Kidspiration is a software
application for students K-6 that builds strong thinking skills
with visual learning. It allows the user to easily create concept
maps to express, organize, and develop ideas. It supports visual
and auditory learning using pictures, words, and audio.
Many children today are visual
learners and retain the infomation best with visual graphics
because it helps them to organize their thoughts and begin to see how
concepts are related or connected.
Kidspiration can be used by the
students to begin to formulate their own graphic representations of the
ideas and concepts that they are learning. Teachers can use it to create
concept maps for instructional purposes.
Click here for a flash interactive overview of
Kidspiration Across The Curriculum
here to view samples of student work
created in Kidspiration that meets
curricular standards in the various subject areas.
Wondering where to begin? Click
here to view
literally hundreds of Kidspiration project examples integrated across
the curriculum in the vear.
Here are a some
cross-curricular examples of how Kidspiration software can be used
in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and planning activites.
- Getting Started
For another nice Kidspiration tutorial online that
you can print for a hard copy click
Here are two really nice online video tutorial of
- for Mac and PC
If your Kidspiration project
includes a template for your students to work on (ex. farm super
grouper), 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 (farm1, farm2,
farm3) 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
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
6. Now your file cannot be written on unless you use File/Save As
Now try creating some unique Kidspiration
project templates to add to the database below.
Once your Kidspiration 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.
Grade Level of Project:
Instructions for Use:
Click on the links below to find Kidspiration project
templates to download for your curricular initiatives. Should you
find any other great links on the Net, please
This collaborative internet project helps teachers to
create new literacies by integrating technology with popular children's
literature. There are templates and accompanying worksheets to
download in the student showcase section. A must see Kidspiration
resource on the net!
to go to Kidspired Tales
Converting Kidspiration to the Web
copyright November 2002, Susan McBride-Wentzell
updated January 7, 2003
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