Thursday, October 02, 2008
Earlier in the week, we were in Officeworks and I spotted a bargain bin of computer games - $5 each. I picked out a couple for Billy (Arthur's Maths Games & Arthur's Thinking Games) and then spotted another one called Kid Pix. It's a kid's drawing program, and since he likes using Paint so much I thought he might enjoy it.
He's been playing around with it for the last few days and it's great. It comes with heaps of different backgrounds, "stickers" you can use to put on the screen, resize & rotate etc, plus the usual drawing tools. You can also create a slideshow using your created pictures, so we were able to make a "movie" of people running around an athletics track (thus investigating perspective ie people appearing smaller as they got further away). Some of the backgrounds include country & world maps, and stickers include world flags so we'll be able to use it for some geographical lessons.
The version we got is Kid Pix Deluxe 3 - there is a newer version available now (which is why this one was in the bargain bin I guess!) - I'm not sure how much difference there is in the versions, but 3 seems good enough for us.
It seems like it's used by a lot of schools world-wide - you can find heaps of examples of how to integrate it into your curriculum - but more than that, it's just fun!