• 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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  • 06 Oct
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    A recent YouGov study of 700 teachers showed that “73 percent of the teachers fear grooming and cyberbulling is on the rise at schools”.

    Online safety on BrainPOP UK

    “The study…uncovered a lack of confidence and expertise in the area of e-safety. Thirty per cent of teachers polled state they do not feel confident in teaching online safety and more than two in five of the teachers said they have never taught e-safety (42%).”

    Edexec, September 29th 2014

    Everyone would agree it’s one of the most vital areas to inform young people about, but its complexity, nuance, and ever shifting landscape would challenge any teacher or parent. One could make a fair argument that high quality eSafety teaching is as important these days as teaching children to safely cross the road, or not talk to strangers.

    So how can you build your confidence?

    There’s an excellent set of free resources to be found on Childnet International, all linked to the new Computing Curriculum. We’ve also got some very popular eSafety movies for schools:

    Finally we spotted this great summary of age restrictions on social media (correct as at September 2014). Do you know any kids using these services who are below the age limit? Can you use it as a starting point to open up a discussion on online safety?

    13 and over

    • Twitter (short message sharing)
    • Facebook (life sharing)
    • Instagram (image sharing)
    • Pintrest (visual bookmarking)
    • Google+ (life sharing)
    • Tumblr (micro blogging)
    • Reddit (social news and entertainment website)
    • Snapchat (social photo messaging, and images are deleted after 1-10 seconds or being received)
    • Secret (A messaging app that allows users to anonymously share secrets with friends)

    17 and over

    • Vine (short video sharing service)
    • Tinder (Online dating app)

    14 and over

    • Linked in (business-oriented social networking service)

    16 and over

    • What’s App (cross-platform mobile messaging app so you don’t have to pay for SMS texts)

    18 and over

    • Path (social networking photo sharing and messaging app)

    13 or over with parental permission

    • YouTube (online videos)
    • Keek (upload short video statuses directly from your mobile device)
    • Kik (instant messaging app)
    • Foursquare (location sharing)
    • Flickr (photo sharing)

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  • 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

    >> GET YOUR FREE TICKET(S) TO BRAINSPACE <<

    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.

    >> GET YOUR FREE TICKET(S) TO BRAINSPACE <<

    ON THE DAY

    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
    Portsmouth
    Hampshire
    PO1 3LJ

    Tel: 02392 893317

    >> GET YOUR FREE TICKET(S) TO BRAINSPACE <<

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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.

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    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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