Kidspiration - The Visual Way to Explore Words, Numbers and Concepts

 
 


The visual way to explore words, numbers and concepts

Created for primary learners, Kidspiration® develops literacy, numeracy and thinking skills using proven visual learning principles. In literacy, Kidspiration strengthens word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension and written expression. With new visual maths tools, students build reasoning and problem-solving skills.

 

Kidspiration helps pupils:

  • Develop strong thinking skills
  • Strengthen literacy skills
  • Build conceptual understanding in maths

 

Integrated Picture and Writing Views in Kidspiration

Kidspiration® supports success across the curriculum

 

Develop Strong Thinking Skills
Strengthen Literacy Skills
Build Conceptual Understanding in Maths
Educator Developed Resources Support Curriculum Integration
Easy Navigation and Simple Operations Support for Every Primary Learner
Teacher Options Keep Pupils Focused on Learning
Support for ELL and ESL Students
Kidspiration Keeps Up with the Latest Technology

 


 

Kidspiration provides a cross-curricular visual workspace for primary learners. Pupils use visual tools combining pictures, text, numbers and spoken words to develop vocabulary, word recognition, comprehension, reasoning and problem solving skills.

Kidspiration works the way pupils think and learn and the way teachers teach. As pupils make visual connections, they build fundamental skills in literacy, maths, science and history and citizenship. Kidspiration offers activities in all curriculum areas, so pupils use visual learning naturally and confidently.

 

Integrated Picture and Writing Views in Kidspiration

 


Develop Strong Thinking Skills


Pupils use Kidspiration's visual tools to express thoughts and explore ideas and concepts.

 

  • 3,000+ symbols in Kidspiration's Symbol Library provide visual support for concepts taught in primary English, History, Citizenship and Science, making Kidspiration a valuable cross-curricular tool. Pupils can also import symbols from other sources.

  • Symbol Search helps pupils search and find just the right symbols to express their thoughts and ideas.

Kidspiration Symbol Search
 

  • Symbol Maker sparks creativity and anchors meaning. Pupils use familiar paint tools to create and personalise their own symbols to use in their graphic organisers.

Kidspiration Symbol Maker
 

  • The Link tool connects ideas and shows relationships.

  • Hyperlinks enrich Kidspiration activities and projects. Pupils and teachers can hyperlink to web pages from symbols, notes and links.

  • Kidspiration's SuperGrouper® supports pupils as they sort, group and classify objects and ideas. A favourite for pupils and teachers alike, SuperGrouper® containers are used to synthesise and analyse ideas.

Kidspiration Super Grouper

  


Strengthen Reading and Writing Skills

With Kidspiration, pupils combine pictures, text and audio to develop comprehension, organise ideas and create stories.

  • Integrated Picture and Writing Views connect pupils' visual thoughts with written expression in a single click. In Picture View, pupils develop thought webs and other graphic organisers. In Writing View, they expand their ideas into written expression. As they visualise, plan and organise, pupils build essential skills and confidence in literacy.

  • Kidspiration pairs symbols and words to build and strengthen literacy. Emerging readers and early learners use Kidspiration symbols and graphic organisers to communicate stories they've heard and ideas they develop. Older pupils use symbols to explain more complex ideas, show relationships and demonstrate understanding.

  • Visual continuity between Picture View and Writing View links images with written expression. When pupils click from Picture View to Writing View, they see symbols from their graphic organisers, reinforcing the connection between words and their meaning.

  • Kidspiration Word Guide supports vocabulary and reading comprehension with easy access to nearly 13,000 words. It includes sight vocabulary from the Fry's Instant Word List, Dolch Word List, NSL High frequency words and aligns with TESL vocabulary to support ELL and ESL pupils. Each entry includes definitions, recorded speech for pronunciation, synonyms and antonyms, parts of speech and sample sentences. Word Guide pairs 1,400 words with images to enhance word recognition and comprehension.

Kidspiration Word Guide
 

  • Audio support includes longer recording time to encourage pupils to express and document their ideas. Teachers enjoy greater flexibility when recording instructions and comments. For ESL and ELL learners, teachers can record instructions in native languages to enhance pupil understanding. With the Listen tool pupils can hear any text read aloud, strengthening word recognition and comprehension.

  • Ready-made literacy activities support phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, word recognition and comprehension as they build pupils' writing and literacy skills.

  • One-click transfer to word processors lets pupils easily export their work to applications such as Microsoft® Word, Scholastic Keys® and Appleworks® to expand upon projects and assignments. 


Build Conceptual Understanding in Maths

Pupils build number sense and spatial reasoning and understand the meaning behind the four basic operations while communicating their thinking with words, numbers and maths symbols.


Visual Math Tools
Kidspiration's five visual maths tools focus on the core conceptual foundations of counting, place value, computation and geometric thinking. They combine the hands-on learning power of manipulatives with all the added benefits of computer interactivity, helping pupils grasp essential numeracy concepts.

 

Kidspiration Colour Tiles™
Pupils use Kidspiration Colour Tiles to count and compare, explore properties of number and operations and develop computation strategies. With Kidspiration Colour Tiles, pupils learn to solve area and perimeter problems and model number patterns and the four basic operations.

Kidspiration Colour Tiles
 

  • Colour tiles are squares with no quantity limit, so pupils work with numbers large and small and visually grasp maths concepts.

  • Tiles are easy to drag and drop and can "snap" together automatically as pupils manipulate them to build models and patterns.
     

Kidspiration Pattern Blocks™
Pupils use Kidspiration Pattern Blocks to investigate the properties and attributes of shapes through composition and decomposition. They produce patterns and tessellations, explore similarity and congruence, experiment with symmetry and represent fractions.

Kidspiration Pattern Blocks
 

  • Pattern blocks are moveable, stackable geometric shapes with side lengths and angles that snap together automatically. It's easy for pupils to make shapes and patterns. With Kidspiration Pattern Blocks, pupils build a foundation for spatial reasoning as they focus on concepts rather than the details of re-sizing or alignment.

  • With the Rotate tool, pupils experiment with rotating shapes and explore how different shapes stack and fit together.

  • Using a line displays and reinforces the concept of symmetry.

 

Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks™
Pupils use Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks to understand place value and strengthen number sense. With Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks, they count, compare, group, partition and create equivalent representations of whole numbers and decimals. Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks also introduce pupils to procedures for operations on multi-digit numbers.

Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks
 

  • Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks are units of ones, tens, hundreds and thousands. Pupils "make and break" blocks to compose and decompose multi-digit numbers.

  • The Place Value Mat provides a visual structure for pupils to compare, order and generate equivalent representations of numbers. This visual framework helps pupils understand procedures such as carrying and borrowing.

 
Kidspiration Fraction Tiles™
Pupils use Kidspiration Fraction Tiles to compare and order fractions and to understand equivalent fractions. They find common denominators, translate between improper fractions and mixed numbers and model basic operations with fractions.

Kidspiration Fraction Tiles
 

  • Kidspiration Fraction Tiles are stackable, pre-sized rectangles in fractions from 1 to 1/12.

  • Tiles can snap together automatically to help pupils compare fraction values, build wholes and see the concept of equivalent fractions.

  • Fraction labels turn on and off to meet activity requirements.

 
Kidspiration Fraction Boxes™
Pupils use Kidspiration Fraction Boxes to represent fractions visually to build a strong conceptual foundation for future work with fractions. Pupils compare, order, simplify and find equivalent fractions. They use Kidspiration Fraction Boxes to model basic operations with like and unlike denominators. Kidspiration Fraction Boxes also introduce pupils to improper fractions, mixed numbers and representing word problems.

Kidspiration Fraction Boxes
 

  • Kidspiration Fraction Boxes are a dynamic fraction building tool using denominators up to 36. To build fractions, pupils set the number of parts and use colours and patterns to represent "parts of a whole" clearly. Pupils align boxes to model numbers greater than one and to compare fractions.

  • Pupils denominators with a simple click to find equivalent fractions and identify common denominators.

  • Pupils move tiles within the fraction box or to another box with a compatible denominator to show equivalency.

  • With the Subtraction tool, learners represent subtraction operations visually and logically.

 
The right features and functions make Kidspiration maths tools easy to use

  • Kidspiration Math SuperGrouper™ helps pupils count, sort and show operations visually. Teachers and pupils label Maths SuperGroupers as a conceptual building block for word problems.

  • Maths Text Boxes document maths operations using words, numbers and structured frames. The Maths Text Box supports writing fractions, division problems and vertical maths notations.

  • The Step Workspace shows progression of work with a sequential work area to document steps while problem-solving.

  • The Cross-Out Stamp gives pupils a visual indicator to use when they mark, take away or remove items.

  • Multiple pages in a document streamline workspace management.



Educator Developed Resources Support Curriculum Integration 

Kidspiration includes curriculum content, teacher tools and standards-aligned lesson plans in English, Maths, Science, History and Citizenship developed specifically for primary pupils, along with 125+ activity templates.

  • 125+ quick start activity templates give teachers classroom-ready resources and provide a launching pad to customise and create lessons for individual learners, small groups and the whole class.

Kidspiration Quick Start Activity Templates
 

  • Tutorials provide a fast effective way to introduce teachers to visual learning with Kidspiration so they're successful from the start.

  • Teacher Resources Online provides additional lesson plans and activities. 


Easy Navigation and Simple Operations Support Every K-5 Learner 

Sophisticated technology makes Kidspiration's capabilities easy and barrier-free for primary learners. Kidspiration's visual workspace invites pupils to explore, think and create naturally, intuitively and independently.

  • Visual Toolbars are colourful and intuitive for easy navigation so pupils experience success right from the start.

Kidspiration Picture View Toolbar

Kidspiration Writing View Toolbar

  • A Talking Interface supports each toolbar function with clear audio, so pupils who are emerging readers can navigate easily and fluidly.

  • Support for Higher Resolution Monitors and Windows® Vista®
    Kidspiration supports higher resolution monitors with a larger visual workspace (1024 x 768 resolution) and is compatible with Windows® Vista®


Teacher Options Keep Pupils Focused on Learning

When creating or modifying templates, teachers have options to keep pupil learning on task.

  • Lock items in places so pupils won’t accidentally move or delete necessary symbols or SuperGrouper shapes in a design activity.
  • Limit symbol libraries by making only specific libraries available for a project.
  • Add instructions that only appear in Picture View allowing pupils to work in Writing View without the transfer of nonessential instructions.

Password-protected controls on the Teacher menu prevent pupils from changing teacher preferences. 


Support for ELL and ESL Students  

Vocabulary building is critical for ELL and ESL learners for reading and writing proficiency, the core of academic success. Kidspiration uses proven visual learning strategies to build pupils' vocabulary and English comprehension with the integrated Picture and Writing Views, the new Word Guide, longer audio recording capacity and expanded symbol search and libraries. ELL and ESL pupils will also benefit from Kidspiration's emphasis on developing and using independent strategies, such as pictorial representation of thoughts and concepts, and sight vocabulary lists in Word Guide, which align with Fry's Instant Word List, Dolch Word List, NLS High frequency words and TESL vocabulary.


Kidspiration Keeps Up with the Latest Technology

Kidspiration now supports higher-resolution monitors with a larger visual workspace and is compatible with Windows Vista. Shape and handwriting recognition in Kidspiration make it possible to sketch symbols and links as well as write text directly on whiteboards such as Promethean® ACTIV boards® and SMART Technologies SMART Boards. Toolbars may be moved to the bottom of the screen for easy access by all pupils.