Friday, January 30, 2015

Brain Pop Pilot #edtechbridge

BrainPOP is an animated education site for kids that provides fun and interactive lessons on curriculum-based content. BrainPOP offers videos, experiments, timelines, activity pages, and educational games that cover hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. They also have activities and quizzes that help support content covered in the video.  

With the help of a 3rd grade teacher, we arranged a time for his students to test out a new game about nouns the people at Brain Pop were working on.  The Brain Pop representatives gave a brief introduction and let the students begin.  As students guided themselves through the game, BrainPop observed their reactions.

At the end, students were able to share their opinions about things they liked, things that were difficult, and things they thought should be added or changed.  "I know about nouns and the different types, but if someone was playing this game and didn't, they might need a hint.  I think you should add hints," one student responded.  It was a great opportunity for students to use critical thinking to evaluate the effectiveness of the game, and also build empathy as they thought of how others might feel playing the game.   Overall, it was an excellent experience for all involved and was a great chance for kids to see the software design process in action.
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