Dear Instructional Technology TOSAs,
I love BrainPOP, but I feel like my kids are just consuming more and more video content these days.
Do you have a suggestion for me to engage them in a way that encourages them to create vs just consume media?
A Very Techie Teacher
Dear Techie Teacher,
The next time you explore a topic with Tim and Moby from Brain Pop, try something that goes beyond consuming content and challenges your students to create their own media!
Brain Pop is now on Clever for K-5 for teachers and students in the Issaquah School District. For teachers, the Clever log-in provides access to a teacher dashboard where you may assign differentiated activities to students and monitor their progress. Some of the activities include Make-a-Map, Make-a-Movie, Challenge, games, and related content. Some content even includes primary source documents and related readings from Newsela! The same movies and quizzes are still available with your school log-in if you need to just show a quick video in class, but the switch to Clever could save you a bit of time grading the 10 question quiz. Students gain access to age appropriate, informational videos and activities right within their Clever account.
The Brain Pop Educators website has many tools and resources to help you get started with the new features of Brain Pop. They have thought of everything, including a letter for families!
If you have questions or would like to have on-site training on the new Brain Pop dashboard, contact your Instructional Technology TOSA.
Aly, Kris, Rowena, and Valerie
Using regular BrainPop, I showed my class one of the new videos about Grace Hopper. At the end there was a blockly coding maze as one of the activities. We did it whole group, and it was fun and challenging. BrainPop is really keeping up with what we, as techie teachers, know is important.