Teacher Review For BrainPOP

BrainPop is an educational resource to reinforce key concepts that are taught in the English classroom.

Paige S.
Classroom teacher
Falcon Creek Middle School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Learning
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I like to use www.BrainPop.com when I am introducing a new concept. Recently, I showed my sixth grade students a video on punctuating dialogue (from BrainPop), and then we took the quiz as a class. This was much more engaging then just taking notes. Then, I showed a review video of all the Parts of Speech to my students. The videos are engaging, short, and hit the key concepts for students to understand. There are many different skills in the English section of BrainPop with additional quizzes and teaching materials too.
My Take
My overall opinion is that this is an engaging tool to hook students or review content to students. I just learned about BrainPop, and I actually liked it so much that I wrote a grant through our PTCO for a school subscription. I was pleased when my grant was approved, and now all content-areas, both students and teachers, are enjoy learning through BrainPop. I especially like that students can access it through home too for additional support. I will admit that the videos are a little more geared for 6th grade or lower, but I think that 7th and 8th graders wouldn't mind watching a short cartoon to understand a concept again.