Parents' Choice, Children's Media and Toy Reviews since 1978, and iLearn Technology, studied it as part of the Free Tools Challenge, Teacher Challenge at the Edublogs site and this week receiving the designation as one of the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association for School Librarians during the ALA annual conference in New Orleans, Kerpoof needed to be explored in depth.
First try out the site by clicking on the How to Play question mark at the top of the screen. View the two tutorials on Make a Movie and Make a Picture, and read the Top 10 Questions along with the Tips and Tricks section.
Initially registration consists of choosing a screen name, password and two secret questions and answers. Click on the blank avatar icon to do this. Children can create their own accounts but parent involvement and permission is required. By having an account scenes can be saved, shared or emailed to others. (All shared content is reviewed by trained moderators before it is shown on the site.)
Also by clicking on the For Educators button a series of buttons appear across the top of the screen. These provide, in addition to opening a teacher account, an overview of Kerpoof, lesson plans, general classroom ideas, matching Kerpoof to national and some state technology standards, signing up for an e-newsletter and reading newletter archives from November 2007, a general FAQ section and the choice to contact the people at Kerpoof.
I would encourage perusal of the Kerpoof Scholastics Teachers' Guide as well as each of the lesson plans on using the individual elements of this suite.
I have applied for a teacher account and will be using Kerpoof as part of lessons given within the library media center during the 2011-2012 school year. Check out this video, experiment and have fun making your own creations or plans for implementing Kerpoof in the classroom.
To have all these tools together in this environment giving users or students the ability to transform those ideas, dreams or thoughts from their imaginations through graphics and writing is an educational plus.