BrainPOP’s New Make-A-Movie: Empowering and Engaging Students

Introduction

You may have heard that BrainPOP has a brand new Make-A-Movie feature that has been receiving rave reviews. In order to access this feature, students and teachers must have their own premium account, which fortunately we do have access to here in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Teachers can assign Make-A-Movie to their students or create their very own!

BrainPOP Introduction Screencast

Example Student and Teacher Videos

Video Tutorial

Step 1: Accessing Make-A-Movie

After watching your favorite video, you now will see the Make-A-Movie feature appear on the right. Click Make-A-Movie to launch your video editor.

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Step 2: Write a Letter

If you are familiar with BrainPOP than you know every movie starts with a letter to Tim and Moby. BrainPOP included this feature into Make-A-Movie by allowing students and teachers to write a letter. They can write their own letter or answer a letter created by BrainPOP.

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Step 3: Launching the Editor

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You are now ready to create your movie! The Editor has 3 main sections: the scenes, work space and the toolbar.

Scenes: Click and drag scenes just as you would with slides in other applications. You may add transitions when finished.2

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Toolbar: Customize your movie

The toolbar will automatically start by loading pre-selected images that fit your topic. You can however search for more images to suit your needs. You may also add sound, annotate scenes, draw a picture, or access a short help tutorial using the toolbar. Then, you just drag-and-drop your selections into your workspace!

Adding Sounds:  BrainPOP allows students and teachers to add audio by using a computer generated voice or by recording their own voice. I absolutely love this feature as students that are hesitant to speak in front of an authentic audience have the option to use the computer generated voice.

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Annotate: The annotation feature in the toolbar allows you to add dialogue bubbles, shapes, arrows, texts and labels. However, like the videos modeled on BrainPOP, we do not want students to type a lot of text. We want to annotate the images and use dialogue to give our audience information.

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Drawing:  The drawing feature in the toolbar allows students to create their own clipart drawings.I also think this feature would be amazing for solving math problems if students or teachers were creating a math video.

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Backgrounds: You can also add backgrounds to change the color of your work space.

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Step 4: Preview or Save

You are now ready to save and preview your movie. Click the word Preview in the top right-hand corner of the screen and you will now view your very own BrainPOP movie!

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Summary

Overall I think that this new Make-A-Movie feature is absolutely fabulous. Students and teachers will create some amazing movies that can be shared with an authentic audience. Right now, I am hoping BrainPOP will find a way for students to share their videos outside of BrainPOP. Ideally, I would hope students and teachers could copy and paste a URL or download the videos into Google Drive. For now, I’m just happy that everyone is so excited to create! Thank you, BrainPOP!

Joli Boucher

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Resources

  1. BrainPOP Tutorial Webinar– 40 minutes
  2. Make-a-Movie Step Guide- Step by Step guide for using Make-A-Movie
  3. Assessment Rubric– Make a Copy of this rubric to customize
  4. Make a Movie Implementation Tips
  5. Storyboard Graphic Organizer

Have you checked out Make-A-Movie? What projects are you excited to assign or create?

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