Today we’re welcoming ICT subject leader and seasoned BrainPOP educator, Dawn Hallybone, to POPtalk. She’s guest posted for us on how she’s used BrainPOP “on the go”, as a classroom teacher and parent.
She’s been discovering new ways to interact with BrainPOP resources and has kindly shared some tips below, that you could potentially implement tomorrow.
What is Mobile Learning?
MoleNet defines it as:
“…the exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together with wireless and mobile phone networks, to facilitate, support, enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning.
It is the words in bold that particularly appeal to me as a teacher and as a parent, and BrainPOP, always at the forefront of educational innovation, have stepped into mobile technology. Kids shouldn’t wait for it be ‘school’ time to access learning – they should have access to learning wherever they are.
The first thing to know is that the BrainPOP App for iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads is free – a huge bonus for teachers and parents. It features a movie of the day as well as another 21 movies that can also be accessed, 3 from each of their 7 curriculum categories.
It looks as clear on an iTouch as it does on an iPad. This potentially enables the learning to be supported and enhanced both at home and in school, as there’s a good chance some homes will have one or more Apple mobile devices.
And I’m not the only one to think that this app is rather good as it has just been included in Tap magazine’s 100 Greatest Apps of All Time in the ‘Learn’ category!
The app can be used in many ways, but here’s a few ways I’d recommend you try to get started with a mobile version of BrainPOP:
- Watch the movie of the day in the morning – very often these are chosen to combine with items in the news.
- Find one movie that interests you, watch it and share with a partner – what did you learn, what made you choose it?
- Ask children to use it to research a topic – use that to perhaps produce a talk or presentation.
- Share a movie at home with a family member – the movies can be played on the TV via a Wii or Playstation 3.
- What would you ask Tim and Moby to explain? Send your questions to Tim & Moby, care of the BrainPOP team. All questions on the site come from children.
There are obviously many more uses – the POPquiz option at the end of a movie is a great way of assessing learning and children can take this quiz on their own device and keep trying to improve their own score.
But “mobile learning” could also come under a “multi channel” approach e.g. accessing resources where the pupils want to interact with it.
As well as the app, BrainPOP UK have also created “POPboxes“. These are elements for a webpage (free again!) that feature the movie of the day that can embedded into a webpage, blog , VLE, intranet, school website etc – you do not have to sign up to BrainPOP to access this either and it automatically updates the movie every day.
We have installed these on our school blogs and year group blogs – another way for the children and parents to access this fantastic resource and use at home.
So if you haven’t got the app or the POPBox – what’s stopping you?