• 19 Sep
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    Following the success of our first learning technology event, BrainSpace, we are pleased to announce BrainSpace 2, Friday November 21st 2014, at the wonderful Action Stations in Portsmouth. And this time, Lego will be joining us #everythingisawesome!

    BrainSpace 2 logo


    BrainSpace is all about getting hands on with learning technology. No pitches, no sales people, no entry fee. It’s all about sharing practice. How you apply that to your teaching afterwards is up to you!

    Who should come to BrainSpace?

    Educators of all types, especially those who are perhaps cautious but keen to investigate learning technology and how they can get more from it.

    Space is limited to 60 tickets per morning or afternoon session.

    What’s happens at a BrainSpace event?

    You’ll attend three sessions. Each one is a different type of lesson where you can experience new teaching methods through the eyes of the learner.

    The difference with BrainSpace is that instead of being told how these methods work you are put in the place of the student to find out for yourself.

    BrainSpace is designed to be cross curricular and cross phase. There will be enough shared practice that you will be able to adapt the tools and tech to multiple different subjects and contexts.

    Have a look at BrainSpace 1, from February 2014:

    The day is split into 2 identical 3 hour tours, with lunch provided (sandwiches and sausage rolls) and a mingle in the middle. You only need to sign up to the morning or afternoon session. Everyone is welcome to join for lunch.



    9:00am Welcome and virtual keynote

    9:15am – Morning sessions start

    Workshop 1: ‘Play. Seriously! BrainPOP UK and Games Based Learning’

    Hayley from BrainPOP UK will demonstrate how games can be used in the classroom to foster critical thinking, team building and collaboration.

    Games based learning isn’t the preserve of “techie teachers”. We think it has the ability to transform learning. If you’d like to know more you’ll love this first workshop, exploring teaching strategies using learning games, and you’ll get a chance to play the learning games on a 30 ft high cinema screen!

    Workshop 2: ‘Using mobile devices for exciting independent enquiry’

    Join Mrs Addison’s Yr 6 superstars from local school, Titchfield Primary, who will show you how they use BrainPOP and other tools as a whole class, and then use their net-books individually to complete work. Bring along your own tablet or smartphone (preferably with the free BrainPOP UK app pre-loaded) to join in.

    Workshop 3: LEGO Education Workshop

    We delighted to announce that Lego will be partnering with BrainPOP at this event. Lego will be delivering a hands-on workshop to introduce participants to the robotics resources LEGO® Education WeDo and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3. Ignite student engagement and energise learning through real-life problem solving. Engage your students in Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Boost learning curves and help all your students reach their curriculum targets.

    12:30pm – Lunch (for both morning and afternoon attendees)

    1:30pm – Afternoon sessions start, as per morning schedule

    4:40pm – Close

    The Venue

    Action Stations Portsmouth

    Action Stations
    19 College Road
    HM Naval Base
    PO1 3LJ

    Tel: 02392 893317


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  • 12 Sep
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    The new 2014 national curriculum will naturally place a lot of demands on teachers.

    The TES reportsMore than six out of 10 teachers said their school was not “fully prepared to teach the new curriculum” in the poll of 618 primary and secondary teachers carried out by the the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)…more than eight out of 10 said they did not think teachers had been given enough time to implement it.” (28th August 2014)

    There will be a support out there, but we think it’s worth exploring fresh approaches to managing its implementation. We strongly believe games based learning is a powerful option; one that can enhance your delivery of the new curriculum.

    To find out why take a look at our free guide “10 Ways Games Based Learning can help you deliver the new curriculum“.

    Download "10 Ways Game Based Learning Can Help You  Deliver The New Curriculum" for free

    Download “10 Ways Game Based Learning Can Help You
    DeliverThe New Curriculum”

    If you’d like to know more about the games on BrainPOP UK please contact us to arrange a free trial for your school:

    0113 278 9096 (Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm/calls charged at standard UK rate)

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  • 10 Sep
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    BrainPOP UK Featured movie app recommended by the Good App Guide

    We’re thrilled and honoured to have been awarded the highly coveted “Good App Guide recommended” for the BrainPOP UK Daily Featured Movie app.

    In their review they say: “BrainPOP is an incredibly educational resource for children with such a wide range and variety of videos suitable for a wide range of Key Stages (and even teaching adults a thing or two!). We were delighted to see that each category has an image as well as a text title making it easier to use and more accessible for children. It’s wonderful to see full subtitles as well as audio to support different learning types, children with hearing difficulties and encourage literacy too.

    The app really captured children’s interest with one 7 year old who particularly struggles with listening and following instructions concentrating on different videos for nearly 20 minutes! The videos are a good length and well designed to make them appealing…it’s a wonderful app we would recommend to parents and teachers alike.”

    Fundamentally Children (home of the famous Good Toy Guide and Good App Guide) is a national independent review service that works with children, educators, parents, and carers to assess the quality of products and services for children.

    You can read the full and independent review on the Good App Guide site.


    About Fundamentally Children from www.fundamentallychildren.com/about-us/

    Fundamentally Children is an organisation dedicated to helping children develop skills through play. We provide independent expert advice on a range of topics including play, toys, apps, children’s tech, e-safety, child development, special needs and other parenting issues.

    Fundamentallychildren.com is the home of the Good Toy Guide and Good App Guide as well as a raft of other useful advice for parents, carers and childcare professionals.

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  • 08 Sep
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    Welcome to the new school year! We know you’re busy getting to know your new students, but we’ve got one more new face we’d like to introduce. Say hi to our shiny new curriculum matching tool :-)

    BrainPOP UK planning tool

    Our old tool has been re-built from the ground up, and all our topics have been mapped to the standards for the new 2014 national curriculum.

    It’s been designed to be super easy to use. Simply select England or Scotland, then Year or Level, then subject, then drill down through the various curriculum elements.

    As well as a link to the movie, you’ll see that we’ve linked to all its associated resources, enabling you to quickly access and evaluate individual components.

    This time it’s also mobile ready, so you can do your lesson planning anytime you can get to a wireless connection (you will still need our app or a computer that can play Flash to view the movies though).

    BrainPOP UK mapping tool on iPad


    What does “beta” mean?

    This is a new tool, and we recognise that it’s not going to be perfect on first release. What’s important is that you can see which BrainPOP topics align to the new standards. As time passes and the new curriculum beds in we’ll improve it.

    Where have the older curriculum gone?

    As all state maintained schools have to follow the 2014 national curriculum from September 2014, we decided not to spend time mapping against older curriculum. Academies are not obliged to follow the national curriculum.

    Some elements on the curriculum are missing/don’t have topics mapped against them?

    Our topics have not been built from the curriculum, but have been mapped back against the new standards. If we have a topic that “matches” a curriculum element, it will be discoverable in this tool. If a topic doesn’t fit an element in the new curriculum, it won’t be. Though of course all topics are available in the usual browse and keyword search. We are looking into creating new topics to meet parts of the new curriculum.

    I’ve spotted an error/bug, or have a suggestion

    Feedback is always welcome. Please send your comments to info@brainpop.co.uk and we’ll see what we can do.

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  • 02 Sep
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    We were super proud to have been invited to be part of XLR8’s transition summer camps this year.

    Making the leap from from primary to secondary school is no small thing for any child and these camps are designed to give the participants an early chance to get familiar with the new school surroundings and meet some of their new class mates and staff.

    There was lots of physical and creative play, and they also got hands on with a selection of digital learning products, such as Mathletics and Nightzookeeper.

    We’ve collected all the tweets, photos, and student comments about BrainPOP UK in the Storify below, but you can see the full range of their activities on the @XLR8camps tweet stream.

    Good luck from The BrainPOPPers to all the kids who attended the camps – what an amazing start to life at secondary school!

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  • 18 Aug
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    The BrainPOP ESL app (for ‘English as a second language’ learners) is now also available for Apple mobile devices!

    On iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches, BrainPOP ESL site subscribers can log in directly from the app and access all 90 levelled lessons, at no extra charge. Non-site subscribers can still get to know Ben and Moby via the app’s 18 free lessons, or one of the in-app purchase options that provide different levels of expanded access.

    Try the app for yourself – it’s free on Apple iTunesGoogle Play, and Windows Store.

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    If you teach in a school and you would like to try out the full BrainPOP ESL website and app together then please ask us for a no obligation free trial.

    What is BrainPOP ESL?

    BrainPOP ESL (www.brainpopesl.com) is a comprehensive English language learning program that uses highly engaging animated movies to model conversational English while seamlessly introducing grammar concepts and vocabulary words. The movies are levelled, with each new movie and associated features building upon earlier ones, thereby reinforcing vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension, and writing skills. The building block structure enables students to master the language in a step-by-step process, giving them the confidence they need to read, write, and speak English.

    What is the educational philosophy behind BrainPOP ESL?

    Launched in 2009, BrainPOP ESL is the creation of Naomi Prawer Kadar, Ph.D., a devoted language teacher, scholar, and visionary with extensive experience as an educator, curriculum strategist, and teacher trainer.

    Bringing together the best of language-learning pedagogy and innovative interactive media, BrainPOP ESL continuously engages and challenges English language learners while remaining sensitive to their varying needs and learning styles. The movies range from simple everyday scenarios to more complex content-related stories that reflect what students are learning in the classroom. Idiomatic and cultural nuances, as expressed through the actions of the endearing and funny characters, model social cues and demonstrate how to use the English language in every day contexts.

    To support teachers, BrainPOP ESL provides detailed lesson plans incorporating learning strategies, graphic organisers, printable resources, as well as reading and writing activities.

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  • 24 Jul
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    Chuka Umunna, Labour’s shadow business secretary, warned parents are now “petrified” of the technological skills their children were being taught at school and must not be left behind (source: The Telegraph, July 2014).

    We’re with Maggie Philbin when she says “Tomorrow’s World should return to prime time television to educate parents who are intimidated by the technology their children are using”.

    But as awesome as that would be, what is your school doing to help bridge the digital divide between kids and their parents? What easy thing can you do with BrainPOP right now to start the ball rolling?

    Get kids to teach their parents, that’s what.

    We’ve made a free downloadable BrainPOP guide to modern technologies, behaviours, and concepts that kids are using that parents might want to learn more about. Download and share this PDF with your parent community.

    Watch these movies and get techie together. Break down that divide!

    Learn about digital technology with BrainPOP UK PDF

    Here’s the list if you want to just dive in…

    • Internet Search – Learn how to use an internet search engine and tips on the best ways to find exactly what you are looking for.

    Internet Search on BrainPOP

    • Computer Programming – Discover how people write computer languages called code, and how code is broken down into step-by-step procedures called algorithms. Then, see how to turn a lines of text into useful programs and activities!

    Computer Programming with BrainPOP UK

    • Online Safety – Find out how to avoid cyber bullying and find out about some places that are good for kids to hang out online.

    Online safety on BrainPOP UK

    • Video Games – Tear yourself away from that PlayBox and spend a few minutes learning about how your favourite games work!

    Video games on BrainPOP UK

    • Information Privacy – In this BrainPOP UK movie, Tim and Moby show you how you can keep yourself safe online by keeping your personal information private! So don’t be scared of the Internet; educate yourself, and be prepared!

    Information privacy on BrainPOP UK

    • Cloud Computing – Tim introduces Moby to the wonders of cloud computing. How can cloud computing change the way we communicate, learn, and do business?

    Cloud Computing on BrainPOP UK

    • Email and Instant Messaging – Understand the differences between email and instant messaging, and how your Instant Messenger service knows who’s online and available to chat! Finally, you’ll get a few important safety tips for all online communication.

    Email and IM on BrainPOP UK

    • Social Networking – Find out exactly how social networks bring people together, and why so many users have signed up. Tim gives a few valuable tips to help you stay safe.

    Social Networking on BrainPOP UK

    • Blogs – Got something you want to share with the world? Try blogging!

    Blogs on BrainPOP

    • 3D Printing – This movie explains the ins and outs of this amazing new technology (but also why you shouldn’t throw out your inkjet printer just yet)!

    3D printing on BrainPOP UK

    • Data Storage Devices – Tim and Moby will tell you about binary, the special language made of 1’s and 0’s that all digital devices use to communicate and store data.

    Data Storage on BrainPOP

    • MP3 – Tim and Moby will teach you what MP3s are, how they’re created, and why they’re so popular.

    MP3 on BrainPOP UK

    • Cyberbullying – In this BrainPOP UK movie, Tim and Moby take on cyberbullies – those not-so-lovable types who use cell phones, email, instant messaging (IM), and the Web to make you feel terrible. Tim will explain what to do if you are bullied online, showing you different strategies for keeping your online experience pleasant and safe.

    BrainPOP UK - Learn about Cyberbullying

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  • 15 Jul
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    The last World Cup ball’s been kicked, the final ace has been served at Wimbledon, and the air is heavy with the smell of barbecuing sausages.

    The summer holidays must be here!


    Children will be looking forward to weeks of summer fun (and so they should), but it’s worth looking ahead to the next school year and making sure they keep on learning. Here’s some BrainPOP ideas to keep minds fit and active during the summer break…

    Get into code

    In September students following the new national curriculum (to be taught in all maintained primary and secondary schools in England from September 2014) will be following the new Computing program of study, some of which will involve learning how to code.

    We suggest you watch our “Computer Programming” movie, and then play our GameUp Tynker games. This will give your kids a good understanding of what coding is, how it’s used, and to take their first steps into coding.


    Tim and Moby on the go

    Apparently  “44 per cent of UK children between the ages of three and 12 now own a tablet..(and)…amongst kids nine and over smartphones overtake tablets with 25 per cent of all nine to ten year olds owning one. This rises to 46 per cent for ages 11-12, with ownership amongst girls in particular reaching 53 per cent.” (from MCVUK, June 2014).

    This means there’s a good chance your family has access to a smart device of one type or another.

    Our popular Featured Movie app for Apple and Android shows a fresh BrainPOP movie every day, which means you can learn something new every day. AND it’s free. We’d say that was an offer you can’t refuse.

    BrainPOP UK App awards

    Will the sun have his hat on? We hope so. But don’t forget to top up your learning while you’re topping up your tan.

    • It’s easier than you think to go from a healthy glow to red raw burned skin. See how to protect yourself in the sun in our Sun Protection movie.
    • What exactly is the Sun? Put your shades on and watch our Sun movie to learn more about this celestial body.
    • Hopefully you’ll get to travel over the summer. We’ve put together a Spotlight about “Travel” which brings together all our travel themed topics. Bon voyage!

    We wish all BrainPOPpers a wonderful summer break! We’ll see you all in the next school year!

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  • 26 Mar
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    On 28th February 2014 BrainPOP UK, Jesmond Gardens SchoolSpace To Learn, and C-Learning came together to host an event showcasing some of the most interesting educational technologies available to schools today.

    It was a new type of learning event, split into distinct areas hosted by experts, teachers, and kids.

    Attendees were given the opportunity to get hands on and in-depth with games based learning, iPads, Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education.

    Everyone was encouraged to play, ask questions, and explore ways to embed this technology into their practice. Experts were on hand to answer any questions – BrainSpace is designed to be inclusive to all levels of technical understand or experience.

    The feedback was terrific and it seemed the attendees got lots of value from attending.

    We’d like to thank everyone who took a chance on BrainSpace, from delegates to presenters to hosts, as it was new to us all. But we’d especially like to thank the kids from Jesmond Gardens school who did their teacher and themselves proud. Seriously, everyone said you were awesome.

    The future of BrainSpace – what did WE learn?

    This event was such a success and really seemed to strike that sweet spot between product and practice that we’d like to take BrainSpace to other parts of the UK.

    1. Space to Learn was a brilliant venue and well connected to the community. It’s important that we source interesting and vibrant tech venues for future events.
    2. It’s an event that works best with smaller numbers on each tour so everyone gets a chance to join in and get their hands on the tech. A big crowd would squash that vibe and leave people out.
    3. Everyone was so buzzed about what they were learning we had lots of requests for “mingle time” to meet other attendees and share thoughts. We’ll work on doing this better next time.

    If anyone who went has any other feedback please do let us know.

    If you’d be interested in knowing when and where the next BrainSpace will be sign up below and we’ll make sure you get emailed before we even tweet it!

    Fill out my online form.

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  • 25 Mar
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    Following pre-test consultation in 2013 we pleased to announce that BrainPOP has been selected to be part of the online reading materials in 2014’s Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy.


    Gordon Brown, Assessment Manager at Scottish Qualifications Authority, explains why they chose BrainPOP materials:

    “SQA are constantly searching for a wide range of texts that will engage and interest learners. BrainPOP materials do just that and we are happy to use one of their clips as one piece of a large assessment jigsaw”

    We’re excited and honoured to have been selected to be part of Scotland’s national schools standards survey. If you are a Scottish school and want to evaluate BrainPOP please contact us.  BrainPOP UK is mapped to the Curriculum for Excellence and available through GLOW.

    Moby with bagpipes

    What is the SSLN?

    “The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) is an annual sample survey which monitors national performance in literacy and numeracy in alternate years, for school children at P4, P7 and S2. 

    The SSLN was developed to support assessment approaches for Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). It provides a snapshot of Scotland’s achievement in literacy and numeracy at a specific point in time and allows for comparisons over time to be made. 

    The SSLN is a joint venture. The Scottish Government, Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority work together to design and deliver the survey.

    The survey consists of a set of written and practical assessments and questionnaires for both pupils and teachers. All schools in Scotland (except special schools) are invited to take part, and almost all do. Approximately 11,000 pupils and 5,000 teachers participate in the SSLN from across the 3 stages being assessed. 

    The SSLN is intended to provide relevant information about pupil achievement, assessing numeracy and literacy in alternate years which local authorities, schools and ministers can use for purposes of quality assurance, evaluation and improvement. 

    The SSLN will be published as Official (or National) Statistics.”

    Extracts reproduced with with kind permission from http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/School-Education/SSLN

    More information on the SSLN can be found on the Scottish goverment website , SQA’s page about the SSLN, and the SSLN website.

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