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KidSpark is the version of Spark-Space for children up to the age of 10 years old

This product is no longer available from Spectronics.

All the features a younger student will require to create idea maps and documents. KidSpark is fun to look at and fun to use and comes with a rich library of clip-art and examples.

  • Children learn to turn ideas into writing KidSpark turns idea maps into complete text documents with one click
  • Children learn to organise with pictures KidSpark allows children to self-organise with pictures
  • Complete multi sensory experience KidSpark has built-in text-to-speech to allow these younger students to hear their work read back to them by the computer
  • Children learn to understand relationships KidSpark’s unique 3D viewer allows children to use perspective to understand abstract relationships
  • Have fun! KidSpark comes with a funky ‘bubble’ theme – the program looks as much fun to use as it is!

KidSpark includes printing capabilities, clipart files and templates for children.

New features in Spark Space version 4:

  • User Profiles – You can now save all settings in a user profile file and restore previously saved settings. This is ideal if you are using Spark-Space in a teaching environment and want to have different settings for different students.
  • Access Controls – With Access Controls you can turn off features or restrict the functionality of the program. This is useful in a teaching environment where you do not want your users to have access to all of the Spark-Space functionality.
  • Idea Locks – ideas can now be locked, preventing accidental changes.
  • Animated Demos – Spark-Space now contains additional and new animated demos for all languages. You can access the demos through the Help menu via the option “Animated Help…”.
  • Text-to-Speech in Idea-map – The text-to-speech button is now enabled and functional within an idea map, just select ideas and click the text-to-speech button to have the idea title read back.
  • Translated Clipart – You can now choose the language in which the clipart files are shown.


Which students benefit?

  • Students who find it difficult to know where to start with writing essays and assignments
  • Students who need help with logically pulling together information gathered through research
  • Students who are reluctant to plan their writing
  • Students who are reluctant to edit finished work

How does it help them?

  • Allows students to think about what they already know about a topic
  • Boosts their self esteem by establishing what they do know
  • Identifies what they still need to know – “What do we need to find out about?”
  • Gives them a logical structure for organising the information as they research and gather it for their writing task
  • Gives them a way to logically link new information to what they already know
  • Improves willingness to edit and revise work
  • Produces more organised and logically structured written work

What can you do with KidSpark?

  1. Create a document
    KidSpark has been designed as a tool for the creation of documents – no more writer’s block! It will bring out your strengths in writing as you build your document. KidSpark offers a fully operational word processor ‘behind’ each idea object and the option to switch between a full text and map view. KidSpark will assist you in ordering your writing with its unique and automatic approach to ordering and sequencing. Sections are re-ordered simply by dragging and dropping idea objects into a new order. You can save your documents as a word-processed document for use in Microsoft Word or other word processing program later.
  2. Auto arrange your ideas
    Quickly insert your ideas onto the map then use the auto arrange feature to save time. Why do things manually when you can have automation at the click of a button?
  3. Rotational and 3D view
    Acquire a new perspective on your ideas using the rotational view or the virtual 3D view.
  4. Plan a lesson
    Use KidSpark to plan and record lesson content. The visual map, along with the word processing options, provide powerful tools for planning any teaching session.
  5. Organise
    Whether organising your time or thoughts, KidSpark has the answer with its simple to learn and user friendly features. Use it to spark off ideas and then expand them using the built-in word processing features.
  6. Attach files
    Files can be attached within KidSpark in the easy to use hyperlink option.
  7. Listen to your document
    At the click of a button – listen to your document speak to you – using its in-built speech engine.
  8. Link to web pages
    Link to your favourite web pages using the hyperlink option in KidSpark.
  9. Import images
    KidSpark allows you to import images from its own clipart gallery and from other sources on your computer. You can import images (such as digital camera photos) for use within the idea map or for use with the document feature.
  10. Create an idea map
    With KidSpark you can create an idea map to organise your ideas and thoughts, to allow you to plan and outline any information using your creative reasoning skills. Each feature of map creation is user friendly and intuitive to use.


For more information about the KidSpark program:

  • To compare features of the three Spark-Space idea mapping software programs click here
  • To view an online demonstration of KidSpark in action click here
  • To download a trial version of KidSpark, click here

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System Requirements

  • Windows Minimum Requirements
    • 166 MHz Intel Pentium or compatible processor
    • Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or later operating system
    • 32 MB of RAM
    • 40 MB of free hard disk space – more if spelling dictionaries for multiple languages are required (approx. 20 MB per language)
    • Colour video card and monitor with 800×600 resolution

  • Macintosh Minimum Requirements
    • 300 MHz PowerPC G3 processor
    • Apple Mac OSX 10.2 (Jaguar) or later, 10.4 or later if using Intel CPU
    • 64 MB of RAM
    • 40 MB of free hard disk space (more if spelling dictionaries for multiple languages are required (approx. 20 MB per language))
    • Colour screen with 800×600 resolution.

  • Linux Minimum Requirements
    • 166 MHz Intel or compatible processor
    • Red Hat Linux 9 or SuSe (Novell) Linux 9 (others may work)
    • 64 MB of RAM
    • 40 MB of free hard disk space (more if spelling dictionaries for multiple languages are required (approx. 20 MB per language))
    • Colour screen with 800×600 resolution.

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KidSpark 4 is targeted at the following age ranges:

  • Early Childhood
  • Early Primary

KidSpark 4 is designed to foster development in the areas of:

  • Early concepts
  • Literacy
  • Problem solving
  • Organisational Skills

Users can access KidSpark 4 in the following ways:

  • Mouse/ Trackball/ Joystick
  • Keyboard

For more information on "KidSpark 4" read the following articles:

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