BrainPOP

An animated educational site intended for children, with interactive quizzes, activities, and videos to aid in understanding Science, Health, Technology, Math, Social Studies and English.


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SWOT Analysis

Strengths:

  • Covers multiple subjects
  • Has many different activities (videos, interactive quizzes, activity pages, etc.)
  • Has homework help available
  • Animations aid in understanding topics better and help bring curriculum to life
  • Content is aligned with standards
  • Appeals to different learning styles
  • Uses Twitter to follow events such as NECC
  • Users can view student or teacher-made video clips on YouTube
  • Very appealing to all ages of students
  • Combined with a SmartBoard, interactive features such as quizzes can be used as a whole class lesson
  • Opportunity for students to ask questions or contribute ideas
  • Can be used as a remediation opportunity to reinforce a concept with struggling learners
  • Activity pages can be typed on and printed out
  • Experiments for most topics that can be used in classroom or at home
  • Home access available for teachers to plan after school hours
  • Contains graphic organizers on activity pages to help some students organize their thoughts
  • Contains extension activities that can be used as supplemental projects or extra credit
  • Can be used as whole-group or individual instructional tool.
  • Students can e-mail results of graded quiz to teacher.
  • Animations are very simple, fun and straight to the point
  • Can be used with ESL students
  • Certain activities and readings are in Spanish for those students who do not speak ANY English
  • Easy to use


Weaknesses:

  • EXPENSIVE! Need to purchase a subscription except for the occasional free videos
  • Have to watch videos first because they’re not always relevant to the topic it is associated with
  • It is still just watching a video--not truly interactive except for the quizzes which can be more interactive via SmartBoard
  • Questions may or may not be response from Tim and Moby
  • No home access for students with subscription
  • Does not provide feedback to answers on activity page (student must print --> teacher must grade)
  • Contains only a small amount of topics covered in each subject (particularly math)
  • Home access only available for an additional cost.
  • Limited audience
  • Videos would require headphones for students to use independently in the classroom (in stations or working solo)
  • Quizzes must be printed or emailed to the teacher, making it difficult to grade since printing problems are likely and emails could be cumbersome.
  • Might need to print the worksheets in advance (for activities and watching the video), make photocopies, and have them complete as they interact with the site.


Opportunities:

  • Enhance or reinforce a lesson with video clips
  • Use quizzes to check comprehension
  • Use as a pre or post activity explanation (good supplement for labs)
  • Additional activities included to reinforce concept
  • Entice visual and verbal learners.
  • Helps to add enrichment to lessons
  • Good to use as a center during differentiated instruction
  • ESL students can be working in their corresponding level


Threats:

  • Some topics may be sensitive or controversial with a young audience
  • Social Studies topics, including the videos, are better for middle school students than high school students due to the use of cartoons and abbreviated content



Ideas for the classroom:

  • Show BrainPop videos as a transition between activities
  • Have class watch video and come up with what they felt were the most important facts and see if those are similar to the quiz questions provided on the site
  • Ask students if they could create their own Brain Pop video to explain a process.
  • Use as a "center" in the classroom so students can rotate through while teacher works with small groups
  • Use for whole class review with teacher-created teams answering quiz questions for points
  • Print the quiz and use as an assessment for end of unit reviews.

Examples of Use in the Classroom


  • During review close to state mandated testing time, I have a "centers" day once a week that covers different topics in math. One of the centers includes watching Brainpop videos and taking the quiz. For example: Center 1- Elapse time domino game; Center 2- Division flash cards; Center 3- Money game; Center 4- BrainQuest cards; Center 5- Brainpop Polygon movie and then Angles movie.