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What’s New at BrainPOP: April Recap

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Working from home has not slowed us down! At BrainPOP, we’ve been busier than ever creating new content, leading distance learning webinars, and finding ways to make learning from home both meaningful and fun! Take a peek at what we’ve been up to!

BrainPOP

Distance Learning NEW
Doing your school work outside of school can be a challenge! Follow these tips to set yourself up for success.

American Revolution UPDATE
Learn how a ragtag army of colonial underdogs took on the British, the mightiest military in the world!

Pocahontas UPDATE
Discover the real story of Pocahontas, the Native woman who connected two cultures in the early days of U.S. history.

Birds UPDATE
If you’re not already a bird nerd, you will be after this movie! Join Tim and Moby to see some birds in action—no binoculars needed.

BrainPOP News (BPN) NEW SERIES
This new series from BrainPOP breaks down current events in kid-friendly language.

  • Pilot Episode: Flattening the Curve
    Discover what it means to “practice social distancing” in order to “flatten the curve” and why and how these measures have transformed life for billions of people around the world.  

 

BrainPOP Jr.

Empathy NEW
In this social and emotional learning movie, Annie and Moby explore empathy and how to show others that we understand and care about their feelings. Learn about compassion and what you can do to be a kind and caring friend. 

 

Features

K-8 Pacing Guides and Lesson Plans for Spring 
Explore our simple, grade-specific, one-week pacing guides and accompanying two-day lesson plans for topics you’re teaching now. Each lesson step includes modifications for offline, differentiation, and ELL.   

CBE of the Month
April’s CBE of the Month, Kate Lissy, is a technology facilitator who teaches K-4 technology, robotics, and STEM. Read how Kate uses BrainPOP to support digital citizenship at her school.  

Earth Day Coding Projects
This month, in honor of Earth Day, we challenged students to use BrainPOP’s Creative Coding to show what they know about the planet Earth. 

 

Webinars

Upcoming Webinars 

Assessment for Distance Learning with BrainPOP (Grades 3-8+)
April 30, 3:00 p.m. ET

How can you effectively assess students’ learning when they’re at home? In this webinar, we demonstrate how to leverage BrainPOP quizzes to assess learning. Also learn to use the Quiz Mixer to create customized quizzes to meet your students’ individual needs. Finally, see how completed assignments and creative projects provide seamless and authentic ways to assess student understanding. REGISTER NOW

 

April Webinars 

The Educators team has been busy hosting distance learning webinars all month long. If you missed on or more, no worries! They are always available on demand.

Distance Learning with BrainPOP 
Learn how to use BrainPOP to make assignments, build assessments, and manage student learning remotely. We outline integrations with various Learning Management Systems, such as Google Classroom and Canvas, providing suggestions for both synchronous and asynchronous approaches to online learning. Recognizing not all students have access to technology at home, we provide guidance for developing equitable lessons that are effective whether completed on or offline. Available on demand via Youtube

Supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) with BrainPOP  
The BrainPOP Educators team demonstrates using BrainPOP tools and features to support the needs of ELL students. We model strategies for vocabulary development, conversational fluency and more to provide academically rigorous, meaningful, and entertaining learning experiences for children in grades 3 and up. Best for Teachers Grades 3+ Available on demand

Supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) with BrainPOP Jr.
ELLs have varying language proficiency levels, so it’s important to provide differentiated tasks and language support to develop content knowledge and language acquisition. In this webinar, the BrainPOP Educators team explores how to use BrainPOP Jr. resources, such as Word Play and Talk About It, to support ELL students in grades K-3.  We’ll model strategies for vocabulary development, conversational fluency and more! Best for Teachers Grades K-3 Available on Demand

Supporting Differentiation and Accessibility with BrainPOP Jr
In this webinar, the BrainPOP Educator team demonstrates how to use BrainPOP Jr.’s tools and features to provide multiple entry points to engaging learning experiences. We will also model how to build differentiated pathways based on a student’s learning profile using BrainPOP Jr.’s Assignment Builder. Best for Teachers Grades K-3 Available on Demand

Supporting Differentiation and Accessibility with BrainPOP  
Do you have a diverse group of students with a variety of learning needs? Join the BrainPOP Educators team as we demonstrate the many ways you can use BrainPOP features and creative tools to provide multiple entry points to engaging learning experiences. We will also model how to build differentiated pathways based on a student’s learning profile using BrainPOP’s Assignment Builder. Best for Teachers Grades 3+ Available on Demand

Planning Your Week of Distance Learning with BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. 
Need help planning weekly distance learning lessons? This webinar shows you how to pace and assign specific grade-level activities over the course of a week. Topics reflect spring curricula.  Best for teachers who participated in a “Distance Learning with BrainPOP – Overview” webinar. Available on Demand

Distance Learning with BrainPOP – An Overview
The BrainPOP Educators team guides you though all that BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. have to offer–including and beyond the popular movies and quizzes. Learn how to leverage the resources–from a concept-mapping tool to a movie-maker and more–to provide academically rigorous, meaningful, and entertaining learning experiences. Best for Teachers k-12 who are new to BrainPOP. Available on Demand

Using BrainPOP Tools for Distance Learning:  Make-a-Movie (Grades 3-8+)
Did you know your students can make their very own BrainPOP-style movies? Make-a-Movie is easy-to-use, safe, and ideal way for students to show what they know while learning at home. This webinar provides a tutorial on using all of the features of BrainPOP’s movie-making tool and how to leverage it to meet students’ varying needs.    Available on Demand

BrainPOP Tools for Distance Learning: Make-a-Map
BrainPOP’s flexible, easy-to-use, interactive concept mapping tool–Make-a-Map–is an ideal resource for distance learning. In this webinar, discover how students can incorporate text, images, and clips from BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. movies to actively construct knowledge and make connections between ideas, then submit to you for assessment. Best for teachers who participated in a “Distance Learning with BrainPOP – Overview” webinar. Available on Demand

Distance Learning Tales from the Field: Certified BrainPOP Educators Panel
Join this panel of Certified BrainPOP Educators to learn about using BrainPOP for distance learning. Panelists will discuss strategies to maintain continuity for students, cover curriculum, facilitate formative assessment, address social emotional learning, and more. Best for teachers who participated in a “Distance Learning with BrainPOP – Overview” webinar Available on Demand