What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the content in BrainPOP Featured Movie is produced by a well-respected educational organization. The content changes daily (though everything is archived, so kids don't feel pressured to use the app every day). Each day, there is a new animated documentary, and it could be on just about any topic you can think of. Film topics have included the planet Mars, dogs, asthma, blogs, and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. These films and the information within are geared toward older elementary school kids. While there shouldn't be anything offensive or scary for younger kids, the movies -- and the quizzes that follow them -- may be over the heads of kids younger than 8.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- historical figures
- the economy
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- thinking critically
- academic development
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
Health & Fitness
- balanced diet
- preventing sickness
Engagement, Approach, Support
They're funny, they're slick, and they're smart: The cartoon videos in BrainPOP Featured Movie draw kids in, and the brightly colored interface is easy to navigate.
Smart, fun videos have plenty of great content, but without guidance, students may not be using higher-order thinking or problem-solving skills. Assessments can be lackluster and don't let kids apply new knowledge.
Easy navigation, multiple languages, and subtitles make it easy for a range of kids to access content. Teachers can get free lesson plans online. No interactive activities are bundled with the app, although they are on the Web.
What's it about?
Press "Play the Movie" to watch the featured movie of the day, which usually will include Moby, a friendly robot, and a human (cartoon) character. The few-minutes-long movies cover a lot of topics, from where to use capital letters in a sentence to effectively asking for help in school. Quizzes after each film test kids on if they've retained the content, as well as on vocabulary and reasoning. After the quiz, kids view a personal statistics page, which includes date of test, topic name, name of student, and best score (percentage).
Is it any good?
BRAINPOP FEATURED MOVIE provides a startling amount of content for a free app. Users get a new animated documentary every single day, followed by a quiz to see how much they understood. The range of topics alone -- science, history, technology, art, etc. -- is staggering. Kids can watch a movie about the nature of dogs one day and then learn what a blog is the next. Movies are hosted by the amicable animated duo of Tim and his robot, Moby. And there's no need to fear missing a movie, as they're archived for several days after first airing. BrainPOP is a fantastic education app for older elementary-age kids.
Families can talk about...
If your kid is having trouble with a specific topic at school, search this app to see if any of the free videos relate to that topic.
Encourage kids to think about the quiz answers and make educated guesses if they don't know for sure, rather than just tapping random answers.