Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Kidspiration vs Inspiration

I wrote an explanation of the above graphic and was careful to save it as I went, and then published it, and the text had disappeared. Thanks blogger. So this is a re-write, which I will keep brief.

The graphic above is my attempt to get a feel for Kidspiration, and also to compare it with its big sister, Inspiration. I wanted to get a feel for what we would be missing if we purchased Kidspiration for our Mac lab, instead of Inspiration. It turns out not much for our students (we are a pre-K through 8th grade school). Inspiration provides more formatting tools and export options, towards creating serious, quality presentations. But Kidspiration provides the same basic concept mapping tools, and adds a lot of extra teacher friendly tools like the ability to create activities, and include teacher comments. It also includes a bundle of activities, plus some special math learning tools, including digital versions of pattern blocks, fraction tiles and base ten blocks.

Our older kids (say, 7th and 8th graders) may be put off by the "kid" part of Kidspiration, but that can be worked around I think, while still getting the benefits of "visual learning".


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