings in a user profile file and restore previously saved settings. This is ideal if you are using Spark-Space in a teaching environment and want to have different settings for different students.
  • Access Controls – With Access Controls you can turn off features or restrict the functionality of the program. This is useful in a teaching environment where you do not want your users to have access to all of the Spark-Space functionality.
  • Idea Locks – ideas can now be locked, preventing accidental changes.
  • Animated Demos – Spark-Space now contains additional and new animated demos for all languages. You can access the demos through the Help menu via the option “Animated Help…”.
  • Text-to-Speech in Idea-map – The text-to-speech button is now enabled and functional within an idea map, just select ideas and click the text-to-speech button to have the idea title read back.
  • Translated Clipart – You can now choose the language in which the clipart files are shown.


Which students benefit?

  • Students who find it difficult to know where to start with writing essays and assignments
  • Students who need help with logically pulling together information gathered through research
  • Students who are reluctant to plan their writing
  • Students who are reluctant to edit finished work

How does it help them?

  • Allows students to think about what they already know about a topic
  • Boosts their self esteem by establishing what they do know
  • Identifies what they still need to know – “What do we need to find out about?”
  • Gives them a logical structure for organising the information as they research and gather it for their writing task
  • Gives them a way to logically link new information to what they already know
  • Improves willingness to edit and revise work
  • Produces more organised and logically structured written work

What can you do with Spark Learner?

  1. Create a document
    Spark Learner has been designed as a tool for the creation of documents – no more writer’s block! It will bring out your strengths in writing as you build your document. Spark Learner offers a fully operational word processor ‘behind’ each idea object and the option to switch between a full text and map view. Spark Learner will assist you in ordering your writing with its unique and automatic approach to ordering and sequencing. Sections are re-ordered simply by dragging and dropping idea objects into a new order. You can save your documents as a word-processed document for use in Microsoft Word or other word processing program later.
  2. Auto arrange your ideas
    Quickly insert your ideas onto the map then use the auto arrange feature to save time. Why do things manually when you can have automation at the click of a button?
  3. Rotational and 3D view
    Acquire a new perspective on your ideas using the rotational view or the virtual 3D view.
  4. Plan a lesson
    Use Spark Learner to plan and record lesson content. The visual map, along with the word processing options, provide powerful tools for planning any teaching session.
  5. Organise
    Whether organising your time or thoughts, Spark Learner has the answer with its simple to learn and user friendly features. Use it to spark off ideas and then expand them using the built-in word processing features.
  6. Attach files
    Files can be attached within Spark Learner in the easy to use hyperlink option.
  7. Listen to your document
    At the click of a button – listen to your document speak to you – using its in-built speech engine.
  8. Link to web pages
    Link to your favourite web pages using the hyperlink option in Spark Learner.
  9. Import images
    Spark Learner allows you to import images from its own clipart gallery and from other sources on your computer. You can import images (such as digital camera photos) for use within the idea map or for use with the document feature.
  10. Create an idea map
    With Spark Learner you can create an idea map to organise your ideas and thoughts, to allow you to plan and outline any information using your creative reasoning skills. Each feature of map creation is user friendly and intuitive to use.


For more information about the Spark Learner program:

  • To compare features of the three Spark-Space idea mapping software programs click here
  • To view an online demonstration of Spark Learner in action click here
  • To download a trial version of Spark Learner, click here

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System Requirements

  • Windows Minimum Requirements
    • 166 MHz Intel Pentium or compatible processor
    • Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or later operating system
    • 32 MB of RAM
    • 40 MB of free hard disk space – more if spelling dictionaries for multiple languages are required (approx. 20 MB per language)
    • Colour video card and monitor with 800×600 resolution

  • Macintosh Minimum Requirements
    • 300 MHz PowerPC G3 processor
    • Apple Mac OSX 10.2 (Jaguar) or later, 10.4 or later if using Intel CPU
    • 64 MB of RAM
    • 40 MB of free hard disk space (more if spelling dictionaries for multiple languages are required (approx. 20 MB per language))
    • Colour screen with 800×600 resolution.

  • Linux Minimum Requirements
    • 166 MHz Intel or compatible processor
    • Red Hat Linux 9 or SuSe (Novell) Linux 9 (others may work)
    • 64 MB of RAM
    • 40 MB of free hard disk space (more if spelling dictionaries for multiple languages are required (approx. 20 MB per language))
    • Colour screen with 800×600 resolution.

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Spark Learner 4 is targeted at the following age ranges:

  • Secondary School
  • Adult

Spark Learner 4 is designed to foster development in the areas of:

  • Literacy
  • Problem solving
  • Organisational Skills

Users can access Spark Learner 4 in the following ways:

  • Mouse/ Trackball/ Joystick
  • Keyboard

For more information on "Spark Learner 4" read the following articles:

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and technical support visit: