Teacher Review For BrainPOP Featured Movie

Student-loved App for Learning and Review

Teresa A.
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Charlottesville City Schools
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used this in a 2nd grade classroom when teaching graphing data. We had a set of 10 iPads, so the students shared headphones (with a splitter) and watched the video together. After the video, we all did the quiz together to review. The students love the characters in BrainPOP and were more than engaged and excited to be watching the videos on their own. Because the students saw several examples of bar graphs and line graphs from the BrainPOP app, we were able to reference the videos in their own independent practice. Another way we use the app is as a station in the classroom for review and learning new things. As the student do their rotations and centers, they can rotate to the iPad (and the iPod Touches) to use BrainPOP. The great part is that there are videos for every content area, so it can be utilized during all learning blocks at the elementary level. The only problem I had was the login process for the app. Our district subscribes to BrainPOP, but the password/login info doesn't save very well using the app. I wish it would sign them in and keep them in!
My Take
We all know that BrainPOP is great, and I have seen many teachers use the website for whole-group instruction. With the BrainPOP Featured Movie app, the learning transfers from whole-group to the individual. Students can take ownership of their learning using the app on an iPod Touch or iPad, an even quiz themselves with the app. I love that the content is organized by subject area first, and then organized again into topics. It makes it super easy for the students to navigate to what they want to learn. The videos included are in kid-friendly language, and the examples given by Tim and Moby are age appropriate as well. I also like that the app also includes a quiz feature for after the video, which is a quick way to check if your students "got it." I do wish, however, that the quiz questions had different styles (that is, not all multiple choice). The app does give worksheets as well, but it is hard to print off of an iPad, unfortunately.