• 08 Jun
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    As Euro 2012 kicks off with Poland vs. Greece this evening, it got us thinking about our Football movie…

    Tim & Moby giving a run down of the beautiful game? Now there’s a topic you can enjoy and learn from whether you’re a fact-filled Match of the Day pundit, or you can’t tell the difference between a header and a handball.

    And we’re going to make our Football topic FREE for England match days, quarter-final match days, semi-final match days and the final.


    In the movie, Tim lays out the basic facts that all football enthusiasts should know, from the size of the field, to the number of players, to the names of the different positions. You’ll find out why only goalkeepers are allowed to touch the ball with their hands, and why referees penalise players with yellow and red cards. And how about the offside rule? Tim & Moby have it covered. Don’t forget the quiz and FYI too.

    3 Football topic activities to try: 

    1. If you think you know it all, test yourself with the Quiz before watching the movie. How did you do? 10/10?
    2. Write or draw your own explanation of the offside rule and see how it compares to Tim’s explanation in the movie
    3. Read the Sports section of the FYI to learn some interesting facts about Sheffield FC. Can you write a short history of your favourite club?

    So strap on your shinguards, lace up your boots, and pop these Euro 2012 dates in your diary:

    Monday 11th June – England vs. France

    Friday 15th June – England vs. Sweden

    Tuesday 19th June – England vs. Ukraine

    Thursday 21st June – Winner Group A vs. Runner-up Group B

    Friday 22nd June – Winner Group B vs. Runner-up Group A

    Saturday 23rd June – Winner Group C vs. Runner-up Group D

    Sunday 24th June – Winner Group D vs. Runner-up Group C

    Wednesday 27th June – Winner Quarter Final 1 vs. Winner Quarter Final 3

    Thursday 28th June – Winner Quarter Final 2 vs. Winner Quarter Final 4

    Sunday 1st July – Euro 2012 FINAL!

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  • 30 May
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    As Diamond Jubilee events happen countrywide this weekend we thought we’d jump on the band wagon (just in case you’re not sick of hearing about it yet!).

    The Queen

    You’ll be delighted to know we’ve gone and made our Queen movie free for the week.

    Join Tim and Moby as they explain why, while she may not be a rock group, Queen Elizabeth II is famous pretty much all over the world.

    They describe the many intricacies of being Queen including what it means to be Head of State; the difference between queen and government; how many countries are in the Commonwealth; and the conflicting views of the Republicans versus the Monarchists.

    You’ll also learn about all her different duties: why the Queen visits overseas countries; why she frequently hosts garden parties; and how she honours those who have been of service to the country.

    After you’ve watched the movie, try the Queen quiz and see how well you do. We’ve also got the FYI for you to enjoy further reading – did you know that the Queen doesn’t need a passport? There are also brand new activities added just last week for you to try: Activities.

    She’s reigned through six decades of enormous social change and development. Pretty cool when you think about it, no?

    So celebrate 60 years of good old Queen Elizabeth II with Tim, Moby and 4 minutes and 35 seconds of diamond standard animation: The Queen.

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  • 15 Mar
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    POPboxes are another brand new BrainPOP UK feature for 2010.

    A POPbox enables you to embed our Featured movie right into a webpage! This is what it would look like:

    Sounds pretty fun, doesn’t it? So every time we update our free featured movie it will appear as if by magic in your webpage. Or classroom blog. Or VLE. Or intranet. Or School website…

    Now, we only want it to go to deserving homes where Tim & Moby will feel comfortable spending a bit of time. We will have to approve any requests for a featured movie POPbox. That’s the golden rule.

    So if you want to “POP a POPbox” on your website go to the POPbox request page and fill in the small form. We’ll then be in touch with the code and the rest is up to you.

    How does it work?

    The POPbox is a code snippet that you need to copy and paste to the body of your HTML page. Saving and publishing the page will make it show up.

    What if it doesn’t show up?

    We’ve found that some VLEs, or web platforms e.g. hosted WordPress.com blogs, will block Javascript being displayed via a security setting in the browser. POPtalk is a self hosted WordPress blog (www.wordpress.org) so we can control what gets shown and what doesn’t.

    Getting security settings changed is a matter for your Support technicians or VLE Manager. It might be (although we hope not) that you cannot display our POPboxes at all due to technical restrictions. Sorry.

    Can we choose our own BrainPOP movies to show?

    No. The featured movie POPbox will change automatically every time we update it so it will remain refreshed. But we decide what and when. It can only show one movie at at time. If you have a special educational event, research announcement, promotion or similar that you think would benefit from a BrainPOP UK movie/POPbox to accompany it we may be able to help – just get in touch.

    Does it come with the POPquiz?

    Sorry, it’s the movie only. To use the POPquizzes you will have to be a subscriber. There is a button in the movie player to make the POPboxes full screen though.

    Do I need to be subscribed to BrainPOP UK to get a POPbox?

    Nope. But you do need to agree to place it onto an appropriate web space. And we reserve the right to allow or deny a website access to a POPbox. As to what is deemed “appropriate”… we hope it can be informed by old fashioned common sense. But if you’re not sure add your questions as comments below or ask!

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