We’ve added a new feature to BrainPOP UK’s Activities which makes them even more interactive. You could already type on them and now you can draw on them too!
To see the new drawing tool in action, take a look at the screencast we’ve made showing how it works below.
What are the Activities and how might they be used?
Activities are worksheets related to a topic that extend and reinforce the learning. They can be found underneath every movie.
Every Activity consists of at least a vocabulary sheet and often extension worksheets such as:
- Literacy based “Complete the Passage” tasks where students must fill in the gaps in a written passage about the topic
- Practical design and technology tasks such as “Design It” which include designing logos or building a bottle rocket
- Graphic Organisers to help students structure their work
- Higher order thinking tasks such as “Think About It” which can serve as good topics for essays
As well as being able to print out the Activities and fill them out by hand students can also type directly into the screen and then print off their completed worksheet to be handed in or glued into their exercise book.
And a brand new feature of the Activities is the draw and erase tool which allows students to use the mouse to draw straight onto the Activity and erase any of their mistakes with the eraser tool.
This means Activities that involve crossing out, circling, drawing etc. no longer have to be printed and done by hand. Students can just use the drawing tool and then print out the finished worksheet!
To access drawing mode all you have to do is click the pencil at the bottom left of the activity then draw onto the page with the mouse. Click the eraser tool to rub out any mistakes. If you want to switch back to text mode then all you have to do is click on the capital T and click where you want to type as usual.