Kerpoof closed down April 15, 2014. A staple in thousands of classrooms across the country, it is sorely missed by not just students, but teachers who relied upon it to guide students through writing, spelling, and a mixture and text and pictures to communicate ideas.
It’s pretty much a given that no one site could replace all the experiences Kerpoof provided, educators can cobble together a collection to satisfy the hole left by Kerpoof’s demise. Here are some ideas:
Mix Art and Text
- KidPix (fee-based)
- Paint (available through Windows)
- Tuxpaint (free software download)
- Comic creator–Arthur
- Comic Creator–Boy’s Life
- Comic creator–Bubblr
- Comic creator–Garfield
- Comic creator–Lego.com
- Comic creator–ReadWriteThink
- Comics, newspapers, posters—learn to create
- Make Believe Comix
- Writing with comics
- Bookr—create stories from photos
- Create a story
- Google Storybuilder (see how-to video here)
- Little Bird Tales–upload drawings, add student voice to them–K, 1 best
- StoryBird—-storytelling with art–beautiful
- StoryJumper–build a book
- Spelling practice—use with spelling words
- Vocabulary Fun
- Word Central—from Merriam
- Words in Context
One more–visit this crowd-sourced Symbaloo of options for Kerpoof.
That’s a start. None of those above do everything Kerpoof does, but teachers are resilient. We’ll figure a way to make this work.
Here’s a collection of drawings done using some of the sites above:
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.