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KerPoof is an engaging, very versatile Web 2.0 teaching tool that combines creativity and technology with learning.
The interactive tools in the art studio will inspire kids to experiment with creating their own works of art. Simple projects such as designing a greeting card to more advanced projects like creating an animated movie help develop kids' inner creativity.
The site's teacher resources help integrate content, technology and art activities. The site's focus is on grades 1 - 8. Entertaining and fun - these art resources are a good addition to your teacher resources toolbox and support Common Core Standards.
The social networking features, such as sharing work and chat are performed in a safe, controlled environment.
21st Century Learning Skills
This Web 2.0 teaching tool encourages students to think creatively as they design and create art work as a personal expression and demonstrate new ideas.
Critical thinking is also developed when students must work to determine how to accomplish new things with the site's interactive features.
The site's social media environment provides a safe platform for communication and collaboration. Students can safely interact and collaborate online while creating and publishing their work.
In the Classroom
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The site offers good lesson plans for teachers to help get started. With an educator's account teachers can register students, create classes, and moderate the chat and group board platforms.
The interactive tools include:
Spell a Picture - K-3 - Students choose a background and then drag and drop letters to spell pictures. When words are spelled correctly, an arrow points to the correct picture.
Make a Picture - K-3 - Students choose a background scene. They can add objects to create a picture and even draw their own pictures. Dialogue can be added with text bubbles. Art work can be saved, shared, and printed.
Make a Drawing - K-8 - This tool is a more advanced version of Make a Picture. It is a good alternative to Kid Pix.
Make a Card - K-8 - Students can easily make their own greeting cards with this tool and is very similar to Make a Picture.
Tell a Story - 3-8 - Slightly more advanced, this tool provides a fun way for students to select backgrounds, characters and objects to include in an original story.
Make a Movie - K-8 - Another more advanced creative tool, students select a background and create a storyline for their movie. Students drop and drag characters, actions, text and music to create an original animated movie.
Through some of their work, students earn "koins" which can be used to "buy" additional backgrounds, characters, effects, etc.
Ideas for the classroom:
Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
KerPoof addresses many of the Common Core Writing Standards through the wide variety of creative writing opportunities on the site.
Production and Distribution of Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Range of Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Common Core Language Standards are supported during creative writing projects and activities using the Spell a Picture tool.
Conventions of Standard English
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. . .
Kerpoof provides a detailed lesson plan and supporting documents for demonstrating each interactive tool to students or other educators. These are found under the site's "Lesson Plans" page.
Below is a video tutorial introducing some of the interactive tools.
Below is a video tutorial using the "Make a Movie" tool.
The site strives to make its environment a safe, secure platform for children. Teachers can set up class accounts using their own email address so students do not have to enter any personal information. Teachers can moderate comments and activities using the class chat and Group board.
The site reminds educators to ". . . monitor student use of the group message board and chat. You should disable these features while the class is not in session. You also have the ability to delete individual messages from the group message board, prevent group access, and delete accounts using Teacher Tools."
The site asks for a parent's email address when children register outside of school. In this way parents are notified that their child has registered and introduces parents to the site and its features.
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