This is my forth entry for this semester and I would like to start by wishing all my dear Chinese friends a very Happy Chinese New Year!!!
This is our year the RABBIT year and I am so looking forward for an eventful and promising bright year ahead 😉
Okie, I better not get side-tracked and be blabbering here so am going to get straight to work. Our 4th blog is a short review of one of the ICT tools given by Ms. Ng and I chose to write a review on K-E-R-P-O-O-F!!!
Well, I kind of liked the sound of it at first (it’s kind of funny and kids like stuff like this) and then of course once viewing the site, you can say I fell in love with it. After spending some quality time and also with the help of the video posted below, I comprehended its functions and how it can benefit many.
There are many interesting activities that we can do with our pupils in class using this tool. Kerpoof.com allows us to, spell a picture, create movies, make cards, make a picture, make a drawing and tell a story. That’s not all; there are also many fascinating lesson plans for the teachers to use in classroom. This would definitely captivate pupils’ attention as it is student-centered and fun-filled. Kerpoof would help teacher to do ‘wonders’ in teaching English language to pupils, especially those from lower language proficiency level.
Of course we can never deny the fact that there will always be drawbacks for everything. I noted that there are a few drawbacks for this particular tool despite the very obvious one; the need for internet to use the tool (The speed of the internet connection will contribute to the teaching and learning process). The tool does not cater for advanced level pupils; pupil who prefers activities that would challenge them and triggers the use of critical and creative thinking skills. The webpage consume some time when you want to navigate from one activity to another. The access is also limit and you need to pay to become the premium member to be able to have full access of the site.
When can it be used?
Personally I feel that Kerpoof can be used in schools in rural areas or with pupil who are below average proficiency level in English language. It can be flexibly used at any time; as set-induction, pre, while or post. Basically it is up to the teacher’s creativity in manipulating the tool for pupils’ maximum benefit.
It is user-friendly despite the fact that there is no proper manual or instructions. The activities are simple and we barely need much instruction; easily manipulated and taken advantage off by the teacher.
The suitability of the tool….
Kerpoof, in my opinion is suitable for pupils at any age as long as their proficiency level is average or below average. Above average proficiency pupils will find the activities quite boring as it would not be challenging them; it would be too easy.
As a conclusion, I will be motivated to use this tool in my class as long as there will be availability of proper ICT facilities and time in my future school. Even if there is no chance of me using it, I will suggest my pupils to try it on their own back home.