Teacher training my brainshark - 2 uploading content and recording audio


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PowerPoint slides for using MyBrainshark in an ELT setting. Screencast also available. Part 2 of 6

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Teacher training my brainshark - 2 uploading content and recording audio

  1. 1. 2. Uploading content and recording audio With Phil Longwell phil.longwell@btinternet.com
  2. 2.  Any questions ? Any new thoughts or problems that have come up in your minds ? Have you had a look at the website yet and signed up for a free account ?
  3. 3.  A quick thought about pedagogy… What kind of learning theory or theories are we drawing on by using a tool like my brainshark? …please spend a few minutes discussion this with the person next to you.
  4. 4.  The main reason for using this tool is to get the students to work autonomously on their speaking skills. The tool is not meant to be used for all 4 skills or replace textbooks entirely (at this stage). Classroom can be a place to do pair-work, group- work, interactive, task-based learning. We can ‘connect’ the work students do out of class with what they do inside the class.
  5. 5.  There are currently around 2,800 presentations already uploaded and active. You can upload one of the following:
  6. 6.  The main reason for using my brainshark is to talk over an existing file (e.g. PPP, PDF, video). The most simplest thing to do is to either record your voice from an in-built or plugged-in laptop microphone -> create a podcast. Or you can upload an existing mp3 file to share:
  7. 7.  Podcasting is not new and there are many other tools out there that can be used to upload, create and share audio files. Do you know any?
  8. 8.  If you haven’t already done so, sign in to your ‘mybrainshark’ account. Click here for link. Chose a word (or similar) document to upload from your device (e.g. netbook, laptop etc.).
  9. 9.  once uploaded… Spend 5-10 minutes playing around with the document. What do you notice? What things can you do with it once uploaded? mybrainshark automatically formats your document ready for adding audio to each slide.
  10. 10.  Watch this demonstration of adding audio to the document you have uploaded. Audio Input issues – microphone or headset? Display issues –document not shown. Click link to tutorials here. Try it yourself. Comments and questions?
  11. 11.  In what ways could the students use documents? What other documents can be uploaded? Further questions or comments?
  12. 12.  So what do we think about using the tool for podcasts and narrating documents? Would you use this tool or a different one? Screencast videos are available at: http://www.screencast.com/users/teacherphili Or direct link to CAFA videos: http://tinyurl.com/d7prpwp Next time: working with pictures and videos.