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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

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BrainPOP Jr. is the digital educational equivalent of trivial pursuit, and equally as fun! All subject areas have been split into subcategories and for each subcategory BrainPOP Jr. have created beautifully animated video’s with accompany quiz testing features with varying levels of difficulty, a cartoon to accompany each subject area, and if that wasn’t enough a subject relative joke has also been included. BrainPOP Jr. is a free educational games portal that will suit the classroom learning environment or will do well to support extended learning at home. 

Teacher Review

Learn More With Annie and Moby … Every Week! Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Jr.® Movie of the Week app for the iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Get a different animated movie every week and check out related quizzes and educational activities – free! 

BrainPOP Jr. guides children through subject areas with the assistance of Moby the robot and Annie the young school child. Annie’s character is cool calm and collected- the ideal role model. Her good natured tone will make it easy for your children to sympathises with her thoughts and ideas and in turn respect and value the information she is passing on.

The content of BrainPOP Jr. is similar to ‘BrainPOP’ e.g Sciences, Math, English, Social studies (and many more) however the way the content is delivered has been simplified. The pace of annotation from Mia is much slower, making it easier for younger children to follow, and they incorporation of a virtual notepad which picks out the key ideas serves the purpose as a reminder to the user what they key learning is at that point in time. BrainPOPjr does not contain the more explicit content such as terrorism or sexual education but does contain one video in regards to illegal drugs, however it is presented in a factual frank way that should not deter parents. The copy is obviously composed for an American market as it uses words such as “recess” which other nationalities may not be familiar with so it might be nice to see the content appropriated for multi nationalities.

The test function of BrainPOP Jr. is brilliant as it features two levels of difficulty making a consideration for different levels of progression within age groups. The quizzes are shortened to five questions to accommodate for potentially shorter concentration spans, however the incorporation of two test levels ensures that there is the same total content.

BrainPOP Jr. interface layout is very simple to use, with a modular magazine style layout. The colour palate used throughout the interface covers a range of primary based colours to easily differentiate between buttons and menus options. The styling of the icons are very literal translations of the metaphors they represent making it easier for younger audiences to understand the function of each button. The text is very clear and easy to read in the display menus and the text in the narrated stories is clear to follow for already competent readers. It could be beneficial for those users who are still learning to read to have some way of following along with the word that is being spoken such as a visual pace maker.

We found the classifying Animals video pretty valuable information, which is presented in a rational way that children will adopt and take on board. This topic was particularly of interest to us as it presented some complicated ideas in a logical methodological way. Annie teaches the difference between mammals, amphibians and reptiles and also the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, and how to identify these animals.

BrainPOP Jr. is full of accurate content accompanied by beautifully illustrated videos and for this reason is awarded 5 star EAS certification. The free content will give you an overall feel for the application, however for as little as £1.49 you can access the full features and content- and there is more than enough there to keep your children content.


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From the Developer

Make BrainPOP Jr.® part of your day in the classroom, at home, or on the go! The free BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app delivers a different animated movie every week - plus related quizzes and educational activities - right to your mobile device! If you’ve already got a BrainPOP Jr. username and password, you can log in and access all BrainPOP Jr. content directly from the app at no additional cost. 

Ideal for kids in Kindergarten through grade 3, the BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app spans topics across Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts, and Technology. The gentle, humorous, and relatable characters Annie and Moby serve as guides through each topic, empowering kids to form their own ideas. BrainPOP Jr. is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. The app is easily navigable by kids ages 5-9.

Since its 2006 launch, BrainPOP Jr. has been a safe and trusted online environment where early learners can further explore what they’re studying at school, or delve into any other age-appropriate subject they’re curious about.

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