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Pikikids  

Page Created By: Whitney Ketterer, Ryan Bridges, Kalin Atkins, Sean Collins

What is the purpose of Pikikids?

This Application was developed out of Austrailia and is a comic book making website for kids. The kids who create an account can go in and make their own comic. They later can get it published and sent to their house. This application is an easy process is which the website takes the kids step by step from the number of cells to the types of borders and pictures that they want in it.

http://www.pikikids.com/home



I. History

-Questions to consider: How was the application developed? How does the application work? Are there any ways to use this application alongside others?

I.1 Development

Pikikids is an affiliate site to PikiCentral.com.  Pikikids.com first appeared on April 21, 2008.

This main site allows Pikikids users to access a variety of sites that allow you to manipulate and use your pictures to create. 

It is designed especially for children, and the site is monitored regularly

I.2 How Does Pikikids Work?

The process involves four easy steps:
1)      Pick a comic strip layout2)      Customize the layout3)      Add pictures from your files or Flickr to the comic stip4)      Add effects to the pictures
Once you have created your comic, you can choose to have your comic printed – via Pikiprint – on a t-shirt, mug, bag, or mouse pad. Pikiprint supports JPEG, PNG, GIF, or TIFF files. Also, other Piki users can rate your comic, and the top comics are featured on the front page. 

I.3 Additional Information about Pikikids

Pikikids.com and PikiCentral.com are based out of Australia.  The Australian company, Golden Orb Technologies Pty Ltd., created the PikiCentral website and developed it into the website it is today.  PikiSourcing has a strict internal code of conduct and follows local & international laws and the codes of WRAP and the FLA.


II. How Pikikids Relate to other Applications

-Questions to consider: How does this application compare to the competitors? What are some unique uses of this specific application?

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II.1 Comparison to Competitors

Here are several Web 2.0 applications that are similar to Pikikids.com: mahshelf.com, toondoo.com, comiqs.com, and comeeko.com

II.2 Unique Uses

Piki Kids uses another picture application called Flickr.  Piki Kids allows its users to upload pictures onto their comic strip from Flickr.


III. Real World Application

-This section will include 3 Lesson Plans for each Elementary, Secondary, and Post Secondary levels. One out of the three needs to be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) related. 

III.1Educational Lesson Plans

i. Elementary

Primary Lesson Plan 1

Artistic Comic

Subject

Art Class

Overview

Students will have to draw the pictures and then create a comic using the pictures they have drawn.

Objective

The students will learn to develop a concept for why they draw what they are drawing in class.

Verification

When a student can take a picture and put words and a meaning to it.

Materials

  • Drawing and coloring/painting utensils
  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Pikikids account

Procedure

  1. Student will take utensils and draw six different pictures that can go into a comic strip.
  2. Once drawn they will scan pictures into the computer.
  3. Then they will log into there Pikikids account and begin to create a comic
  4. Upload Pictures into comic.
  5. Then develop words and concepts to there comic.

Summary

Students get to develop a concept to the reason why they draw a certain picture.  Teacher gets to see this presented in a creative way and can provide feed back to their comic.




Primary Lesson Plan 2

Artistic Comic

Subject

English Class

Overview

Students will have to write a short story and then put it into a comic using Pikikids

Objective

Students will learn how to write a short story and then put it into a comic.

Verification

When a student can make a story and then put pictures to go with it.

Materials

  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Pikikids account
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Procedure

  1. Students first will create their own short story
  2. They then will break down the story so that they can put it into a comic strip
  3. After the story is written they will find pictures that would go with their story, these pictures can be found online or they may scan them onto their Pikikids account.
  4. Once they are done they can make atleast a 6 section comic strip that would fit into their short story.

Summary

Students will work on their grammar skills and then work on their artistic skills. They get a chance to apply a couple skills in this one project that would be fun to do along with being very educational.

Primary Lesson Plan 3

Artistic Comic

Subject

Math Class

Overview

Students will create math problems that can be used in a comic

Objective

The students will learn how to correlate math problems with art.

Verification

When a student can create math problems and then apply them from comic strip to strip.

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Pikikids account
  • Paper

Procedure

  1. Students will create certain math problems that are used in life situations
  2. After they create the math problems they then have to try and make a story using them
  3. Upload Pictures into comic.
  4. Then develop how they are going to use the pictures in relation with the math problems.

Summary

Students get to develop a concept on how to use math problems in real life situations while putting them into this comic.

ii. Secondary

Secondary Lesson Plan 1

Artistic Comic

Subject

Science Class

Overview

Students will use certain aspects of science class to create a comic that will be educational

Objective

The students need to be able to create an educational comic and apply the science aspects to it.

Verification

Being able to apply science class and make it into a story.

Materials

  • Science Book
  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Pikikids account

Procedure

  1. Students research a science topic that they want to do.
  2. After they have their topic they need to apply this topic and make it into a story.
  3. Upload Pictures into comic.
  4. Then develop how they are going to use the pictures in relation with the science knowledge they want to insert.

Summary

Students will research a science topic and put this topic into Pikikids along with the pictures that they selected for this theme

Secondary Lesson 2

Artistic Comic

Subject

Political Science Class

Overview

Students will look for some kind of political issue going on in the world now.

Objective

The students will learn about things going on in today’s political world.

Verification

Being able to take things from the real world and apply them into a comic and be artistic about it.

Materials

  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Pikikids account
  • Newspaper Research articles

Procedure

  1. Students research a political  topic that is going on in today’s society that  they would want to research.
  2. After they have their topic they need to apply this topic and find some pictures that would apply to this issue.
  3. Upload Pictures into comic.
  4. Then develop how they are going to use the story and put it into a comic

Summary

Students will research a political topic going on in today’s world. They would learn about the topic and gain some knowledge into what is going on in the world.

iii. Post Secondary

Post Secondary Lesson Plan 1

Artistic Comic

Subject

Multiple Subjects

Overview

Students will use all subjects and apply each of them to this comic. They need to try correlate all subjects into one comic.

Objective

The students need to be able to create an educational comic and apply all aspects of education.

Verification

Being able to apply educational aspects to comics.

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Pikikids account

Procedure

  1. Students should research all school subjects and try and apply 3 different categories into 1 comic.
  2. After they have their topic they need to apply this topic and make it into a story.
  3. Upload Pictures into comic.
  4. Then develop how they are going to use the pictures in relation with different subjects that they researched.

Summary

Students will gain knowledge on how to research and combine different subjects and make them into one comic.

Post Secondary Lesson Plan 2

Artistic Comic

Subject

Spanish Class

Overview

Students will create a comic that has to do with Spanish culture and need to write this out in Spanish.

Objective

The students need to be able to create an educational comic and use their Spanish speaking knowledge and understanding of the culture.

Verification

Knowing their Spanish vocabulary and knowing Spanish culture.

Materials

  • Spanish Dictionary
  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Pikikids account
  • Spanish book

Procedure

  1. Students research the Spanish culture and some vocabulary
  2. After they have researched they need to come up with a comic that involves the Spanish culture
  3. Upload Pictures into comic.
  4. Then develop how they are going to use the pictures in relation with the Spanish culture

Summary

The students will have researched the Spanish culture and gain knowledge involving the Spanish language and put all of this into a comic.

III.2 Business/Industry

While Pikikids is designed for kids, it could be useful in the business world as well. Marketing directed towards kids is a booming, lucrative business. Advertising firms could use this application to promote products geared towards kids in a manner that speaks to this demographic by using this application. Also, advertising agents could use this application to research what kids are interested in, based on the comics posted on this website.


IV. Demonstration of Educational Value

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V. How Pikikids is used Internationally?

-Provide examples and/or information about how this application can be used in countries outside of the United States.

Pikikids is already an international phenomenon. Based in Australia, Pikikids has attracted the interests of kids across the globe, as evidence by the uses from many different countries around the world. Since Pikikids allows users to upload pictures using a variety of formats, it is accessible to many users. While the site itself is in English, Piki users can create their comics in any language, making it applicable for non-English speaking users. In turn, this exposes English speakers to different languages and cultures. The sharing of ideas among kids throughout the world can only help break cultural barriers and promote cooperation in the international community.


VI. References

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pikikids.com

pikicentral.com

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://pikikids.com

http://www.go2web20.net/#tag:comics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjEjc-fwJKA

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4 Comments

  1. Unknown User (wkettere)

    3 unique facts:

    1-Pikikids is an affiliate site to PikiCentral.com. This main site allows Pikikids users to access a variety of sites that allow you to manipulate and use your pictures to create! 

    2-Pikikids.com and PikiCentral.com are based out of Australia.

    3-The purpose of this application, is to build comics.  It also is designed especially for children.  the process is a few steps 1- pick a comic strip layout, 2-customize the layout, 3-then you add pictures from your files to the comic stip, 4-add effects to the pictures and you now have a comic strip. 

  2. Unknown User (rmbridge)

    3 unique facts:

    1. On this site kids can make their own comments and others who read them can all give them raitings on what they think about the comic.The top rated comics get on the front of the websites page

    2. The content on this site is only for kids and they monitor the site regularly.

    3. After you build your comic, the kids have the option to get their comic printed by the company and sent out to their home.

    Ryan Bridges

  3. Unknown User (collins1)

    3 unique facts:

    1) Pikikids has an extrenal site called picture dressup which allows you to upload a picture and change what the person or thing is wearing.

    2) This site actually allows you to create a comic strip and send have it sent to you in one of their convient types of orders which are ground, express, and rush.

    3) If you also want to try pikiprint, it will support JPEG, PNG, GIF, or TIFF files.

  4. Unknown User (katkin)

    3 unique facts:

    1) PikiSourcing has a strict internal code of conduct and follows local & international laws and the codes of WRAP and the FLA. (These have to do with avoiding the use of sweatshops and child labor.)

    2) You can have your design printed on a t-shirt, mug, bag, or mouse pad. However, you may design any item without being required to purchase it.

    3) You can search for comics in the gallery by keyword, which will return any comic with a matching tag (given by the comic's creator).

    I know this website says it is made for kids, and it is monitored for offensive/inappropriate content, but in just this brief browsing, I have found several postings that I would not consider kid-friendly! Actually, I would say a majority of what I have found is rather inappropriate.