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 explore the Circuit Construction Kit: DC sim!

SnapThought 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 or sims 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 the Circuit Construction Kit: DC.

  • Take a snapshot after changing the voltage and predict how it will affect the brightness.
  • Take a snapshot after discovering a way to connect two light bulbs in a circuit so that if one bulb is disconnected, both bulbs go out. Explain how you did it.
  • Take  a snapshot after discovering a way to connect two light bulbs in a circuit so that if one bulb is disconnected, the other remains lit. Explain how you did it.
  • Take a snapshot of a circuit with two resistors connected in series. Describe what happens to the current and voltage.
  • Take a snapshot of a circuit with two resistors connected in parallel. Describe what happens to the current and voltage.
  • Design an experiment to determine which objects are insulators and which are conductors. Take a snapshot and explain your findings.
  • Take a snapshot after change battery or wire resistance and predict what will happen to the current in a circuit.
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