How I Use It
In my 2nd grade classroom, I had students view the video of the week on their iPads. Students would use headphones to view the videos. I used it to help build background knowledge in our units. At the end of the video, I would have students take the easy quiz. If they got them all correct they could try the harder quiz as a challenge. I found that students got more out of the videos if they had a graphic organizer to fill out as they went along. It was best to play the video all the way through first, then the second time the students would pause the video when they needed a little more time to fill out their graphic organizer. For my EL students, I had a headphone connector where two students could listen to the video at once. When it was time to fill out the graphic organizer, students worked together to fill it out.
Brain Pop Jrs.' Movie of the Week is a great app for individual students to have access to video content that ties to the curriculum. It is especially helpful for classes with 1:1 devices, because students can view the videos on their own with headphones, then go back and review what they didn't get the first time around. For accessibility there is closed captioning at the bottom of the screen. There are also two quizzes at the end of each video, one is easier than the other. Even though there is just one movie of the week, students can go back and search for other movies, in science, health, reading and writing, social studies, math, arts and technology. This app is the most powerful if teachers go in ahead of time to see what videos are available, and then assign students to watch a specific video that goes along with what they are learning in class. Kids love to see the new video each week, but it is better if it ties to their current curriculum. The videos could also be used to front load, before starting a new unit.