Teacher Review for BrainPOP

This is a good tool to gain a basic introduction on a subject you are going to teach. I used this with my special ed students.

Sia P.
Media specialist/librarian
Spring Wood Middle School (Hanover Park, IL)
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Videos are short, so they are great to add engagement to a lesson. We deepened understanding after the video. It is a great start.
My Take
I think that this website can take complex ideas and break them down for kids. It usually provides a simple definition of a concept, along with a few details that can be expanded on during instruction. The website offers quizzes and some other bells and whistles, but I wouldn't use this as sole instruction on a topic.