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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


BrainPop Health, Science, Technology Animation for Kids

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 28, 2001 by Health Sciences
Overview: This site is designed to teach children (ages not specified but seem to be grades 4 and higher) about health, science, and technology. There are several different aspects of the site including a library of over 80 short movies on a variety of topics. There is a pop test prior to each movie to allow the student to assess prior knowledge. The presentation is concise, interesting, and uses many different approaches to the topics.
Learning Goals: Specific learning goals are not specified but the general approach seems to be to provide factual information on topics in health, science, and technology.
Target Student Population: This is not specified but appears to be grade school students including home schooled students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: There little prerequisite knowledge required. Additional links are provided to further develop topics, however.
Type of Material: This is a multi-purpose web site that has voice, video, question & answer, as well as additional text materials.
Technical Requirements: The technical requirements are very minor. Everything is point and click and not special soft wear is required.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The videos are of high quality in content. They are designed for children and will capture and hold their attention. This site will only allow viewing of 5 videos per day however, unless you make special arraignments in advance.
Concerns: The cost for this site is $100 per year for unlimited use. Whether there is sufficient material here to justify this cost is not clear. Again, only five sites per day can be viewed for free.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This material is designed to provide factual information in a highly usable form to school age children.
Concerns: None at this time

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: No special softwear is required. All portions are click and go.
Concerns: None at this time