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The reason I feel this will suit my needs because I always love to use stories in my classes either English or Science. It is always fun to use stories to teach the kids and of course I too enjoy the lessons with stories.
Functions of the tool:
This software has variety of functions and activity that we as educators can create to suit our needs. As mentioned earlier it, we can use this tool to tell story, use for spelling activities, make movies that can be used in set induction rather than downloading it from the net. This ICT tool also can be used to check spelling of the pupils. This software also provides lot of lesson plans that can also guide us in our lessons. Students can now save their pictures, cards, stories and drawings locally (on their computers). On each canvas is a JPEG icon that will allow any picture to be saved to the computer locally. Kerpoof also introduced info bubbles. In the Make a Picture object library, students can drag out a picture onto the canvas. Now there is a new question mark button that shows up on an object. When students click on the question mark, a little bubble of information pops up. Students will gain all kinds of information from these little fact bubbles. They can learn everything from: who wrote Treasure Island, to learning the national animal of Australia.
Doodle Pad – This is a drawing tool that is very easy to use and can be fun for all ages from Pre-K to adult!
Make a Drawing – This is a drawing tool that is very similar to Doodle Pad, but it is more complex and offers additional options, such as mixing colors.
Make a Picture – This is a creative drawing tool that allows the user to choose a cartoon style background and then choose from provided graphics to create original pictures or posters. Text can be added. It is also possible to import your own drawings from “Make a Drawing” or “Doodle Pad” into your picture.
Make a Story – This is a creative drawing tool that allows the user to choose a cartoon style background and then choose from provided graphics to create original drawings. Text can be added to make the story complete. It is also possible to import your own drawings from “Make a Drawing” or “Doodle Pad” into your story. ***This is very similar to “Make a Picture” except that it allows for additional pages to be added so your picture can look more like a story than a poster.
Make a Card – This tool allows the user to choose from many “genres” of greeting cards and add graphics and text. Printed cards can be folder to look like a greeting card. (Ex. Invitations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, etc…)
Make a Movie – This is an extraordinary tool that allows the user to create original animated movies! The user chooses from different movie genres (Ex. Fairy Tale, Scary Tale, etc…) and then chooses from available backgrounds and characters. The finished product is an animated cartoon! This is a fabulous tool for showing the relationship between writing, language and math as all of the parts come together to create the original cartoons!
The limitations of the tools:
The only limitation that I feel this tool has is we need internet connection to use the software.
When this tool can be used?:
Kerpoof is the creativity tool that can bring your students stories to life. Use Kerpoof as part of your publishing center. Students can use Kerpoofto illustrate their stories, or to create a real movie out of their own writing. Kerpoof would also make a fun writing prompt center in the classroom. This site also provides students with basic movie making skills and would make a nice precursor to an iMovie lesson. Students could plan out their movies on Kerpoof before they begin filming and editing with iMovie. Kerpoof can also be used to teach character education, have students create stories or movies that show emotion and solve problems. Teach the life cycle of a butterfly during science using Kerpoof’s butterfly pavilion scene. User Kerpoof to create life cycle scenes. Students will create a unique login so that they can revisit their stories and movies. Allow students to visit each other’s work during reading time. The site would be best utilized in a computer lab one to one setting. The stories and movies will take too long to just set up as a center in your classroom. If you don’t have access to a computer lab for this activity but have a projector, create an ongoing story or movie as a whole class.
The user friendliness from the teacher point of view:
To begin using Kerpoof, make sure you are connected to the internet and that your browser is open. (Ex. Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer). Kerpoof is organized into sections that appear as icons on a wheel. You can scroll through the available sections by clicking on the “right arrow” bubble or “left arrow” bubble to rotate the wheel. Double click on any icon to choose a section.
It is NOT necessary to sign up for an account in order to use Kerpoof. However, if you wish to use the advanced features, view available lesson plans, and create student accounts under a master teacher account, then it IS NECESSARY to sign up for a free account
*The original Kerpoof website was so popular that it was recently purchased by Disney!
*Students can collect “Kerpoof Koins” as they use the program and then later use the collected coins to “purchase” additional graphics, backgrounds, and icons.
*Students can create and print without signing up for an account. However, if they want to collect Kerpoof Koins or save their work, they need a free personal account or a free student account.
The tool is suitable for which standard?:
I feel that this tool is suitable for pre school kids and lower primary pupils as this software is colourful and very attractive. It suits the need of kids to learn in a fun way.