Guest Blog: 21st Century Learner = BrainPop

Our BrainPOP Educator team is growing! Jessica Storer is our new Manager of Education Outreach. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team, and look forward to hearing much more from Jessica. You can check out her lesson plan on Moon Phases here. Please join us in welcoming her by commenting below.

As an educator, how often do you hear about the importance of preparing our students for the future?  And in this challenging, ever-changing economic environment, how critical it is to give our students the tools to succeed in the 21st century and compete in a global marketplace?

This push for developing 21st century learners is a recurring theme in the field of education, and for a good reason.  21st century learners are highly productive; they are innovative, thinking outside of the box to solve a problem; and they get results.  21st century learners are effective communicators, they are digital age literate, and they work well with others.  Our goal as educators is to help our students develop these skills, so they are prepared for whatever the future may hold. 

How can we help students prepare to be 21st century learners?  A variety of resources are available to support educators in development of these skills.  But if you want to save yourself countless hours searching for these tools, BrainPOP is your solution.  BrainPOP’s website provides numerous resources to help educators develop and fine tune those skills.  BrainPOP provides 21st century themes such as computers and the internet, digital citizenship, cyber bullying, cancer, Swine Flu, solar energy, humans and the environment, and supply and demand.  Today, these content areas are not emphasized in schools; but BrainPOP has developed this content to meet 21st century learning needs, making it easier on you as an educator.

Students today need to be exposed to more than just academic content to succeed.  They need to know how to learn and how to keep learning, so they can apply their knowledge outside the classroom, and throughout their lives.  They need to know how to problem solve, work together, and be creative.  Each topic on BrainPOP’s website features activities which test students’ creative thinking skills and promote effective communication.  All topics feature informative videos that support both auditory and visual learners. The website provides graphic organizers, quizzes, activity sheets, vocabulary, and FYI section and more.  All of these tools help students to continually learn and grow, even improving their ability to consume and retain what they learn.

Teachers that want to add to the lessons beyond what is provided on the topic page can go to the BrainPOP Educators page.  The Educators page is an area where teachers are able to share and find lesson plans based on a particular standard.  Besides lesson plans, resources such as graphic organizers and webinars have been provided to help teachers enhance their lessons and give ideas on ways to strengthen 21st century skills.  In BrainPOP’s latest push, proving their commitment to developing 21st century skills, BrainPOP has teamed with Promethean to create interactive whiteboard lessons. As well as, developed apps for both Apple’s iOS and Dell’s Streak Tablet.

BrainPOP helps to develop students who are Information and communication technology literate (ICT) - one who is able to use technology to help expand content knowledge and skills; a 21st century learner.  BrainPOP’s funding page will give you specific topics and examples of ways BrainPOP is helping to enhance your students 21st century skills.  The future is our students and BrainPOP is helping to develop 21st century learners.  

How are you using BrainPOP to teach 21st century skills in your learning environment? Please share your comments below.

3 comments
  1. jake mezrahi said:

    It was interesting to see all the stuff out there, I need to learn it before I can see how to use it in my class room, it was a good intro.

    Please email the cert, thank you.

  2. Tatum said:

    Thank you so much for your comments and insight! It is fabulous to hear that you are using BrainPOP to teach 21st century skills and your passion for application of those skills into your students’ everyday life. Have you tried using BrainPOP ESL with your students? This is our newest product, specifically geared towards English Language Learners. We use videos, quizzes, and many of the tools we know and love in BrainPOP, but focus more on a linear progression of skill approach for English language acquisition. Check it out if you get a chance, we would love to hear your feedback-www.brainpoesl.com. If you ever want to share your BrainPOP experiences or ideas, I would love to hear more – tatumm@brainpop.com. Thanks again, Felipa, your students sure are lucky to have you!

  3. Felipa Garcia said:

    I am currently using a free trial version of BrainPOP to teach 21st century skills in my ESL student’s learning environment by using  BrainPOP 21st century themes such as computers and the internet, digital citizenship, cyber bullying, cancer, Swine Flu, solar energy, humans and the environment, and supply and demand in our Economics class. Students today need to be exposed to more than just academic content to succeed.  My ESL students need to know how to learn and how to keep learning, so they can apply their knowledge outside the classroom, and throughout their lives.  They need to know how to problem solve, work together, and be creative. My goal as an educators is to help my ESL students develop these skills, so they are prepared for whatever the future may hold.