BrainPOP is a suite of digitally animated products that presents curriculum-based topics for students in grades K-8. The site strives to spark curiosity while delivering introductory material covering a wide range of topics. BrainPOP is subscription-based.
BrainPOP strives to spark curiosity while delivering introductory material covering a wide range of topics. The site is organized into myriad modules, each of which showcases a short movie on a particular topic, accompanied by quizzes, interactive activities, and learning games. BrainPOP also creates monthly featured playlists on broader “Spotlight” topics such as ancient civilizations or cyberbullying.
The eponymous product, BrainPOP targets students in grades 3-8; BrainPOP Jr. is geared for students in K-3; other products (i.e. BrainPOP Español, BrainPOP ESL, etc.) have been created for other specific audiences. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an online learning games portal featuring vetted titles developed by leading game publishers. BrainPOP Educators is a hub for free professional development, teacher tools, and best practices.
Teachers select a topic to teach, and watch the movie with their class. They can then use the quiz provided by BrainPOP or use the materials provided to engage their classroom with the topic at hand. Additional modules related to the initially chosen topic are also displayed on the site.
Alternatively, teachers can assign movies and activities to be watched and completed. Available with certain subscriptions, the "My BrainPOP" suite of features allow teachers to track students’ progress through the work. Students can also view their past progress using My BrainPOP.
BrainPOP activities and quizzes align with a variety of standards, including the Common Core State Standards; educators can search for movies and activities by state or national standards, grade level and subject.
BrainPOP’s is primarily a web-based tool available for any browser running Flash. Apps are also available for all major platforms, including iOS and Android, though not all features are available on all versions of the app. A projector screen or large television may be used when watching movies as a class.
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Wellcome Images is a rich collection of images, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. All images are available on demand in digital form. Search online or use the expertise of professional scientific and historical researchers to find images. Subjects from medicine to magic, the sacred or the profane, science or satire, all related to human culture at its broadest.
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HeSCA Media Festivals
HeSCA Media Festivals are an international forum for health sciences media promoted by the Health and Science Communications Association. Their goal is to showcase and recognize individuals and organizations whose works represent the very best in health sciences media production.
A select number of the productions entered in the competition are presented prestigious awards at special ceremonies held in conjunction with the HeSCA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, in Arizona. The Festivals are divided into categories based upon media format and intended audience. For the Video Festival there are six categories: Curriculum Based Education, Continuing Education, Patient Education, General Health Information, Marketing, and Public Service Announcements (PSA) / Medical Health Reports (MHR).
Classroom Video Ltd specialises in the production and supply of educational DVDs to schools and Further Education colleges here in the UK and to International schools teaching the UK National Curriculum overseas. The majority of programmes come complete with teachers’ notes to help with lesson and homework planning, and a full programme summary. All programmes are available on DVD and are available on preview for assessment prior to purchasing.
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Teachers TV was the digital channel for everyone who works in schools. Its programmes covered every subject in the curriculum, all key stages and every professional role – from teaching assistant to headteacher. You could watch it on digital cable and satellite and programmes are also available anytime, on-demand and for free on this website. Sadly, along with many other well-known UK agencies active in the education and training sphere including Becta, Teachers TV has fallen foul of cutbacks in UK spending. From the end of March 2011 this terrific source of free education videos and resources aimed at the professional development of teachers has no longer been available.
Luckily its resources are now available on
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Voice Recognition Technology in Education
A 40-page booklet that examines the issues and strategies to consider before attempting to use speech recognition with users with physical and communication difficulties. Sample pages of this booklet are available as a 220Kb PDF download.
The purpose of this booklet is not to provide the latest information on specific voice recognition software, nor does it attempt a critical comparison with like-for-like systems. What it does endeavour to do is provide the reader with practical information based on research and experience gained through working directly with young people at the ACE Centre, as well as information resulting from involvement in the Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) Voice Recognition Project.
Issue 1: Why use voice recognition?
Issue 2: Before starting: Training the support providers
Issue 3: Which type of software is most appropriate?
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Issue 5: Matching the software to the individual user
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