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Instructional Software

Name: Kristen Schell

Software Title: BrainPop
Function(s) of Instructional Software (check all that apply):
Drill and Practice
Instructional Game
Problem Solving
Features of the Software (check all that apply):
Assessment Monitoring/Reporting (Keeps track of student data and/or generates reports for the teacher)
teacher to create customized lessons for students
Multi-user or collaborative functions with others in class
Multiuser or collaborative functions with others beyond local class
Accessible to students beyond the school day
Accessible via mobile devices
Multiple languages
Safety, security, and/or privacy features
Strengths of the Software: Great graphics, engaging for students, many topics and content areas, user-friendly,
activities beyond videos, great for research
Suggestions for Improvement: Keep making more videos
Standards Addressed. See
SS1H1 The student will read about and describe the life of historical figures in
American history.
a. Identify the contributions made by these figures: Benjamin Franklin (inventor/author/ statesman),Thomas
Jefferson (Declaration of Independence), Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with Sacagawea (exploration),
Harriet Tubman (Underground Railroad), Theodore Roosevelt (National Parks and the environment), George
Washington Carver (science).

Grade Level/Content Area(s): 1st Grade-Social Studies

Blooms Level of Critical Thinking Required (check all that apply). See

Description of how to implement in the class: The teacher will introduce the study of famous Americans using the
video on Harriet Tubman. The students will be asked to remember one important fact about Harriet Tubman. After
viewing the video, the teacher will list all the student responses. The teacher will divide the students into groups. The
students will listen to the video again at an assigned listening station, where they, along with their group members, will
develop one more fact about Harriet Tubman not listed in the original list. Once there are enough facts for each student
to have one fact, the teacher will support the students in creating a podcast using Audacity. When the podcast is
finished, it will be added to the classroom website for others to view.
Students will select one of the other famous people assigned to the grade level. As a group, the students will research

Instructional Software
their famous person, collecting information and creating a podcast. All the podcast will be added to the classroom
website for others to view.
* Examples of common instructional models include whole group, teacher-led, student self-paced, small group, or
individual learning activities. Use as many of these descriptors or other descriptors as apply.