It’s nearly time for the Elf on a Shelf to report back to Santa, the turkey to be defrosted, and the decorations to be taken down from the attic.
And, of course, it’s time for our annual look back at BrainPOP!
2015 – the year of computing in schools?
We launched lots of new resources on Computing in 2015. As well as being a vital part of the new English curriculum, it’s a topic that’s close to our hearts too, with lots of complex elements that need explaining.
Proving popular were…
- Using BrainPOP to help adults get to grips with computing and programming
- Playing Codemonkey’s 30 free challenges in our GameUp section to learn how to code
- A new Computing Spotlight, including our updated ‘Computers‘ topic, and new movie on ‘Logic Gates‘
(Technology wasn’t always our friend though when Chrome caused us an issue earlier this year. It’s easily solved though.)
It appears 2015 was a fine year for movie science! in 2015, Tim and Moby explored the science behind Back to the Future, The Martian, and Jurassic World. We wonder what scientific wonders we’ll be able to see in the new Star Wars film? You’ll have to wait until 2016 for that.
Keeping our feet on the ground, but reaching for the stars
In 2015, Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft completed its 3 billion mile trip to Pluto, and sent back some jaw dropping photos. So in July, we took an in-depth look at our solar system’s most distant neighbour.
But there’s lots to consider down here on our own planet too. We searched through BrainPOP UK and collected together our top 21 topics on ‘sustainable development’ as well as meeting the inspiring scientific genius that was Nikola Tesla for the first time.
The whole child and BrainPOP
Science and technology is very cool, but we didn’t want to forget other areas of learning development. So we explored opportunities to promote literacy, learned how to be resilient using games, and revved up our research skills.
And last but not least we also…
- Mapped BrainPOP UK to the Australian national curriculum
- Partnered with the wonderful and fast growing Think IT and Educational App Store services
- Celebrated 800 years of the Magna Carta
- Got political with a range of new politics resources for the classroom (did you claim any of our ‘Vote Moby!’ badges?)
- Released our latest research piece in partnership with MirandaNet “Engaging pupils in learning: using interactive video, quizzes, and games“
Wow! What a year. We hope you’ll continue to spread the word about BrainPOP and stick with us through 2016.
Because we’ve got BIG plans.
Have an amazing Xmas and happy new year.
Tim, Moby, and The BrainPOPpers x