• 16 Mar
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    We work closely with our teachers, to help them get the best out of our resources.

    We often canvas our customers to hear about the impact BrainPOP has in class. Which is why when teachers like David Mordue, a Year 4 Teacher & KS2 Leader, sent us this testimonial we were over the moon!

    Thank you to David and all the kids at Lanchester EP Primary School! Happy BrainPOPping!


    “BrainPOP is a fantastic resource that we’ve been using in our school for the past couple of years now. We find that the children are hugely enthused by BrainPOP. They love the characters of Tim and Moby and find them entertaining and fun!

    The fact that Tim and Moby ‘deliver’ the content of each movie makes it immediately child-friendly and engaging. From a classroom teacher’s point of view, I find the content of the movies and the related activities to be perfectly pitched for my KS2 children with key vocabulary being clearly explained to make the topics easy to understand for the children.

    BrainPOP has a huge amount of cross-curricular content. We use it to enhance our teaching of a wide range of subjects – from core subjects like Maths, English and Science to other subject areas such as History, Art and Computing.

    I often use BrainPOP to ‘launch’ new topics (such as our ‘Romans’ topic in History at the moment) as the movies provide a really engaging starting point to not only provide key facts and concepts to the children, but to ‘hook’ them into a topic.

    The children in my class have gone on to produce some fantastic pieces of work from using BrainPOP – it has had a really positive impact on the teaching and learning in my classroom.

    When we started using BrainPOP at Lanchester it was primarily to access the excellent animated ‘Tim and Moby’ movies, however there is so much more to BrainPOP than just the movies themselves.

    The related quizzes, concept mapping tools, games and extra reading materials are great. I often use the activities as part of my whole class teaching and the children enjoy having activities assigned to them either in class (on our school laptops or iPads) or for homework – if it’s a BrainPOP activity they don’t feel like it’s work at all!

    The BrainPOP team are always adding new features too – we’ve just started exploring the new ‘make-a-movie’ feature which is very popular so far with the children!

    I find BrainPOP to be very easy to use – great for busy teachers! The website itself is really easy to navigate and the BrainPOP Educators section provides really clear help with video tutorials and webinars to watch.

    That’s really helpful if you quickly need to know how to set up your class or how to show the children how to save their BrainPOP work for example. I would have no hesitation in recommending BrainPOP to other teachers – it has been a great addition to the resources we use in school and never fails to engage the children.”

    David Mordue, Year 4 Teacher & KS2 Leader, Lanchester EP Primary School

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  • 13 Nov
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    “Visual literacy combines the use of a variety of visual products (lists, tables, graphics, graphic organizers, concept maps, mind maps, argument maps, timelines, systems maps, videos, movies and art) with teaching, learning and assessing processes, and creates interconnections of visual, oral, written, visual representation, numeracy and technological/digital literacy.”

    Beaudry, 2014

    Professor Christina Preston and Dr Sarah Younie from the MirandaNet Fellowship (Education Futures Centre, De Montfort University) have produced an independent Action Research study with Oakdale Junior school in the borough of Redbridge, East London.

    About the study – “A chance to reflect”

    Oakdale Junior school has been using BrainPOP for a number of years and this was an opportunity to reflect on how they use BrainPOP in their teaching practice.

    The MirandaNet team spent time with the school’s senior leaders, teachers, and pupils to investigate whether their growing use of video, gaming and quizzes was enriching learning and what they could do to improve their practice further.

    The process specifically looked at evidence of learning, from motivation to recall to improved practice.

    If you’d like to see the outcomes of the research please download the 12 page summary.

    We’ll also be presenting this research at a Learn Live seminar at BETT 2016 on Saturday 23rd January, 10:30 – 11:00 in the Primary theatre.

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    Engaging pupils in learning - using interactive video, quizzes and games - evidence of learning

    Many thanks to the staff and pupils at Oakdale Junior school for your time and insights.

     

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  • 14 May
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    We work with schools all over the world, often British international schools that follow a UK curriculum, and recently became a COBIS (Council of British International Schools) supporting member. We’d like to share some very kind words that we received from GEMS Royal Dubai school, who have been subscribers to BrainPOP UK, BrainPOP ESL, and BrainPOP Jr since 2011.

    Royal Dubai school logo

    About GEMS Royal Dubai School

    Opened in September 2005, GEMS Royal Dubai School offers a high quality education from Foundation Stage to Year 6. It is the only school in the area to offer the National Curriculum for England, taught by British trained and experienced teachers, chosen for their abilities to create a motivational, child-centred environment.

    BrainPOP UK (7-14) Tania Basson, Year 3 Teacher/Team Leader

    “I have had the pleasure of using BrainPOP UK with the students in my Year 3 classroom for the past 3 years. What the children enjoy most is that the characters use child friendly language. The conversations that Tim and Moby have are ones that could be taking place between two 8 year olds! They ask questions that the children want to know and answer them in simple to understand language. What I like is that the correct terminology is used, so that the children are learning while thinking that they are just having fun.”

    BrainPOP ESL (English as a Second Language) – Rebecca Dickinson, Head of ELL

    “BrainPOP ESL seems have everything my English Language Learners need to develop their English. The App is easy for all to navigate with just a couple of taps to get started, and being able to access it via the website or app makes it more appealing. Learners can access lessons and practise their skills independently through a variety of multi-sensory activities. For teachers the Grammar Index is a great resource for a glance at what each unit covers enabling targeted support. Being able to access a child’s progress for each level is important for parents, teachers and learner through the ‘My Progress’ area.”

    BrainPOP Jr (4-7) Deborah Lambell, Year 2 Teacher/Digital Learning Leader KS2

    “BrainPOP Jr is an excellent tool which supports all curriculum areas. I have found it particularly useful for lessons such as Science and Mathematics. The video clips are interactive and capture the children’s imagination, introducing concepts in a clear way with fun characters the children enjoy watching. The children comment: “We like BrainPOP Jr because it teaches them new things including facts”.

    If you teach at a school outside the UK, we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us a line or take out a free trial.

     

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  • 01 Dec
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    • Swallow Hill Community College
    • Local authority: Leeds
    • Phase of Education: Secondary 11 – 18
    • Type of Establishment: Academy Sponsor Led
    • No. on roll: 1280

    Every child has the right to excel in a vibrant, safe educational environment that enhances life chances and achieves aspirations. At Swallow Hill the young people are at the heart of everything we do and they will be challenged and supported to achieve their potential and reach the highest standards.

    Swallow Hill Community College, long time subscribers to BrainPOP, graciously allowed the BrainPOP team into their thriving school to talk BrainPOP. You can see the full video above but here’s a few key extracts. Thank you to everyone at Swallow Hill who participated in this movie – you are all stars!

    Saira Luffman - Principal Swallow Hill Community College

    “I would describe BrainPOP as a ‘child friendly Google’,” says Saira Luffman, Principal, “like having a library there all of the time.”

    “We use it in a number of different ways, but probably the most beneficial way is a blended approach. Pupils may have an electronic device in the classroom with them, it might not be in the IT classroom, but we’ve got a set of iPads or tablets so that they can use it as an immediate resource.”

    “(BrainPOP) is something we can put across our entire academy for less than the cost of 2 days supply. I urge Principals, encourage Principals, to take out a trial. It’s much more in-depth than you’d think at first sight.”

    Swallow Hill pupil using BrainPOP UK

    “The best thing about BrainPOP is that there is a lot of fun you can have, with learning,” says one Year 7 pupil, “You have an opportunity to do something and you’re not just reading out of a book. It’s not just a normal lesson, it’s a fun one.”

    Danielle Williams talks BrainPOP at Swallow Hill Community college

    “I use BrainPOP with a range of year groups, but with years 7 to 9 primarily, but also with Key Stage 4 incorporating years 10 and 11,” says Danielle Williams, teacher, “It can cater for a range of learners – auditory, kinesthetic, and visual learners.”

    “It is easily accessible to the students so they can access it via their mobiles or iPads. BrainPOP can be used by teachers or teaching assistants and that’s mainly because it’s easy to use and easy to navigate around the page.”

    Take 2 minutes to watch the full video and see why Swallow Hill use BrainPOP every day to engage their students in their learning.

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  • 01 Jul
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    Carluke High School, Carluke, South Lanarkshire

    • Local authority: South Lanarkshire
    • Pupil and teacher numbers as at September 2012: No. on roll: 1,098/Teacher numbers (FTE): 81.9
    • Secondary/State Funded/Integrated community school

    “Our school is a secondary, co-educational, non denominational, comprehensive, community school serving the town of Carluke and the neighbouring villages of Braidwood, Forth, Law, Kilncadzow and Yieldshields in rural South Lanarkshire. We have approximately 1,200 pupils ranging in age from 12 to 18 and a teaching staff of just over 100 teachers. We offer a broad, balanced curriculum delivered by 5 faculties and 6 teaching departments, a well equipped Library Resource Centre and 3 ICT Rooms.”

    http://www.carluke-highschool.org.uk/school/school-history

    This case study was conducted and produced independently by Carluke High school between August 2013 and April 2014, under guidance of the South Lanarkshire ICT Development Officer. BrainPOP web and app access was provided gratis. The outcomes of the project are reproduced in full below with kind permission of Carluke High school.

    Summary

    2013-2014 saw Carluke High School be one of the first Support for Learning departments in Scotland to roll out the BrainPOP programme, in conjunction with mobile devices.

    The pupils expressed, both practically and verbally, a great deal of ownership in the work they did under BrainPOP. Feedback from the group was highly positive. The use of movies, texts illustrated with animated pictures and interactive group projects made learning fun and appeal to a wide range of learning styles.

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    Carluke High School Session: 2013-14 Planning for Improvement

    Department: Support for Learning

    “The Support for Learning Department is an intensely practical area of school life. It is directly concerned with enabling and empowering learners to access the curriculum in all subjects.

    “The aim of the Support for Learning Department is to recognise the needs of learners, both in enhancing the curriculum for the more able and elaboration of the curriculum for the less able. In addition, to develop strategies to empower learners, support teaching colleagues and deliver practical help in and outwith the classroom by a variety of methodologies and resources, and deliver a pupil centered curriculum.”

    http://www.carluke-highschool.org.uk/learning-teaching/support-for-learning

    School Priority: Improving achievement and attainment

    Action (What are you going to do?)

    To enable ASN pupils within S2 Fast Tracking[1] to participate in literacy across the curriculum, through the BrainPOP UK app. This is a cross-curricular resource mapped to four stages of CfE, the purpose of which is to engage pupils, so that they understand concepts in a fun and stimulating way, making it a more memorable learning experience.

    Outcomes (What will be different?)

    • As this resource appeals to all learning styles, pupils will be enthused and motivated to learn in the class through the characters Tim and Moby, new skills and to reinforce existing skills.
    • The use of animation in learning should assist retention of information.
    • Reinforcement also comes in the form of typeable and printable activities which can be carried out during a lesson as they interact with the movie or at the end.
    • Parents will be able to participate in supporting their son/daughters learning by gaining access to the App at home.

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    Carluke table of tasks

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    Monitoring and evaluating evidence

    1. How will you evidence progress?
    2. What will progress look like?
    • Use Deep Beep[2] – Curriculum for Excellence matching tool to select area ASN[3] pupils require support
    • Pupils to experience the movies for each topic and then use the quiz to assess their understanding
    • Use the resource in different ways and evaluate the way they like using it best – individually on laptops, iPads or projected from iPad onto HD projector as a group resource
    • Evaluations carried out by pupils
    • Video Diary
    • GL Assessment[4]; YARC Assessment[5]; final assessment to be carried out to monitor progress
    • Liaise with subjects re BrainPOP being used across the curriculum

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    Evaluation of progress & Impact for Learners

    August – October 2013 

    • Pupils introduced to BrainPOP and the main characters Tim and Moby, the movies, quiz and worksheets to support topics. The pupils were enthused by the two characters animatedly asking questions as a result of the colourful fun way of learning. Learning is further enhanced for the pupils by using iPads as they love learning from apps.
    • As BrainPOP is a cross curricular resource, log on details and details about how it is linked to Curriculum for Excellence were emailed to staff, thus providing all pupils access to this incredible resource, to support their learning.
    • PT Computing at South Lanarkshire Council was very impressed with the resource and created a link on the Intranet to make access easy for staff.
    • ASN pupils were issued with a handout to take home to parents with log on details so that they can access BrainPOP at home.
    • Deep Beep Curricular Matching tool used to identify topics linked to CfE, which allows staff to plan lessons.

    Literacy

    • Prewriting Topic – this looked at organising thoughts & sequencing, followed by a quiz to consolidate learning. This helped ASN pupils (Dyslexic) to plan their written work. This was further reinforced by a worksheet with ‘keywords’, which were discussed as a group.Pupils commented: “this is a different way of learning” and “it will make you remember better because of how funny Tim and Moby are and also the colours and pictures”.
    • The Writing Process Topic – Pupils benefited from this lesson not only for literacy but also across curricular subjects. Through the movie, worksheets, and keywords, pupils learned about writing drafts, checking over writing and submitting final drafts. One pupil commented: “This is the most fun period yet in school and I have learned lots”.
    • Writing an Essay Topic – Tim and Moby reinforced the skills required for writing an essay. Pupils looked forward to the quiz and had a competition to see how many questions they could get correct on the topic. They also used the accompanying worksheet to define the keywords used in the movie. As a result of the above, pupils were able to confidently plan their own essays, write their essays in an organised way and follow this up with a PowerPoint presentation.

    All of the above was documented on a VLog. This was filmed on the iPad, showing the pupils participating in BrainPOP within the class. This VLog was forward to BrainPOP and to South Lanarkshire ICT Dev. Officer.

    The feedback from BrainPOP was that they thought it was “amazing” and that it was great footage of our pupils animatedly engaged in learning. They were encouraged by BrainPOP’s comments.

    The pupils could not wait to see the VLog and loved watching themselves asking/answering questions. Pupils want to do more and we are planning an Animoto over the next few months.

    Seasonal Activity 1

    • Daylight Saving Time – Why we change the clocks in Spring and Autumn. Pupils are now developing their oral reading skills by reading out the quiz and also enhancing their vocabulary by learning the keywords.
    • Halloween– Pupils were excited to learn about Halloween through Tim and Moby. This time they practised their oral reading by taking turns in reading out the quiz and answering questions. Also the ‘FYI – Read More’ section, which allows pupils to read more on the topic. Again, they read this out from the iPad (projected), providing practise for their oral reading.

    November – December 2013

    • Staff were reminded again about BrainPOP and all the resources available. Some departments are going to look at it during the Inservice Day.

    Seasonal Activity 2

    • Bonfire Night – This movie triggered animated discussion on ‘bonfires’ and the safe use of fireworks. All pupils joined in. These discussions, within the small group situation, provides confidence for ASN pupils to join in discussions within larger classes across the curriculum.
    • Season’s Greetings (Winter Holidays) – Pupils were keen to improve their Literacy and ICT skills learning about how others celebrate Christmas. They used the laptops on this occasion and the activity enabled the pupils to choose and send an email to each other. They were all eager to carry out this activity and commented that “This is a fun way to send a Christmas message to our friends”. They were improving their literacy skills and developing their ICT skills.

    January – March 2014

    Year group S4 – Support for Prelim Examination using BrainPOP

    The group later stated that they found the way that Tim and Moby presented ‘Study Skills’ very entertaining and thought provoking, and provided guidance on how to approach different types of questions. This was a result of it appealing to different learning styles. They said that the “movies were great”.

    The topics covered were:

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    Review of topics across the curriculum

    • The Fast Tracking group asked to go over topics that they had done in Physics and Biology. They said it is a great way to understand the topics as it is explained clearly.
    • The class requested that they use BrainPOP to revise topics before sitting assessments. The movies and quizzes are a fun way to revise and enjoyed revising for their Democracy Assessment for Modern Studies[6]. The class reported that they were more relaxed and confident going into the test and could answer most of the questions whereas their friends had difficulty. This resulted in them obtaining very good results and others asked how they did so well and they were able to tell them that they had used BrainPOP for revision using the keywords, movies and quizzes. Others had an assessment on the Slave Trade and the pupils said that the movie was “cool” and helped to remember the information.
    • Other assessments then followed in Chemistry, Acids and Alkalis and Biology, Tendons and Joints.The pupils watched the movie and took the quiz before they sat their assessments. The pupils scored very well in the quiz and were competing with the other Fast Tracking group, so they were able to compare scores making it a competitive learning experience. As a result of this extra support with their Chemistry and Biology they said that they had achieved a higher mark than they had expected.
    • Pupils were also encouraged to take notes from the movies within each of the topics they were revising. The movies are the correct length for note-taking practice. This introduced a new skill to the pupils, which would be particularly helpful across the curriculum as they move up the school. Pupils also took control of the BrainPOP movie, which was (this time) being projected and they stopped and started it to enable their peers to take notes. They took turns sitting at the teacher’s desk doing this and asking questions, feeling important and confident carrying this out.
    • Pupils were assessed before starting in the group in Nov 2012 using the YARC Assessment (York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension).Various strategies to improve their basic literacy skills were put in place, including BrainPOP, to support their learning. It was part of their course for the last 5 months up to their reassessment in December 2013. Results indicate that the oral reading age of the group increased on average by 3 years and their reading comprehension on average by 3 years 6 months. BrainPOP has certainly been one of the contributory factors in improving literacy within the group, providing greater access to the curriculum for these young people. They have continued to use it since then, as indicated above.
    • As well as producing a VLog showing the pupils participating in BrainPOP we also produced an Animoto. Pictures were taken for it using the iPad. The pupils were eager to watch themselves learning with BrainPOP on the Animoto. They have got a lot out of BrainPOP as it appeals to many of their learning styles. They have also provided feedback on their Evaluation forms, which also feature in the Animoto.

    Numeracy

    • Pupils used BrainPOP for reinforcement of topics they had carried out in their Maths classes. They requested that they use BrainPOP to revise for their assessments as they had success using it to reinforce work in other subjects across the curriculum.The pupils commented that the movies and the quiz taken at the end helped them to retain information. Almost all pupils have benefited from using BrainPOP in this way.

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    [1] “There are always a few pupils in S1 who experience difficulty with basic literacy and who need individual support throughout their secondary school careers.  An attempt to address this crucial problem with language has been made by the Support for Learning Department and is known as fast-tracking.  It has been running for many years now and the results from this intensive course are very encouraging”. http://www.carluke-highschool.org.uk/learning-teaching/support-for-learning

    [2] http://www.brainpop.co.uk/curriculum_matching_tool/

    [3] Additional Support Needs

    [4] http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/

    [5] York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension

    [6] “The National 5 Modern Studies Course gives learners a detailed understanding of the democratic process and of social and economic issues at local, Scottish, national and international levels” http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47448.html

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  • 28 Apr
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    Today we welcome a guest post from Lenny Dutton, Digital Librarian/Technology teacher at Halcyon London International School and blogger at the UKEdChat Educational Blog Award 2014 nominated www.excitededucator.com. She talks about why her school adopted BrainPOP and the variety of creative ways she employs our resources in her teaching.

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    “Halcyon London International School brings a new standard of life-readying education to one of the most culturally diverse, academically rich and historically important cities in the world. Opened in September 2013, Halcyon is the only not-for-profit, co-educational, exclusively International Baccalaureate (IB)* school in central London.”

    Halcyon Lenny

    Using BrainPOP to flip the classroom

    At Halcyon London International School we use BrainPOP UK regularly across all subject areas, both for homework and in class. Although we are a secondary school we still use the videos, as they are perfect for reinforcing what we are teaching, for introducing new areas, and to support our ESL students.

    The initial reason we bought BrainPOP was to help flip the classroom – we get students to watch a selected video at home, then they answer a few short questions on a Google Form about what they have learnt.

    This means students can focus on the video at home and re-watch parts if they need to. The form helps us to not only see if the student has done the work, but we can check for understanding.

    The results help us plan lessons better, as we can target students who didn’t understand the video or plan the lesson to go over parts lots of people have had trouble with.

    Mixing it up

    Of course I use videos in class too. I usually use BrainPOP’s quizzes to create my own multiple choice quizzes, adapting the questions and adding my own. I do this in a Google Form, and use the add on Flubaroo so the quizzes get graded for me! It’s fantastic for when I want to introduce a new topic I have never taught before too, like coding.

    Halcyon students using BrainPOP UK

    Broadening pupil (and teacher!) understanding

    We are a brand new, tiny school, so only have one teacher for each subject. This means you are often covering lessons for which you have little content knowledge, so I personally use BrainPOP to refresh my memory before doing this. I am always delighted with the amount of content BrainPOP UK has as I am always able to find something to help me when covering and also to bring into my class.

    We also create lists of videos that students can watch if they choose, to broaden their knowledge. This was particularly popular among our grade 6s when they did their SRE unit in Science. BrainPOP has a lot of videos about reproduction and puberty! I’ve even found that I can use some of the videos during Debate Club, such as the Feminism video for the debate “This house believes feminism has gone too far.”

    Spotlighting digital and information literacy skills

    I am a technology teacher, so use the Design Technology videos often in my classroom. However, I am also the school’s digital librarian, so use the library and information literacy videos and encourage other teachers to use them.

    I think that being shown these videos several times reinforced how important these skills are, and watching them several times means students will definitely retain the information from the videos (and have no excuse for plagiarising!).

    BrainPOP recently highlighted all their information literacy videos, so I was able to show them to teachers easily and also sent them home in the e-newsletter.

    I really enjoy using BrainPOP UK. I love the huge range of content, how clear and concise the videos are, and how it helps improve my teaching. My next aim is to embrace the Lesson Ideas more and to use the GameUP feature more.

    I would recommend BrainPOP UK to all teachers and librarians, both in primary and secondary!

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