• 03 Jan
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    Moby and the BrainPOP team are off to BETT 2017, the largest educational technology show in the world, next week.

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    You’ll find us (and Moby) on stand C259, to the right of the BETT Arena on the central aisle between Google and Microsoft.

    BETT 2017 stand C259 500

    This is our biggest BETT yet. We’ve got so much to show it’s hard to know where to start!

    We’ll be showing off a whole range of new features including…

    • Make-A-Map – our new concept mapping tool powered by Ideaphora®.
    • Playful assessment – awesome learning games that support formative assessment
    • My BrainPOP – Student and teacher logins and dashboards to monitor, track, and review activity
    • Challenges – a new type of interactive quiz for higher order thinking
    • Assignments – allows you to assign features to classes or individuals, and monitor completion and scores
    • Quiz Mixer – Make your own BrainPOP style quizzes, polls, and surveys
    • PLUS the debut of Make-A-Movie! Our new content creation feature that BrainPOP teachers and pupils have been crying out for.

    All that AND we’ll be showing off the re-designed BrainPOP Jr, fully mobile ready and looking gorgeous.

    BrainPOP Jr redesign

    We’ve also invited some super smart teachers and friends of BrainPOP to demonstrate these new features throughout the 4 days.

    1. Thursday 11:00 we’re hosting Yishai Pinchover, the Cofounder of CodeMonkey Studios, one of our GameUp partners who’ll be presenting “Make the jump from code literacy to code creation with CodeMonkey’s Game Builder“.
      • Aimed at classroom teachers this session will be a guide to Codemonkey’s new game design courses where students applying coding skills and knowledge into creating new games and publishing them, all within the same CodeMonkey platform. That way they are truly becoming real-world programmers!
    2. Friday 15:00 we’re super excited to be hosting the Mr Mordue and the Digital Leaders from Lanchester primary.  Mr Mordue and his pupils will be demonstrating how to use BrainPOP in the classroom. They will be doing a session on the Solar System topic and also the online safety topic of Cyberbullying. They will be showcasing the movies, quizzes, games and activities that link to each topic.

    Wait! Stop. There’s more?

    Oh yes! Don’t forget to grab some new moby badges, BrainPOP bookmarks (with reading list on reverse) and making their debut at BETT 2017…floaty Moby pens!

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  • 08 Feb
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    We’ve worked with thousands of schools over the years, helping them evaluate our resources, but every school is unique and there are always bumps on the road.

    BrainPOP in school

    Here’s a few challenges that teachers put to us at BETT and how we answered them.

    1) How do we know BrainPOP will fit with our school and our students?

    The easy answer is: we don’t. Only you can decide that.

    But wait! Before you cry “Cop out!” it’s quite a deliberate approach. Before we start to tell you what we do, we try to find out what YOUR school’s challenges are. Looking for new curriculum resources? Apps for your new iPads? Want to improve STEM engagement? Getting into flipped learning? Have identified a need for better esafety teaching?

    We try to understand what you need, and go from there to see if BrainPOP would be a good fit to your strategic goals.

    2) Why should our school subscribe to BrainPOP instead of X product we already have?

    BrainPOP is super flexible, and can be used to supplement existing programmes and planning, not necessarily replace them. Our library of digital animated resources has taken 15 years to build up and improve based on teacher feedback. Its effects on student motivation, curriculum engagement, and knowledge retention are second to none.

    There’s nothing quite like BrainPOP.

    3) Will it work with our school technology?

    Our resources are 100% cloud based and easily integrated into learning management systems, VLEs, Google Apps for Education, and major mobile devices.

    BrainPOP’s designed to make it simple for teachers, parents, and students to get to the right content quickly. We think technology should support learning, so we work hard to make sure BrainPOP is fast, secure, and easy to blend into lessons.

    4) Our budgets are already stretched, we don’t know if we can afford it.

    • BrainPOP is a whole school curriculum resource so can be deployed across multiple departments and classrooms offering huge value at no extra cost.
    • Home use is included in the licencing and our apps are free to download (which is a great way to encourage use for homework, projects, and safe research!).
    • BrainPOP is a low risk investment. Starting at £499 per year, BrainPOP can be 30%-40% less per year than most other comparably sized products.
    • All updates, new content, extra features and so on, are always free meaning no surprises for you.

    5) I like it, but need to convince the powers that be to fund the subscription.

    • When used effectively BrainPOP is shown to improve teaching and learning.
    • BrainPOP’s products are mapped to the National curriculum for England, Common Core, Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, the Australian national curriculum, and more, allowing staff to find resources to target specific lesson objectives.
    • It doesn’t require up front investment of time and resources. We offer first class customer support and will work with you to make sure deployment across the school is pain free.

    We’re proud of what we make and do, and we hope that comes across in the high quality of the resources, our service, and our teacher support. Still not sure? See what other teachers have to say.

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  • 12 Feb
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    At Bett 2014, we welcomed Mr Handley and his digital leaders (Bayleigh, Emily, Adam, and Cameron) to show their “Top 20 Apps in 15 minutes” presentation on our stand before they took it to the big Arena stage later that same day.

    It was such a terrific and useful presentation for anyone considering using mobiles in class that we wanted to share it with you. They very kindly gave us permission so below we’ve provided the list in all its glory, with their comments. We’re sure any teacher can find a useful app or two in this list (iOS, Android, and Web apps), sourced and approved by the students themselves.

    20 apps in 15 minutes presentation

     

    Cameron: Super 7

    “I like Super 7 because it’s really fun and educational. It’s really helpful for getting you to think about numbers and problem solve, as you have to think ahead to plan which possible numbers that could combine to make 7. It is quite challenging, but it is fun and is one of our favorite apps.”

    Adam: Monster Physics

    “In Monster Physics, you have to build things, and then it applies the real world physics to what you have brought. I like Monster Physics because it is really fun and it is really addictive, as you have to try and solve the problems. It is very hard in places even my Dad couldn’t do it – maybe I’m as smart as my Dad! It is probably best aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. You have to make stuff to make the monster get to the finish line and in each of the different levels. I really like Monster Physics.”

    Bayleigh: iMovie

    “I like iMovie because you can choose two different ways you can be on this app, you can make a project or a trailer. A project lets you get any picture you want and record whatever you want, you can put background music on too. A trailer is where you get to pick what type of trailer you would like, (scary, romance, retro, superhero, fairy tale etc) you then write the people who’s in it and the words or sentences you want. After that you put a video what you have taken which links up with the type of music and trailer you have picked, then you play it back and you have your own movie trailer. iMovie is awesome!”

    Emily: Chicktionary

    “I like Chicktionary as it’s a great way to practice your spelling and find out new words. You are given some chickens with letters on them and you need to tap them and they lay eggs with the letter on it and you have to try and make words using these eggs.”

    Cameron: Pic Collage

    “Pic Collage lets you put pictures together from the internet, from the photo roll and ones you have just taken. It lets you arrange them on the page, order them, resize them and cut into shapes. You can also add text and stamps to the collage just like if you were sticking pictures onto paper but much much quicker and easier. You can then print them and share them. We’ve them used for fun, but you could also make them about your topic.”

    Emily: Video Scribe

    “Video Scribe is a fairly new app, which we think is fab. It lets you put together a video, made up of a handwriting text or drawing pictures. You get to decide what the hand writes/draws, and piece them together to create some great videos. We have already used Video Scribe to tell stories, present information on a topic and, of course, just for fun!”

    Bayleigh: Number Run

    “I like Number Run because it is like a video game but it involves maths questions. Like you start on a certain level and work your way up. Number Run allows you to pick either a girl or boy, then your person runs and there is rocks in the way, lost paths, enemies, and coins. There are maths question on the things that I just listed. If you answer the questions right you kill the enemies or shoot the rocks etc, and if you get the question wrong you fall down the lost path.”

    Adam: Foldify

    “I like foldify as you get to create some really great models and creations. You can put 3D shapes together on the iPad and decorate them to make them look like different things, like a bus for example, or a creature. You can then print your creation, which you can fold up to create your creation.”

    Cameron: Garageband

    “I like Garageband because you get to make lots of music with anything you what. It has lots of virtual instruments on it, like guitars, drums and pianos, which make it really easy to make great music. There are also lots of different loops – pre-recorded bits of music – which we can arrange into our own songs. We can also record our voices, making it good for making radio programs. It is a really cool and VERY powerful piece of software!”

    Adam: Daydream Education Times Table App

    “I like the new Daydream Education Times Table app because it’s a good way to learn your times tables and it’s a way to learn different methods for different things.”

    Bayleigh: Glow Burst

    “I like Glowburst because it is tricky but fun. In Glowburst you have to pass levels by bursting numbers from the lowest to the largest. For example it sometimes included negative numbers, right through to 3 or 4 digit numbers. Even our teachers find it tricky and we often like to try and beat them! It is really addictive – we all go on it lots at home too!”

    Emily: Pixlr

    “I like Pixlr, it is a very powerful image editor and paint program, but online with a version for Apple and Android devices too. You get to create images, and you can apply lots of great effects to your drawings or pictures, and draw with different brushes, items and use different styles. Pixlr is dead easy to use, but SO powerful. We have found many features that Mr Handley didn’t know existed!”

    Cameron: iCanAnimate

    “iCanAnimate is a great app which allows you to easily create your own stop motion animations. Animations are made up of lots of still images. It is easy to create them in iCanAnimate as the app is really simple to use, and includes more advanced features such as ‘onion skinning’ which lets you see the picture you have just taken whilst you are setting up your next photo. You can then export the video, or use another app, like iMovie to add other effects, music and text.”

    Adam: Action Movie FX

    “I like action Movie FX as it allows me to be a Hollywood director. It basically gives you lots of different effects, for example, a missile strike, bolder attack or car crash and it’ll put these effects over the movies you take. You can then export those and put them into your own movies which is great, and you can make some things that are quite silly too!”

    Bayleigh: Beebot

    “I like the BeeBot App as it is just like the real Beebots, but with lots more challenges built in. You get a bee bot and you have to program the Beebot to follow the path made by slabs. You get a limited amount of time and you are in control. It’s very addictive!”

    Emily: Maths Motion Pizza

    “This is a new game. It is VERY addictive and gets you to run your own pizza restaurant whilst practicing lots of great maths skills, whilst being lots of fun too!”

    Cameron: Sketch Nation

    “In Sketch Nation you can literally draw your very own game, which you can then play. It’s really simple to use and great fun! Let your mind go wild and it will save everything you do.You have to build the set and the character and afterwards you get to play it. I like Sketch Nation because it is so fun. I have made my own game which others can then play, it is awesome.”

    Adam: MadPad

    “I love MadPad. It’s a really strange but very cool app. It basically allows you to take videos and audio files of snippets of sounds, and then store them into a sound board, and then you can press them and it will play them. You then record them, and make your very own soundtrack or beat track. You can create some really cool effects!”

    Bayleigh: BrainPOP UK

    “We love Tim and Moby at our school, and BrainPOP, so it’s only natural that the BrainPOP UK app makes it into our top 20. This app puts all of the fab BrainPOP videos at our fingertips, meaning we can watch them at home as well as school. There are some free videos on the app too if your school doesn’t have a subscription, and all the quizzes are there too.”

    Emily: Puppet Pals 2

    “I like this app – it’s a good animation app, which is a big improvement on Puppet Pals 1. On Puppet Pals, you get to hold your very own puppet play animation, which you can use to tell a story. You move the characters on the screen and it records your voice at the same time. It can then play it back to you as a movie. The characters mouths move, you can make them ride things and go in cars and other things, and you can even put peoples faces on the characters that you know!”

    Many thanks to you all for sharing this with us. If you want to know more about their adventures at the Bett show visit bett.mrhandley.co.uk.

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  • 06 Feb
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    3000 badges. 28 new GameUp UK titles. 4 days. 2 apps.

    1 Moby.

    It must be the BETT Show 2013.

    BETT 2013 Moby

    BETT was held in the ExCel center this year. As BETT had been held in Olympia for the last several million years we were regularly asked by visitors and exhibitors alike on our thoughts on the new venue.

    For the record we felt the new space was much more conducive to exhibiting. Even finding your way around the grid system seemed easier, although you’d have to be prepared to get sore feet as it apparently contains the longest corridor in Europe. But, still, we wistfully mentioned that an enclosed aircraft hangar sized room can’t compete with the iron framed 19th century industrial beauty of Olympia.

    But no doubting it, BETT had stepped up a gear. So did we.

    BETT 2013 BrainPOP stand

    The BIG news was the public launch of our new games based learning section – GameUp UK – to what can only be described as a rapturous reception. Aligning our resources with high quality learning games clearly struck a chord with teachers and students and the IWB was packed all day every day with people trying, no, playing, our games. GameUp adds a whole new dimension to BrainPOP, one we’ll be exploring in more depth this year.

    “My digital leaders had a go on “Guts and Bolts” which links with biology, and they LOVED it.  Back in class the following day they asked if they could share the GAME UP side of BrainPOP and I thought why not – an hour later they were refusing to leave the class room because they had “One more level to go” and they couldn’t possibly leave yet!!  The most amazing thing was the vocabulary the children were using – I heard phrases like “the oxygen needs to get to the brain so the pipe has to go from the lungs where it gets it oxygen from”.  Having never taught them this I was amazed at how quickly they had picked up the vocabulary and I will definitely be exploring the other games on the site!”

    Charlie Deane, Year 5 teacher

    BETT 2013 Moby in class

    We also debuted our new free Android app, which means we are all systems go on BYOD. Not only did nearly every visiting teacher own their own smartphone or tablet they often mentioned how their school was either piloting or using class sets of mobile devices. It’s clearly moved beyond a tech trend to something much more significant.

    All the BrainPOP apps

    We were privileged to welcome an amazing set of educators to our stand, both as VIBs and presenters. We’d like to thank, in no particular order:

    • Tim Handley & his digital leaders who gave a very professional presentation on how they use BrainPOP in school. We were also seriously impressed at some of the Moby badge collections.
    • Charlie Addison, Ian Addison, Dawn Hallybone & Ben Wood – VIBs who gave their valuable time to talk to teachers interested in BrainPOP. You complete us.
    • Chris Green, Director of Blended Learning at Manga High, who demoed the fantastic trio of “A Tangled Web“, “Pyramid Panic” & “Flower Power” maths games from GameUp UK.
    • Danny Nicholson who presented “Now go write it up: Digital Storytelling tools” – a tour of free tools to enhance literacy. Awesome, informative and generous as ever. See the tools he mentioned on his blog.
    • Lizzie Ostrom who presented “Stinky Poems and other whiffy learning: using smell in Key Stage 2 learning”. This was our first ever “non-techie” presentation we’ve ever hosted and it was brilliant. You should check her “Marty the Mighty Nose” website out.
    • Gavin Smart and the Digital Leaders from Priory Community School who presented “How we use iPads and apps in our lessons to enhance the learning environment, demonstrating progress and sharing their work with the world”. They’re doing some exceptional mobile learning work at Priory school, make sure you take 5 mins to watch their amazing Prezi.
    • Phil Bagge who presented “Robot Sandwich Maker KS2 CS”, a starter’s guide to computer science at primary level. Taking a potentially complex topic like this and making it engaging for young learners is clearly Phil’s forte. Learn more on his Junior Computer Science blog.
    • Kirsty Tonks and her E Learning Team – “Using BrainPOP in Tutor time”. Kirsty showed how introducing BrainPOP resources to her tutor time increased attendance by 70%. What a stunning result.

    So what trends did we notice this year?

    1. Flipped classrooms – a significant minority of teachers were looking for resources to compliment this new teaching approach. BrainPOP was on their radar as our videos can easily be used for independent exploration at home (with assessment for accountability) and then developed further in the classroom. For a practical intro to using BrainPOP as part of a flipped classroom see this great blog post.
    2. Mobile learning – as mentioned earlier nearly every teacher had a smart device, both personally and at school too. We make apps so this might have been a self selecting group but you could see that many suppliers were also tackling the mobile space, with apps or mobile solutions.
    3. Academies and Free schools – with nearly half of all secondaries now Academies and primary conversions on the rise it wasn’t too surprising that we spoke to an increased  number of headteachers from these school types. What was interesting was that they seemed genuinely interested in sourcing new ideas, products & systems. Like they were taking the opportunity to start from fresh. Old with the old, in with the new.
    4. Everyone wanted a photo with Moby 🙂 If you got a pic with Moby please share it with us!

    Edubloggers often voice that it’s the “same old, same old” at BETT. While not a totally unfounded criticism this year there was noticeably significant growth in teacher led presentations & workshops, TM  Takeovers, the famous BETT TeachMeet and much more. Educators and kids sharing some incredible classroom practice.

    BETT has to be about more than the product and is clearly working towards delivering a rich CPD experience for the visitors, as are the exhibitors themselves. Roll on BETT 2014 we say, and the ability to share more great stories with our audience.

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  • 25 Jan
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    It’s that time of year once again when Moby packs his kit bag and makes his way to the Big Smoke to show off all the awesome things that are happening at BrainPOP HQ.

    We’ll be at STAND C30 at the ExCel center in London from Wednesday 30th Jan to Saturday 2nd Feb. We’d love to see you.

    There will be a million and one things to experience at BETT so why should you come and visit the BrainPOPpers?

    1. You’ll get to experience GameUp UK for the very first time, our new games based learning section. This new area of BrainPOP UK will get plenty of blog posts of its own but BETT visitors will be the first to play. You’ll love it. Seriously.
    2. You’ll be able to see our mobile apps in full effect. We now have apps for both Apple© and Android™ devices and we’ll be showing you how you can access the full movie and quiz range in your tablet or smartphone device. We also have Gavin Smart presenting on the stand on Thursday talking about how he employs our app in his teaching.
    3. We’re very lucky not just to have amazing teachers joining the BrainPOP team on the stand but also selection of wonderful teacher guest speakers. We’ll be recording the talks in case you can’t make it and adding them to our YouTube channel too.

    Wednesday 30th Jan

    • 11am-11:30am – Tim Handley & Class – Using BrainPOP to engage learners
    • 2pm-2:30pm – Charlie Deane & Class – Introducing Digital Leaders

    Thursday 31st Jan

    • 11am – Chris Green from Manga High – Introduction to games based learning
    • 12pm-12:15pm – TeachMeet takeover presentation – Danny Nicholson “Now go write it up” : Digital Storytelling tools
    • 12:15pm-12:30pm – TeachMeet takeover presentation – Lizzie Ostrom “Stinky Poems and other whiffy learning: using smell in Key Stage 2 learning.”
    • 2pm-2:30pm – Gavin Smart and the Digital Leaders from Priory Community School: “How we use iPads and apps in our lessons to enhance the learning environment, demonstrating progress and sharing their work with the world”.

    Friday 1st Feb

    • 11am – Chris Green from Manga High – Introduction to games based learning
    • 12pm-12:30pm – TeachMeet takeover presentation- Phil Bagge “Robot Sandwich Maker KS2 CS”
    • 1pm – Kirsty Tonks and E Learning Team – “BrainPOP at Shireland Collegiate Academy”

    You’ll also be able to cuddle up with Moby and take home a fistful of new BrainPOP badges for your class (or just for you!).

    Phew! So much to see and do. We’ll write much of the madness up over the next few weeks so even if you can’t make BETT you’ll still be able to feel involved.

    PS: If you are coming (or considering it) we can highly recommend Terry Freedman’s “Guide to BETT“. It’s free, it’s designed to help visitors get the most from their visit and is comprehensive and very readable.

    Hope to see you there!

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  • 30 Jan
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    From time to time, we are incredibly lucky to hear how BrainPOP has profoundly affected a child’s learning.

    Some kids find it hard to write. There could be any number of reasons for this but sometimes the writer simply needs inspiration. The following is a guest post from a teacher who describes how one of her reluctant writers found his muse in a certain robot called Moby…

    “Hello! I am Miss Read (@missread10) and I am currently teaching a Year 3 class at a Primary School based in Ipswich, Suffolk. I am in my second year of teaching and ICT/VLE co-ordinator at my school. Following finding out about BrainPOP from my visit to the BETT show I was keen to use it in the classroom and to show my children about the technology I use.

    So for my own benefit, I used BrainPOP for the first time with my Twitter account open for the children to come and post about what they thought and if I should continue to use it. Armed with some great feedback and comments (as well as an impromptu chat on Twitter with BrainPOP themselves!) I set my children the task to write about what they had learnt from the Rainbow movie we watched.

    I have a very wide range of ability within my class ranging from labelling and sounding out words to those who produce reems of A4.

    My superstar is classed as a P Scale writer – he usually verbally told our teaching assistant Mrs P what he needed to say and copied from the scribe. But following his exposure to BrainPOP the below is the most he has ever produced!

    Summer Sun and Rainbows

    Since then, he has been writing and adding things in a variety of forms and styles around my classroom – even on my BrainPOP calendar!

    Moby makes me feel happy

    Moby makes me feel happy

    For as long as Moby (who apparently is a Baby Transformer who has come to learn about Earth) sticks around – I cannot wait to see what my superstar as well as my class (who are all stars) will produce next!”

    This is Moby

    This is Moby

    The significance of this small but important step forward is not lost on Miss Read, nor us. It’s what we hope for when we construct BrainPOP – that at some point a child will make a break through that empowers them to progress and fall in love with learning.

    And we don’t apologise for our emotional language – Moby making kids and teachers happy and successful in their learning is what we’re all about and it’s what motivates us in return.

    If you have any teaching and learning tales you’d like to share with us – it really is a treat to see what your kids have been up to – please email info@brainpop.co.uk. We’d love to hear from you!

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  • 26 Jan
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    We are keen supporters of TeachMeet Takeovers at BETT. We actually hosted the very first one by Tom Barrett in 2010 and, frankly, it was such a blast, we couldn’t wait to volunteer our stand for 2012.

    This year we were lucky enough to have three teachers take over our stand, each of whom, in the spirit of TeachMeet, were  more than happy to share their presentations with us so we could share them with you.  What a wonderful world!

    TeachMeet Takeover

    1. Mark Anderson (a.k.a. @ICTevangelist) kicked off with a crowded session on Thursday where he shared the “cornerstones” of his classroom: Web 2.0 tools you can use straight away. He managed to cram an unbelievable amount into just 15 minutes and told us about the following, to name just a few:

    • Popplet, a mindmapping tool that works on the iPad
    • A free online presentation tool, SlideRocket
    • SpicyNodes – a mindmapping tool which teachers can even use to write schemes of work
    • VisuWords – an online graphical dictionary
    • Format Factory – a free tool for converting mediatypes
    • And offered good tips and tricks for using YouTube in school

    2. On Friday, we were delighted to have Julia Skinner (a.k.a. @TheHeadsOffice) “let loose” [her own words] on the stand and tell us all about the 100 word challenge, a creative writing challenge which aims to spark the imagination of potentially reluctant writers. It’s truly awe-inspiring to see what kids have written and shared with a worldwide blogging (and tweeting) community.

    3. And finally on Friday we had Phil Bagge (a.k.a. Baggiepr) take over the stand with an animated and engaging presentation about how easy and effective it is to blog in schools using an iPod Touch and Posterous.

    You can find a full list of other takeovers from the four days here: TeachMeet Takeover BETT 2012

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  • 25 Jan
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    We were delighted and honoured to have so many kids visit our stand at BETT this year.

    But we were especially delighted to welcome Fiona, Betsie, Jack, Trafford, Bayleigh from Woodlands Primary class 4h, onto the stand along with their teacher, Mr Handley (a.k.a. @tomhenzley and author of The PGCE Survival Guide). The kids gave a presentation about BrainPOP and finished off with a quick lesson on the Heart.

    A sizeable crowd looked on as Mr Handley kicked off with a quick introduction before the kids took over:

    Here’s a prezi Mr Handley put together to accompany their presentation: A Child’s View of BrainPOP and we’ve included the full transcript below too.

    Mr H: Introduce what we are going to do – talk about BrainPOP, why the children love it and then do a mini lesson.

    Bayleigh: BrainPOP is a really cool website that we all love and we use a lot in school.

    Fiona: On BrainPOP there are lots and lots of videos, featuring our favourite characters – Tim and his Robot friend Moby.

    Betsie: Each video starts with a letter written by a child, asking Tim and Moby a question.

    Trafford: And Tim and Moby receive the letter and try and answer it in the video.

    Jack H: The video is full of lots of useful information about lots of different topics.

    Bayleigh: All the topics are interesting – many are linked into what we study in school.

    Betsie: But others are about interesting events or generally super information, that we love to learn about.

    Bayleigh: All of 4H love to watch Tim and Moby and often ask to watch Tim and Moby vidoes.

    Jack H: We can also go on BrainPOP at home – which is super for exploring with our parents and helping them to learn things too!

    Fiona: Often the videos are quite funny too and always try and with a joke or something silly.

    Trafford: At the end of each video there is also a quiz to help us show what we have learnt.

    ALL: WE LOVE Brainpop because…

    Jack H: Because it can help us with our learning

    Trafford: Because it is easy to understand.

    Bayleigh: You learn things without realising.

    Betsie: You can go on variety of different things and explore.

    Fiona: You can watch things and they are fun whilst learning.

    All: Our Favourite BrainPOP movie is…

    Fiona: Fireworks – because it’s cool to see what is inside fireworks.

    Betsie: Chocolate – because I love chocolate and it’s interesting to see how it is made!

    Jack H: Electricity – because it is really interesting as it works each day.

    Bayleigh: Heart – because it’s funny

    Trafford: Simple Equations – as it’s really interesting.

    Mr Handley finished up their presentation with a quick BrainPOP lesson using our Heart topic.

    Mr Handley takes a lesson on the Heart

    The kids’ favourite movies again for you:

    Fireworks

    Fireworks

    Chocolate

    Chocolate

    Electricity

    Electricity

    Heart

    Heart

    Simple Equations

    Simple Equations

    A big thank you to Mr Handley and all the kids from Woodlands Primary School for your clear dedication to BrainPOPping. We have your letters and promise to answer them soon!

    And finally, it’s no fun visiting the BrainPOP stand unless you get a hug from a big orange robot. Moby was happy to oblige.

    Kids from Woodlands Primary meet Moby

    Jack, Trafford, Bayleigh, Fiona and Betsie meet Moby

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  • 20 Jan
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    We’re proud of being a “social business“. Not only because we’ve met the most amazing people via social networks but because we discover new things every day just by listening to you all.

    BETT is one of those exhibitions where you bump into people a lot – in both the idiomatic and literal sense. 1000’s of minded folks head along to meet with other like minded folks, all keen to see new technology and tools for education.

    One of the best ways to find out about the coolest things to see & the people to meet and greet is to join Twitter. If you’re a teacher looking to collaborate and share teaching ideas and hear about new resources and tools to use in school it’s a fantastic thing.

    Below, we’ve included a selection of our BETT tweets using this awesome free webtool called “Storify” . It just goes to show how much is said and done in the virtual world of social networking.

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  • 18 Jan
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    There’s no shortage of post-BETT chatter clogging up the internet super highway this week and most folks can sum up their time far more eloquently than us, plus we were kind of tied to our stand for the duration, so we’ll keep this debrief…brief. Our highs, lows, and everything in between…

    1. VIBs and a girl named Phoebe

    For the past few years, we’ve invited VIBs (Very Important BrainPOPpers – expert BrainPOP Educators) to help us out on our stand. We figure it’s better for teachers to hear from teachers about BrainPOP than just a demo from us*. So a round of applause and huge thank you to Dawn Hallybone (@dawnhallybone), Charlie Deane (@charliedeane) and Ian Addison (@ianaddison) who all rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in for BrainPOP.

    Special mention must go to an honorary VIB, who operated the stylus on the IWB for us when we showed BrainPOP movies on the Saturday afternoon, like only a 10 year old history fan can. She worked the board as competently as any dyed in the wool classroom teacher.

    Phoebe watches Cleopatra

    Phoebe watches the Cleopatra movie

    Phoebe, we salute your laid back style and whiteboard skills. And you’ve got great taste in movies: Black DeathQueen Elizabeth I and Cleopatra to name but a few.

    *Please note: we don’t actually pitch, that’s not how we roll.

    2. TeachMeet Takeovers

    Having been the host to the first ever TeachMeet Takeover in 2010, we were keen to offer up our stand once again. On Thursday we watched Mark Anderson (@ictevangelist) present on Web 2.0 tools you can use straight away, followed by Friday appearances from Julia Skinner (@TheHeadsOffice) who kindly shared what she’s been up to with her 100 word challenge, and Phil Bagge (@Baggiepr) who talked about using Posterous on the iPod touch. We’ll be doing a post shortly showcasing all of their presentations – there’s too much to fit in here – so stay tuned and watch this space!

    It wasn’t a Takeover but we also welcomed Mr Handley’s class who presented a masterclass in BrainPOP. They were incredible and a real highlight of the show for us. This presentation deserves a full blog post to itself so look out for that. In the meantime see the post they wrote up on their BETT visit.

    Mr Handleys class meets Moby at BETT 2012

    Mr Handley's class meets Moby at BETT 2012

    3. The heart-stopping moment when your wi-fi fails

    We were so excited about our “media counter“. We were finally going to be able to show off just how flexible BrainPOP is: For use at school, home, and on the go. BrainPOP can be accessed via the Sony PS3, various flash-enabled tablet devices, and also our free app for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. We were also keen to hear Dawn Hallybone’s top 5 educational apps.

    However, none of this is possible if your wi-fi connection fails. And fail it did!

    It’s fair to say we were pretty devastated about both of the above but have learnt a good lesson for forthcoming years. Do not rely on wi-fi at BETT.

    4. Are you using iPads, iPod touch or iPhones in school?

    A question we asked everyone we spoke to. And it seemed for every teacher with access to iPods or iPads in school, there were another three who were visiting BETT to help them make a decision: Is there enough content available to justify the spend on such devices?

    While we can’t speak for other suppliers, we are well aware of the growing multitude of helpful apps and tools available for mobile devices which can be used in schools. As we’ve mentioned many times now, we’ve got a free app you can download from iTunes and start using it today. You’ll find top tips for classroom use available on our Mobile page.

    BrainPOP App screenshot and App button

    5. The goodies, the goodies!

    As ever, BrainPOP goodies seemed to go down a storm. But, when we’re surrounded by suppliers who seem to be offering less and less giveaways on their stands each year, we’ve got to wonder whether it’s truly worthwhile having them.

    A sample of BrainPOP giveaways

    What do you think? As a teacher, does it make any difference whether you get something to take away and share with your class? Or, does it all end up in the bin at the end of the day anyway? We implore you to let us know.

    6. Evaluate BrainPOP? No bother

    Dear Tim & Moby letter from BETTy

    If you spoke to any of the BrainPOP team at BETT you’ll know that this year we opted to set up a generic free trial for the event. This meant that anyone could walk away and log in to BrainPOP as soon as they liked; no messing with emails and activation links and all that jazz.

    Not only did we make the free trial process as simple as can be, we created evaluation booklets, each with a photocopiable topic sheet so your class could complete an evaluation of BrainPOP for you. Download the PDF here if you didn’t manage to grab a copy last week:

    Topic Evaluation Sheet

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    7. Moby does the robot

    Erm, there are no words?

    (iPod touch, iPhone and iPad are all trademarks of Apple Inc.)

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