Looking to create an interest spark? Why not try the site myBrainShark?

MyBrainShark is a wonderful, free site that works very well for e-learning situations and sharing of information.  It is a useful tool whether you are using it for work or personal projects.   You can create, share and track the number of views for a PowerPoint, document, video, photo album, Podcast that you have created PLUS you have the ability to create a voice over for each application.

Have you created a PowerPoint lesson you would like for your students to review when not in class, but also want them to have access to the audio parts of your lesson?  How about helping them analyze documents.  Did you want to create a Podcast?  Was there a video you created that you would like for the students to watch and respond to specific sections?  Did you want to show a series of Primary Sources and point out features for someone to investigate?  This page gives you the ability to add an audio voice over to any of the projects above as well as multiple other usages.  It allows you to combine multiple applications to create a multimedia presentation that will get the interest of your students or whomever you are trying to reach.  You can even use your cell phone to create the voice over.  No computer is necessary.

After you have finished your creation it can be shared by e-mail, posted on a Networking site or published on a specific Webpage.  This creates an ease of access for you to share information with people from different areas of your life.  

The first time you use it, there is a simple registration page that asks for a username and password creation.  Then you are ready to start uploading material you wish to present or create an audio soundtrack to accompany.  

If you are worried that certain animations in your PowerPoint won’t occur at the correct time, it’s no problem.  MyBrainShark recognizes the PowerPoint designation of the file and will allow you to choose when the animations take place.  

You can use the site to track how many views your posting has had.  You can even add a poll for your users to take to get personalized feedback on your presentation.

As with any new program, it may take a few tries of playing around on the site to become fully familiar with all the features.  Many of the features are similar to other programs you may already be using, which will make it easier to pick up quickly.

So whether you are looking to continue a classroom lesson, present information to students who may have been absent, share ideas and information with colleagues or just create a fun presentation with pictures and an accompanying stories from your vacation, give MyBrainShark a try.  It might be just the item you were looking for.

 

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