• 27.11.2013
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    Meet some (very smiley!) pupils from the class of Sarah WrightY4 teacher in Merseyside.

    Mrs Wrights Class and BrainPOP

    As well as full time teaching Sarah is develops CPD for her local authority on using technology in learning, plus is on secondment at Edge Hill University running a module on ActivExpression for training teachers.

    Phew!

    Sarah’s school has been using BrainPOP UK for a few years to great effect. And even with the whirlwind that is her teaching life she found the time to write in and let us know the impact BrainPOP has had in her school and class.

    We’ve replicated it below with her kind permission.


    “I genuinely can’t speak highly enough of BrainPOP.

    It’s something I know I can use across the curriculum that is high quality, engaging and easy to use. The movies offer great learning opportunities for the children, not just in terms of academic content, but I personally feel that it helps with engagement, listening and concentration skills.

    We use it as a teacher led resource as well as allowing children to use it independently – we’ve found it is a great way to encourage independent learning, I often find children telling me about something that they “Brainpopped” last night!

    The characters are really attractive to our children and we often like using our inference skills to guess what Moby is thinking!

    Moby scratching his head

    We’ve seen a real difference in terms of how children engage with their learning and particularly in them wanting to explore and learn more.

    Since using BrainPOP the quality and quantity of home learning has vastly improved.

    BrainPOP comes with a whole host of resources, all of which we use. Obviously the movies are the main aspect, but we also use the resource packs of graphic organisers, the games are great quality and the quiz function is brilliant.

    BrainPOP on IWB and Promethean ActivTable

    Each movie also comes with related activities which foster a literacy aspect to activities which the children really enjoy. BrainPop doesn’t ‘sit’ at one level, so it’s great to have different styles and levels of movies that appeal to children across the school.

    We’ve even integrated BrainPOP badges into our class reward system, whereby children who show a great attitude to their learning can earn a badge . When visitors have asked them how they have earned them, they’ve offered impressively articulate ideas on their own learning through BrainPOP.

    Another massively important part of BrainPOP for me is the whole ethos and attitude of the team.

    Not only are they constantly on hand to help, encourage and genuinely inspire, they seem to be forever looking at ways to improve the BrainPOP experience, for instance with the introduction of the Game Up function.

    BrainPOP GameUp on Promethean ActivTable

    BrainPOP GameUp on Promethean ActivTable

    If I were to ask my children what their favourite resource to use would be, the answer would be unanimous.

    I personally don’t think there is anything better to encourage fun, substantial and real learning.”

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    • Moira Dickinson Says:

      As Chair of Governors , I am amazed and astounded at the multi application of this brilliant technology. We at Longton Lane Community school are indebted to the skill set of Sarah Wright who has embedded this technology through a whole School approach . This is the future for all schools and due to the real time nature of the technology has such potential to engage with children, parents and carers in a universal meaningful manner, whilst capturing primary data that wraps around every individual pupil . A massive plus for all Governors – this should be installed in every school throughout the UK.

    • Moira Dickinson Says:

      As Chair of Governors , I am amazed and astounded at the multi application of this brilliant technology. We at Longton Lane Community school are indebted to the skill set of Sarah Wright who has embedded this technology through a whole School approach . This is the future for all schools and due to the real time nature of the technology has such potential to engage with children, parents and carers in such an effective manner – the impact is amazing

    • ChrisB Says:

      Hi Moira,

      Many thanks for your very kind comments! Sarah has really wowed us with her foresight and understanding of how technology can be embedded into a school’s practice. She’s a real asset to your school and we’re very pleased she has chosen BrainPOP as part of her teaching toolkit.

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