WHAT IS KAR2OUCHE?

Kar2ouche is a creative learning tool for interactive role-play, picture-making, storyboarding and movie-making.

Students can compose these on-screen in minutes using drag and drop commands.

Each title comes with a themed library of resources including characters, sounds, backgrounds and props and a comprehensive Teacher Support Pack.

Subject-specific titles for both primary and secondary education cover curriculum areas including: English, Languages, Drama, Music, PSHE/Citizenship, History and Science.

Students can:

  • Add text, speech and thought bubbles
  • Record voices and sounds
  • Create and import images
  • Share work as QuickTime movies or editable Kar2ouche files

FUNCTIONS OF KAR2OUCHE
Toolbar:
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These tabs are always visible, whichever screen you are in and the colour coding helps you identify which screen is currently in use. These tabs provide the main navigation system in Kar2ouche.

Composition Screen:

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When you first navigate to the Composition Screen, you will see a blank black frame in the Composition Window.

This is where you can begin to compose your storyboard by creating a frame and selecting elements from the backgrounds, characters and props palettes.

Playback:

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To stop or pause playback while in the Presentation Window, click on the stop or pause buttons. To stop or pause playback while in the full screen mode, right-click anywhere in the screen and the controls will appear.


BENEFITS OF PROGRAM

  • It includes lesson plans for the teachers
  • There are specific activities for the children to do, relating to the lesson plan provided
  • They can also start with a blank storyboard and create their own from scratch
  • Numerous Units of Work are covered
  • A separate program for each topic EG: Tudors, Living Things and Victorians etc.
  • Cross-Curricular

BENEFITS FOR LEARNING
  • Encourages creative self-expression
  • Engages learners to develop narration and storytelling
  • Fuels collaboration, peer discussion and debate
  • Offers teachers a canvas for almost any lesson topic

CRITICISMS

· No instructions included in resource
· Children would need adult support
· Difficult to initially navigate around the pages
· There are a few shortcuts, which are useful, however they are not explained anywhere, so exploration is the only way to discover these
· It is very time consuming

EXAMPLE OF KAR2OUCHE IN ACTION:


OUR SAMPLE OF Kar2ouche:



SOFTWARE EVALUATION:



Installability:

  • Free instalation
  • Downloadable
  • Manual for download

Usability:

  • Difficult to use if it is new
  • Adult supervision recommended
  • Too difficult for KS1
  • Would require a demonstration lesson
  • No instruction manual on program

Performance:

  • Program crashed a few times whilst we were using it
  • Navigation is difficult unless you fully understand how to use program

Usefullness:

  • Alternative method to moviemaker
  • More interative
  • Able to upload own images
  • Useful for those who are less confident with drawing (Creating storyboard using ICT)
  • Very time consuming when used properly

Support:

  • No help tool
  • Numerous online tutorials (videos and documents)