Kidspiration

Kidspiration: Activity Wizard (Create or Adjust an Activity)

Teachers can adjust pre-made Activities in Kidspiration or start a new Activity for students to use by beginning of scratch and using the Picture View, Writing View, or Math View.     

     Kidspiration Options

Let’s take a pre-made Kidspiration Activity and adjust it to meet the needs of students.

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Webspiration

Webspiration

Webspiration is an online tool created by Inspiration (the same company that created Kidspiration).  It is designed as a tool to allow the user to map out ideas, organize with outlines and collaborate online with teams or colleagues.

At this time Webspiration is free.  In the future, there will be a cost associated with using the tool.

To begin using Webspiration you must first create an account.

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Kidspiration: Math View

Kidspiration: Math View

Kidspiration 3 now features a math view that allows users to work with virtual math manipulatives! Teachers have access to color tiles, pattern blocks, base 10 blocks, fraction tiles, fraction boxes, and an interactive math workspace that makes cleaning up from math class a breeze!  Use the math tools during direct instruction with your computer connected to the projector and have the kids follow along with the real manipulatives OR take the kids to the lab to have the whole lesson digital.

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Kidspiration: Customizing Clip Art

Did you know you can customize the clip art colors in Kidspiration?  Why would you want to do this?  Well, if a student is looking for a picture of a child or an adult to respresent themselves or someone they know, they may not find a good representation in the clip art library.  When you add the clip art to the page and select the clip art, the colors that are used for it will be listed along the bottom toolbar (see below).

Clip art of girl

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Text-to-Speech Tools

There are many programs that are on the Application menu with options to allow for text-to-speech or auditory assistance. These assistive tools are beneficial not only for the struggling reader, but also for students proofreading their own work.  When students can hear their work read aloud, sometimes they can catch mistakes they would not have heard otherwise.  Teachers can also type directions on an assignment in some of these programs and students can then access the directions when needed without the teacher reading them aloud again.  Text-to-Speech tools may help some students become m

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