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Kidspiration Powerpoint 

Kidspiration powerpoint.ppt




What is Kidspiration?


     Kidspiration is a visual way to understand and explore words, numbers and concepts. It is visual learning related to strong thinking skills.  Kidspiration is an easy to use program that is designed to help K-5 students visualize, organize, and develop their ideas.  It helps students gain confidence as they learn to organize information, understand concepts and connections, create stories, and express and share their thoughts.



Overview and Features

  • General uses—brainstorm ideas with words and pictures, organize/categorize information visually, create stories using visual tools, and explore ideas with thought “webs” and diagrams.


  • Home screen—contains icons for 3 different views—picture view, writing view, & math view—this screen also has an icon for opening a file, and icons for activities which include:  reading, writing, math, science, & social studies.


  • Designed for students K-5 grades


  • Develops strong thinking skills


  • Helps strengthen reading and writing skills


  • Builds conceptual understanding in math


  • Kidspiration helps students visualize, organize, and develop ideas


  • Kidspiration can be used for webbing, concept mapping, brainstorming, planning/organizing, or diagramming


  • Students can see how ideas are related and how they can be grouped together


  • Visual learning related to strong thinking skills


  • Kidspiration has 3 views:  in picture view—students build diagrams with pictures and words; in writing view—students can organize their thoughts and develop their writing skills—in math view:  students can use visual math tools to learn concepts such as computation, counting, place value, and geometric thinking.


  • Picture View--displays information using symbols and “links”/lines to show how different pieces of information are related to each other—at the bottom menu you can change font size, colors, etc.
    • In picture view you can go up to the top menu and click the “Kidspiration character” to go back to the home page, you can switch views here, you can add symbols here, you can correct errors here, student can add their name to the ear tool and the voice interface is able to speak their name.
    • Begin with you main idea here—in the bubble—then you can create links to this main idea.
    • From this links of the main idea, students can add sub-links in words or in pictures—there are pictures in a side menu to the left side of the picture view screen.  Students can go through the various categorized pictures and click on the one(s) they want to include in their web/diagram.
    • If students want to enter the subject they are looking for there is a search box—they can type in a word and a selection of pictures appears the students can choose from.
    • To link pictures and ideas together a student should click on the “link” icon.


  • Writing View—when students complete their diagrams, they can click on the pencil icon to go to the writing view.
    • Everything that was in the picture view—the pictures and word bubbles/boxes are now in the writing view.
    • In writing view, students can write sentences about their diagrams—they are able to describe in words what their webs are all about
    • This view helps with sentence structure, paragraph structure, and story structure.
    • In this view students can also record sound to go with their sentences—they can record their own voices reading the sentences they wrote.
    • In this view students can add new ideas/words, and they can move & adjust the sequence of ideas.
    • When a student adds ideas & sentences in writing view, when they switch back to picture view, the ideas are there in a bubble linked to the main idea.


  • WORD GUIDE—it is an icon that displays a book with a magnifying glass & is located in the writing view’s top menu—students can click on this icon to look up words to get definitions, pronunciations, and synonyms of words.


  • When students complete their web/diagram, and they have typed in all of their sentences and information in the writing view, they can save their diagram and “publish” it to a word document—this means that their entire diagram and sentences/information is then transferred to a word document.

*Once in the word document—students are able to click on the sentences they created and “drag” them together to form paragraphs. 



Teacher Uses


          Teachers are able to: 


·         Plan lessons/units/themes


·         Illustrate instructional goal links to testing expectations


·         Assess student learning


·         Show integration of different topics across the curriculum for a unit or lesson


·         Present difficult material in a step by step manner


·         Create cause/effect/solution diagrams to resolve social issues within the classroom


·         Define new terms and build vocabulary


·         Introduce a new concept or idea


·         Teach Language Arts - character descriptions, plot movement, action that leads to the climax


·         Create instructions for games


·         Create picture charts that students can follow even if they are communication impaired


·         Make a classroom organizational chart with associated responsibilities


·         Create a how to/step by step diagram for learning new software programs


·         Develop a course or workshop


·         Create concept maps to send home to parents to help explain a unit so they can help their children study or review material


·         Create flow charts for behavior plans for either the classroom or a specific student


·         Design procedures to follow during an emergency drill such as a fire or storm drill 


·         Other teacher uses:  From the Teach menu—teachers can click to enable the teacher menu:

o       At “password protect” –a teacher will want to set this up so that students are not able to change any options on the program that they are not supposed to—set the password protect option and set the password

o       For teachers--theta lking interface tool can be unchecked by the teacher

o       Hyperlinks can be added at this menu



Student Uses



·        Reading & Writing--Students use Kidspiration to strengthen word recognition, improve vocabulary and comprehension.  They can express their creativity and develop critical thinking skills as they use a combination of pictures and words to create stories. Students expand on their words/ideas and transfer them into written form by switching to the Writing View.  They can then transfer their work to a word document and complete their project.


·         Math—Students use visual math tools to build problem-solving and reasoning skills.  Students develop conceptual understanding of mathematical processes and procedures.  They can communicate their mathematical thinking with words, numbers, and math symbols.


·         Science--Students explore basic scientific processes. They can organize research and explain findings. As students create concept diagrams, they develop an understanding of scientific concepts.


·         Social Studies—Students can visually explore and understand history, geography, civics, and economics.  For example, students are able to make connections between historical events and different eras, and can explore different cultures and countries.  After learning and exploring, students can further develop their thoughts and ideas by switching to the Writing View and then transferring their ideas to a word document.


·         Other student uses:

o       The talking interface tool/voice interface--students can record their name with this tool.  The “talking interface” tool is good tool for emergent readers—this tool enables students to navigate their way around Kidspiration easier as they are able to listen to the talking interface as well as talk back and interact with it.

o       The “ear tool”—they can click on the ear icon to hear a word(s) that they are unable to read the words in the idea boxes/bubbles.

o       From a Kidspiration document students can create an html document and create a webpage for future learning and use.

§         First click “File”—then click Export—the Picture View Export window will appear—from here you can choose the format that you want to export your document into—then the student can go on to create the webpage.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5-7LrDWR7g  (Retrieved 3/15/09)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EowEflx3pOI  (Retrieved 3/15/09)

http://cf.inspiration.com/productinfo/kidspiration/interactive_demo/index.cfm (Retrieved 3/5/09)

cf.inspiration.com/download/pdf/k2_quick_start.pdf (Retrieved 3/15/09)—Kidspiration Quick Start Tutorial




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