BrainPOP Featured Movie

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
BrainPOP Featured Movie App Poster Image
Daily films from educational group provide tons of learning.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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.

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
Language
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

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOriginal April 28, 2011

Best website ever!

This website is educational and fun to learn while watching a movie
Parent of a 4, 6, and 9 year old Written byallgoodgifts June 18, 2013

Well-done, and strangely addicting for kids

I'm not sure why, exactly, this is so fascinating for my kids - after all, there are plenty of educational videos out there - but it is. I downloaded it to... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFabmax November 26, 2010

I love Brainpop

I love it because it teaches you new facts while you watch a movie.
Kid, 10 years old October 2, 2011

One of the best educational websites there is!

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

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.

App details

  • 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, energy, weather
    Social Studies: geography, global awareness, government, historical figures, history, the economy
    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
  • 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

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