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INSTRUCTIONAL

 SOFTWARE  
 

Choose one Instructional Software title. Complete all fields in the following template to describe the
software and how you would use this product in your future classroom to help students achieve required
learning standards.

Name:    Allison  Wagner  


Software  Title:  BrainPop  
URL:  https://www.brainpop.com/    
Function(s)  of  Instructional  Software  (check  all  that  apply):    
   Drill  and  Practice    Tutorial      Simulation      Instructional  Game      e-­‐books/e-­‐references  
Features  of  the  Software  (check  all  that  apply):  
   Assessment  Monitoring/Reporting  (Keeps  track  of  student  data  and/or  generates  reports  for  
the  teacher)      Allows  teacher  to  create  customized  lessons  for  students      Multi-­‐user  or  
collaborative  functions  with  others  in  class      Multi-­‐user  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:  The  videos  that  are  available  can  relate  to  a  wide  variety  of  subjects,  
and  the  videos  are  easy  to  follow  along  with  and  can  easily  be  understood.  They  can  be  used  for  
virtually  any  age,  especially  2nd-­‐12th,  and  students  can  navigate  around  the  website  very  easily.  
The  visuals  are  also  a  great  strength  of  this  website,  and  they  would  help  catch  the  students  
attention.  
Suggestions  for  Improvement:  There  is  a  possibility  that  the  students  have  used  BrainPop  
before,  and  it  can  be  repetitive  for  them.  Since  the  two  characters  of  the  videos  stay  constant  the  
students  might  get  tired  of  watching  the  videos.  Another  improvement  would  be  for  this  website  to  
have  a  simulation  activity  for  each  video.  I  believe  this  would  get  the  students  attention  and  keep  it.  
Standards  Addressed:  See  https://www.georgiastandards.org/Pages/Default.aspx    
ELAGSE6RI6:  Determine  an  author’s  point  of  view  or  purpose  in  a  text  and  explain  how  it  is  
conveyed  in  the  text.  
Grade  Level/Content  Area(s):  All  grades,  PreK-­‐12,  would  be  able  to  use  the  site.  All  subject  areas  
are  also  included,  but  this  lesson  plan  is  zoomed  in  on  Language  Arts  in  a  6th  grade  classroom.    
Bloom’s  Level  of  Critical  Thinking  Required  (check  all  that  apply).    See  
http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?title=Bloom%27s_Taxonomy    
   Remembering      Understanding      Applying      Analyzing      Evaluating    Creating  
Description  of  how  to  implement  in  the  class:  The  BrainPop  chosen  will  be  used  as  a  source  to  
introduce  the  students  to  what  “Point  of  View”  is,  and  how  they  can  determine  which  type  it  is  in  a  
story.  Materials  that  will  be  needed  would  be  a  computer  to  pull  up  the  video,  and  a  projector  to  
project  the  video  on  the  board.  Sound  is  also  essential  for  the  students  to  hear  the  video,  but  the  
video  can  have  subtitles  if  the  sound  does  not  work.  The  class  would  watch  this  video  as  a  whole,  
but  once  it  is  finished  they  would  get  with  a  partner.  BrainPop  has  activities  that  go  along  with  the  
video,  so  the  activity  they  would  participate  in  would  be  called  “Challenge”  which  basically  
challenges  the  students  in  different  ways  based  upon  the  information  stated  in  the  video.    
Individual  computers  would  be  needed  for  the  second  part  of  the  class,  but  if  computers  are  not  
available  the  class  can  work  as  a  whole  on  the  different  challenges.  
                   This  will  assess  the  students,  but  the  goal  is  to  get  them  familiar  with  the  different  terms  that  
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are  associated  with  Point  of  View.  I  would  be  able  to  evaluate  how  much  they  comprehended,  and  
go  from  there  for  the  next  day.  This  activity  would  be  designed  to  get  the  students  thinking  about  
the  different  Points  of  View,  and  would  lead  into  a  story  the  next  day.  If  the  students  are  still  
struggling  at  the  end  of  the  class,  BrainPop  does  have  alternative  activities  that  could  be  
implemented  in  the  classroom,  and  the  students  might  be  able  to  connect  more  with  different  
activities.    
 

*  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.    

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