Inspiration Software has announced the launch of Kidspiration 3. The newest version of Inspiration’s visual learning software supports students in kindergarten through fifth grade as they think creatively and organize ideas to write, comprehend, and communicate successfully.
As a cross-curricular visual workspace, teachers and learners can use Kidspiration 3 to build fundamental skills in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. New capabilities include tools for using visual learning to build math skills, a Word Guide, expanded searchable symbol library, and additional enhancements that support vocabulary building, particularly for English Language Learners (ELL) and English as Second Language (ESL) students.
Kidspiration 3 extends the principles of visual learning to mathematics with five new visual math tools. Combining the hands-on learning power of manipulatives with the benefits of technology, students will use Kidspiration to build problem-solving and reasoning skills in the core skills areas of counting, place value, computation, and geometric thinking. The new visual math tools in Kidspiration address the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum Focal Points for Grades K-5, including numbers and operations, measurement, algebra, and two-dimensional geometry. They include:
* Kidspiration Color Tiles: Students use Kidspiration Color Tiles to count, compare, and explore number properties and operations and develop computation strategies. Using Kidspiration Color Tiles, students solve area and perimeter problems and model number patterns and the four basic math operations.
* Kidspiration Pattern Blocks: With Kidspiration Pattern Blocks, moveable, stackable geometric shapes, students investigate the properties and attributes of shapes through composition and decomposition. They explore patterns and tessellations, similarity and congruence, experiment with symmetry, and represent fractions.
* Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks: With units of ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands, Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks help students understand place value and strengthen number sense. Students count, compare, group, partition, and create equivalent representations of whole numbers and decimals as well as learn about procedures for operations on multi-digit numbers.
* Kidspiration Fraction Tiles: Students use Kidspiration Fraction Tiles to compare and order fractions and to understand equivalent fractions. They find common denominators, translate between improper fractions and mixed numbers, and model basic operations with fractions.
* Kidspiration Fraction Boxes: Using Kidspiration Fraction Boxes, a dynamic fraction building tool, learners represent fractions visually to build a strong conceptual foundation for figure work with fractions. They compare, order, simplify and find equivalent fractions.
With its expanded library of more than 3,000 symbols, students can use Kidspiration 3 to create graphic organizers including webs, concept maps, and Venn diagrams to clarify thoughts, organize information, use new knowledge, and build critical-thinking skills. The new symbol search capabilities allow students to find the right symbols to express their thoughts and ideas, or they can use Symbol Maker to create and personalize their own symbols.
The visual learning software’s new Word Guide helps young learners build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills with easy access to nearly 13,000 words, including sight vocabulary from the Dolch and Frye’s word lists. Each entry includes definitions, recorded speech for pronunciation, synonyms and antonyms, parts of speech and sample sentences. The Word Guide pairs 1,400 words with images to enhance word recognition and comprehension and is aligned with Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) vocabulary to support ELL and ESL students.
Enhanced support for audio in Kidspiration 3 encourages students to express and document their ideas. For ESL and ELL learners, teachers can record instructions in native languages to enhance student understanding. With the Listen tool, students can hear any text read aloud, strengthening word recognition and comprehension.
Through a special introductory offer available until June 30, 2008, schools or districts that own Kidspiration volume licenses can save 10 percent or more when they upgrade to Kidspiration 3.
Single copies of Kidspiration 3 are $69 and upgrades are $39.95; five-computer licenses are $310; 10-computer licenses are $550; 20-computer licenses are $895, and additional pricing is available for larger volume purchases and volume upgrades. Kidspiration users who purchased their software after Dec. 1, 2007, are eligible for a complimentary upgrade. For a free 30-day trial of Kidspiration 3, visit www.inspiration.com/freetrial.
Source: Inspiration Software, Inc., www.inspiration.com