How I Use It
I use it to introduce a topic in my science classes. We watch the videos as a whole class. The videos do a good job of using the vocabulary that was just introduced and are really short and to the point and target the learning standards. I sometimes use the quizzes and activities (or adapted activities) that accompany the videos. The students receive reinforcement of core curricula as well as exposure to extension opportunities.
BrainPOP has many videos that are categorized in an easy-to-use interface in a wide range of topics: English, math, science, social studies, engineering & tech, health, and arts & music. I like that I can pick topic-related fun and engaging videos that supplement core curricula. Students really like the interactions between the main character, Tim, and his robot, Moby as they explore the topic of a short video lasting 5 to 7 minutes.