Kidspiration 2Fall 2004 Software
But if your little Einstein craves quantum challenges in his or her school tools that really can assist in goosing the thought process up a notch, Kidspiration--the little brother of the higher-grades "Inspiration"--just might hit the intellectual spot. And in a classroom setting, with a smart teacher behind the steering wheel, this gray-matter fueler no doubt gets even better mileage.
Kidspiration isn't locked into any particular curriculum, and its grade levels span all elementary school years. Essentially it is a hands-on, visual, brainstorming and outlining workshop for comprehending and writing assignments, or for just exploring topics. In practical terms, it's an enriching tool for everything from planning research projects to recognizing connectivity of ideas and subjects.
You've heard the saying a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, here kids are encouraged to illustrate their thoughts from sets of picture stamps and icons. Using the mind-mapping webs that create and connect concepts, kids can learn better to synthesize, analyze and evaluate. Sorting, categorizing, organizing and rethinking are the mental muscles the program builds as ideas are wrung-out, reworked, kneaded and raised, and finally translated into a more comprehensive written form, such as a journal, report or project.
And that's the difference in this new version: It packs more of the writing punch than before--including easier-to-use toggling between the outlines, visual concepts and written work in progress, and double the templates that guide types of writing project. For even semi-serious students, this program can reshape linear thinking into a dynamic that'll leave teachers eyes wide open when grading written projects.