(GTG's #GETABC Series = Green, Education, & Tech*)
"Kerpoof" is one of those words that sounds like magic about to happen or the results at the end of a magician's wand. Truthfully, that was probably by design, as magic is what can happen when you sit a child down with Kerpoof.
Kerpoof is a new find to me, but a little web search showed me that clearly has been around for awhile. (Noteably--it's a product of Disney, and a Parents' Choice Award Winner of 2008). But, if you're like me and new to it, you'll appreciate not only learning about it, but it's longevity. Longevity is especially obvious when it comes to Kerpoof's level of on-site education directed to teachers. In fact, that is one of the things I like most of all. Kerpoof does an exceptional job as a classroom tool, complete with lesson plans, standards, classroom use ideas, newsletters, Teacher's Guide, and teacher accounts.
Here is a video of some of Kerpoof's capabilities from their Teacher's Guide of Krista Marks, CEO & CoFounder of Kerpoof:
So what can you do with Kerpoof?? Tons, creatively-speaking. Kerpoof's 6 major areas (including the site-specified grades these activities most benefit) include:
--Spell a Picture (grades K-3)
--Make a Movie (grades K-8)
--Make a Card (grades K-8)
--Make a Drawing (grades K-8)
--Make a Picture (grades K-3)
--Tell a Story (grades 3-8)
For those of you trying to "GET" green, here's a Kerpoof example of an activity that resulted from the instructions to make the water cycle using "Make a Picture."
The 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (gr. 1-4)
Life Cycle of a Butterfly (gr. 1-3)
Celebrate the Seasons (PreK--gr. 2)
Exploring the Polar Regions (gr. 6-8)
Or Tweak their Write a Persuasive Advertisement activity to any environmental issue. (gr. 3-5+)
Lesson Plans are listed as follows with links to the PDF or PowerPoint directions:
--Learning to Use Kerpoof
--Master Artist Series (these look amazing!)
--Math and Science
So, make some magic happen while you Kerpoof with your kids or your class.
Letter K pic from http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithcw/2587772843/. Kerpoof Water Cycle pic from http://mrssoto.wordpress.com/third-grade/. Kerpoof logo from http://www.kerpoof.com/
Note: In an attempt to meld my pursuits of green, education, and technology, "GET" and this ABC series began...as did my twitter thread #GETABC. To see the inception of #GETABC and give yourself a tidbit of background, go to GTG's True Confessions & Whirling Dervishes.