Kidspiration is a software application for students K-5 that is designed to develop thinking, literacy, and numeracy skills using the principles of visual learning. In reading and writing, Kidspiration strengthens word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, and written expression. This application can be used in all content areas and supports pre-writing organization, brainstorming, classification, and note-taking. Students can also export their files and edit their drafts within Microsoft Word without retyping! This application also supports text-to-speech functionality; the instructional possibilities are endless.
Guidelines for Use
- Kidspiration is a software application that requires a purchased license and installation to be used on a classroom computer.
- Contact your Media Specialist and/or Technology Services to verify your current license (the software has not been added to the elementary computer image since it is not a district license).
Best Practices – Curriculum Connections
- Clarify thoughts – Students see how ideas are connected and realize how information can be grouped and organized. With visual learning, new concepts are more thoroughly and easily understood when they are linked to prior knowledge.
- Organize and analyze information – Students can use diagrams and plots to display large amounts of information in ways that are easy to understand and help reveal relationships and patterns.
- Integrate new knowledge – According to research, students better remember information when it’s represented and learned both visually and verbally.
- Think critically– Linked verbal and visual information helps students make connections, understand relationships and recall related details.
- Begin the writing process in web view, transfer to outline view to add detail, and then export to Word.
- Complete a graphic organizer – compare/contrast, character traits, story maps, venn diagrams, main idea/detail, etc.
- Kidspiration v3 includes a Math View that provides virtual math manipulatives including color tiles, pattern blocks, base 10 blocks, fraction tiles, fraction boxes and math workspace!
- Use a built-in activity template (reading, math, science, and social studies) to jump start your lesson or modify to suit your instructional outcome.
Install Kidspiration onto your classroom computer using license key code.
- Choose which view you and/or your students would prefer to work within.
- Use the Symbol Library and/or the text options to create your organizer.
- Clicking on the Picture View/Writing view will toggle your information using the two views of the software.
- As additional links are created and/or notes added within the Writing View, students can toggle back and forth to help organize thoughts.
- Use the Export button to capture student work and open within Word for continued editing of written work.
- The Super Grouper tool is designed to support classification of objects.
- headphones (optional)
Tutorials and Resources
Quick Start Tutorials – Are you looking for a guide to help you get started? This site contains multiple resources.
Content Examples – This page provides a number of quality examples of Kidspiration use in the elementary classroom.
Inspired Learning Community – Visit this online community for resource sharing, instructional ideas, and tips!
Kidspiration Symbol Guide – This PDF includes the images and captions for the entire symbol library.
Atomic Learning tutorials – Explore these free video tutorials to help get you started.
Kidspiration v2 Introduction -This recorded webinar explores the basic tools to create templates in both the Picture and the Written views found in Kidspiration v2.
Kidspiration v2 Advanced Features – This recorded webinar explores how to hyper link to web sites, use the default settings, create templates using the Activity Wizard and learn how to create unique picture libraries.
Visual Learning and Visual Thinking – This resource helps explain how Kidspiration can support student learning through visual learning and outlining in the classroom.