Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Exciting News!

Friends I have some great news! Someone really awesome over at BrainPOP contacted me to be a guest blogger! I'm so flattered and proud!
If you don't know what BrainPOP is... which I highly doubt because I think just about every educator should know.. but IF and that's a big IF...here is some information about the site that I got from the ABOUT US page:

Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources includeBrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOPBrainPOP EspaƱol, and BrainPOP ESL. In June 2011, we launched GameUp™, a collection of top free online game titles that tie right in to curriculum. All of our resources are supported by BrainPOP Educators, our teacher community now more than 135,000 members strong and featuring free lesson plans, video tutorials, professional development tools, graphic organizers, best practices, groups and forums, and much more.

Ideal for both group and one-on-one settings, BrainPOP is used in numerous ways in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices, from introducing a new lesson or topic to illustrating complex subject matter to reviewing before a test. Content is mapped to Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and easily searchable with our onlineStandards Tool. Uniquely suited for 21st-century learning, all products are fully compatible with interactive whiteboards, learner response systems, projectors, Macs, and PCs. No downloading, installation, or special hardware is required.

BrainPOP was conceived by Dr. Avraham Kadar, M.D., an immunologist and pediatrician, as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients. Today, we host more than 11 million visits to our web sites each month. We take pride in our in-house team of educators, animators, and writers, who produce and continually improve BrainPOP, incorporating valuable teacher and parent input. We are aided by diverse group of educators who serve as our Academic Advisors


In other words, the site is AMAZING and sooooo very HELPFUL! When in doubt about a lesson, search BrainPOP first! Students love the videos and they really are so interesting and thorough.

So....I have a few ideas about what I want to post as a guest blogger. I use BrainPOP on a daily basis in my classroom (and for every subject I teach) so it will be extremely difficult to narrow it down to just one topic! But I am working on it and I will also post it here! Since I do LOVE teaching ANYTHING Social Studies, it will most likely be that. Wish me luck with my decision!

Also, I'd love to know how you utilize the site in your classrooms! Leave me a comment with any great resources from the site! :)

What's your favorite thing to do on the BrainPOP website?


Kristin said...

Congratulations!!! Thanks for visiting me . . . I'm your newest follower!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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