Teacher Review For BrainPOP Jr.

Brain Pop Jr. Summarizes a lesson in just a few minutes!

Elizabeth J.
Classroom teacher
Ona Elementary School
Ona, WV
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
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 Creation
Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Brain Pop Jr. movies to help add to a lesson or summarize the main concepts. I have especially used this in connection to special events and holidays such as Johnny Appleseed's birthday, Columbus Day and even our latest lunar eclipse. The movies take a real event or concept and breaks it down into a way where students get a lot of information but with simplified steps and vocabulary or a better approach then I can explain. I really like using it because sometimes it helps visual learners or even low learners see it and then hear it explained. Together with direction instruction, activities and other forms of a lesson, the movies help to build knowledge.
My Take
I really enjoy seeing students fit all the pieces in a lesson. I use it on the smart board and elmo to allow all students to view and watch the movies. When I do use it I have to increase the zoom feature because the videos play in a small box and I have not seen how to enlarge the videos to a whole screen view. However, it just takes a moment to zoom it in to 200% and the video plays great for all my students to watch. I have never used it individually with students but my son does use this at home for games and individual learning entertainment.