The Mixer is a tool that lets you create and share custom, BrainPOP-style quizzes. A search function gives you access to our growing library of multiple choice and open-response questions. You can add any item you like to your quiz and edit it to suit your own needs.
You also can write your own multiple choice and open response questions from scratch. When your quiz is done, you can keep it private, so that only your students can see it; or you can share it with the community, giving other teachers access to your work.
*If you have a BrainPOP site subscription, enter your subscription login information on Step 2 of registration. This will link your Educators account to your paid subscription, allowing you to access the Mixer. You’ll also need an Educator code from your account administrator to verify your account.
1. Log into BrainPOP Educators.* (Remember, your Educators username is different than the subscription username you use to log into BrainPOP.)
2. Click “Link Subscription” from the user drop down menu on the upper right-hand corner.
3. You’ll be prompted to enter your BrainPOP subscription username and password, and the Educator Code from the account administrator to verify your account.
* If you do not have an Educators account yet, go the BrainPOP Educators homepage and click the Join BrainPOP Educators button. It’s near the top right of the page.
Go to your list of existing quizzes and click the “New Quiz” button. A popup will appear asking you to pick a working title and a topic for your quiz. When you click the “Create” button, you’re on your way!
Adding Questions from Other Quizzes
When you’re editing a quiz, click the Search tab. Type your term(s) into the text field and click the Search button. You will see a list of quizzes matching your search terms. Use the expand buttons to see the questions in each quiz. To add a question, click the Add button next to it. Click the Add button next to the quiz title to add all of its questions to your quiz.
Writing Your Own Questions
When you’re editing a quiz, click the Write tab. Type your question in the “Write a new question” field. Select “multiple choice” or “open-ended” from the “Question type” menu. Multiple choice questions must have at least two answers. Open-ended questions have an optional sample answer area, as well as an optional area for instructions. When you are done writing your question, click the “ADD TO QUIZ” button.
Click the pencil icon next to the question. Edit the text of the question, answer(s), and/or instructions as needed. For multiple choice questions, you can also change which answer is marked as correct. Click the “Save Changes” button when you’re done.
If you select “Search all text,” the search engine will look for your terms in the quiz’s title, questions, and correct answers. The engine will return quizzes that contain ALL the words in your query. The more terms you search for, the fewer results you will get.
TIP: Use double-quotes to search for exact phrases. For example, “world war” will return only quizzes that include those two words in that order.
If you select “Search by topic,” you must select one of the autocompleted topic titles that appears while you type. The search engine will return only quizzes that have been associated with that particular topic.
Edit the quiz whose title you wish to change. Between the quiz’s questions and title, you will see a heading called “Quiz Settings.” Click the triangle to expand the settings. Change the Quiz Title and click the “Save Changes” button.
Your students will need a code to access your quiz. To create a code, click the “Finalize” button. Type a memorable code into the Code field, and click the “Publish” button. (Click the “Auto-generate a code” button to give your quiz a random code.)
Students can take your quiz by clicking Enter Code at the top of any BrainPOP page. All they need to do is type in your quiz code and click the “GO” button.
Draft – This is a quiz that you are still working on. Your students cannot take it until you finalize it.
Private – This is a live quiz that you HAVE NOT shared with the Mixer community. Only your students will be able to see it.
Pending approval – This quiz is live, and you have shared with the Mixer community. It is “pending” because our moderators have not yet had a chance to review and approve your work. Until it is approved, it will not appear in other users’ search results. However, your students can take the quiz while it is in this state.
Shared – This is a live quiz that you have shared with the Mixer community. Our moderators have approved your quiz, and it has been added to the Mixer library. Other users may view your quiz and add any of its questions to their own quizzes.
Note: If you Edit a Private, Pending, or Public quiz, the quiz’s state will revert to Draft. Students will not be able to take your quiz until you Finalize it again.
Find the quiz you want to duplicate in your list of quizzes. Click the Copy icon (between the pencil and the trash can). In the popup, click the “Yes” button. You now have a duplicate of the original quiz, with “(copy)” added to the end of its title. You may change the title in the quiz Settings.
If you have set up classes in My BrainPOP, and any of your students have taken the quiz already, you CANNOT make changes to it. However, you can make a duplicate of the quiz and make any changes you like in the copy.
If no students have taken your quiz yet, you CAN edit it. Once you edit a previously published quiz, it becomes temporarily inactive. Your students will not be able to take it while it is in this state. You must re-Finalize the quiz to activate it.
If have NOT set up classes in My BrainPOP, you can make changes to your quiz at any time. Once you edit a previously published quiz, it becomes temporarily inactive. Your students will not be able to take it while it is in this state. You must re-Finalize the quiz to activate it.
Clicking the Print button brings up a popup printer dialogue. Check if your browser has popup blocking turned on its settings. You can temporarily turn popup blocking off, then turn it back on when you’re done printing.
Yes. Mixed quizzes work just like BrainPOP quizzes. When your students finish a quiz, they can print their results, review them, or email them to you. Multiple choice questions will be graded by automatically; however, you must grade open response questions manually.
If you’ve set up classes through My BrainPOP, students can submit completed quizzes directly to your My BrainPOP account. You will be able to score open-ended questions, make comments, and track progress, all through BrainPOP. Click here to learn more!
Once you add a question to your quiz, it’s yours to use as you please. If the question’s author edits or deletes the original question, nothing will happen to your copy of it. It will remain in your quiz, attributed to the original author.