How I Use It
BrainPOP has been a continual go to when looking for short and concise videos to engage and introduce students to engineering concepts. The videos can be stopped and students can take notes on key concepts. With the close captioning, it is easy to also follow the concepts being discussed. Following a video, there are other activities available. Students especially have enjoyed the "Q & A". Each student has a whiteboard and marker which allow me an opportunity to do a formative assessment of their learning. Graphic organizers and vocabulary are also aligned with each video.
BrainPOP has been a continuous resource in my classroom. You would think that Tim and Moby would be too young for middle school students, but the humor is so corny, that they enjoy it. Concepts are organized in a way that you can find what you need for a specific lesson. There are links to related topics as well. One feature that works well is the "FYI" that offers deeper connections to the topic or relates it to science and health. If students are absent the day of a lesson or need more time on a video, they can access the materials with the login. This can be linked in a Google Classroom or on a wiki for students to come back to. BrainPOP is an easy to use digital tools that also allows for printed copies of graphic organizers, articles or vocabulary lists.