I had the chance to speak with Allisyn Levy who runs the BrainPOP Educators blog at a conference recently, and they’ve got some great things going on over there! We’ve always been impressed with the terrific content that we receive from BrainPOP and BrainPOP Junior here in our school district, and the company is now reaching out to educators through an online community.

If you don’t know about this community of BrainPOP-loving teachers then you’re missing out on some great ideas for integrating BrainPOP into your classroom. It’s definintely worth your time to sign up (free of course) and join in. Whether you’re using BrainPOP, BrainPOP Junior, or BrainPOP en Espanol–which we make available at school and at home in our school district–you’ll find that this is another example of how your personal learning community can be expanded by becoming involved in discussions with like-minded educators.

One of the added benefits of joining BrainPOP Educators is it gives you the ability to embed the featured movie of the month in your own web site. That’s right! All you need to do is copy and paste the code provided to you after you request the snippet from BrainPOP and away you go. Try it! It’s easy! Palm Beach County teachers can even do this in their Edline sites, providing their students and parents with a fun lesson from BrainPOP that changes frequently.

So, without further ado, here’s what you’ll see when you get your own BrainPOP code. I’m not even sure what movie will appear when you read this, but you can be certain that the content will be like the rest of the material we get from BrainPOP–fun, fast-paced, vocabulary-rich, and chock full of add-on activities that you can do with your students!

If you wold like to add a little personality to your Edline page, possibly lighten up the presentation of some of your content, or try and inject some creativity into your project based learning. I recommend checking out Go!Animate. You’ll find this web based publishing program at www.goanimate.com and it does require an email to create an account, but the service is free and FUN!! Here’s an example of something I put together in about 15 minutes, and I am still learning the interface. Your students will amaze you!!
Get Creative!!