Category Archives: brainpop

iCivics Screencast

Following up from yesterday’s post, here is a Screencast from BrainPOP explaining more about the iCivics site and how teachers can use it in the classroom.  Though the content may not be relevant to our area, the ideas behind the pedagogy and learning strategies can certainly be adapted to suit our needs.

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June is Gaming Month on the Six Nations Numeracy Blog

Having recently “attended” a BrainPOP webinar on Video Games and Learning/Teaching, I learned more in an hour than you could imagine.  Since we are entering the final home stretch of the school year and June is just chalk full of prime teaching, re-teaching, and experimenting with teaching time, I am going to steer a bit away from the math focus (though gaming is DEFINITELY a great way to learn math–see my earlier posts on Lure of the Labyrinth, or click the link on the sidebar) and share a number of websites from the webinar that were recommended by teachers and researchers.  Some of the sites are games for kids to play, while others are more info on gaming and teaching, or even sites where students can create games.

Enjoy!

Oh yeah, since this all started with BrainPOP, I figure we should make the GAME UP section of BrainPOP the first link to share.  I learned tonight that we don’t need a subscription to BrainPOP (though we DO have one district wide, I’m led to believe) to access the GAME UP section, so students can access these anytime.  There are also direct links to the BrainPOP movies that the games relate to, which can be viewed in the game window itself.  There are also lesson plans to go along with the games.  Think about using this in June with integrated lesson plans in the fall.

A Simple List, Sure To Grow

10 Educational iPad Apps Recommended by Explore Knowledge Academy

From wire service reports
http://www.eschoolnews.com
When Explore Knowledge Academy has its grand opening celebration in March 2012, it will become the first “iSchool” in Nevada, with a 1-to-1 ratio of iPad tablets to students.

EKA students as young as kindergartners use the iPad to learn traditional subjects in math, English, social studies, and science. (To read about their experience, click here.)

Here are the 10 iPad applications used by educators at the public charter school and recommended for other schools and families with iPads.

BrainPop

BrainPOP is a subscription-based application that brings 750 or more movies and quizzes in science, math, social studies, English, engineering, art, and health to the iPad. Users can watch an animated movie on a particular subject and then test their knowledge by taking an interactive quiz. The iPad application is free, but it costs between $1.99 and $6.99 per student, per month to access education materials.

Cell and Cell Structure

Cell and Cell Structure is a graphic application that teaches middle school students about cells, cell structure, and function. Users can view 3D interactive graphics on different cell types and parts, take quizzes to test their knowledge, and use flashcards to review and memorize information. Videos also give users a microscopic view of the cell. The app costs $2.99 in the App Store.

ConjuVerb

ConjuVerb is a foreign language application that allows students to look up more than 600 commonly used Spanish verbs and their conjugations. Quizzes and flashcards help students memorize and test their knowledge. It’s free in the App Store.

Dinopedia

Dinopedia is a reference guide created by National Geographic for dinosaur connoisseurs. Students can look up more than 700 dinosaur types using the application and get audio pronunciations, vital statistics, size comparison, and videos about each of the dinosaurs. A visual table of contents and an interactive family tree allow students to quickly search for their favorite dinosaurs. It costs $4.99 in the App Store.

Discover

Discover is a reference application for the iPad that repurposes Wikipedia articles for the tablet user. It’s free in the App Store.

Math Bingo

Math Bingo is an educational iPad game modeled after bingo. Elementary school students try to get five “Bingo Bugs” in a row by correctly answering math problems. Scores are determined by how fast students complete a game, and students are assessed a two-second penalty for every incorrect answer. It costs 99 cents in the App Store.

Math Drills

Math Drills is an educational application that tests up to 50 students in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students can use number lines, wooden blocks, facts, and hints to solve problems. Teachers can view an individual student’s scores and test history to see which concepts need to be reviewed. The app costs $1.99 in the App Store.

Penultimate

Penultimate is a handwriting and note-taking application for the iPad. Students can scribble notes on digital pages and sort them into notebooks. They can also import photos into the application and annotate them. It costs 99 cents in the App Store.

Scientific Graphic Calculator

Scientific Graphic Calculator is a math application for the iPad that allows students to solve math problems needing a scientific calculator or a graphing calculator. The application also contains a triangle solver, which solves for a missing side or angle in geometry problems. Students can also use a unit converter and a constants reference to complete math problems. It costs $1.99 in the App Store.

Word Wizard

Word Wizard is a spelling application for the iPad that allows students to hear sounds of letters and words using an interactive alphabet. The application also provides a spelling quiz with more than 1,400 questions and answers. Elementary school students can tap on alphabetic or QWERTY keyboards. It costs $2.99 in the App Store.

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ECG Gets Their Brains POPped

Today from 3:30 to 4:30 pm there will be a BrainPOP workshop for Emily C. General teachers and staff. It will be an overview of the website and how to connect it to your classroom programming. i look forward to your attendance, because as BrainPOP’s motto says, “The More You Know, The More You Know.”

World MS Day on BrainPOP

i am very excited about today’s featured BrainPOP movie. It is on Multiple Sclerosis, as today is World MS Day. Please take some time to watch the video and enlighten yourself and your students about this disease that affects many people in the world, including some in our own community.

You can access the site and mini movie from this link. i believe that you do NOT have to have an account to watch the featured movie of the day but this may change. If you are at Emily C. General school, remember, you have an account and can watch this at any time, and then access all the teacher/student materials related to the topic.
If you wish to run an MS Read-a-thon at your school in the fall, please ask me!! JC Hill has done it for 5 years, raising thousands for people with MS, and boosting student reading time and book totals in the process.

Some More Pop for your Brain

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Free February Webinars
Join us for one (or more!) of the free February webinars we’re offering, on a wide range of topics.
This month, we’ll be joined by Adina Popa, Technology Resource Teacher from Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, VA, as well as a tech-savvy teacher specializing in each content area.

Multimedia in the Art Classroom
Wednesday, February 3
4:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Teach students about basic art concepts, art history, and influential artists through BrainPOP movies, activities, and pre/post assessment tools. From Surrealism to graphic design, this webinar will focus on our art-related content and the new Arts & Technology notebook on BrainPOP Jr.

BrainPOP to the Rescue: Using Multimedia to Teach Health
Wednesday, February 10
4:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Turn to BrainPOP’s movies, assessment tools, and interactive features for teaching health concepts and keeping students engaged. With more than 120 health topics in areas such as genetics, personal health, and disease, BrainPOP is great resource for keeping students health-conscious.

A 21st Century Approach to Teaching: Using Multimedia
Wednesday, February 17
*4:30 PM EST
Duration: 1 Hour
Explore the best way to use BrainPOP animated movies and interactive features for students in grades 3 and up. We’ll share best practices and, easy ways to incorporate BrainPOP into your curriculum, motivation strategies , and effective planning ideas. In addition, discover a resource that has become quintessential in our planning; BrainPOP Educators.

BrainPOP: A Remediation Tool
Wednesday, February 24
4:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 Hour
BrainPOP and BrainPOP JR. can really make a difference for students who struggle in school. An experienced teacher will explain how BrainPOP supports exceptional learners with special topics and features enabling differentiated instruction for a wide audience. Applicable for inclusion and pull-out models of support, as well as whole-class, small group, and one-on-one instruction.

*(Note: this webinar will start at 4:30 EST)

RSVP to any of these webinars.

As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thanks,

The BrainPOP Educators Team
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Almost Solstice

Today there are two suggested Brain Pop lessons!! One is Winter to correspond with the quickly approaching first official day of Winter. The other is Solstice and Equinox, in recognition of the upcoming Winter Solstice on the 21st.

Click on the links to take you to the Brain Pop site. You may have to login, using the free 30 day account trial that your numeracy rep provided for you. If you forgot to sign up, you can use the login of another teacher in your school that did sign up.
Again, not exactly math related, but the more you use Brain Pop, the more you’ll come to discover the advantages of the program. And, as those at Brain Pop say, “The more you know, the more you know.”

Wright Beethoven

Today there are two suggested Brain Pop lessons!! One is Flight to correspond with today being Wright Brothers’ Day. The other is Ludwig Van Beethoven, in recognition of his birthday in 1770.

Click on the links to take you to the Brain Pop site. You may have to login, using the free 30 day account trial that your numeracy rep provided for you. If you forgot to sign up, you can use the login of another teacher in your school that did sign up.
Again, not exactly math related, but the more you use Brain Pop, the more you’ll come to discover the advantages of the program. And, as those at Brain Pop say, “The more you know, the more you know.”

Cold Enough For You?

Today’s suggested Brain Pop lesson is South Pole to correspond with today’s anniversary of the first expedition to reach the South Pole in 1911.

Click on the link to take you to the Brain Pop site. You may have to login, using the free 30 day account trial that your numeracy rep provided for you. If you forgot to sign up, you can use the login of another teacher in your school that did sign up.
Again, not exactly math related, but the more you use Brain Pop, the more you’ll come to discover the advantages of the program. And, as those at Brain Pop say, “The more you know, the more you know.”

Winter Holidays


Today’s suggested Brain Pop lesson is Winter Holidays to correspond with today’s start to Hannukah. The video explores various winter celebrations around the world.

Click on the link to take you to the Brain Pop site. You may have to login, using the free 30 day account trial that your numeracy rep provided for you. If you forgot to sign up, you can use the login of another teacher in your school that did sign up.
Again, not exactly math related, but the more you use Brain Pop, the more you’ll come to discover the advantages of the program. And, as those at Brain Pop say, “The more you know, the more you know.”