Teacher Review For BrainPOP

A plethora of supplemental short videos!

Ravi P.
Technology coordinator
East Avenue Middle School
Livermore, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Science
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
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.
My Take
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.