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 tech facilitator: Susan McBride-Wentzell

Introduction

KidPix Basics Tutorial

KidPix Templates

Locking Templates

Kid Pix Slideshows

Animation on KidPix

KidPix Ideas Sites

Shape Poems

Quick Tips

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Introduction -Kid Pix Across The Curriculum

Kid Pix is a very versatile software program to use in the classroom and computer lab settings as an instructional tool.  It is very easy for the children to learn,  due to the visual nature of it's tools and menus.  There are many ways to integrate KidPix activities across the curriculum to extend classroom learning. 

Click here to view samples of student work in KidPix that meets curricular standards in the various subject areas.
 

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KidPix Tutorial - A Walk Through KidPix


Step #1:
What's On The Screen?

 For a brief walk through of the opening KidPix screen click here.

Step #2: What's On The Menus?

 For a brief walk through of the KidPix menus click here.

Step #3:  Design A Kid Pix Project

Now that you can use the tools and the menu, you can practice your new skills as you work on a KidPix project for your students.

 
For another nice KidPix Studio Deluxe Tutorial online click here.


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  Locking Templates - for Mac and PC

If your KidPix project includes a template for your students to work on (ex. a blank quilt patch to paint), you should lock it to prevent it from being modified by your students.  Note:  make sure you make 3 locked copies of your  template and name the files accordingly (quilt1, quilt2, quilt3) in case students accidentally delete the original file.

  
CREATE A TEMPLATE READ ONLY FILE FOR PC'S

Once file is saved go to Windows Explorer Start/Programs/Windows Explorers

1. Open Kpsdlux, then open the folder where ever the file is located ex. drive: a 2. Right click on file to read-only
3. Click on properties
4. Click in read-only box/ok
5. Now your file cannot be written on unless you use File/Save As is selected
 

CREATE A TEMPLATE READ ONLY FILE for MACS

1. Save your file
2. Find you file on your hard drive or your floppy disk
3. Click once on the Kid Pix icon
4. While file is selected (not opened), click File Get Information
5. Click in box to lock your file. You will see a little lock next to your file
6. Now your file cannot be written on unless you use File/Save As

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         KidPix Templates For Downloading

reating some unique KidPix project templates tp add to the database below.

Once your KidPix file is created, save it to the harddrive,  and e-mail it here.   Send it as an attachment with the information below.  Copy and paste the categories to the body of your e-mail.

Name:
School:
Grade Level of Project:
Subject:
Instructions for Use:
 

 ~click target to download ~

Language Arts

Math

template goes here

Xmas Graphing (Grade P-2)
Xmas Pattern - shape attribute (Grade P-1)
Xmas Pattern - shape attribute (Grade P-1)
Xmas Pattern - size attribute (Grade P-1)

Science

Social Studies

templates goes here

templates goes here

Click on the links below to find KidPix project templates to download for your curricular initiatives.  Should you find any other great links on the Net, please contact me.

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    KidPix Slide Shows

To learn how to create a slide show in KidPix click here

The KidPix slide show can be saved as a slide show where the slide show is opened in Kid Pix. It can be saved as a Standalone slide show which can run on computers that don't have KidPix. Saving as a quicktime movie(Macintosh) or Avi (windows) means the slide show can be included in other applications eg for inclusion into web pages.

Below are a few tutorials for putting KidPix on the web. 

 http://mcps.k12.md.us/train/kidpix.html

http://webfolios.home.netcom.com/Methodology%20Chapter/KidPix_Web.html

Here is a nice example of a KidPix seasons slide show on the web.  You can copy and paste the source code from this slide show to post your slide show on the web.  Just change the file names of the images you want to display.  If you want to insert more than 4 pictures you will have to copy and paste additional source code.


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Animation on KidPix

Making animations on KidPix is much like making a slideshow.  Learn how to make your own animation using Kid Pix Deluxe and Microsoft Gif Animator here.
 

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Shape Poems

Students can write poems. Choose "Alphabet Text" from the Goodies menu. Then have them type their poems in simple sentences. "I like ice cream.....or....Mom is great.........." Then click "ok".  Go to the paintbrush and draw a picture. The sentence will appear on the screen as their picture. They can drag the paintbrush several times and the sentence will continue.
 

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Quick Tips

Changing Stamp Sizes- There are four sizes to stamps. The smallest is the regular stamp. Then, if you push the "option" key it gets bigger. If you press the "Shift" key, it gets bigger, and if you press "Option" and "Shift"at the same time, it gets even bigger.

Editing Stamps- If you double click on a stamp, it will take you to the Stamp Editor. You can use it to make new stamps. In addition, you can always go back to the original stamp.

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   KidPix Ideas Sites

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