Teacher Review For BrainPOP

Funny Videos to Introduce Most Topics!

Lenny D.
Technology coordinator
Atlanta International School
Atlanta, GA
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Whole class
How I Use It
I have used this with students in Grade 6, through to Grade 10. I either use it to introduce a topic, by playing the video to everyone, then having a class discussion OR I set the video for homework and have students send me a screenshot of their quiz results. Although it is aimed at younger students, my older students get a kick out of it too, but just to introduce topics. I also use the Spotlight area often - where BrainPop pool together videos on a particular topic - for example the information literacy selection includes videos on research and on copyright.
My Take
I think this is a great way to introduce a topic. Students become familiar with the characters and the style of the video. These are great for facilitating class discussion and even better for flipping the classroom! Don't forget, there is also a Spanish Language version!