• 14 Nov

    Wednesday 21st November at 16:00 – 16:45 BST: Making your Interactive Whiteboard POP! 

    Making your Interactive Whiteboard POP

    In this session, Danny will demonstrate hints and tips for making the most of using BrainPOP with the whiteboard tools available to you. Focusing on both Promethean and SMART tools, Danny can walk you through the very basics to some neat little tricks that even surprised us!

    Danny Nicholson is an approved BrainPOP UK trainer with over 15 years teaching and training experience and has delivered training in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools all over the UK and overseas. He is an experienced trainer on both Promethean and SMART interactive whiteboards.

    This webinar would suit any teacher who’d like a refresher or an introduction to using a whiteboard in the classroom.

    Eventbrite - Making your Interactive Whiteboard POP with Danny Nicholson from Think-Bank

    How do I sign up for a webinar? Keep an eye on this page for the live links. These will take you to Eventbrite where you can register quickly and easily. You’ll receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite including the link to the webinar which you click when the time comes.

    I’m not a BrainPOP subscriber, can I still participate?  Of course! Our webinars are open to anyone interested in sharing best classroom practice and innovations in education. We do, however, recommend you take out a free trial in advance of any webinars so you can fully participate and contribute to any discussion: Take out a free trial. If you’ve considered taking out a trial or subscribing, the webinar could be just the guide you need to inform your decision.

    Do you take webinar topic suggestions? Happily! Post comments below or email info@brainpop.co.uk and we’ll add it to the list for consideration.

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  • 31 Oct

    Wednesday 7th November at 16:00 BST: Brush up on BrainPOP

    Brush up on BrainPOP

    Join Jude on this BrainPOP refresher, we’ll discuss the basics, best practices, and creative teaching strategies so you can engage your entire class first thing the next morning.

    Perfect for both newbies and veteran users alike, this webinar hands you the tools you’ll need to get the most out of your subscription.

    We can provide certificates of participation upon completion. 

    Eventbrite - Brush up on BrainPOP

    How do I sign up for a webinar?

    The link above will take you to Eventbrite where you can register quickly and easily. You’ll receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite including the link to the webinar which you click when the time comes.

    I’m not a BrainPOP subscriber, can I still participate? 

    Of course! Our webinars are open to anyone interested in sharing best practice and innovation in education.

    We do, however, recommend you take out a free trial in advance of any webinars so you can fully participate and contribute to any discussion: Take out a free trial.

    If you’ve considered taking out a trial or subscribing, the webinar could be just the guide you need to inform your decision.

    All past webinars will be available in an archive so, if there’s a topic you’re interested in and you can’t attend that day, keep a look out for the link to the recorded webinar appearing later.

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  • 17 Oct

    Google Apps + BrainPOP = Happiness

    Wednesday 24th October at 18:30 BST: Google Apps and Project Based Learning with Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, Ian Addison

    Join VIB Ian Addison, ICT Co-ordinator at St John the Baptist Primary School and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, to learn how the seamless integration between BrainPOP and Google Apps provides great benefits for teachers and students, allowing learners to collaborate in real time with each other and with their teacher.

    You’ll see what the integration looks like and Ian will show examples of how the Google Apps Platform is ideal for student led learning.

    We can provide certificates of participation upon completion. 

    Eventbrite - Google Apps and Project-Based Learning with Ian Addison

    How do I sign up for a webinar?

    The link above will take you to Eventbrite where you can register quickly and easily. You’ll receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite including the link to the webinar which you click when the time comes.

    I’m not a BrainPOP subscriber, can I still participate? 

    Of course! Our webinars are open to anyone interested in sharing best classroom practice and innovations in education.

    We do, however, recommend you take out a free trial in advance of any webinars so you can fully participate and contribute to any discussion: Take out a free trial.

    If you’ve considered taking out a trial or subscribing, the webinar could be just the guide you need to inform your decision.

    All past webinars will be available in an archive so, if there’s a topic you’re interested in and you can’t attend that day, keep a look out for the link to the recorded webinar appearing later.

     

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  • 08 Oct

    Wednesday 10th October at 16:00 BST: BrainPOP and Creativity on your iPad

    Featured Movie App main page on iPad

    Whether you have access to an Apple device or not, you can still sign up and benefit from this webinar. You’ll learn how to use our full access Featured Movie App as a classroom and homework tool.

    We’ll show you how to get moby-lised by demonstrating features of our full access Featured Movie App and also talk about other apps you can use – like Puppet Pals and Book Creator - to ensure you take full advantage of mobile access.

    We can provide certificates of participation upon completion. 

    Eventbrite - BrainPOP and Creativity on your iPad

    How do I sign up for a webinar?

    The link above will take you to Eventbrite where you can register quickly and easily. You’ll receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite including the link to the webinar which you click when the time comes.

    I’m not a BrainPOP subscriber, can I still participate? 

    Of course! Our webinars are open to anyone interested in sharing best classroom practice and innovations in education.

    We do, however, recommend you take out a free trial in advance of any webinars so you can fully participate and contribute to any discussion: Take out a free trial.

    If you’ve considered taking out a trial or subscribing, the webinar could be just the guide you need to inform your decision.

    All past webinars will be available in an archive so, if there’s a topic you’re interested in and you can’t attend that day, keep a look out for the link to the recorded webinar appearing later.

     

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  • 20 Aug

    We can hardly believe it either but schools across the country are about to get noisy again. Scottish schools are already back for Autumn term and it’s not long until the rest of the UK head back too.

    But take heart! We’ve done our very best to make the dramatic plummet back to life on earth (a.k.a. reality) a little easier.

    Here are three reasons we hope make you shout, bring it on!

    1. Announcing the new UK Webinars Programme 2012/2013

    Tim & Moby present a webinar

    Starting in September, we’re going to be hosting webinars covering topics as basic as ‘An Introduction to BrainPOP’ to more advance topics like ‘Using BrainPOP with Google Apps’.

    Attending a BrainPOP UK Webinar is a simple and fun way to increase CPD credits from the comfort of your own home. Professional development in your PJs if you like ;-)

    The first date for your diary is 24th September where Jude will give you ‘The BrainPOP Basics’: Whether you’re new to BrainPOP or a seasoned stalwart, join us for this introductory session. We’ll take you through the basic features of the site but also take a closer look at tools you might not use regularly but may prove beneficial. We’ll use examples of real classroom practice and you’ll be more than welcome to share with other attendees.

    We’ll be adding more information about how to sign up soon.

    2. Creative Writing inspiration

    Creative Writing

    Our Creative Writing spotlight is getting a lovely wax and polish up for September. We’ve spent a good deal of time putting together an English topics collection to help your students plan and structure their writing. Movies, POPquizzes, and activities should provide students with the essential knowledge and skills for all types of writing and storytelling.

    We’ll be including freebies for you to download and use in class or at home and we’ll be running a writing competition too.

    View all spotlights.

    3. A topic to ease you in

    Wondering what movie to check out right this very minute when you’re full of back to school highs and woes? We’ve got just the ticket.

    Back to School

    Tim and Moby give your students some sound advice on how to start the new school year in style in our Back to School topic. They’ll begin by learning how to stay safe on the journey to school, and then get some tips about what to do at lunchtime, how to behave in lessons, and why it’s always wise to be nice to teachers.

    They’ll also see how to get organised, how to set up a good place to do homework after school, and why staying up late is totally over-rated.

    Other helpful movies to watch this time of year:

    Still got the back to school blues?

    Just think – it’s not long until another school break…

     

     

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  • 18 Feb

    “Great opportunity for staff to review the resources. A fresh approach to using video within the curriculum. All the responses were very positive.”

    Rhona MacKenzie, West Dunbartonshire Authority

    What a lovely thing to say. But what’s Rhona talking about? One of our new POPteach workshops.

    BrainPOP itself is so simple to grasp there’s not much call for conventional “training”. So we don’t offer it.

    The key challenge is to raise awareness of what BrainPOP UK can do in context – for YOU in YOUR lessons. A workshop where the focus is “BrainPOP plus CPD”.

    A POPteach workshop is an opportunity to gather a group of educators together to talk Tim & Moby. They may be subscribers or they may be total newbies to BrainPOP resources – all are welcome. It may be facilitated by a BrainPOPper or a VIB. Or both!

    Our pilot POPteach workshops have been held in Scotland. At the most recent our Scottish Ambassador, Kim Conway, worked with the West Dunbartonshire Authority to hold a twilight CPD workshop. Ten teachers from seven different schools attended. As is the BrainPOP way they got showered with cool BrainPOP merchandise including badges, pens and chocolates. We offered fruit too, but curiously that didn’t turn out to be as popular.

    Kim ran through the site, highlighting gems such Deep Beep, Spotlights and POPboxes and offered practical examples of how BrainPOP can be employed in the classroom.

    Participation is a key part of a POPteach workshop. Kim likes attendees to join in with the POPquiz, and it wasn’t long before teachers were leaping up to the whiteboard to select answers.

    These are only tentative baby steps with POPteach – we’re still polishing the format and always looking for feedback.

    Each attendee is asked to give the experience a mark out of 10. We’re proud to say we received a 10/10 across the board. Did the chocolate sway people? Who knows. A good result either way. These are some of the workable ideas the teachers took away with them (everyone at this workshop had not used BrainPOP before, though some were aware of us):

    • Use movies within classroom as discussion starters.
    • Tell the staff. Log in and try it out.
    • BrainPOP will tie in with my current topic. I intend to share BrainPOP with my colleagues – it is a useful resource.
    • Using movies with class related to current movies being sponsored.
    • Would like to use the videos for science.
    • Share with staff.  Use  free trial period in lessons with my class (P6) particularly in relation to e-safety.
    • Make use of the free trial in cross curricular areas and across stages.
    • I intend to use BrainPOP in line with Es and Os within the classroom if the video enhances the concepts we are covering.
    • Share with the rest of the staff and try out during the trial period.
    • To enhance my lessons. To incorporate into topics using ACfE links.
    • All useful. This was excellent. Great for pupils (+staff).

    It’s only fair to mention what was noted we could do better:

    • Could have had more ‘hands on’.

    In particular it was great to hear how useful Deep Beep, our Curriculum Matching Tool, could be. Some teachers mentioned how easy it would be to incorporate BrainPOP links into topics they are currently teaching.

    One thing that was said to us was “Good to see site, often ended up on it through Google but didn’t know what it was”, which is a lesson for us and a good reason why we might be holding more POPteach events round the country soon.

    And finally, as is our wont, we couldn’t help but offer some lovely BrainPOP UK prizes! Congratulations to Kate Watson from Levenvale Primary who won a BrainPOP UK T-shirt, Carolann McVey from Levenvale Primary who won a goodie bag, and Marion Henry from St Mary’s Primary School in Alexandria who walked away with a class set of badges.

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  • 27 Aug

    We all know CPD is important but there’s no excuse for dull sessions. We think the CPD Workshop we held at Rockwell High School in Dundee this week was  successful, because we got great feedback. But, we’re always learning and would love to hear what else we could have do to make them better.

    We believe it’s fun to get teachers involved at CPD workshops, not just talk at them – you wouldn’t expect pupils to just sit and listen, so why should you?

    The CPD Workshop was led by Kim Conway, our BrainPOP UK Ambassador in Scotland, and boy does she love a bit of  audience participation! Engagement is, in part, about valuing the contribution and role of the learners, and bringing ‘a little something’ was a popular choice for Kim’s Dundee attendees. So, she set out a BrainPOP UK pack, chocolate and badge for each teacher for some competition fun. Welcome to our world, Dundee…

    A goody bag

    • Lucky badges – Everybody got the same badge apart from two lucky teachers; BrainPOP UK goody bags were handed over to smiling winners – it should teach folk to sit nearer the front next time.
    • BrainPOP UK pen – Winning a pen turned out to be a bit of a flop with a mixed response from attendees – we guess a pen’s a pen in the end!
    • Class set of BrainPOP UK badges – For coming to the front and answering a complete quiz, well done Darren!
    • T-shirt competition – Well done Christine Howie from Clepington Primary School – you should have received your T-shirt by now so please wear with pride.

    Quiz time! BrainPOP UK quizzes can be done in different ways, to reflect the different models of assessment and classroom management that teachers might use them. There’s more about this in our blog post, ‘Let’s get quizzical‘. Kim used the Graded Quiz option, using a ‘summative’ assesment model. The graded quizzes were good fun; attendees answered questions but didn’t get immediate feedback about whether they got it  right. It turns out, they got 8/10! Great result, but definately scope for improvement and more BrainPOPping!

    Curriculum for Excellence – Another highlight for attendees was seeing our Curriculum Matching Tool, Deep Beep, as each topic is mapped to Curriculum for Excellence.

    Supporting Curriculum for Excellence

    Tim and Moby support Curriculum for Excellence

    We had some great feedback from attendees which we’ll definitely take on board.  Here’s a small selection of quotes…

    Which parts of the CPD workshop were most useful?

    “Going through the curricular areas to see what was available in terms of matching CfE outcomes and experiences”

    “Demonstrating the movies and examples of quiz format. The curriculum matching tool is really useful”

    “Associated movies and further links”

    “The demonstration of how the site could be used within the school. Hands on approach”

    What could be improved?

    “Once we know how the quiz works/procedure for answering/giving wrong answers – more time can then be spent on becoming more familiar with other features”

    “Don’t use up time trying to coax teachers up out of their seats”

    How do you intend to use the skills/knowledge you have learned today in your school?

    “I intend to pass on to other staff members and inform them of the free trial so they can take advantage of this fabulous resource”

    “Will use it until September for literacy and Numeracy and let the children have a go and get feedback from them too”

    “Pass on info and ask staff to trial – make a school decision based on usage and value”

    “Share with colleagues. Poss use parts of some movies to introduce topics, stimulate discussion”

    How might BrainPOP UK help you in future?

    “Introducing topics or evaluating knowledge of topics”

    “Allow children to back up the classroom learning after a lesson or as a teaching tool during the lesson”

    “If movies are developed for infants would use it”

    And, what important things did we learn for future CPD workshops?

    1. Check the mute button isn’t on before starting (doh!)
    2. Don’t…assume…anything…

    Thank you to Louise from Dundee City Council for her help making this workshop happen and to Kim for her unyielding dedication to BrainPOPping.

    What makes a great CPD session? What would you expect at a BrainPOP UK session? What horror stories can you share, and tips from the best?

    Looking forward to seeing you at a BrainPOP UK event soon!

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  • 12 Aug

    You can find a million books on becoming a teacher. But there’s only one crowd sourced book that gives you real advice from real teachers – The PGCE Survival Guide. And it’s a must read for any aspiring teachers, or those thinking of going into teaching.

    Tim Handley, a newly qualified Primary teacher and BrainPOP UK fan, has created this book entirely from his and others’ experiences. We’re also honoured that he picked BrainPOP UK as one of his recommended “Useful on-Line resources” for PGCE (Postgraduate certificate in education) students. We want to show our support in return.

    We’ll leave it to Tim to describe his work.

    “The PGCE Survival guide- the Essential guide to your teacher training.

    Fed up of reading boring theory book after theory book?

    Want to know what being a trainee teacher is really like?

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get real tips, from real teachers?

    Well, let me introduce the PGCE Survival Guide! It’s full of useful and practical hints, tips and advice from recent PGCE graduates and more experienced teachers covering every element of teacher training, from your first day at university, through the hectic world of placements to finding a job- we have it all covered!

    You won’t find countless chapters about educational theory- just real tips and advice from real teachers. The PGCE survival guide also includes #pgcetipos – over 300 super useful hints and tips from the education community on twitter.”

    You can download the book for free and/or order a printed copy for £6.91 from the PGCE Survival Guide incorporating #pgcetips page on Lulu.

    Congratulations to Tim and the whole BrainPOP team wishes him every success with it.

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  • 26 Feb

    Last night, something rather special happened. Teachers came together from all over Oxfordshire to transform the way that they plan at the first ever TeachMeet Fishbowl.

    This all began in a meeting between James Bird (Oxfordshire Primary LA Advisor) and me (BrainPOPper), at the Rusty Bicycle, where we talked for a long lunchtime (over soft drinks!) about the joys of being inspired by innovation, at events like TeachMeet, and the challenge of making that transferable to the schools and teachers we worked with.

    James had the idea to use an adult training method (andragogy) called Fishbowling, where a small group take on the role of ‘experts’, and engage with a real life problem, whilst a wider group watch and contribute. This is how it was set out (see the annotated version on Flickr courtesy of Leon Cynch for more detail):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/learn4life/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    This event needed to focus on the one aspect that all the TeachMeets, conferences, and workshops we had been to sometimes lacked: practical steps to improve planning.

    How could we change that moment when a teacher sits with a blank sheet of paper – and turns it into a plan!

    We hoped for three outcomes:

    1 – That participants would be able to get engaged with planning in a way that they could take away ideas to apply to their schools immediately

    2 – That we would inspire each other and share new ideas, tools, resources

    3 – That we would create a local and powerful learning network which would have life after the event.

    James has written more about what we planned and hoped for in a blog post:  TeachMeet Fishbowling

    I set up a Ning space, we invited folk in, most of whom had not really used online spaces in this sort of way. Fishbowls are not about ICT or technology led. We made the event invite only and kept the proceedings closed (not streamed) because we wanted to test this model and allow people to be open and honest, without fear of colleagues, parents or looking daft!

    I invited Tom Barrett and Dawn Hallybone to help us, as great friends of BrainPOP UK (they are both VIBs!) and experienced TeachMeeters (Tom was so inspired that he filmed himself at the beginning of his planning process for his Superheroes topic last term) and Leon Cych, of Learn 4 Life offered to come and video the event.

    We were also lucky to be joined by Mark Berthelemy who has years of experience making CPD work, both on and offline.

    The hardest thing to do in any walk of life, is to bring about behaviour change. Even in those who want to change, or believe in it, acknowledge that making change happen is difficult and rare.

    Last night we got some talented and skilled practitioners to share, think, and do in a slightly different way. We set in motion something that was unique in all our experiences of CPD.  Questions of how we sustain this, and the ways this fits with policy and in practice are hard. But I have no doubt in the abilities of the people in that room to find the answers – together!

    Is this way ‘better‘? Can I make a value judgement of the efficacy of this model, just because people did something different from normal? I know that we captured the ‘Aha!’ moments that make traditional TeachMeets so inspiring, but also grounded them in practice. We demonstrated the power of social learning – something we all believe in with children – and established network based on trust.

    BrainPOP UK was involved because we believe in local CPD networks. Which is why we support TeachMeets.

    There are lots of great posts already, talking about last night, if you want to read more about it, try these starting points:

    Finally, can I thank:

    • Oxfordshire County Council who supplied the the venue
    • Tim & Moby for providing the food, drink and nibbles.
    • Joe, Victoria W. ,  Lizzie, Rebecca (who came despite being in the middle of an Ofsted inspection), Mike, Row, Joan, Dawn, Mark, Tom, Nick, Matt, Leon, Carol, Carolyne, Victoria S. , Amy, and James (did I miss anyone?).

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  • 08 Jan

    teachmeettakeover

    What is TeachMeet takeover? We should probably leave that to Tom Barrett (the teacher who came up with the idea) to explain:

    “Educators presenting about FREE ideas on the vendor stands at the world’s largest educational technology event. Sharing inspiration for free.”

    Tom Barrett, Edte.ch blog: http://edte.ch/blog/2009/12/14/teachmeet-takeover-needs-you

    At each stand, at a certain time of the day (check out the TeachMeet Takeover time table), a teacher will “takeover” part of a stand to demo free tools and resources that teachers may find interesting and useful. On our stand it will be on the big plasma TV on the back wall.

    Lots of companies have volunteered to provide some space for a takeover:

    • Adobe
    • Scholastic
    • Studywiz
    • NetIntelligence
    • TrueTube
    • Rising Stars
    • The National Archives / BFI / English Heritage
    • Moava
    • Promethean Planet
    • VT Group
    • DB Education

    We’re privileged to be welcoming through the week:

    • the inimitable Drew Buddie (demoing “Doing more with Tim & Moby using freely available Web 2.0 Tools” and “Wordle, Tagul & BrainPOP“)
    • the inspirational John Johnston (demoing “A project to gather the voices of educators using mobile devices”)
    • the main man himself, Tom Barrett (demoing “Why Voicethread should be used in every primary classroom”)

    The demos will only be a few minutes long, and, having seen these 3 present before, we know you’ll walk away enlightened and full of new ideas. Also if you pick up a TeachMeet Takeover flyer during the show it will include a mini competition, along with the timetable of confirmed talks.

    You will need to collect 8 ideas from takeover talks from around the show to claim some prizes from the stands taking part. We’re donating some ice cool Tim and Moby memorabilia.

    Perhaps you’ll also be inspired enough to go to a TeachMeet one day.

    So why are we letting teachers “take over” our stand?

    There are 3 parts to our answer.

    1. Put simply, we are intrigued. BrainPOPpers are naturally inquisitive people. We’re also BETT veterans and like to feel part of its evolution. It may work, it may not – but if you don’t try you’ll never know.
    2. We support CPD (Continuing Professional Development). To support those who want to be better teachers. We know BrainPOP UK works best as part of a good teacher’s toolkit – we also know teachers call upon any number of other resources. Why shouldn’t we do our bit to encourage open minded investigation into new ways of doing things?
    3. We’ve always been big supporters and sponsors of the TeachMeet initiative too and part of the Takeover is to encourage new people to go to a TeachMeet.

    Our stand is only small but we’re sure TeachMeeters can make the best of it. You have our promise that we won’t “push” anything, we’re just happy to lend our space to help out this exciting event.

    All that’s left to say really is “Bring on the TeachMeet Takeover!”

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