Our school subscription to Brainpop is up next month. I am the new tech teacher. I have to let my principal know if we should renew it or not. I am somewhat familiar with Brainpop but not in the sense of how valuable it is for use with a large group of students in the lab to conduct research. I have been given the task of implementing our state science and ss standards in the lab. I have been using my own website, webquests, internet scavenger hunts, ect... to get at the content thus far. What are your thoughts on Brainpop? How have you found it helpful for your instruction? Do you know of anything similar to Brainpop? I went to TechEd and saw some really neat things like pixie, twist, frames.... Thanks for your advice.
Hey there Jenna,
I wrote the proposal for our PTO to fund an additional year for Brainpop this year... here are some of the great things about brainpop that I made sure to include...
-differentiated levels between jr. and regular
-core topics on almost anything, from Ancient Greece to the facts about blogging
-directly related to state standards when it comes to content
-numerous activities and quizes available on every subject prior to watching the video
-a closed caption option, for students to read the material while they watch the video as well
-a fun and interactive way for students to understand topics taught to them by a teacher- the videos tend to reiterate a lesson and going a little more in depth at times.
-the kids love Tim and Moby
Hope this helps, we definitely got it granted to us for another year.
We use brainpop - kids love it and I would say its worth the subscription. Its good to reiterate or introduce a subject. Worth it.
In my class we use it on the IWB, on the desktops, ipads and laptops - not always the first port of call for research but the students view it as a "reliable" source.
There are webinars in their archives that can tell you what kind of resources you can find there. We are trying to figure out how we can cover the cost of the program in our school.
I think you should renew the subscription, but do you have Brainpop Jr.? I guess it's more of a independent site for kids to choose a topic and watch the video about it. I do like it though to have the kids take the online quiz or you can also choose the paper quiz to print, then you would have some idea of how they are doing on the topics. There are a wide variety of science topics also. Another site to maybe look at is Pebblego. You can sign up for a trial to see what you think. It has two main sites, one for animals and one for space. There's also a biography part which includes inventors and scientists. Just an idea if you need to do research. It also comes with some great teacher resources, so you don't have to make up all the worksheets yourself.
I use Brainpop and the kids really enjoy it. It is great as either an intro to a topic or can be used as a review. The quizzes are also great. We have smartboards and senteo answering system. I have set up the senteo to collect the students' responses to the quizzes and it grades it for me also. I have also used the email response that is offered on the website. Works great too, except can clog up your inbox depending on the number of students. It is also a site that the students can go to independently to review a topic.
Can I know some details about BrainPop?