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BrainPOP - Vetted and Awarded with the ISTE Seal of Alignment

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Sunday, November 29, 9:30–10:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Kari Stubbs  
In June 2019, after an extensive review process by a panel of experts, BrainPOP was recognized with the ISTE Seal of Alignment! The results show alignment across all seven of ISTE's Standards for Students. This poster session presents an opportunity for attendees to discuss the alignment and ask questions!

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with a space to interact with BrainPOP and explore the powerful intersection of our digital content with the ISTE Student Standards. In June of 2019, after an extensive review process by a panel of ISTE Standard experts, BrainPOP was awarded with the ISTE Seal of Alignment. We are eager to discuss with you how BrainPOP can be used to support ALL SEVEN of the ISTE Student Standards: digital citizen, knowledge constructor, innovative designer, computational thinker, creative communicator, global collaborator, and empowered learner.

Supporting research

RIGOR OF THE SEAL: ISTE considers a solution aligned to the ISTE Standards only after an extensive review conducted by trained ISTE Seal of Alignment reviewers, and it has been determined to meet all critical elements of a particular standard indicator in accordance with specific review criteria.

REVIEW METHODOLOGY: ISTE Seal of Alignment reviews are conducted by a panel of education and instructional experts. Reviewers use data collected both separately and collectively to determine how a solution addresses specific elements described in each of the indicators of the ISTE Standards. Special instruments are used by reviewers to collect data on potential alignment across all resource materials. Alignment is determined based on the extent to which all or some of specific elements are addressed within the materials. Reviewers conduct regular calibrations to assure the validity and reliability of the results and final review findings are combined for an overall score for alignment on each individual indicator.

SCOPE OF REVIEW: BrainPOP was reviewed for alignment against the ISTE Standards for Students. ISTE reviewers examined content from BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr. and BrainPOP ELL as well as resources specifically for the teacher.

REVIEW FINDINGS: BrainPOP addresses the ISTE Standards for Students across all seven standards. Each standard is built upon indicators, whose alignment is evaluated in the following ways:
• Foundational - Resources and activities aligned at the foundational level primarily focus on skills and knowledge that facilitate skill acquisition to eventually meet ISTE Standard indicators.
• Applied – Resources and activities aligned at the applied level primarily focus on practical, real-world, and/or relevant opportunities to practice the skills and knowledge learned in the curriculum.


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Dr. Kari Stubbs, Stages Learning, ISTE Board alumni

VP of Strategic Alliances at BrainPOP and proud former ISTE board member. I've been a regular speaker at ISTE for years - presenting on a multitude of topics including computational thinking, equity, STEM, critical thinking, mobile learning, UDL, and more! Other conference appearances include UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (Paris), SXSWedu (Austin), 21CL (Hong Kong), FETC (Orlando/Miami), and IEI Summit (San Juan). I look forward to engaging with educators and industry experts at ISTE 2020!

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