How I Use It
I like to use www.BrainPop.com when I am introducing a new concept. Recently, I showed my sixth grade students a video on punctuating dialogue (from BrainPop), and then we took the quiz as a class. This was much more engaging then just taking notes. Then, I showed a review video of all the Parts of Speech to my students. The videos are engaging, short, and hit the key concepts for students to understand. There are many different skills in the English section of BrainPop with additional quizzes and teaching materials too.
My overall opinion is that this is an engaging tool to hook students or review content to students. I just learned about BrainPop, and I actually liked it so much that I wrote a grant through our PTCO for a school subscription. I was pleased when my grant was approved, and now all content-areas, both students and teachers, are enjoy learning through BrainPop. I especially like that students can access it through home too for additional support. I will admit that the videos are a little more geared for 6th grade or lower, but I think that 7th and 8th graders wouldn't mind watching a short cartoon to understand a concept again.