How I Use It
I use BrainPop to introduce and reinforce concepts covered in class. I generally like to use them to provide students with the content material using a variety of sensory modes. Students benefit from the visual and audio input as well as the structure and consistency of the short videos. I often follow up the videos with the practice quizzes and extension activities. I typically play them two or three times throughout the lesson(s). The first time, students just watch and then we discuss. The second time, students take notes and add details about the topic being presented. The third time, students check their notes for accuracy and add any final information learned. Students are also encouraged to use BrainPop videos when they are studying for a quiz or test.
BrainPop can always be used to introduce or reinforce a concept. It is one of my favorite go to websites that I use in my English and Language Arts classes. My favorite things about BrainPop are the wide variety of topics covered and the extension activities that are available along with the videos. As students see and use BrainPop more, the novelty seems to wear off and some students become disengaged with the videos because of the predictability of Tim and Moby's characters. On the other hand, some students enjoy that most! I guess it just depends on your class. Although there are video on a lot of topics in all subjects, it would be helpful if BrainPop took suggestions for topics to create videos about. It would also be interesting if students were able to create a portfolio of completed BrainPop assignments and/or a record of videos watched. If that was the case, students could revisit videos and use them as study tools without having to remember all the topics/concepts covered.