Concept mapping with Make A Map


Make-a-Map, BrainPOP’s concept mapping tool powered by Ideaphora®, invites students to make meaningful connections between concepts using BrainPOP images, keywords, and movie clips.

Students and teachers can create maps to take notes, organise ideas, study vocabulary, tell digital stories, and more.

Every topic page in BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr. and BrainPOP ESL contains a 'Make a Map' button. Anyone can use it, but only My BrainPOP student and teacher accounts can save and submit their maps.

Connect concepts

Make a Map allows students to create interactive concept maps as they explore our resources, developing ideas using BrainPOP movie clips, audio, images, and key vocabulary.

Students can include a written explanation of their thought process and submit maps to a teacher for feedback.

As students learn more they can revisit saved maps, extending their understanding and demonstrating progress.

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Easy to use

  1. No need to scour Google for images - simply select from thousands of official BrainPOP images, relevant keywords, and movie clips
  2. Drag and drop directly into your map
  3. Connect words and images to form ideas and show understanding
  4. Save your maps for future improvement or submit to teacher for feedback

Awesome tips for Make a Map

  • All the keywords are topic related AND audio extracts from the movie! Drag the keyword into your map and hit the play button next to the keyword to hear Tim use it in the context of a sentence.
  • No more scouring Google for images - you can find illustrated elements from any movie in BrainPOP. Simply select 'Images' from the navigation bar and type a word into the search box.
  • Use Templates to give your maps a structure. You can use static templates when you start your map, or add one from 'More' in the navigation bar. Why not try the 'Storyboard' map before embarking on a piece of creative writing?
  • Take notes! Go to 'More' in the navigation bar and choose 'Notes'. This gives you a way to record your thoughts as you go.
  • You can select each snapshot “node” and change its colour. Colour coding is a great way to organise, categorise, and take notes. 

Make a Map explained in 2 minutes