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  1. 1. Kidspiration -Software Evaluation- Critiqued By: Lindsay Randall Class: ISTC 301
  2. 2. Background Information <ul><li>Founded in 1982 by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver with a focus on business software products. </li></ul><ul><li>1987-First version of Inspiration was created. </li></ul><ul><li>Kidspiration was created </li></ul><ul><li>in January 2001. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Software/Tools needed for Kidspiration <ul><li>Macintosh or Power Macintosh Requirements • System 7.1 or later, including OS X • 2 MB available RAM • 640x480 display, 256-color display • 5 MB available hard drive minimum, • 30 MB hard drive available for all symbols and </li></ul><ul><li>Help • CD-ROM drive (for installation only) • Optional: Macintosh compatible printer • Optional: Internet browser • Optional: Microphone </li></ul>
  4. 4. Software/Tools needed for Kidspiration ( Continued…) <ul><li>Windows Requirements • 486 processor or higher • Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT 4.0, ME or XP • 8 MB RAM • 640x480 display, 256-color display • Windows compatible graphics card • 5 MB available hard drive minimum, • 20 MB hard drive available for all symbols and Help • CD-ROM drive (for installation only) • Optional: Windows compatible printer • Optional: Internet browser • Optional: Soundcard and speakers </li></ul><ul><li>• Optional: Microphone </li></ul>
  5. 5. Avaliability <ul><li>You can order it online at any of the Kidspiration websites. </li></ul><ul><li>The cost ranges from </li></ul><ul><li>$50.00-$69.99. </li></ul><ul><li>You can download a </li></ul><ul><li>free 30 day trial at anytime. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Website for Kidspiration and Inspiration <ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Software Objective Statement <ul><li>“ Created for K-5 learners, Kidspiration® provides an easy way to apply the proven principles of visual learning. Students build graphic organizers by combining pictures, text and spoken words to represent thoughts and information. Younger learners develop early literacy skills, and more advanced students improve comprehension skills and better organize ideas for writing. “ ( ) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Kidspiration can help students/children… <ul><li>Develop ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Organize thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Gather information </li></ul><ul><li>Making connections between data and visual representations </li></ul><ul><li>Develop critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Develop stronger cognitive skills </li></ul><ul><li>Develop content knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate creative thinking </li></ul>
  9. 9. Kidspiration offers necessary tools such as… <ul><li>Visual Learning- Using graphs to work with ideas and presenting information. </li></ul><ul><li>Visual learning can help students clarify thoughts/ideas, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and to think critically. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Types of educational tools that Kidspiration provides... <ul><li>Webs-Visual Maps- shows different categories of information that relate to one another. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Webs <ul><li>Used for : </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing information </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Prewriting </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing </li></ul><ul><li>Types: Literacy webs, Character webs, Comparison webs and Prewriting webs </li></ul>
  12. 12. Idea Maps <ul><li>Idea Maps : Stimulates students to generate… </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas follow through develop their ideas visually </li></ul><ul><li>Used for: Brainstorming, solving problems and planning school work. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Example of an Idea Map
  14. 14. Mind Maps <ul><li>Mind Maps : Connect branches of related topics, ideas and subtopics. </li></ul><ul><li>It provides an overview of complex information and finding new connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Used for : Brainstorming, taking notes and planning tasks. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Example of a Mind Map <ul><li>Mind Map: </li></ul>
  16. 16. Concept Maps <ul><li>Concept Maps : Links two or more concepts that are linked by words and describes their relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Used For : To reiterate ideas using students own ideas. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Kidspiration <ul><li>Kidspiration can be used for all subjects and can be integrated into any classroom environment or lesson plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Students use symbols, pictures, colors and keywords to create educational information. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Kidspiration ( Continued) <ul><li>This software gives educators feedback on the information that students misunderstood. </li></ul><ul><li>Kidspiration has no violence. It only has fun, active and visual tools for students to use. </li></ul><ul><li>This software gives students a choice of picking symbols and pictures using the tool bar. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Positive Aspects <ul><li>Classroom Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Support </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Support </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Value </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Some students may get confused with the abundant amount of information </li></ul><ul><li>Costly </li></ul> Negative Aspects
  20. 20. Final Thought <ul><li>Excellent educational tool </li></ul><ul><li>Easy directions </li></ul><ul><li>Used and provided worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Can be integrated in all subjects </li></ul>
  21. 21. Would I use Kidspiration in the classroom? Do I recommend it <ul><li>. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Without a doubt……… YES!!!!!!!!