How I Use It
Brainpop is a guaranteed safe place to add information to your lesson. Students are engaged and appreciate consistency of the two characters in every episode. I use it to introduce new concepts in a broad overview, or send students to review a video and complete the accompanying quiz to reinforce any learning in class. I use the quiz feature as a class to wrap up our learning and identify continued misunderstandings.
The best part is that I know they are always appropriate videos without having to preview them ahead of time. This is great when student questions take the lesson in a new direction. I'm able to differentiate instruction on a dime. The quiz feature is a nice way to differentiate instruction for varied learners. I can see who understands the material and who needs more scaffolding. My students are always exciting when they hear the "pop" that lets them know we are about to watch another Brainpop video.