Monday, October 12, 2009

Lab Workout Pre-Lecture Activity #7

I am a KidPix expert.

KidPix is a drawing format used on Macs. Students can draw, paint, put stickers name it. But it doesn't just have to be for fun, aimless doodling. Many sites online offer ideas for integrating KidPix into classroom lessons. Students can create things like flow charts for book reports using the box tool on KidPix and typing into it. Creating projects on the computer, experimenting with color, and using a program make an assignment like a book report more exciting. In the newer versions of KidPix you can even do things like record your voice to go along with your picture and create a slideshow of pictures.

Here are two sites with ideas for activities using KidPix:

Here is an example of a student's work using KidPix. This kindergarden class created an alphabet book for each letter and illustrated it. They worked on phonics and spelling based on what they know about how words work.

This site offers tutorials for learning how to use the various tools in KidPix, such as the pencil, paint, drawing lines, etc. Here is an example of one of the tutorials available on this site: You can learn how to use the stampinator! Another shows you how to use the eraser tool.

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