Digital Teaching Resource: BrainPOP

BrainPOP_timmobyBrainPOP is a fantastic resource available for teachers of any grade. It is a website that creates and curates animated educational videos that are useful for engaging students and enhancing lessons. BrainPOP also offers educational games for students and a variety of tools for teachers.

Evaluation Matrix

Name of teaching resource

BrainPOP

Weblink (if web based)

https://www.brainpop.com/

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

BrainPOP would be most effective to use with grades 4 and up. However there is a variant called BrainPOP Jr. that is designed for Prep to grade 3.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

As the primary resources in BrainPOP are videos, it is best suited as a supplement to an overall lesson.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

BrainPOP is appropriate for a range of subjects including Science, Mathematics, English, Religion, Social studies and Technology.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

One of the mains strengths of BrainPOP is that it is highly engaging for students as the videos are well made, colourful and offer information in an effective manner. BrainPOP also offers ideas for lesson plans for teachers.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

As BrainPOP does not have the capacity for teachers to develop their own resources, it is limited to what has already been made which means there may not be what you are looking for. Also, as it is a primarily video resource, it is not suited to every learning style.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

The best use of this resource is to offer new information in an engaging way. While it would not be suitable for every lesson, it can be useful as an introduction to part of a subject or to enhance a particular lesson or for use in a homework capacity through BrainPOP’s mobile learning capabilities.

References

Taylion. (n.d.). BrainPOP [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.taylion.com/az/programs/

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