• 10 Apr

    Today it will be 100 years since Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden (and only) voyage across the Atlantic towards New York.

    In honour of the centenary we have released a new movie of epic proportions – Titanic.

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    Not only that, but we’re making it free for the whole week so you’ve got time to learn about the most famous shipwreck in history.

    They said the Titanic was practically unsinkable…but it sank to the bottom of the ocean four days into its first voyage. If you watch our new movie, you can learn exactly how big this behemoth of a ship was, and how an iceberg was able to bring it down.

    You’ll see how Titanic was a product of its period, a high point of faith in technology and scientific progress. Discover why a ship this large was built in the first place, and hear about some of the amenities that made it the floating equivalent of a four-star hotel.

    Finally, you’ll hear about the major changes to maritime safety made after the Titanic went down.

    • Think you already know the story of Titanic? Test your knowledge by taking the Quiz before watching the movie.
    • Print off the Vocabulary sheet available in the Activities and fill it out as you watch the movie.
    • Then take the time to read the FYI about that other Titanic movie, ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ and chief baker, Charles John Joughin.

    So set sail with Tim and Moby as they journey to…well, disaster: Titanic topic

     

     

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  • 28 Nov

    We always enjoy seeing how schools use BrainPOP so when Ms Tonks of Shireland Collegiate Academy said it would be okay for Jude (our BrainPOP Elearning & Mobile Consultant) to visit the school she jumped straight into her Moby-mobile. Here’s how she got on…

    Before lessons started for the day, we dropped in on a Year 9 class using BrainPOP  in tutor time. I had imagined the class would be watching the daily featured movie but on arrival I discovered that BrainPOP fits into the learning at Shireland Academy in a different and useful way.

    Shireland use a unique curriculum model called Literacies for Life’. This is a project-based learning approach that focuses on a common theme throughout all subjects for a given period of time and uses dynamic learning to bring the subject to life. The theme this month is ‘Over the Top’ – learning about WWI.

    Ms Dhillon ushered everyone into the room and we watched the WWI movie followed by the quiz. To add a fun twist to the quiz, after each question students held up a coloured card to show their answer – A, B, C, or D – and Ms Tonks and Ms Dhillon  stood at the front and could see which colour was the decision of the class.

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    The class answered nearly all the questions correctly – impressive how switched on everyone was considering it was only 9 am! No sooner had we finished the quiz than the bell went and everyone rushed off to their first lesson. I couldn’t help wondering what a Science lesson on the theme of WWI would be like (making mustard gas?).

    Having everything planned on the learning platform was helpful in squeezing learning into every little bit of the day. The eLearning team have embedded links to the BrainPOP movies (and other resources) being used in each lesson so they’re easy to find for teachers and students. They’ve even animated their own BrainPOP access buttons!

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    The elearning team kindly showed me a few more innovations they use to get the best out of their learning platform and resources:

    • In tutor time, teachers use flip cameras to record the work done – the evidence is then stored on the learning platform.
    • E-Pic’ – a library collection of resources students would find helpful tying in with the theme of the month. This could be free materials or clips or BrainPOP movies all accessible through an animated walkthrough, saving students and teachers hours of internet searching!
    • Attitude Rocks – short clips designed to prompt discussion about various situations that might arise in school. I thought the accents sounded familiar…sure enough, it turns out the voices had been done by students and teachers from the school.
    • Apps for Good – students have to come up with ideas for apps that don’t already exist but also do something good for the community. Quite a tall order considering the huge number of apps already out there! Undaunted, students are already coming up with ideas and designing the apps themselves, the best of which will actually be put into production by a digital company.

    I hope I’ll get the chance to call in and see Shireland again soon, it’s always good to get stocked up on good ideas to pass on to other BrainPOP schools. Meanwhile, I hope we can persuade Shireland students to blog for us in the future…they certainly have a lot to write about!

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  • 21 May

    We talk about our Tim and Moby movies a lot. Of course we do. They’re what makes BrainPOP UK what it is. And our users tend to like them too.

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    But did you know each movie also comes with an interactive multiple choice quiz? We call them POP Quizzes. You can find them in the bottom left of each movie page.

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    You can take a POPquiz right away if you like but you will be offered the option to take it at the end of the movie too.

    Each POPquiz is 10 questions long and can be taken in one of three ways.

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    POPquiz questions are directly related to events in the movie and do two things very well:

    • enable the teacher to assess the learning that happened during the movie (which is often shown front of class).
    • to provide extension activities to reflect on the learning.

    The Graded Quiz

    This is taken directly on the screen.

    The results are aggregated and you can choose to:

    1. Print your score.
    2. Email your score to any email address you like (this is particularly useful for the teacher as they can nominate their address so they get all results sent to them).
    3. View your mark out of ten on screen.

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    If you choose the third option you will be able to go back and review all your responses and to reveal the correct answers.

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    The Review Quiz

    The review quiz will not let the student move to the following question until they have provided the correct answer to the one they are attempting.

    Upon choosing an answer Moby pops up and tells them if they are right or wrong before taking them back to the question to try again or moving to the next. This provides immediate feedback. Plus kids love seeing Moby pop up (you can’t see it here but Moby’s head shakes from side to side if they get a “Try again”. Take a POPquiz and see for yourself).

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    The Printed Quiz

    I guess this is pretty self explanatory and still a pretty popular option. It allows you to print as many copies of the POPquiz you like and then distribute out to the class to collect later for marking.

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    I’d like to thank Olivia Newton John’s “Let get physical” 80’s lycra clad exercise hit for inspiration for my title pun so in homage you might want to take an actual 80’s music POP quiz.

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