Have your students signed up for individual accounts? If you have a school-wide subscription to BrainPOP, students will be able to use our SnapThought ® tool to play Cast Your Vote!

The SnapThought tool allows students to capture meaningful moments in their game play with opportunities for brief written reflection. To use the tool, start by making sure students are logged into My BrainPOP with their own individual accounts. Once students are logged in, the SnapThought tool will appear below any games that offer this capability.

During game play, students can click the SnapThought tool up to five times. A thumbnail, or “snapshot” is generated and stored on the bottom left of the screen.  At any point in the game, students can click their snapshot(s), type a brief reflection, which may be a response to an open-ended prompt, and save or submit to the teacher’s account for you to review and respond to.

You can use the SnapThought tool to facilitate discussion around game play and strategies, or have students submit their snapshots to you for assessment or accountability. Here are a few ideas and prompts for using the SnapThought tool in Cast Your Vote.

  • Take a snapshot at the beginning of the game. How do you think voters prepare for an election? What do they need to know?
  • Take a snapshot of the issue you identified as most important. Why is that issue most important to you?  
  • Take a snapshot during a debate when you learn something that surprises you. What surprised you and why?
  • Take a snapshot of the Candidate Profile app on an issue you flagged. Why did you flag this candidate’s position on the issue? 
  • Take a snapshot in the Newsably Lite app. In what ways does the news affect your opinion of a candidate?
  • Take a snapshot after you’ve voted for your candidates. How did doing research help you choose who to vote for?