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English- KidPix (PB)

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KidPix

What is it?

KidPix is an innovative learning tool which allows students to create new and unique projects based on their ideas and individual creativity while staying within the boundaries of an teacher’s instructions.  Students can draw pictures of their own, add previously acquired graphics, and/or insert animations.  They can insert text, make a slideshow, and add many different features to their final product.  KidPix is a great way to encourage learning through a different means of instruction.  The program is designed for students grade levels K-6; however, the difficulty level of the assignment can be tailored to meet the needs and ability level of the students.

 

 

This video gives a basic overview of what KidPix is and its various features.  


 

How is it used to improve English skills?

Students love the opportunity to use the computer.  Programs such as KidPix often give children the confidence to try something new and expand their creativity. The program allows students to add text which can bu supplemented with creative designs.  This makes the students much more interested and involved in their writing.  The range of different tools allows students to expand beyond the limits of the typical tools available in a classroom without a computer.  It allows students to practice their skills that they have just learned in the typical classroom setting. 

 

How does it work?

The main menu has six different options of where to begin when you open KidPix.  It consists of Wacky TV, Moopies, Stampimator, Digital Puppets, Slide Show, and the main - Kid Pix.


 

Simple directions

This Quick Guide to KidPix is a great, simple guide to the basic in's and out's of the program.  Look at this first to get the basic ideas of what to do.  

 

Some examples of what you can do with KidPix

Projects done by kids of all ages are shown here

Mrs. Shaul's Fabulous Facts About the Sea

Martin Luther King

 

 

 

 

Lesson Plan Overview

Grade Level: 6th

Standards Addressed: STANDARD 2:  Students write and speak for a variety of purposes and audiences.

STANDARD 3: Students write and speak using conventional grammar, usage, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

STANDARD 5: Students read to locate, select, and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference, and technological sources.

Objective: Students will pull from recent learning experiences regarding poetry (specifically Shakespeare) and expand on that knowledge.  Students will reinforce their previous learning by developing their own poetry in a format similar to that which they have leaned about in their previous lesson reading Shakespeare.  Students’ poems should tell some type of story.  Students will work with the KidPix program to type, illustrate and make their poem into a “movie” using slideshow. 

 

Procedure:

  1. Discuss and review the previous lesson regarding Shakespeare.  Talk about how he wrote poetry which told a story.  As a class discuss the formal aspects necessary to write a poem.
  2. Students will each write their own poem which tells some kind of story.  Remind students of the five elements of a story (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution).
  3. Give a demonstration of KidPix.  Explain and demonstrate how the features work.  The demo video can be used, but the teacher should also personally show students how to use the program. 
  4. Students will be given time to work on their projects.  Using slideshow, students will make their poem into a “movie” using pictures, graphics, sounds and animations available through KidPix.  Additional resources can be downloaded to KidPix by the teacher if necessary. 
  5. Students will also be expected to audio record themselves reading their poem aloud and match it to g along with the slides. 
  6. When projects are finished, students will view each other’s work and provide feedback.  

 

Resources: These tutorials are a great resources put out by a teacher and  should be utilized throughout this lesson.

 

 

 

 

 

More Lesson Ideas

http://www.lttechno.com/links/kidpix.html

http://www.marcias-lesson-links.com/shareideas.html

http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/KidPix/kidpixacts.html

http://www.k12.hi.us/~dtisdell/training/haines.html

http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/software/resources/kidpix.html

 

 

 

Resources

http://www.learningvillage.com/html/rkidpix.html

http://www.ehow.com/way_5344419_kid-pix-tutorial.html 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JjfR3MaNuI 

http://www.mackiev.com/kidpix/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid_Pix

 

 

 

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