Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Showers Bring... Brain Breaks with GoNoodle!

Hi everyone!  This is Kate from EduKate & Inspire.  It sure has been awhile since I've blogged over here at Tech Tailgate, but I had to stop by today to share my new favorite website for "brain breaks."  I am a huge advocate for giving students movement breaks in the classroom.  Research shows that short bursts of activity improve student performance.  Enter: GoNoodle.  My class is officially obsessed with GoNoodle!

GoNoodle Review

I have been using GoNoodle with my second graders for about a month now and it's safe to say that my students are in love with the site... as am I!  Before I tell you what I love about it, I have to mention the fact that is is FREE.  As a technology-loving teacher, I know how rare it is to find a website that not only has great content, but is also student-friendly, has no advertisements, AND is free!  This is definitely a site that you will want to check out and start using with your class tomorrow!  Here is what I love about GoNoode:

1) It's free!!! (There is a premium version available, but the free subscription is quite good!)

2) It's easy to use.  You can set up a classroom account in 2 minutes.  All you need is an Internet connection, computer, and a projector or interactive whiteboard.  Here is a photo of my class doing a brain break before a test.

GoNoodle Review

3) GoNoodle uses a game-like experience to engage students in brain breaks.  Before you play for the first time, your class will choose a Champ.  The Champ becomes your class mascot and appears on the main screen with funny messages for students.  Every brain break your class plays earns minutes.  For every 15 minutes you play, your class will level up and the Champ will grow.  My students love seeing how many minutes they have earned.  They get a kick out of the fact that their Champ gets bigger and grows muscles!  Here is a screenshot of my class' home page on GoNoodle.

GoNoodle Review


4) Perhaps the best thing about GoNoodle is that there is a large variety of brain breaks!  Here is a screenshot of the menu:

GoNoodle Review

The GoNoodle brain breaks incorporate dancing, Zumba, yoga, deep breathing, running, and more.  The GoNoodle site even embeds some of the most popular brain break videos from YouTube.  My class is obsessed with the minion version of Happy!  I love being able to access the YouTube videos from GoNoodle without having to go directly to YouTube.  

What makes GoNoodle unique are the videos found in "GoNoodle Games."  After our morning meeting, I have my students play Airtime, which focuses on deep breathing.  A bubble appears on the screen and students breathe in and out as the bubble rises and falls.

GoNoodle Review

After each Air Time session, a postcard appears on the screen.  My students love learning new facts about other states!

GoNoodle Review

We also enjoy playing To the Maximo, which focuses on yoga-style stretches.

GoNoodle Review

Another classroom favorite is the Run With US section, which features a variety of sports that are all introduced to students by real athletes.

GoNoodle Review

All of the brain breaks above (and a lot more!) are included in the free version of GoNoodle!  

If you are interested in signing up for the free version of GoNoodle, click on the image below!

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