Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Workshop Wednesday: Using Brain Pop in the Classroom! I am happily linking up with one of the most inspiring teachers, Jivey, at Ideas By Jivey. I am especially excited about today's post because it involves technology and
I <3 Technology's not just my iPhone I am addicted to.... I think I've loved the Internet since the sweet sound of the dial up and static just before hearing, "You've Got Mail!"

Anyways, in the classroom I love motivating my students with the use of technology. They really respond well and have learned so much, they can basically navigate the Internet, website, or an app as well as me. One of my favorite websites (because it is so student friendly and informative) is Brain Pop.  We are very fortunate that our district pays for a yearly subscription because I use it weekly. 

I love that Brain Pop offers...
  •  short video clips on diverse topis
  • online quizes
  • printable quizes
  • worksheets
  • captions on videos
  • games
  • articles
  • extension websites and ideas

It is a great resource for students to gather information from multiple sources. It's also perfect for students who aren't completely comfortable with technology because it is so user-friendly.  I would definitely recommend it. 

Tomorrow, I am going to post about the new close reading lesson I worked on this week that focuses on the word choice used in Sojourner Truth's speech, Ain't I Woman. It's a long lesson and very similar to the MLK lesson we worked on a few weeks ago, but it steps up the students' thinking.


  1. Oh, I wish that we had a Brain Pop subscription. I have a freebie for my own kids on my iPad, but it would be nice to have access to all of the topics at any time! Maybe my next Donors Choose project :) Do you use it as a whole class, or do you use it in a lab setting with each kid on a computer?

  2. You are so LUCKY that your district has a subscription! I do use the freebie app too. We often write a quick response to the short video. Diane might be on to something about writing a Donors Choose project. :)
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  3. Sigh...I too wish we had a subscription. They're SO expensive for individuals though. I've been known to sign up for a free week with a "burner" email before when a video is especially relevant to what I'm teaching...haha.

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  4. I love brain pop!!! Tim and Moby are so fun and the kids are always engaged. I like all the "extras" that are on the site to go along with the videos.

  5. I LOOOOOOOOVE BrainPop!! We have a subscription to that and BrainPop Jr. and they are both great! I use them for every subject and my kiddos love the videos. Thanks for linking up, friend!
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