BrainPOP's on top down under!

 
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Big news for our Aussie schools!

We’re stoked to let you know BrainPOP is now fully mapped to the Australian national curriculum.

We’ve been working hard to add Australia to sit alongside our current English and Scottish curriculum mapping.

To try it out visit our curriculum mapping tool, select ‘Australia’, and drill down from there by year group to find topics relevant to an objective.

It’s that simple!

When you’ve found the objective you’re looking for it will list one or more topics that best fit (bear in mind we don’t claim to have a topic for every objective).

If you’re looking for a specific topic you might be better off using our predictive keyword search or browse through the subjects.

If you’re an Australian school that doesn’t use BrainPOP, but wants to give our resources a try, take out a no obligation free trial.

 

Assignment builder

 
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For many years teachers used to ask us "How do I know when a student has watched a movie on BrainPOP?"

Not any more! BrainPOP's assignment feature is blended throughout BrainPOP, allowing teachers to assign almost anything in BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.

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Students get notified of the assignment when they login, their interaction with the resource gets captured, and they can keep a personal eye on their assignments feed.

I can see your brain working through the possibilities from here :-)

Want to direct a class to watch a specific movie in preparation for tomorrow's lesson and know who has and hasn't seen it? BOOM! Assign the movie to the whole class.

Want to assess a particular set of students on their understanding of a topic? ZAP! Assign the Challenge feature to specific students from your class.

Want to target a student with some remediation work before a test? KAPOW! Create a personalised quiz using the Quiz Mixer and assign it just to them.

Want to create a mini project for your class to demonstrate their understanding? BAM! Build an multi part assignment, adding a movie, then the quiz, then the Make a Map tool.

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It's super easy. You can also...

  • Schedule assignments using the “schedule for later” option and then select the date you want students to see the assignment
  • Add resources from both BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. into one assigment (only available to customers that have both products)
  • Add multiple classes to an assignment. Just click the + symbol next to the class drop down menu

How to assign something in BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr.

Assign buttons
  1. Simply log in to your individual account and navigate to the feature you’d like students to work on.
  2. Click the ASSIGN button, then choose a class and optional due date.
  3. To see the list of everything you’ve assigned, or to edit your assignments, click on the ASSIGNMENTS button at the top of your screen.
Assign a resource in BrainPOP

How students manage their assignments

Students log in to their own accounts, where they will see Moby pop up and advise them they have a new assignment.

Clicking on MY BRAINPOP at the top of the page will show them all the assignments they’ve received thus far or any that are overdue #embarrasedmoby

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Try it out today. It could revolutionise the way you use BrainPOP.

 

BrainPOP and Blooms Taxonomy

 
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As an educator you're almost certainly familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy.

Holly Spangler, a BrainPOP CBE, explains why BrainPOP fits Bloom's so well in her in depth blog post she wrote for our Educator's support site:

Bloom’s Taxonomy...offers a framework for teachers to structure and understand the learning process. BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr., with their wonderfully informative animated movies and accompanying quizzes, games and activities, provide the perfect match to help teachers structure and differentiate their lessons within the framework of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Teachers may differentiate the content they teach by designing activities for groups of students that cover the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating.
— Holy Spangler, BrainPOP Meets Bloom’s Taxonomy

When we design our tools and features we align them with with 3 objectives, based on Bloom's taxonomy - Discover, Play, Create.

Whether you are experienced with BrainPOP or are just getting to know our resources you'll see there's a multitude of options on each topic.

Here's a visual breakdown of the various pasts of a topic page and how they fit into the discover, play, create model.

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Discover (Understand, Remember)

Students start to learn and understand more about a curriculum topic, recalling important facts from the movies and quizzes (don't forget you can create your own differentiated quizzes using the Quiz Mixer), and matching important concepts to their proper descriptions using the Activity pages.

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Play (Analyse, Apply)

BrainPOP comes with a range of educational games and simulations that give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and demonstrate their understanding.

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Create (Evaluate, Create)


In this phase students can use tools like Make-a-Map, Make-a-Movie, and Creative Coding to make and display connections between previous knowledge and new information.