A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a free educational site created to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. But with a little trial and error tweens at home can figure out and use the site's creative art, publishing, and animation tools on their own. There are some social networking and "send to a friend" features, but safety features require kids to have their friends' email addresses to be able to send messages or create a group.
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What's it about?
KERPOOF.COM is designed to bring out the inner artist in computer-using kids. Kids can explore everything from quick hits, like designing a greeting card to send via email, to the much more challenging project of creating a short animated movie. The social networking aspects of the site -- sharing creations, voting on others' work, email, chat, groups -- are all formulated in very safe, controlled ways. Kerpoof also has many great ideas for teachers to extend online learning into the classroom.
Is it any good?
The nifty animation tools and some famous artist-inspired backgrounds that go with the art studio will inspire many kids to create their own works of art. And, while many kids will enjoy and learn a lot from using this site on their own, the maximum benefit will most likely be achieved in a classroom setting. Otherwise, kids will have to poke around a lot and use trial and error, as some directions can be rather vague. Teachers can use the site's lesson plans to integrate other subjects into computer lessons and guide students to full use of all of Kerpoof.com's many techno-savvy experiences.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how computers can be used to enhance -- or dampen -- creativity. Sometimes backgrounds or even extensive character options can limit kids' creativity. What are some differences between how you can be creative while using the Kerpoof.com art studio versus starting with a blank sheet of paper?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, writing
Arts: drawing, film
- Skills: Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
Communication: multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
- Genre: Educational
- Price: Free-$4.39/month
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
For kids who love online creation
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