BrainPOP Featured Movie

Common Sense Media says

Daily films from educational group provide tons of learning.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The films and quizzes here are definitely aimed at late-elementary school kids. Younger kids may find the quizzes challenging.

Violence & scariness

Some of the movies on historical topics may mention war, but in a purely educational context.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There's a "More BrainPop" tab at the bottom of the main screen that leads to a page promoting BrainPop's subscription services. Also, many of the topic-based videos that kids can see icons for cannot be played without purchasing a subscription.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • ratio
  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • geometry
  • measurement
  • probability

Science

  • animals
  • engineering
  • astronomy
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • ecosystems
  • energy
  • weather

Social Studies

  • government
  • historical figures
  • history
  • the economy
  • geography
  • global awareness

Arts

  • drawing
  • music
  • painting

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • memorization
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • self-assessment

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • preventing sickness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

 

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • ratio
  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • geometry
  • measurement
  • probability

Science

  • animals
  • engineering
  • astronomy
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • ecosystems
  • energy
  • weather

Social Studies

  • government
  • historical figures
  • history
  • the economy
  • geography
  • global awareness

Arts

  • drawing
  • music
  • painting

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • memorization
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • self-assessment

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • preventing sickness

Kids can learn the main points about a range of different topics -- science, math, social studies, art and music, language, and more -- through brief videos. For example, there's a three-minute video on how digital animation is made. The app features one video every day (although kids can browse topically to watch others anytime), and kids can take a quiz after each video. Quizzes are designed to help kids not only retain the content in the videos but also practice vocabulary and reasoning skills. BrainPOP Featured Movie provides well-presented material on many topics that kids learn about in school.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 26, 2011
Category:Education
Size:11.90 MB
Publisher:BrainPOP
Version:2.1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old October 2, 2011
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7
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One of the best educational websites there is!

I love this! Though personally, the UK or Chinese/ Japanese versions are the best.

Teen, 13 years old Written byFabmax November 26, 2010
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8
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I love Brainpop

I love it because it teaches you new facts while you watch a movie.

What other families should know
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Adult Written byOriginal April 28, 2011
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8
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Best website ever!

This website is educational and fun to learn while watching a movie

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