Teachers, why not myBrainshark?
This is a video created in myBrainshark. I just upload a powerpoint to this website http://www.brainshark.com/mybrainshark, record my voice in every slide and finally "whoosh"!!
1) What is the technology/ What does it do?
What is myBrainshark? Good questions!!! This is an on-line file sharing website that allows you to upload video, audio, photo, document and powerpoint. Distinguised from other file sharing webistes, this one let users add sound in written texts. It benefits audience for the reason that contents are clearly explained by written and spoken form.
2) Why is this particular tool or technology relevant to language learning? What approaches to language learning or research underpin the use of this technology?
It is soooo relevant to language learning because!! 1. It helps to practice speaking. It is so real like the public presentation except your gesture and facial expression. Therefore, learners can practice speaking at home annnd...Importantly! they can send their presentations via myBrainshark to tutor, in order to get feedback. 2. Tutors can also give their lectures via myBrainshark. It got powerpoint, got voice, which means this tool packages the essential elements of a lecture. Moreover, it gives Ss a chance to track back and forth. Are there any other exciting things can campare with that U decide which part to stop, and U can jot down notes, and U can replay if U like!!
I think the reason why this tool is appropriate to language learning is that it fits in with the applicaiton by Interactionist and Socio-cultural research. They demonstrate that second language interaction affects the learning opportunities. MyBrainshark extends the chance of interaction by second language after class thus increasing learning opportunities.
3) How might you use it to foster language learning in class/outside class?
I might use it as a tool of blended teaching, by which I mean to upload my lecture with embedded voice after class and send Ss the link. They can review my lecture at home and rethink about it. I could also ask Ss to give presentation via this tool. The topic could be varied, self-introduction, hobbies or interests. This is a fantasitc practice opportunites before Ss really give a formal presentation in front of their classmates.
4) What limitations can you see with the use of this technology?
Although Ss can practice speaking, it is hard to tell if their body language is appropriate or not. As for teachers, it doubles their workload which means they should give presentation both lively and digitally. ><