Creative Learning using Kerpoof

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“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

  1. Exploring Fact and Fiction in the American West (grades 4-5)
  2. The History of Halloween: Lesson Plan & Timeline

For other examples click here.

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Movie Maker using Your Own Images and Music

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At Animoto, we live by two basic philosophies: make it simple, and make it beautiful. And we’re proud to offer you the simplest way to create the most beautiful videos online, whether for yourself, your friends, your family, or your business.”

Animoto is a user-friendly site that allows you to upload your own images and add your own music to create mini-movies. If you go for the free option, you can make short 30 second mini-movies. A good option for classroom presentations. Students can use these mini-movies to showcase their work, similar to a portfolio. The movies can be shared or embedded. For a reasonable price, you can upgrade your subscription enabling you to make longer movies with greater movie making options (access to a larger variety of templates). I created a short video using only a short selection of photos from our current Halloween yard decorations that I had recently shared on Facebook. Which, by the way you can have access to through Animoto as long as you are willing to grant the site access to your information. You can also use your Instagram images following the same process for sharing your information with Animoto. If you have an issue with allowing access to your accounts, you can always simply upload your images from your own computer.

Here is the Halloween video that I created: Cleveland Halloween Animoto Video

It’s short, but you can get a general idea of how it works. Also, you can see that you also have the option to add text to your video. I used a simple one “Cleveland Halloween; BOOOO!!!”. I wasn’t very creative when it came to what to write, but I think it fit in really nicely with the photo stream. All in all, I really liked the application. I’m planning on using it to create a short video for my son’s birthday. I intend to use images from his birth until now to share with our family and friends who live in different states. Most likely I will post it on Facebook and tag my family and friends so they can have access to it.

Below I’ve listed the pricing plans so you can get an idea of how much it costs to use Animoto. Again, it’s free, as long as you want to create short videos.

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