A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows app
- Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
Math: algebra, arithmetic, geometry, measurement, probability, ratio
Science: animals, engineering, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ecosystems and the environment, energy, weather
Social Studies: geography, global awareness, government, historical figures, history, the economy
Arts: drawing, music, painting
- 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
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 26, 2011
- Category: Education
- Size: 15.10 MB
- Publisher: BrainPOP
- Version: 3.1.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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