How I Use It
I used Brain Pop mostly in science lessons for 6th grade. Each lesson usually has a video, some kind of worksheet or activity, and an assessment. My students preferred the games and activities over the videos or quizzes. I had the most success with a lesson on microorganisms where my students actually created their own microorganism, and tried to make someone sick. They had to make sure they created an effective environment for the microorganism to live in or it would die. My students really enjoyed playing the game and I liked how students put their knowledge of microorganisms to the test without having to fill out a worksheet or quiz. A student who could successfully make a person sick could show me they understood how germs transfer, and host requirements etc.
Brain Pop is a great resource, but it is expensive to have complete access. Some lessons and sections are free with limited access. There are a wide variety of topics that match concepts in the core, and are easily searchable on their site. My students enjoyed watching the videos, but they all have a similar format so my students started losing interest. The activities and games are the most engaging. I like how they are usually lesson specific so each lesson really works on specific skills or understanding.