Make-a-Map is BrainPOP’s newest tool for concept mapping. Concept mapping gives students the chance to transform information into knowledge by making meaningful connections between their thoughts and ideas using BrainPOP images, keywords, and movie clips as resources to get them started.  This page provides a collection of support materials that will help you get started with the innovative tool, powered by Ideaphora.

Share your maps with us!  We’d love to see them and hear about how you’re using Make-a-Map in your class.  Look for the Make-a-Map button shown below which can be found on all our BrainPOP movie topic pages.  And, to get yourself or your class up to speed watch our free movie on Concept Mapping. Make-a-Map is also available on BrainPOP Jr and BrainPOP ESL!

Getting Started with Make-a-Map

Screencasts, webinars, and a step guide

This is an overview of our new concept mapping tool, Make-a-Map. You will learn a few basics about how to construct a good concept map along...
Originally Recorded March 2015 BrainPOP’s concept mapping tool, the Ideaphora®-powered Make-a-Map – encourages learners to represent...
This brief screencast provides an overview of the Make-a-Map tool on BrainPOP.  This video also appears as "contextual help" under the que...
This 5 minute screencast will carefully walk you through all the elements of Make-a-Map for BrainPOP Jr....
This screencast provides a brief overview of how Make-a-Map for BrainPOP Jr. can enhance student learning through concept mapping. You will...
Make-a-Map Teaching Tips
We recommend teaching students to begin their concept map creation with the Make-A-Map tool by identifying the important concepts. These are...
BrainPOP's Make-A-Map concept mapping tool is incredibly versatile. Here are just a few uses for the Make-A-Map tool showing you the ways yo...
You can use the following questions to assess the concept maps that students create with the Make-A-Map tool: Have key vocabulary terms ...
Make-a-Map, our IdeaphoraⓇ-powered concept mapping tool, is officially live on BrainPOP ESL! (You’ll find the Make-a-Map button on all B...
We hope you’ve had some time to experiment with Make-a-Map on BrainPOP ESL! We’re proud to present this second blog post about the use o...
When students create concept maps, they explore, organize and link information seamlessly, deepening their understanding or knowledge of a...
Teacher Testimonials and Student Reactions to Make-a-Map
5th grade teacher Daria Roulett speaks about the unique engagement she observed as her students used the Make-A-Map concept mapping tool in ...
Students from the Churchill School in New York City provide feedback and guidance to the BrainPOP Make-a-Map development team, helping craft...
POPStar Lisa Parisi reacts with excitement as she realizes the video clip snapshots on a Make-a-Map canvas replay from specific moments of ...
Make-a-Map in Action

Exemplar maps and time lapse videos

No two concept maps will look the same.  The ability to personalize and graphically demonstrate your own understanding of a topic enhance...
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This exemplar map was made with Make-a-Map after watching a single movie on Mammals.  A great next step would be to ask your students to ad...
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Concept maps take on many different structure types like chains or loops like the student example shown here or they can resemble spiders or...
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This exemplar map features a single vocabulary word from the ESL movie Does He Bite? Using the Make-a-Map tool, the student placed the word ...
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This exemplar map, based on BrainPOP ESL's Recycling movie, illustrates the content of the movie using the image and keyword banks on the le...
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This exemplar map illustrates the grammar concept of count and non-count nouns featured in the BrainPOP ESL movie Any Cookies? The student u...
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Take a peek at how this Cell Structures exemplar concept map was made using our new concept mapping tool, Make-a-Map.  The video provide...