We`ve just had Kerboodle, introduced for KS3. is anyone else using it? One practical, involves, weights and ceramic tiles

Irene

Irene
We use Kerboodle and avoid this one!! Haven't got time to cut tiles and too dangerous (that's my opinion) Have you come across burning carpet?
 

Carol Taylor

Footsore
We`ve just had Kerboodle, introduced for KS3. is anyone else using it? One practical, involves, weights and ceramic tiles !
We use it because they have an on line textbook and the SOW is sorted. I renamed it "Kerbull****" as some of the experiments are just unsuitable/dangerous for lower school. I know that the teachers are supposed to risk assess their experiments but they don't and just copy and paste the requirements to me. I retire in 12 weeks so have given up the fight.
 
Quite a few of them are completely ridiculous. HOD let us techs go through all the activate practicals before they introduced it to the teachers, making a list of which ones they were allowed to do, and alternatives (mainly from previous SOW) for the ones we decided to ban.
 
AKA Krapoodle.
Some of the KS3 materials are diabolical, poorly thought through, seemingly untested, and with confused instructions. A real pain in the backside having to read through multiple documents to try and work out what the hell the point of a practical even is, let alone making it work.
Avoid.
 
Oh Sugar we are just getting this! Is it attached to the activate books or something different? I had thought it was work sheets and technician notes for the books? :oops:
 
The Activate text books are fine. It is the accompanying online materials - worksheets, activities, technician notes etc - accessed through Krapoodle that are poor. The big danger is that inexperienced teachers think it has all been done for them and they book, or even start, an activity having only really skim read, to discover it doesn't make sense or work properly.
 
There are quite a few flaws in the system, they often give the risk and haz codes for concentrated acid when you are actually using highly diluted acids, there always seems to be lead as one of the metals. Instructions can be 'interesting' for the some of the practicals. Don't expect tech notes to match the practical either.

It's always worth getting the teacher (like that will happen) to have a read through the actual practical and associated sheets, we have 'adjusted' a few to make the safe and work.
 

clairelucas

COMMITTEE
WE used to use kerboodle (now changed board so Pearson activelearn )
Similar question answered on previous thread, if you want to search for previous answers..
 
Like most things it has it's pros and cons. There are so many resources that it can get a bit overwhelming and some units will have different practicals listed under the same number. The only way I can deal with it is that the teachers have to print the one they want and give me a copy. Then we can't get crossed wires. I have access to it on the network so I can use it for reference. Yes some of the practicals are ridiculous but you have to hope the teacher reads it through first and will hopefully decide against doing some of the daft ones i.e gravity bottles o_O I just find it quite a convenient way of accessing resources and compared to the schemes of work we used to have this is a Godsend. As someone requests a practical I print and keep a copy of the technician notes and the student practical for my own files. I can then add my own notes/changes as we find what works and what doesn't.
 

Julie Delaney

COMMITTEE
AKA Krapoodle.
Some of the KS3 materials are diabolical, poorly thought through, seemingly untested, and with confused instructions. A real pain in the backside having to read through multiple documents to try and work out what the hell the point of a practical even is, let alone making it work.
Avoid.
Krapoodle! Love it. We used it for one year and then gave it the foxtrot Oscar. a pervious HOD brought it in as the all singing all dancing SOW - most folks in the dept did not like it. I was glad to see it go.
 

Carol Taylor

Footsore
Krapoodle! Love it. We used it for one year and then gave it the foxtrot Oscar. a pervious HOD brought it in as the all singing all dancing SOW - most folks in the dept did not like it. I was glad to see it go.
Our HOD continues to buy it lock, stock and barrel. Biggest problem is with non-specialists requesting things like "metals and oxygen" then expecting me to look up what kerboodle instructions are and trying to marry it with what the teacher thinks she is going to do. Often she hasn't actually thought about it at all.
 

Julie Delaney

COMMITTEE
Our HOD continues to buy it lock, stock and barrel. Biggest problem is with non-specialists requesting things like "metals and oxygen" then expecting me to look up what kerboodle instructions are and trying to marry it with what the teacher thinks she is going to do. Often she hasn't actually thought about it at all.
oh I know what you mean, it's just laziness on their part - lesson title with no details. makes me mad. :mad:
 
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