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[2 Jul 2008 | Comments Off | ]

The much anticipated Educators page over at BrainPop has had its debut, and teachers can head on over and start getting involved in the BrainPop Community. BrainPop.com/educators.
Some things to do while you are there:

Check out the blog, and leave your tips, ideas, and thoughts in the comments.
Take a look at the improved state standards tool.
Browse the “Tips and Tools” section and find all of the extra activities, resources, and other fun stuff.
Check out the lesson plans, and submit your own!
Watch the video tutorials to brush up on your BrainPop best …

BrainPop, NECC »

[1 Jul 2008 | Comments Off | ]

Robert Miller, one of the very talented educators traveling with BrainPop at NECC, presented how he uses BrainPop to make science lessons more interactive, something that Robert seems to be quite good at. My first meeting with Robert gave me a chance to see how his 5th grade students took "interactive" to the next level by making their own BrainPop videos. Link.
During the presentation, Robert walked through a typical science lesson that incorporates the BrainPop videos and activities. He started right off using the added activities included with each BrainPop …

BrainPop, NECC »

[30 Jun 2008 | Comments Off | ]

This week at NECC, BrainPop will be debuting a new section of their site just for teachers. I had a quick chance to look it over yesterday, and was thoroughly excited. The idea behind the section seems to focus around tieing together the network of educators that use their services. So it’s no suprise that a blog is at the center. I’ll be talking more with their blogger to find out exactly what the blog means for BP and what kind of information they will be featuring, but in the …

BrainPop »

[29 Jun 2008 | Comments Off | ]

I’m settling in and getting ready for the big show here in San Antonio. Like I mentioned, I will be blogging with BrainPop during my stay. If you happen to be in the area, stop by and let me know your favorite tips for using BrainPop. I’ll be featuring them through the duration of NECC.
Feel free to email any tips or comments as well. Those are welcome too.

Lessons, Resources, Student Tech, Tools, Web »

[10 Apr 2008 | Comments Off | ]

We’ve talked before about the incredible movies that Brainpop has to offer for a very wide selection of topics and content areas. But we have failed to mention one feature that places Brainpop above being just a place for good educational movies. Other than providing quizzes and the soon-to-be-added lesson plans, the site offers a way to view a list of all of their movies aligned to the State Standards for all fifty states. This feature takes all of the guess work out of selecting when and what to …

Freebies, Resources, Tools, Web »

[17 Feb 2008 | One Comment | ]

We’ve talked about BrainPop here before, and how they have some incredible content for K-12 through their animated lessons, but now they would like to extend an opportunity to the readers here at TTB. So, from now until the end of May if you sign up for their free trial to you can enter in the access code “TEACHERTECH” you will receive an all-access pass to explore all of their content for 30 days. Thanks BrainPop!

FETC, Lessons, Resources, Student Tech, Web »

[24 Jan 2008 | One Comment | ]

Today’s teens are constantly surrounded by visually stimulating, interactive content. Television, portable digital content, and websites all seem to reach out to their young audiences with eye-catching material. So it’s no surprise that today’s learners expect to be encountered the same way in the classroom, which is why Brainpop’s education strategy is a good one to mention.

Viewers Respond »

[2 Aug 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

It isn’t uncommon for a school to have an interactive board on hold for teachers to check out. I applaud any school that is putting technology like this in the hands of teachers in any way they can. Typically though, teachers seldom venture to check it out. Why? Is it too cumbersome to lug down to your room and set up? Lack of time with the software? Or maybe it’s a lack of knowing what exactly can be done with one in a short span of time.
How do you spend …

BrainPop, Site News »

[2 Jul 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

I’m on my way back from NECC, which means that blogging will go back to normal. I hope the Brainpoppers that hang around enjoyed the updates. There are a couple of other BP posts that are still in the works, but for the most part I will return to blogging about the other resources, tips, and ideas.
Just a reminder for anyone still interested in checking out BrainPop for the first time. Check out BrainPop.com/necc2008 and grab yourself a free 30 day trial.
Thanks for an incredible week BrainPop!

BrainPop, NECC, Resources, Student Tech, Tools, Web »

[1 Jul 2008 | One Comment | ]

As attendees of one of BrainPop’s presentations were discussing some of the cool ways that they were using BP in their classrooms, I had a chance to pick up an awesome tip. Monica Nahas, an Instructional Technology Specialist, mentioned that Readwritethink.org has a tool for creating your own comics, and it could be used to create your own BrainPop styled comics.
Taking this tip, I decided to check it out. The tool is simple, and probably best for younger students, but I could imagine that even …