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 Win the White House.

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 Win the White House.

  • After choosing your candidate’s political party and reviewing the issues, take a snapshot. Which of these issues is most important to you? Why would this issue be important in a presidential election?
  • Take a snapshot of the VP choice you selecting. Why are you selecting him or her? How do you think a person with his/her background will help your campaign?
  • Take a snapshot of the U.S. map, which appears after  launching your campaign. Look at the four different options at the bottom of the screen. Choose an option and explain its role in a presidential campaign.
  • After several rounds of campaigning, take a snapshot. What have you learned so far about running for president? What surprised you the most?
  • After running a media campaign, take a snapshot. Why was it successful or unsuccessful?
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