Very engaging tool to publish student writing.
This website is an amazingly, awesome, creativity resource to use in a classroom as a teaching tool and for publishing student work. The various resources available within Kerpoof to create publications, allows a teacher to use the website to teach and demonstrate on a whiteboard for the whole class, differentiated small reading groups, and individualized instruction. Its large resource banks provide the teacher flexibility to use this tool in all subjects. Best of all, it is FREE for teachers!!! This amazing resource is very easy to sign-up for. Therefore, I strongly recommend all teachers in any subject, to take advantage of getting a free teacher account. All that is required to get started is going to the website, fill in and submit the short application, and Kerpoof will send your registration and new account information via email to allow you to create your free teacher account(s), establish classroom rosters, and assign each student log-in information. As an internet based program, Kerpoof operates and can be used across multiple platforms and devices, both at school and at home. This flexibility allows students to work on their current Kerpoof project whenever possible, so it can quickly be completed. Also, I discovered, the easy access, and easy to use format, and creative possibilities helped motivate some of our 4th grade students. Students found Kerpoof to be fun and an easy way to publish and share their work. This was proven when I had students voluntarily publishing various creations in their free time, and bringing them in to share.
I really liked Kerpoof because it allowed students to think creatively, show their knowledge, and allowed them to build creative publications to enhance and extend learning in and outside of their classroom. It also allowed digital sharing of publications, as well as printed and binding hardcopies of books to place in the library.
How I Use It
Students used the website in ELA and Science to correlate and reinforce standards addressed in 4th grade. In ELA I conducted a genre focus literature unit about fictional story elements and structures, and graphic novels and their specific characteristics. Once students were introduced to the genre elements in ELA, using Kerpoof, my co-teacher and I realized how easily Kerpoof allowed the integration of the standards we covering in our current Science and ELA units. By collaborating closely with my co-teacher, we knew we had an opportunity to try out Kerpoof, assess student understanding and learning, and engage students in a creative- thinking writing project. My co-teacher and I collaborated, planned, and carried out this culminating project cooperatively. This project would be graded by both teachers using specific rubrics for each subject. This would allow each teacher to authentically asses students' knowledge and application of concepts, as well as addressing 21st Century Technology standards. Therefore, by using this opportunity to integrate material, the students were able to share their knowledge gleaned during their units of study about Outer Space concepts, as well as practicing and reinforcing and apply standards addressed for ELA for fiction genre characteristics, fictional story elements and structure, as well as graphic novel elements and structure in a new and creative way. Students were given a rubric explaining the requirements for the ELA part of the project, based on specific characteristics the teacher assigned, including required elements the ELA teacher expected students to include in their graphic novel publication, as well as the directions for general construction, and publication. The Science teacher created a separate rubric to be used to assess each student's depth of knowledge, and understanding of content covered during the Outer Space unit. Upon reflection of the graphic novel project, we found a few issues we needed to address when completing this project in the future. 1. Print and attach student log-in information into a specific folder. In this folder we will place all rubrics, Science information, Graphic Novel information, and all writing stages. 2. Take folders up once completed work for day. 3. Schedule extra computer lab time, and extend check-out of our laptop cart class set. 4. Give each student a jump drive to save work as a back-up (we had a couple of instances where student work was not retrievable, and they had to begin again