How I Use It
I use BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. with my high school students with severe autism. I use the videos to introduce new topics or start a discussion in class. The BrainPop Jr. videos are geared towards younger students, but my students find them very engaging and each video has recommended places to stop the video and ask questions. I use this model when doing a whole group lesson, so I can complete simple formative assessments to check the students understanding. The quizzes are another great formative assessment that I can use at the end of the video to check for comprehension of the material. The scores can be sent to the teacher or printed. These quizzes vary in difficulty and you can choose to have the students take the "Easy" or "Hard" quiz. I have also had my students demonstrate what they have learned, by completing the pre-made the activities. They activities typically focus on vocabulary and applying the content to answer questions. Finally, when I want my students to work in groups or independently to research more information on the topic, I have the students use the "FYI" section that allows the students to research more information presented in an alternative way.
I think this a great site to use to introduce new topics in your lessons. The site has a wide variety of videos in areas of math, reading, science, health, and art. I really like how the site was organized and user friendly. Each content is broken down into topics with more detailed information. Each video comes with activities that go along with the video, and opportunities for the students to research more information. The quizzes are a great feature that allow you to check for students understanding of the content. The quizzes can be printed or the scores can be sent to the teacher, which allows this to be used as an independent activity. This site is a great tool to be used in a flipped classroom and a student-centered environment or as a whole group instruction.