BrainPOPAs "swine"/H1N1 flu continues to spread and claim more lives, BrainPOP's decision to post a free, explanatory cartoon video for primary aged children is proving a timely and useful information source.

The online video service for children and teachers has created a "Tim and Moby" video to answer the real questions sent in by children (like "What is swine flu?"). Young viewers are given a very clear explanation of swine flu as Tim answers the children's questions put to him by the worried Moby, a robot from outer space.

BrainPOP UK is a relatively new website to the UK although it's very successful in the US where it was created in 1999. It's a simple formula: children and teachers ask questions and BrainPOP provides the answers. It's aimed at key stages 2 and 3 and engages youngsters with hundreds of animated explanations and interactive quizzes. It covers seven areas of learning: arts, design and technology, English, humanities, maths, PSHE and citizenship, and science.

BrainPOP is a paid-for service with a range of competitively priced subscriptions - for teacher, institution, parent, home schooler, supply teacher or student. The content is continuously updated, and is focused on both the UK curriculum and personal development.

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BrainPOP "swine flu" cartoon


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