Are your children smart and savvy media consumers?

 

Ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff we’re bombarded with these days?

From memes to adverts to sponsored content, are your children able to navigate the NOISE of the media, both on and offline?

Can your children tell the difference between #fakenews and #realnews?

Be honest…can you?

Television, print media, and the Internet are filled with advertising, opinions masquerading as facts, altered images, sponsored posts, and other hidden persuasions.

So how can you help your pupils develop the right set of critical thinking skills to navigate this media drenched world we live in?

Our Media Literacy topic would be a great way to help your students develop the right set of skills to stay balanced and self aware.

In our ‘Media Literacy‘ movie, Tim and Moby show children how to be more astute consumers of mass media.

  1. Learn how to recognise when someone is trying to convince you to buy something or believe something.

  2. Find out why advertisers use celebrities and models so frequently, and even manipulate images to make them look even more attractive than in real life.

  3. Explore why no news source is truly free from bias and how to separate fact from opinion.

  4. Discover strategies for decoding everything from TV shows to newspapers to your favorite websites.

BONUS!

Click below to download one of our popular lesson ideas, where students will be asked to define and explain 8 common advertising strategies used in print and online media and Identify real-life examples of common advertising strategies.

PS: All our topics are open to subscribers, but if you’re new to BrainPOP and would like to sample this and our other topics why not take out a free trial?

 

Take the stress out of test prep

 
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How can BrainPOP help with test preparation?

We all remember what it’s like to be nervous and overwhelmed by tests at school.

Here’s a set of useful BrainPOP topics for helping to get ready physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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Your revision notes will just be another source of stress unless you make sure that they’re well organised and clearly written.

Use our Note Taking movie to learn various time and space saving techniques for note-taking and how to take comprehensive notes in lessons.

Not only will improved note-taking skills help with the creation of useful revision notes they’ll also help facilitate better understanding within lessons and when trying to complete homework on the topic.

Setting goals

Revision is a lot like fitness if you do too much too quickly you can burn yourself out before you really get started and it can be difficult to set a steady pace and stick to it.

In our Setting Goals topic students learn how to break a big goal into smaller more attainable goals.

Not only does this help students work towards their goal at a realistic pace it also means that they can see their progress better which helps a lot with morale.

Concept mapping

Concept maps can be an invaluable tool for revision.

Not only are they useful to create as they help you fill in the gaps in your knowledge and see connections but they’re also a great way to create a very quick and easy way to read a huge amount of information. Take a look at our ‘Concept Mapping’ movie to learn more.

This topic covers revision techniques, what to do with the notes you’ve taken, why a revision group could be helpful.

Students learn why doing practice papers can be helpful and useful tips like explaining a concept to someone else to make sure you really understand it.

What do you do if you get stuck on a question?

How can you approach different types of question like multiple choice or essay questions? What can you do to make sure you don’t run out of time during the test? All this and more is answered in our Test taking skills movie.

Stress and anxiety can really throw students off their best performance and when it’s not something you’re used to it can be difficult to overcome.

Our ‘Stress’ topic explains what stress is and how it can affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally and covers various techniques students can use to help them keep their cool. While practice helps a lot sometimes it doesn’t matter how many dress rehearsals you have you still get a bit of stage-fright on opening night. Fear doesn’t have to be the mind-killer!