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Kidspiration: Activity Wizard (Create or Adjust an Activity)

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Teachers can adjust pre-made Activities in Kidspiration or start a new Activity for students to use by beginning of scratch and using the Picture View, Writing View, or Math View.     

     Kidspiration Options

Let’s take a pre-made Kidspiration Activity and adjust it to meet the needs of students.

  1. Pick an Activity and click, “OK”.
  2. Delete and adjust what you need to on the Activity.
  3. If an item is locked and you want to move it or delete it you must first Enable the Teacher Menu.  When the Password Option box appears click, "OK".  To unlock and item, you need to select it and then click on "Locked Item" under the Teacher Menu.

    Enable Teacher Mode 

    Password Option 


  4. Once you have your Activity ready you need to click on "Save With Activity Wizard" under the Teacher Menu.

    Save With Activity Wizard

  5. Go through the steps to select the various options for your Activity.   Once you come to the last step, you need to name your Activity, type in a description, and click on "Another Location" for the place you would like to save the Activity.  You need to save the Activity in the Student Drive so students have access to it.  Most teachers have a grade level folder with their name on it in the Student Drive.  This is a great place to save the Activity.

    Location and Save on Activity Wizard
  6. Now when students come to the lab they can open Kidspiration from the Productivity folder on the Application Menu.  Once Kidspiration is open, students click on "Open a File" and go to the Student Drive to open the adjusted Activity you made.

    Open a File

Example of an adjusted State/Country Template below:

Original Template

Original Template  

Adjusted Template

Adjusted Template


Kidspiration: Help and Curriculum Integration Resources

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Kidspiration: Help and Curriculum Integration Resources

Kidspiration Help

Atomic Learning Videos

Kidspiration 3 Users Guide ( PDF) (permission granted from to post this resource) The User Guide can also be access by clicking on HELP within the Kidspiration software and then choosing Kidspiration Documentation.

Kidspiration 3 Help Center


Curriculum Integration Resources

50 Ways to Use Kidspiration/Inspiration (Port Washington, NY School District)

Inspired Learning Community

Flashes Online Newsletter



Webspiration is an online tool created by Inspiration (the same company that created Kidspiration).  It is designed as a tool to allow the user to map out ideas, organize with outlines and collaborate online with teams or colleagues.

At this time Webspiration is free.  In the future, there will be a cost associated with using the tool.

To begin using Webspiration you must first create an account.

  1. Go to the Webspiration website -
  2. Click the sign up now button and complete the form and click submit.  It is recommended that you use your FCPS email account.  This way colleagues and students can easily find you when the create collaborative documents.
  3. You will now need to activate you account from the email Webspiration sends to your email address.  Open your email and click the link.
  4. In the future you will click the sign in button in the upper right of the Webspiration splash screen.
  5. Once logged in you will be asked to choose what you would like to do...choose - Launch Webspiration.  Once Webspiration is open you will see the screen below.
    Webspiration Splash Screen
  6. The first time in choose diagram.  Name your diagram and identify a tag (if you want). Notice the diagram view looks similar to Inspiration/Kidspiration - Picture View.
  7. Webspiration has a great HELP feature built into the program - See the Quick Start Guide at:  See other help resources at:
  8. Visit the Webspiration Example Gallery at:
  9. Once you have started you can share this document will others and have them collaborate on the document with you.  Use the Sharing button to invite others, create collaborative groups and publish your document as a webpage.
    Sharing Dialogue Box
  10. One of the nicest features of Webspiration is the abilty to track changes.  Under the document link scroll down to History.  You will now be able to see a history of all changes and identify which collaborator made those changes.  From the document link you can also create a revision of your document to track changes that you make.  Webspiration Document Link
  11. Another nice feature of Webspiration is the ability to download your document to Inspiration or as a Word or Google document.
  12. Try out Webspiration.  Use the feedback button under HELP to provide feedback to Inspiration to help them make Webspiration a better product.  Help Dialogue Box

Kidspiration: Activities

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Kidspiration: Activities

New activity templates have been added to the program in math, reading, science and social studies.  Why reinvent the wheel?  Use these activities to jump start your lesson, continue with an objective, or as a closing activity.  In addition, if you have access to an eInstruction Chalkboard, a Promethean Board or an ActivSlate, these activities work well for whole group practice.  Let the students come to the Promethean board or hand them the slate to make the activity an interactive experience. Many of the math activities, in particular, align directly with FCPS math objectives.  Examples of activities are listed below:









Social Studies



Kidspiration: Math View

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Kidspiration: Math View

Kidspiration 3 now features a math view that allows users to work with virtual math manipulatives! Teachers have access to color tiles, pattern blocks, base 10 blocks, fraction tiles, fraction boxes, and an interactive math workspace that makes cleaning up from math class a breeze!  Use the math tools during direct instruction with your computer connected to the projector and have the kids follow along with the real manipulatives OR take the kids to the lab to have the whole lesson digital.

Resources: Kidspiration Toolbars (PDF) - LA and Math toolbars labeled

Color Tiles

Color Tiles

Use Color Tiles to illustrate addition, subtraction, area, perimeter, patterning, multiplication arrays, and so much more!

Pattern Blocks

Pattern Blocks

Pattern blocks are a wonderful way to teach symmetry, shapes, geometry, patterns, and more.

Base 10 Blocks

Base 10 Blocks

With Kidspiration 3's base 10 blocks, you have the ability to use different colors of blocks to illustrate different numbers. Combine sets of 10 to make new numbers or break them apart to show subtraction.  The rubber stamp "X" tool allows you to cross out the blocks that you have "subtracted".  Use the same base 10 blocks to illustrate decimals for higher grades.

Fraction Tiles

Fraction Tiles

Use fraction tiles to identify parts of a whole, equivalent fractions, addition and subtraction of fractions, and so much more.

Fraction Boxes

With fraction boxes, you decide which fractional part will be represented in each box. This makes finding the least common demominator easy! 


Finally, the math textbox in Kidspiration 3 makes writing out math problems easier for your students. You can write vertical math problems, use the division symbol, or truly make a fraction that has the numerator on top of the demoninator.

Kidspiration Basics

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Kidspiration Basics

ViewsPicture View, Writing View

Picture View

Kidspiration Toolbar

Writing View

 Writing View Tool Bar

  • Formatting Toolbar

Formatting Toolbar

  • Symbol Palette

Symbol Palette

Symbol Maker-   Symbol Maker  Allows you to create unique symbols of your own. Once you click on the icon, you will be brought into a simple paint program. Click on DONE when you are finished.

symbol maker tool box


You can bring in your own student’s or your voice into Kidspiration.
You will need to have a working microphone attached to your computer.
Before beginning double check the settings in your control panel for recording sounds.

To record a sound...

  • Click on the symbol you want the sound attached to.
  • Click on Sound, Record  You will see this image –   Record Toolbar   which will allow you to Record and save.
  • There will now be a speaker by the symbol

Word Guide Word Guide icon

The Word Guide dictionary supports vocabulary and reading comprehension by providing easy access to nearly 13,000 words. Each entry includes definitions, recorded speech for pronunciation of the headword, synonyms (if any) and parts of speech. A More Detail button provides access to antonyms, word inflections, syllabication and a pronunciation key.

To use the Word Guide type the word into the Look Up box and click on Look Up.  the definition will appear in the center box.  Synonyms will appear in the lower left box.  Click on the More Detail button for access to access to antonyms, word inflections, syllabication and a pronunciation key.

Word Guide Screen

Goodies – Spell Check

Spell Check Editing Box

Inserting Hyperlinks

Any symbol (or text under the symbol) can be used to create a hyperlink to:

  • A webpage
  • Another image
  • A document on your computer
  • Or email address

To do this: 

  • Select the text
  • From Teacher menu, choose URL or F6 Adding Hyperlinks
  • Enter the address into the hyperlink box and click on OK.
  • If you don’t want the hyperlink to be active – click on Teacher, Application Options
  • Here you can make several choices for student usage of hyperlinks, word-processing programs, the listen tool and more!
  • If you choose AUTO DETECTION, when you type in a web address it will automatically create a hyperlink.

Hyperlink Editing Box


Kidspiration document can be exported or published to a variety of formats. 

To export the file go to:

  • File
  • Scroll to Export
  • Choose the file format you want to use.   Export Dialogue Box

To publish the file:

  • Click the Publish button Publish Button
  • Choose the format you want to use.   Publishing Dialogue Box

Extra: Super Groupers


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Monday, April 12, 2010
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Presented by Technology Resource Teachers
Karen Kroll -

Amy Boehman-Pollit -

12:30 – 12:40                  Welcome and What is Kidspiration?
12:40 – 1:05                    Kidspiration Basics
                                                Views – Picture View, Writing View
                                                Creating a basic concept map – symbols, links
                                                Formatting – color, font
                                                Symbol Maker
                                                Word Guide
                                                Goodies – Spell Check
1:05 – 1:30                     Exploration Time and Break
1:30 – 2:00                     Math View
                                                Color Tiles, Pattern Blocks, Base 10 Blocks, Fraction Tiles, Fraction Boxes, Free Workspace
2:00 – 2:15                     Activities
                                                Language Arts/Reading, Science, Social Studies, Math
                                                Teacher Menu – Activity Wizard                      
2:15 – 2:30                     Exploration Time
2:45 – 3:00                     Whiteboard Integration - View Video - Choose Interactive Whiteboard Support.
3:00 – 3:20                     Webspiration
3:20 – 3:30                     Help and Curriculum Integration Resources


Thank you for participating today.  Please complete the EVALUATION.

Why Should I Learn Kidspiration version 3?

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Kidspiration Home Page

With the release of Kidspiration 3, teachers have a reason to be excited!  Here are some reasons why you should give Kidspiration another chance:

base 10 blocks


  1. New Math Tools: With the addition of math manipulatives, teachers have access to color tiles, pattern blocks, base 10 blocks, fraction tiles, fraction boxes, and an interactive math workspace that makes cleaning up from math class a breeze!  Use the math tools during direct instruction with your computer connected to the projector and have the kids follow along with the real manipulatives OR take the kids to the lab to have the whole lesson digital.
  2. New Activities: New activity templates in math, reading, science and social studies have been added.  Why reinvent the wheel?  Use these activities to jump start your lesson, continue with an objective, or as a closing activity.
  3. Concept Maps and Outline View: Whether your students need visual connections or prefer to create outlines, Kidspiration appeals to many different learning styles.

Click here to download a 30 day free trial for your home computer! 

Do you have Kidspiration 3 on your school computer?  If you are an elementary teacher, then yes, you have the latest version of Kidspiration 3.

Kidspiration: Customizing Clip Art

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Did you know you can customize the clip art colors in Kidspiration?  Why would you want to do this?  Well, if a student is looking for a picture of a child or an adult to respresent themselves or someone they know, they may not find a good representation in the clip art library.  When you add the clip art to the page and select the clip art, the colors that are used for it will be listed along the bottom toolbar (see below).

Clip art of girl

Once the colors appear at the bottom, click the skin color or the hair color to see a color palette so you can choose a different color for your clip art.  This allows you to personalize clip art to be more realistic to what people look like. (see below)

clip art of kid 2

Text-to-Speech Tools

There are many programs that are on the Application menu with options to allow for text-to-speech or auditory assistance. These assistive tools are beneficial not only for the struggling reader, but also for students proofreading their own work.  When students can hear their work read aloud, sometimes they can catch mistakes they would not have heard otherwise.  Teachers can also type directions on an assignment in some of these programs and students can then access the directions when needed without the teacher reading them aloud again.  Text-to-Speech tools may help some students become more independent. 

Here's a quick overview of how to find them or turn them on right now. 

1.  Read Please is a program made specifically for text-to-speech purposes.  Go to the Application Menu in the Student Utilities folder.  Click on the Read Please icon.  To use, simply copy (press Control and C keys) and paste (press Control and V keys) to insert the text you wish to be read in the window.  You can take text from various online sources such as websites or from documents that you created in Microsoft Office programs.  Press Play to have the text read aloud.  You can change the speed and font size of the text as well as the type of voice (male/female) in which the text will be read aloud.



2.  Scholastic Keys  has a kid-friendly character known as Peedy the Parrot which reads text aloud in Max Write documents and Max Show slideshows.  Click on the Reading Feature icon and Peedy flies out on the page and reads any text.  Peedy does not read Word Art or drawings as those are recognized as pictures/images and not text.




3.  Pixie has a Talk icon which allows writing in text boxes or bubbles to be read aloud.  Simply press the Talk icon.  Then click on the text box or bubble to hear the words read aloud.  To turn this option off, click on the Talk icon again to mute the sound.  This feature works in some of the Activity Templates found in Pixie. 



4.  Kidspiration is a concept mapping tool which has a Listen icon.  This tool helps students understand buttons on the toolbars and icons by reading them aloud. 

5.  Microsoft Word also includes a text-to-speech feature.  Type a word or sentence, then highlight it.  Hold down the <WIN> key and the <S> and it will say the word or sentence.  (The <WIN> key looks like the Microsoft Windows icon and may look similar to the picture below on your keyboard).




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