This week on the study desk saw an introduction to the “Decoding Learning” report, which investigated the impact of digital technology in the classroom. The authors of the report gathered a large collection of ICT-based innovations. They started with 300 teacher-led innovations and 1022 research innovations and whittled those down to 210 cases that formed the foundation for the report. They then chose a representative sample of 150 innovations that were then judged by a range of people. Eventually a group of experts used a process to rank the innovations – follow this link– based on the “greatest potential to advance teaching and learning, if they were to be widely adopted”. I decided to look more closely at innovation number 7.
What is it?
Kidpix is a multimedia program for primary school aged children. Students can use the program to draw, add backgrounds, upload photo’s, add text, animation and create a slideshow. The following video provides an introduction on how to use the program:
How it might be used
Teachers can use the kidpix program in the classroom for students to create a record of their research and findings they may have conducted from a science unit or create a slideshow of an excursion they went on. There are a wealth of activities the program can be used for. The following site has some great ideas for using kidpix to support learning in the classroom.
Why it helps student learning