“As long as you know how to have fun, you should find a lot of fun to be had with Kerpoof. If you don’t know how to have fun, Kerpoof is a good way to learn. Really. It’s OK for lawyers to have fun, too.”
Overview: Kerpoof Studios is a kid-friendly site owned and operated by Disney. It provides various activities that allow the user to create such items as movies, pictures, and cards. It also provides resources for teachers such as lesson plans that you can download in PDF format. Teachers can also use this site with their class in the classroom. Each student can create their own avatar and save their creations within their backpacks (inventory button) on the site. Students can also use this site for free from home. The downside to the site is that the images, backgrounds, and themes are predetermined by the creators. However, the constraints placed on the creative process within the site is not an issue considering the wide range of options provided. Additional options are available for an upgrade, but otherwise the site is free to use. My son enjoyed using this site. He especially liked creating his own avatar. He made a movie and a story, which he found to be very fun. Here is a link to my Jing video providing a quick overview of Kerpoof: 2013-10-16_0939
Getting there: If you type in kerpoof.com you can go to the site and it will begin loading. However, it can sometimes get “stuck” and show that it is still loading. Refreshing doesn’t seem to help. So, I began to Google the site and by clicking on one of the menus below (ex. “for teachers” or “lesson plans”) I was able to backtrack to the main homepage. It seems to work out better this way…you don’t have to wait on the site to load. When you go onto the site, you should go ahead and create your avatar and set up an account. Once you’ve done that, you can get started creating your projects. There are other options if you want to set up a teacher account to use with your students. You can read all about that by clicking here for the teacher link.
Ideas for using Kerpoof: I would suggest looking at the lesson plans that are provided by the site as a way to get ideas for using the activities for your classroom. Some examples are
- Exploring Fact and Fiction in the American West (grades 4-5)
- The History of Halloween: Lesson Plan & Timeline
For other examples click here.