• 16 Mar
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    We work closely with our teachers, to help them get the best out of our resources.

    We often canvas our customers to hear about the impact BrainPOP has in class. Which is why when teachers like David Mordue, a Year 4 Teacher & KS2 Leader, sent us this testimonial we were over the moon!

    Thank you to David and all the kids at Lanchester EP Primary School! Happy BrainPOPping!


    “BrainPOP is a fantastic resource that we’ve been using in our school for the past couple of years now. We find that the children are hugely enthused by BrainPOP. They love the characters of Tim and Moby and find them entertaining and fun!

    The fact that Tim and Moby ‘deliver’ the content of each movie makes it immediately child-friendly and engaging. From a classroom teacher’s point of view, I find the content of the movies and the related activities to be perfectly pitched for my KS2 children with key vocabulary being clearly explained to make the topics easy to understand for the children.

    BrainPOP has a huge amount of cross-curricular content. We use it to enhance our teaching of a wide range of subjects – from core subjects like Maths, English and Science to other subject areas such as History, Art and Computing.

    I often use BrainPOP to ‘launch’ new topics (such as our ‘Romans’ topic in History at the moment) as the movies provide a really engaging starting point to not only provide key facts and concepts to the children, but to ‘hook’ them into a topic.

    The children in my class have gone on to produce some fantastic pieces of work from using BrainPOP – it has had a really positive impact on the teaching and learning in my classroom.

    When we started using BrainPOP at Lanchester it was primarily to access the excellent animated ‘Tim and Moby’ movies, however there is so much more to BrainPOP than just the movies themselves.

    The related quizzes, concept mapping tools, games and extra reading materials are great. I often use the activities as part of my whole class teaching and the children enjoy having activities assigned to them either in class (on our school laptops or iPads) or for homework – if it’s a BrainPOP activity they don’t feel like it’s work at all!

    The BrainPOP team are always adding new features too – we’ve just started exploring the new ‘make-a-movie’ feature which is very popular so far with the children!

    I find BrainPOP to be very easy to use – great for busy teachers! The website itself is really easy to navigate and the BrainPOP Educators section provides really clear help with video tutorials and webinars to watch.

    That’s really helpful if you quickly need to know how to set up your class or how to show the children how to save their BrainPOP work for example. I would have no hesitation in recommending BrainPOP to other teachers – it has been a great addition to the resources we use in school and never fails to engage the children.”

    David Mordue, Year 4 Teacher & KS2 Leader, Lanchester EP Primary School

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  • 27 Nov
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    Meet some (very smiley!) pupils from the class of Sarah WrightY4 teacher in Merseyside.

    Mrs Wrights Class and BrainPOP

    As well as full time teaching Sarah is develops CPD for her local authority on using technology in learning, plus is on secondment at Edge Hill University running a module on ActivExpression for training teachers.

    Phew!

    Sarah’s school has been using BrainPOP UK for a few years to great effect. And even with the whirlwind that is her teaching life she found the time to write in and let us know the impact BrainPOP has had in her school and class.

    We’ve replicated it below with her kind permission.


    “I genuinely can’t speak highly enough of BrainPOP.

    It’s something I know I can use across the curriculum that is high quality, engaging and easy to use. The movies offer great learning opportunities for the children, not just in terms of academic content, but I personally feel that it helps with engagement, listening and concentration skills.

    We use it as a teacher led resource as well as allowing children to use it independently – we’ve found it is a great way to encourage independent learning, I often find children telling me about something that they “Brainpopped” last night!

    The characters are really attractive to our children and we often like using our inference skills to guess what Moby is thinking!

    Moby scratching his head

    We’ve seen a real difference in terms of how children engage with their learning and particularly in them wanting to explore and learn more.

    Since using BrainPOP the quality and quantity of home learning has vastly improved.

    BrainPOP comes with a whole host of resources, all of which we use. Obviously the movies are the main aspect, but we also use the resource packs of graphic organisers, the games are great quality and the quiz function is brilliant.

    BrainPOP on IWB and Promethean ActivTable

    Each movie also comes with related activities which foster a literacy aspect to activities which the children really enjoy. BrainPop doesn’t ‘sit’ at one level, so it’s great to have different styles and levels of movies that appeal to children across the school.

    We’ve even integrated BrainPOP badges into our class reward system, whereby children who show a great attitude to their learning can earn a badge . When visitors have asked them how they have earned them, they’ve offered impressively articulate ideas on their own learning through BrainPOP.

    Another massively important part of BrainPOP for me is the whole ethos and attitude of the team.

    Not only are they constantly on hand to help, encourage and genuinely inspire, they seem to be forever looking at ways to improve the BrainPOP experience, for instance with the introduction of the Game Up function.

    BrainPOP GameUp on Promethean ActivTable

    BrainPOP GameUp on Promethean ActivTable

    If I were to ask my children what their favourite resource to use would be, the answer would be unanimous.

    I personally don’t think there is anything better to encourage fun, substantial and real learning.”

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  • 30 Oct
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    We were invited by Probationer Teacher Scotland, (part of GTC Scotland), a national support service provided to newly qualified Scottish teachers, to feature in their very popular “BlogSpot” section. This is a space where teachers in their probation year are asked to review products they love to use in class.

    We turned to Jenny Harvey (@relativism), a class teacher from Kirkcaldy, Fife who presented  a fantastic overview of BrainPOP. You can read the whole review below. Many, many thanks to Jenny for taking the time to provide this article. We hope you all enjoy it 🙂


    Jenny meets Moby

    BrainPOP UK – What is it?

    BrainPOP UK (http://www.brainpop.co.uk/) is a library of animated movies featuring the characters of Tim and Moby who explain a range of different topics in a clear and accessible way.

    Movies are available across all curricular areas and the content is added to and updated all the time.

    BrainPOP is something I discovered during my training and I have been using it for three years with a range of stages across the primary school.  The children respond well to the characters and are always very impressed to hear that I have met Moby in real life.

    Although it is a subscription resource, there are featured movies and free content available to everyone plus there is a mobile app which has a free featured movie every day.  It is also possible to sign up for a free trial, which is how I first used the site.

    Why do I use it?

    In a nutshell: it is easy to access and use, the information is presented clearly and it is linked to Curriculum for Excellence.

    The format of the BrainPOP UK site is extremely easy to navigate and clearly set out in curricular areas.  The home page is bright and visual rather than having screeds of text and the search function does exactly what it should.

    Curricular mapping tools, which are linked to Curriculum for Excellence, make planning an easier task and the interactive multiple choice quiz feature can be a useful formative assessment tool.

    How do I use it in class?

    I have used BrainPOP UK during teaching time, as an activity for a group and also as a research tool for directed research tasks.  When used during teaching time I vary the order of the movie and quiz; sometimes I use both but at other times I use one or the other.

    As I mentioned, the curricular mapping tool, which is called Deep Beep, makes planning easier as you choose the subject area and the Curriculum for Excellence level to match to your Experiences and Outcomes and then the topic of the movie based on the matching results.   Movies can be paused, rewound or fast forwarded as required.  This allows time for questions, reflections and checking understanding at any stage of the movie.  I like to keep a notebook book file open to record any notes or observations during the movie.

    The quiz can be very useful at the beginning of a topic and at the end to assess knowledge gaps and progress and inform future planning.  I have also used the quizzes as an example for question creation lessons during which groups of pupils create their own quiz on a particular topic and these are then peer assessed.  The quizzes can also be used with response units if you have these in school.

    Quizzes and movies are not the only resources available on BrainPOP UK. There are associated activities, related topics and an FYI section providing additional stories and facts related to the chosen movie topic.  The FYI sections are a particular favourite of mine as they often help to answer further questions and can help to generate other questions for investigation by pupils.

    And there’s more…

    Free CPD! BrainPOP UK provide free webinars which you can access online and from the comfort of your own home.  If you need evidence of these CPD sessions they can also provide certificates of completion.

    The BrainPOP UK staff, or BrainPOPpers, have always been outstanding in terms of customer service.  They answer any questions promptly and they have even created a movie for me in the past.

    I hope that this brief introduction has helped give you an overview of how BrainPOP UK can be used in your classroom.  Remember it is free to try, the only software needed is a browser with Flash Player and if you need any support the BrainPOP UK team are just an email away.

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