Brain Pop is Super Cool-- Part 2: Help Students Create Accounts

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Before you are ready for this step, you need to create a teacher account.  If you haven't done that yet, go to my "BrainPop is Super Cool-- Part 1" post.
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How do I get my class code?
1. Make sure you are logged in with your own teacher account (not your general school sign in) and get your class code.

2. Maybe you recorded it when you created your account, but just in case: Click on MY CLASSES in the top left corner, then choose MANAGE CLASS and you will see the code you created.


How do students create their accounts? (you may want to do this for younger students)
3.  Have students go to www.brainpop.com and click "ENTER CODE"

The popup window will allow them to enter the class code.  Note: they are NOT logged in to the school account.


4. Students will need to create an account the first time-- have them click on Sign up now!  (the next time they come to the site, they will just enter their username and password and be ready to go)

5. Students will need to complete this registration form.  Guide them carefully as they enter their own username and password.  
- username:  I would suggest the first part of their gmail account (firstname.lastname) The username will be displayed when you see the work, so using their name is a better option than their ID number.
-their school id number as the password.  You will have the ability to change the password in "manage classroom" if they forget it.
- have students respond to the security question and choosing an image.


6. Once the information is submitted, students will be ready to log in to their account.  Have them make a note of their user name and password in a safe place.  This is a good time to embed some digital citizenship concepts, about making sure an adult knows they are creating an account, and keeping their passwords private.


You did it!  Now you are ready for the learning to begin!  Look for
Brain Pop is Super Cool-- Part 3:  Learning with Brain Pop

Brain Pop is Super Cool-- Part 1: create your teacher account

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If you have been a teacher for any length of time, you know Brain Pop, and may even consider Tim and Moby some of your favorite teacher assistants.  If you are lucky enough to be a teacher in Hueneme this year, you are lucky for many reasons.  One is that you have a school-wide subscription to Brain Pop.  Did you know that includes an educator code, so you can create a teacher account and have students make safe accounts? With these accounts, students can submit quiz results and mind maps to you.  This allows Brain Pop to a more substantial part of your lessons than just showing a video.  The first step is to create your teacher account and class (or classes if you have more than one group of students).

How do you create a teacher account?

Before you begin, you will need the educator code.  If you are an HESD teacher, just email/call me to ask me for it!  If you are from another district and you have school accounts, the person who purchased your site account will have it (and, hey, welcome! Thanks for reading my blog!)

1. After going to brainpop.com, notice the ENTER CODE link next to SIGN IN, and enter the educator code.

2. Complete the registration form with your own information. Make a note of the username and password. You will use this to log in from now on, rather than the generic school username and password.  Scroll down in the form (not pictured in the step 2 image) to see the SUBMIT button.

Verify your email


3. After submitting, you will be prompted to verify your registration. Go check the email you used in the registration form.
4. Click on the link in the middle paragraph.



Now you are ready to create a class

Step 5 5. After you click the email link, you will be prompted to log in. Use the username and password you just created.  This is the log in you will want to use from this point forward.


6. Click on MY CLASSES in the top left corner of the window.  You can take a tour to understand your options, then create your class.
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7. Decide on a clear class name, maybe including the year and grade level or period.  Then, choose a class code.   After creating a class, make a note of your code.

8. The next screen is suitable for display to your students when they create their accounts, if you want to leave it open, or print it. And now, you are ready to help your students create their accounts.

Check out Brain Pop is Super Cool-- Part 2: Help Students Create Accounts!
(All images are screenshots from brainpop.com--taken using Snagit.  Click on any image to enlarge it.)


Blogging in the Classroom with Kidblog

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One of the prominent features of a "21st century learner's environment" is the idea of a global audience, knowing that technology allows us to make the world bigger for our students by exposing them to the world outside the classroom.
Blogging is a great way to make this happen.
You may be thinking "We aren't bloggers".  But you are writers, I'm sure.  I was in a classroom last spring with some 2nd graders using Kidblog.  They said their favorite part is knowing that they are writing for their friends and reading the comments they leave.  When students write, then share their thoughts to a larger audience, their sense of purpose pushes them to achieve more than when they are just writing for their teacher.

Click here to read Sylvia's Blogpost
Curious?  The return from Winter Break is a great time to try new ideas, see how it goes for a few months, then fine-tune them over the summer.  Kind of like the soft opening of a restaurant...  Here are some ideas to get you started.

A Blog by a teacher who uses Blogs with Literature Circles

Free Teachers Pay Teachers packet to get started with Response to Informational Text blogging.

Now, you need a kid-friendly, teacher-friendly, private platform to publish the blogs and allow comments.  Check out Kidblog.
Watch an overview of Kidblog's new features here  Kidblog is the most popular student platform I have read about.  There is a 30 day free trial, so don't sign in until you are ready to test it out.  If you decide to continue, it will $20-$30 per year.  Ask your administrator to check out the student work, invite them to a lesson, share the successes you have seen in the 30 days, and maybe they will cover the cost for you. It doesn't hurt to ask...

If you are interested and want lesson idea, someone to bounce ideas off, or are just thinking "hmmm... I might want to try that", reach out and let me know.  Give me a call, or drop an email. I would love to help get you started!