A teacher recently shared the website GoNoodle.com with me, and I love it! The website is a collection of “brain break” videos to use in the classroom. Most of the videos are no more than 5 minutes long and lead students in dancing or stretching routines.
Schools also have the option of signing up for GoNoodle Plus which includes movement activities focused on teaching academic content. GoNoodle Plus costs $10 a month or $99 a year for a school.
The free version still gives you access to hundreds of movement videos.
Once you create an account, you have the option of creating various classrooms. Smaller self-contained classrooms could set up several GoNoodle classes for individual students. Once you have set up a classroom, it is time to choose your champ. The champs are adorable monster characters that accompany your class through 10 videos and tell jokes along the way. Once you complete 10 movement videos you can select a new champ.
You can find videos by selecting icons located in the toolbar at the top of the screen. These include “Explore”, “Channels”, and “Categories”. You can also search a topic and see if GoNoodle has a related video.
My personal favorites include the “Games On”, “Think About It” and “Maximo” channels. “Games On” and “Think About It” include several videos that students with complex bodies can participate in. “Think About It” also provides a great opportunity for communication after the video. “Maximo” does a single exercise in each video and moves at a fairly slow pace. Students with fine and gross motor impairments can actually keep up with him compared to some other dance and movement videos available on this site.
Think About It
You also have the option of selecting the heart in the top right hand corner of a video to save it to your favorites. The teacher or therapist can do this in advance and easily find the video they selected during a lesson or session. Individual students can also find their favorite videos or the ones the teacher has selected for them.
GoNoodle also has a blog with ideas for using their videos in the classroom.
Now it is your turn to explore GoNoodle.com. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!