Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.
myBrainshark is a versatile Web 2.0 application that allows you to:
Add Voice to PowerPoint
Narrate a Document
Upload a Video
Make a Photo Album
Produce a Podcast
In the classroom, BrainShark can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:
Video Autobiography - Have students video record their autobiography. Upload to Brainshark to share with the class. This is an excellent way to connect distance students an give them a sense of community in the class.
Movie Star - Students select a classic movie and act out a scene from the movie. Film the movie and upload it to BrainShark to be shared with the world. This can work well for online and distance students as well.
Podcast - Have students select a topic covered in a recent unit. Each student records a 2-minute podcast explaining the key ideas and vocabulary of the assigned topic and uploads it to Brainshark. The podcasts are distributed to the class for use as a study guide for an upcoming exam. This works great in online environments, too.
Photo Album - Have students upload photos of a recent field trip or school event to a class photo album. Show the photo album on the projection screen in the classroom during parent-teacher conferences, open house, or at an all-school assembly.
How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?
Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.
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