• 08 May
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    6 questions posed on Twitter by BrainPOP about student differentiation, answered live by teachers using #BPOPchat, May 2015.

    1. How do you define differentiation?
    2. What are the best examples of differentiation that you’ve seen?
    3. What are some tools, tasks or experiences that provide multiple entry points for students?
    4. How are you using BrainPOP resources to differentiate?
    5. What are some methods for explaining differentiation to students? Is it appropriate to do so?
    6. What are your favorite resources for learning about differentiation strategies?

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  • 20 Apr
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    Would you like to own a super rare ‘Vote Moby’ badge? We printed a handful for the UK election and we’d like to share them. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Fill in the form below if you want one.

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  • 13 Feb
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    Calling all science teachers!

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    British Science Week 2015

    We’ve teamed up with the British Science Week organisation to offer a year’s worth of BrainPOP UK to three lucky schools!

    British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

    Anyone can organise an event or activity, and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources. We welcome and support any type of organiser, from schools to community groups, from parents to large organisations. The resulting programme of events is a hugely varied and eclectic mix.

    British Science Week 2015 will take place 13 – 22 March


    It’s easy to be entered into the prize draw, but you’d better get moving. Schools that register their science event or activity with BSW by Wednesday 4 March 2015 will be automatically entered into their prize draw.

    Good luck, Sci-fans!

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  • 11 Feb
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    Humanities > History: Modern > American War of Independence

    BrainPOP UK - American War of Independence

    Ready for a revolution? Tim and Moby teach you about the American War of Independence, and who and what helped jumpstart the Revolution. Learn about some major points during the war, including the first battle, a call by one famous pamphleteer for independence, and a victory for the colonists that acted as a turning point by bringing European nations to the defence of the fledgling country. Finally, find out how and when the war ended, and what George Washington had to do with it all. They don’t call him the father of his country for nothing!

    Related movies: Thirteen Colonies, French Revolution, Columbian Exchange, British Empire

    PSHE > Health and Wellbeing > Ebola

    BrainPOP UK - Ebola

    Ebola outbreaks are scary, but don’t let fear and panic spread faster than the virus itself. Tim and Moby diagnose the facts behind this serious disease and trace the history of the Ebola virus, from its discovery in Africa in 1976 to the most recent outbreak in 2014. Learn about its symptoms, how contagious it is, and how difficult it is to actually catch it. See how doctors treat Ebola, and why researchers are working overtime to develop a vaccine.

    Humanities > History: Modern > Ottoman Empire

    BrainPOP UK - Ottoman Empire

    For hundreds of years, the Mediterranean region was dominated by the Ottoman Empire, an Islamic kingdom centered in Turkey. In this BrainPOP UK movie, you’ll discover how a tribe of nomadic people from Central Asia expanded until they were able to crush the legendary Byzantine Empire. Learn how the Ottoman Empire grew by conquering region after region, how it entered a long period of decline in the 16th century, and how it all came to an end in World War I. You’ll meet remarkable leaders like Suleiman the Magnificent, the empire’s greatest ruler, and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the modern nation of Turkey out of its ashes.

    Related movies: World War I, Silk Road, Fall of the Roman Empire, British Empire

    Humanities > Religion, Society, and Ethics > Political Beliefs

    BrainPOP UK - Political Beliefs

    What do platforms have to do with politics? Find out in this BrainPOP UK movie, as Tim and Moby introduce you to the sometimes crazy world of political beliefs and political parties! Hear about some of the core beliefs that people share, and where they come from. Find out how individuals form their political beliefs, and why certain forces can shape our beliefs. Plus, discover why you don’t have to vote for a person from your party, and when — and how — it’s OK to argue about politics. Remember: Vote early and often!

    Related movies: Feminism, Democracy, Debate, Communism

    PSHE > Financial > Taxes

    BrainPOP UK - Taxes

    Have you ever wondered what taxes are really all about (you’ll hear then discussed many times in the upcoming election!)? Tim and Moby tell you exactly how they’re used and why they exist. Find out some of the many things that your family’s taxes pay for, including motorways, schools, and parks, and learn the difference between types of taxes. Plus, Tim and Moby will introduce you to income tax and teach you about how you’re taxed at a higher rate as your income rises.

    Related movies: Money, Finding Percentages, Debt, Budgets

    Humanities > History: Modern > Thirteen Colonies

    BrainPOP UK - Thirteen Colonies

    How many colonies does it take to make a country? If you’re talking about the United States, the answer is 13! Tim and Moby take you on a tour of the original Thirteen Colonies. Learn where the first permanent British settlement in North America was founded, and who fought the Seven Years War. Discover where the Pilgrims landed, and why they—and other settlers—decided to make the journey across the Atlantic Ocean in the first place. Explore the differences and similarities between the lives of colonists from the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies and the Southern Colonies. And you’ll get a sneak peek at what led them all to join together against the mighty British Empire! Next stop: revolution!

    Related movies: Native Americans, Columbian Exchange, British Empire, American War of Independence

    Humanities > History: Modern > Underground Railroad

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    During the years prior to the American Civil War, tens of thousands of African-American slaves won their freedom by heading north along the Underground Railroad, and Tim and Moby will tell you all about the treacherous journey they took. Learn the origin of the term “underground railroad” (no, it didn’t really run underground!), and find out why people called abolitionists risked prison time to help slaves escape. Learn about Harriet Tubman, the most famous “conductor” in the history of the railroad, and how something called the Fugitive Slave Law inflamed public opinion against slavery.

    Related movies: Slavery, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Apartheid

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  • 05 Jan
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    Today the TES reported that an MIT professor said “…Teachers should stop relying on traditional teaching methods and opt for 10-minute video lessons to capture the “wandering minds” of their students”.

    BrainPOP UK - Digital Etiquette

    As you know, we make short learning movies so obviously this caught our eye.

    “Lessons that lasted up to an hour and relied on pupils paying attention to a teacher at the front of the class were out of date and failed to address how young people learned in the internet age, said Sanjay Sarma, director of digital learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. Professor Sarma believes that schools and universities have been slow to come to terms with the reality that most of today’s young people are doing their learning online, particularly through websites such as YouTube.”

    The “wandering minds” of children is hardly a new insight, but this generation has access to free video media on an unprecedented scale. The ability to move quickly between resources can lead to great opportunities for research, understanding, and engagement.

    But is YouTube the best source to positively enable that behaviour in school?

    Pros of using YouTube as a study tool:

    • Breadth and depth of videos is unparalleled.
    • Terrific and fast search function.
    • A dedicated YouTube education channel auto-selects popular (and therefore more likely to be of decent quality) education focussed videos.
    • It’s free (if you don’t mind being advertised to).
    • Students aged 13 or over can create, upload, and share their own videos.
    • Everyone knows how to use YouTube.

    Cons of using YouTube as a study tool:

    • The quality is all over the place, both technically and educationally. Can you trust the video creator?
    • It’s blocked in some schools, leading to inequality of access.
    • Licence restrictions mean some content is available to view only in certain territories.
    • The sheer range of videos could lead to mindless browsing or overchoice paralysis.
    • School internet bandwidth cannot always cope with streaming video.
    • There’s large amounts of extremely unsuitable media for kids on YouTube.
    • Advertising. Lots and lots of advertising, over which teachers have little control.
    • YouTube comments are notorious for bad language, trolling/flaming, and abuse (though you can install browser plugins to hide comments).

    So in balance, we support Professor Sarma as it links with the core ideas behind BrainPOP. But we don’t think turning to YouTube is the solution to this ambition, though clearly it has its place. What’s key is the idea that using short bursts of video media engages students, and can lead to great gains in understanding and questioning.

    “The human mind wanders and what we do is make the student feel unhappy about it. In fact, you’re better off doing 10-minute lectures and then asking the students questions about what they just learned, because that transfers stuff from our short-term memory to our long-term memory.”

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  • 18 Nov
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    We’re well known for our popular educational animations and quizzes.

    But have you experienced the wealth of learning resources outside the movie? Watch this short video to learn more…


    • Curriculum Matching Toolbrowse our topics by the 2014 curriculum for England, or the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Find topics appropriate to to your students.
    • GameUp – your students may we well versed with our collection of learning games, but have you tried to accommodate them in class? They’re terrific for problem solving, critical thinking, and formative assessment. Go play and see for yourself!
    • Teacher Use – we have a whole section of teacher support materials, and examples of how teachers have blended BrainPOP into their practice.
    • FYIs (For Your Information) – can be found on every Topic page and provide lots of fascinating non-fiction writing. These can be particularly useful to raise literacy engagement with boys, whom research has shown react well to non-fiction texts.
    • Activities – Vocabulary sheets, worksheets, graphic organisers, practical exercises, KWL charts, and much, much more can all be found under the Activity button on the topic page. Use these to extend the learning and add extra flavour to your lessons.
    • Lesson Ideas – Created by BrainPOP educators, our Lesson Ideas will enrich your planning, and save you time.
    • Spotlights – Thematic collections of topics that cover such eclectic subjects such as digital citizenship, STEM, and British history. They contain topics from across disciplines and encourage students to think outside the confines of a specific subject.

    If you’re a school that would like to investigate any of our resources you are more than welcome to take out a free trial.

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  • 14 Nov
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    We’re thrilled to be finalists in the 2015 BETT Awards!

    BrainPOP UK - BETT Awards finalist 2015BrainPOP UK will be representing in the ‘Digital Collections and Resource Banks‘ category. This is the first time we’ve been nominated in this category (we were finalists in the Educational App category last time) so are really excited to see what happens.

    This category is for educational “…collections and banks of digital assets (e.g. images, documents, and other media files) for use as reference material and in the creation of learning resources and learning experiences including use by learners to create materials of their own e.g. for assessment or presentation.”

    We think our collection of digital videos, quizzes, worksheets, and learning games fits the bill pretty well. But, as they say, the judges decision is final, and the competition is strong.

    BETT Awards 2015 finalists -Digital Collections and Resource Banks

    The ceremony will be held on Wednesday 21st January, on the first day of the BETT Show. So wish us luck and keep all fingers and toes crossed!

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  • 11 Nov
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    Interstellar, the new Christopher Nolan science fiction epic, famously places complex scientific concepts at the heart of its story.

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    It contains some incredible opportunities to wonder at science writ large. But how do you explain the science behind black holes? Or gravity? Or the theory of relativity? You’d be forgiven for being perplexed. We’re not all rocket scientists!

    1) In Interstellar the world’s countries and economies have fallen apart and food has grown scarce. It’s all our fault. Our actions in the 20th century have near made Earth uninhabitable.

    Geography > Human/Physical interaction > Humans and the environment

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    Watch this movie to learn about humans relationship with the environment, why protecting the environment is so important, and how it became so vulnerable in the first place. See how things we consume everyday affect our environment on a large scale. Do your bit to avoid disaster and learn three major ways in which you can help clean up the planet and protect it for future generations. PS: Also try Fighting Hunger, our movie about food scarcity, to see how we manage food shortages caused by environmental impact.

    2) As earth’s problems are no longer able to be fixed using Earth’s resources, the heroes of Interstellar look to the stars for solutions.

    Science > The Universe > Solar System

    Solar System

    Take a virtual tour of our galactic neighbourhood and meet each of the individual planets from the rocky inner planets like Mercury to gas giants like Jupiter and Neptune —plus other solar system bodies like dwarf planets and asteroids.

    Science > The Universe > Space Flight

    BrainPOP UK - Space FLight

    How do you send spacecraft zooming into space? With the all-important force called thrust. You’ll learn about different types of spacecraft and the rockets human’s use to become space-bound. But how do Interstellar’s space explorers go beyond our limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved? How do you travel 10 billion light-years from Earth? Which brings us to point No.3…

    3) A wormhole in spacetime has been discovered that can enable the crew of the Endurance to travel vast distances through time and space. Destination? A supermassive black hole…

    Science > The Universe > Black Holes

    Black Holes

    Black holes are just about the weirdest objects in the universe! And the Interstellar astronauts are heading for a black hole called ‘Gargantua’!

    In this animation learn about the types of black holes, how each is formed, and how many black holes there are in our galaxy alone. See why nothing, not even light, can escape their powerful grasp. But, most importantly, find out what black holes have to do with Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and their affect on the fabric of spacetime.

    Science > Forces and their effects > Relativity

    BrainPOP UK - Relativity

    Time goes by so slowly . . . well, only if you happen to be travelling at the speed of light! Tim and Moby introduce you to relativity – the theory that explains how motion, time, space and gravity work. Find out the difference between special relativity and general relativity, and where E=mc² fits into the puzzle. You’ll also learn the contributions of Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, find out what spacetime is, and try a fun experiment that lets you feel the force of gravity on your body!

    Science > Forces and their effects > Gravity

    BrainPOP UK - Gravity

    Gravity plays a huge role in Interstellar. Watch our ‘Gravity‘ movie to learn more about Albert Einstein’s theory that massive objects use gravity to “bend” space and time. In addition, Tim and Moby explain the difference between mass and weight, and how on the moon, everything weighs six times less than here on Earth.


    The people behind Interstellar teamed up with Google to create sets of lesson plans around the concepts portrayed in the film. They’re mapped against the US curriculum standards but could be adapted for any classroom.

    Interstellar lesson plans

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  • 03 Nov
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    “Remember, remember the fifth of November
    Gunpowder, treason and plot.
    I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot.”

    And we haven’t, it’s one of our favourite celebrations of the year. Here’s some cool BrainPOP resources to help your fireworks night go with a bang!

    Stay safe on Bonfire night! Download and print out Tim & Moby’s free Fireworks code poster

    BrainPOP UK - Tim & Moby's Firework safety poster

    Feeling peckish? There’s lots of foods associated with Bonfire night, but our favourite is Tim & Moby’s super tasty Parkin recipe.

    Tim & Moby's Parkin recipe

    Bonfire Night Graphic Organiser – Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How? Research the Gunpowder plot and fill in the ‘5 Ws + H” chart you’ll find on Tab 2 on the Bonfire Night Activities page.

    BrainPOP UK - Bonfire Night Graphic Organiser

    And, of course, don’t forget our Bonfire Night and Fireworks movies. Learn how cultures around the world celebrate using fireworks, start a discussion on the laws and customs of Bonfire night, and around the safe use of fireworks.

    There’s so much to learn about this historical event. Have an amazing bonfire night everyone, no matter how you celebrate it!

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  • 24 Oct
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    PSHE > Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities > Armed Forces

    BrainPOP UK - Armed Forces

    Tim and Moby introduce you to the main branches of the British Armed Forces! Learn which branch is best known for fighting on the ground, which branch is used as a first response force, and which contain famous special forces! Learn what kind of jobs the Armed Forces perform, and why not everyone in the forces goes into combat. Finally, you’ll learn how the forces protect the United Kingdom and its people.

    Maths > Handling Data > Game Theory

    BrainPOP UK - Game Theory

    In this movie, Tim and Moby discuss the basics of game theory, a field of economics that formulates mathematical strategies for complex situations. You’ll learn about the basic ingredients of any game, including players, rules, consequences, and payoffs. You’ll see how game theorists use a matrix to record their results. You’ll also find out the difference between the two basic categories of games: cooperative and non-cooperative.

    PSHE > Health & Wellbeing > Lyme Disease

    BrainPOP UK - Lyme Disease

    You’ll learn all about deer ticks, the carriers of Lyme disease, including where they live, what they look like, what times of the year they’re most active, and which parts of your body they’re most likely to grab onto. You’ll also find out about the symptoms of Lyme disease – like the “bull’s-eye” rash! – as well as a variety of ways to avoid getting infected.

    PSHE > Financial > Mortgages

    BrainPOP UK - Mortgages

    Thinking of moving house? The you’ll need to know all about mortgages! Follow Moby as he works out his mortgage, learns the basics of lending, and how mortgages differ from other kinds of loans. Tim will teach you a bit of mortgage lingo, too, like “collateral,” “default,” “capital,” “deposit,” and “interest.” You’ll find out how the mortgage’s term affects the amount you pay each month, and what happens if you can’t make your payments. Whether you have your eye on a cozy cottage or a mega-mansion, watch this movie before you sign on dotted line!

    English > Reading & Writing > Note-Taking Skills

    BrainPOP UK - Note Taking Skills

    Explore the ways note-taking focuses your mind and allows you to identify the main ideas of any lesson—while giving you a written document to study later. Find out why you shouldn’t try to copy every word you hear, no matter how fast you write. Learn various time- and space-saving tricks to make your notes clearer and more useful. You’ll learn how techniques like shorthand and the Cornell System will help you get the gist of the lecture and keep up with what your teacher is saying.

    Humanities > History > Recession

    BrainPOP UK - Recession

    Tim and Moby show you some of the causes of recessions, and how slowdowns in the economy can affect individuals, businesses, and entire countries. Discover the regular pattern of growth and contraction that defines the business cycle. And explore the actions a government can take to steer a market economy out of a recession.

    English > Study  Skills > Stress

    BrainPOP UK - Stress

    Anxiety. Nerves. The jitters. Whatever you call it, everyone gets a little stressed out now and then. The important thing is how you manage it. In this movie, Tim and Moby explore the biology and psychology of stress. First, you’ll find out what kinds of situations often lead to feelings of stress, the biological mechanism behind stress, and why it makes us feel so lousy. Most important, you’ll learn techniques for reducing stress when it builds up, and get strategies for keeping stress under control in the long term.

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