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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Check Out BrainPOP

There is a lot going on in terms of educating kids through the Internet, this same enthusiasm will be coming to an online training classes design for employees in the near future. As these "gamers" enter the workforce, they will want educational opportunities in the same vain as their educational games with which they are growing up.

One site that is combining entertaining games with education is BrainPOP. They have a variety of interactive demonstrations you can check out as well as neat little animated movies. Go over to BrainPOP and meet Moby (a robot)and Tim and think about how your online training programs could be improved using some of the element and instructional design of BrainPOP.

I'll give you one, short, small educational pieces provided in an entertaining manner. Check out the science section and the piece on Kinetic Energy. It focuses only on one topic, holds the learner's attention, defines the concept and uses examples and non-examples to then explain the concept and shows practical applications of Kinetic Energy. These little learning pieces at BrainPOP are perhaps the perfect learning nuggets. Can you develop one for handling customer objections, creating an effective email, or safely operating a piece of equipment?

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