Teacher Review for BrainPOP

Using BrainPop for Public Service Announcements

Stephanie W.
Classroom teacher
Pine Brook Elementary School
Englishtown, NJ
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Science
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 Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Brain Pop is used in my Technology class to help my students research topics for their Public Service Announcement on a human interest topic. They use Brain Pop as their first resource for researching topics to find something interesting that they'd like to delve into. The students log in individually and search for information and movies on topics that interest them. They look for 2-3 topics to help make an informed choice. Although not every students finds information on every topic they look up, I encourage them think outside the box so that they can find something and they usually do.
My Take
Brain Pop is a wonderful supplemental teaching tool for my technology students who must do a Public Service Announcement on a human interest topic. The use Brain Pop as their first resource for researching topics to find something interesting that they'd like to delve into. It is excellent not only for my regular classroom students, but for my students whose first language is spanish. Each Concept is broken down in terms that are easiest for even my lowest level 6th graders to understand clearly, but still interesting enough for my highest level 6th graders to enjoy. If the students want more information, Brain Pop provides quizzes and additional information for further investigation. The Brain Pop Educators allows you to look for resources using State Standards, Subject and Grade Level if you are looking for a specific resource. It also has a game section, a customized feature and pages for ELL Students and lower level/younger students. I love using Brain Pop as a first top for high-interest investigating and to get the students psyched for research.