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Kidspiration -Software Evaluation-. Critiqued By: Lindsay Randall Class: ISTC 301. Background Information. Founded in 1982 by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver with a focus on business software products. 1987-First version of Inspiration was created. Kidspiration was created

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kidspiration software evaluation

Kidspiration-Software Evaluation-

Critiqued By: Lindsay Randall

Class: ISTC 301

background information
Background Information
  • Founded in 1982 by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver with a focus on business software products.
  • 1987-First version of Inspiration was created.
  • Kidspiration was created

in January 2001.

software tools needed for kidspiration
Software/Tools needed for Kidspiration
  • 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

Help • CD-ROM drive (for installation only) • Optional: Macintosh compatible printer • Optional: Internet browser • Optional: Microphone

software tools needed for kidspiration continued
Software/Tools needed for Kidspiration ( Continued…)
  • 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

• Optional: Microphone

avaliability
Avaliability
  • You can order it online at any of the Kidspiration websites.
  • The cost ranges from

$50.00-$69.99.

  • You can download a

free 30 day trial at anytime.

website for kidspiration and inspiration
Website for Kidspiration and Inspiration
  • http://www.inspiration.com/productinfo/kidspiration/index.cfm
software objective statement
Software Objective Statement
  • “ 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. “ (http://www.inspiration.com/productinfo/kidspiration/index.cfm )
kidspiration can help students children
Kidspiration can help students/children…
  • Develop ideas
  • Organize thinking
  • Gather information
  • Making connections between data and visual representations
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Develop stronger cognitive skills
  • Develop content knowledge
  • Stimulate creative thinking
kidspiration offers necessary tools such as
Kidspiration offers necessary tools such as…
  • Visual Learning- Using graphs to work with ideas and presenting information.
  • Visual learning can help students clarify thoughts/ideas, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and to think critically.
types of educational tools that kidspiration provides
Types of educational tools that Kidspiration provides...
  • Webs-Visual Maps-shows different categories of information that relate to one another.
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Webs
  • Used for:
  • Brainstorming
  • Organizing information
  • Writing
  • Prewriting
  • Analyzing
  • Types: Literacy webs, Character webs, Comparison webs and Prewriting webs
idea maps
Idea Maps
  • Idea Maps: Stimulates students to generate…

Ideas follow through develop their ideas visually

Used for: Brainstorming, solving problems and planning school work.

mind maps
Mind Maps
  • Mind Maps: Connect branches of related topics, ideas and subtopics.
  • It provides an overview of complex information and finding new connections.
  • Used for: Brainstorming, taking notes and planning tasks.
concept maps
Concept Maps
  • Concept Maps: Links two or more concepts that are linked by words and describes their relationship.
  • Used For: To reiterate ideas using students own ideas.
kidspiration
Kidspiration
  • Kidspiration can be used for all subjects and can be integrated into any classroom environment or lesson plan.
  • Students use symbols, pictures, colors and keywords to create educational information.
kidspiration continued
Kidspiration ( Continued)
  • This software gives educators feedback on the information that students misunderstood.
  • Kidspiration has no violence. It only has fun, active and visual tools for students to use.
  • This software gives students a choice of picking symbols and pictures using the tool bar.
positive aspects
Classroom Compatibility

Educational Support

Teacher Support

Educational Value

Technical Quality

Some students may get confused with the abundant amount of information

Costly

Positive Aspects

Negative Aspects

final thought
Final Thought
  • Excellent educational tool
  • Easy directions
  • Used and provided worldwide
  • Can be integrated in all subjects