Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tech Tuesday: Kerpoof, Storybird, and Google Labs

Don't worry--You haven't lost your mind--It's actually Wednesday. I had this post scheduled for yesterday, but I hadn't factored in that I'd lose my mind and accidentally post Forgotten on the wrong day. By the time I realized it, the post had comments I didn't want to lose, so please pretend it's Tuesday if you like. :)

Last week, I mentioned the very-giggly "Surfer Boy" in my fragmented vlog. The day I noticed how much he giggled was the day I showed the kids Kerpoof, so I thought I'd share it with you today. Kerpoof is a free site  at which kids can create all kinds of fun stuff like cartoony-type movies and pictures, but the page that had Surfer Boy giggling out of his chair was the Spell-a-Word page, for some reason. You start to spell a word, and pictures pop up of what you might be spelling (I guess). He and his buddy somehow came up with "ROOT," and when a carrot (and later, a radish) popped up, they thought that was hilarious--"Hahahaha! I typed 'root' and it made a CARROT! And a radish!! That's so funny!!!"  I'm certain they had no idea they were having so much fun and learning how to spell at the same time. I'm going to miss Surfer Boy.


Another really great site that my summer school students loved is one that I just found this recently. It's called Storybird and allows kids (and adults) to choose beautiful artwork to accompany stories they write. Visitors can also simply read books others have written. I highly recommend it.

Finally, I really love this hilarious feature offered in Google Labs ("Some Crazy, Experimental Stuff"), which include features you can enable for your email. I don't drink, but I know a few people who mind need this:

To enable this feature in your Gmail account, go to your gmail Settings, click on the Labs tab, and find Mail Googles (They're listed alphabetically.).

Sorry--I have no idea how to fix the fact that I suddenly have a margin in my post. I do like technology a lot, but I don't know it all. Feel free to figure it out for me and let me know how to fix it! :) [UPDATE: THANKS for helping me figure that out, MIMBLES! :)]

Have a great day!


  1. Flylady says "Make it fun, and it'll get done." (Plus who know why kids get the giggles over nothing. Their judgement is still developing, I suppose.)

    You do find the most interesting stuff! You and The Goat!

  2. There's a [div style="...] tag before the image that includes "margin-left: 118px" I imagine that if you go into the html editing mode and delete all the style coding around the image it will go back to behaving itself again.

    (square brackets = < > in the actual coding)

  3. I love that todays kids are having fun learning it makes the hugest difference at this age to really love school! Way to go Mrs. 4444's you rock!

  4. The funniest part about the mail goggles is that I heard about something like this several years ago. It was on a morning radio show and they were discussing drunk dialing, texting and emailing and were talking hypothetically (then) about a program that would make you perform math problems prior to letting you send it. I guess it wasn't so hypothetical after all! :)

  5. thanks for the web site recommendations - I'll pass this on to the parents of the grandkids.

  6. Hey I still have the last comment on this post. I came back to tell you that I used your Kerpoof recommendation.
    I had a little time with my granddaughter (3) and a laptop. I remembered you posted about a site for kids so I went looking in you blog for it. Actually had thought it was a more recent post.
    Found it and she really enjoyed it. thanks from the little one.


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