How I Use It
I use BrainPopJr. for introducing a topic to the class. The brief cartoon videos capture the interest of the class and the 5 question quiz after the video is a great option for a quick assessment. There are many topics (although not all are free) to choose from but I primarily use the Technology topics to introduce Digital Safety. Using the SmartBoard, I gather the students together and we watch the video after briefly discussing what types of devices they use to play online games. After the video plays, we take the quiz together on the SmartBoard. Depending on time, I either end with a printed handout (that they can complete in-class and take home) or create a group handout to be printed and taken home. We come up with rules to stay safe online. The students really enjoy the lesson and learn quite a bit about keeping themselves and their computers safe online.
This is one of the best educational websites that is both educational (so parents and teachers like it) and fun (so kids enjoy watching the videos and participating in the activities) which is why it's so frequently used by many teachers in my district. We are lucky enough to have a subscription to it. Even if you can only access the free videos, there are enough to explore and use. The 2-3 minute cartoons are filled with useful information and designed to engage the young learners. The site also includes additional content related to each topic that can be printed or used online. There are games, handouts, puzzles, jokes, and quizzes for every topic. I usually use it as an introduction to the topic we are discussing, but it can also be used as an assessment tool as well. The only issue is the price of the subscription. They have increased the price yearly and it becomes tough to justify the cost to the powers that be!