Teacher Review For BrainPOP Featured Movie

Simple visuals to build understanding

Elisabeth A.
Technology coordinator
Cosumnes River Elementary School
Sloughhouse, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects Math, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I was able to find several relevant videos on the Great Depression to enhance student understanding of the time period. The app has a lot of engaging content in numerous areas: science, social studies, English, math, arts & music, health and tech. I particularly like the publisher's quizzes. Students should be reading near grade level to take the quiz independently; low literacy or ELL students could be grouped with better readers to collaborate on answers to the quizzes to build their comprehension.
My Take
Students can view videos at their own pace, pausing or reviewing content as desired. Quizzes available at the end of a video test student knowledge, giving immediate feedback, with a total score presented at the conclusion. The visuals are simple and avoid distracting attention from content.