BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

Age Scale: 5-9

Device:  iPod, iPhone, or iPad

Quick Line:  BrainPop for Little Learners

What Educators Need to Know:

Sweeten up your handheld experience with BrainPOP Jr.!  Junior carries some of the same traits as its older, wiser predecessor.  Free animated, educational videos are featured on a variety of topics that easily match content addressed in the classroom.  Junior offers a new free video each week.  This must be the week for Nutrition Education because I noshed on a quick one about the food groups!  Moby, the robot, is back, but his companion is a young girl.  Each video is about five minutes long, but BrainPOP does its homework and makes the best use of the time it has.  When finished, users have the option of taking an “easy” quiz or a “hard” quiz.  My only gripe is that it does not read the questions or answers to the user.  Most five or six year olds will not be able to read the quizzes independently.  This is a major bummer.   But, overall, I would recommend BrainPOP Jr. because the videos are well-made.  If you use them frequently in the classroom, consider buying a subscription for complete access to all videos all of the time.

Price: Free

 

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Brainpop Featured Movie

Age Scale: 8-14

Device: iPod, iPhone, or iPad

Quick Line:  Movies Make Learning Fun

What Educators Need to Know:

Years ago, when the internet was pretty much a new invention, Brainpop was a cool, new website.  Now, it is a cool, somewhat new, app for Apple devices.   The Featured Movie app is FREE, and every day there is a new movie presented as a cartoon with a guy named Tim and his robot, Mobi.  Movie topics are derived from a number of categories including Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts and Music, Health, and Tech and Engineering.  Each one is about five minutes long and includes a quiz when finished.  It may sound boring, but the movies definitely qualify as edutainment.  How to use it?  Have students earn points for correct answers as a student Brainpop challenge activity.  Prizes can be awarded at the end of each week, month, or year.  Additional movies can be added for an additional price.  See iTunes for more information.

Price:  FREE

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