Hi everyone! I'm running a community service project @ MIT trying to get kids to make videos about SAT Vocabulary BrainyFlix.com.

I was looking for some feedback:
- How long do you think the videos need to be? For learning words to be efficient and memorable? Should there be a time limit? You can see some examples @ the homepage.
- Why would teachers/students NOT participate? We were fortunate enough to land a corporater sponsor so that we can give out a small cash prize and iTunes. And making sketches is fun! So to us, this is a no-brainer. But if that were so, we would have a much better conversion rate of viewers signing up to be reminded to participate. Please let me know what people's hangups may be.
- Anything else you think could use improvement or addressing?

I look forward to hearing from you guys :]

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Looks like I am the only one to reply to my own post! Hahaha...

I got some good feedback from teachers:
1. A few commented that YouTube is not allowed by their schools. That said, we'll accept embed links from YouTube and SchoolTube. Note that the voting of the videos regardless of which 'Tube you use will happen at BrainyFlix.

2. The vocabulary words are common to both the SAT and ACT, so even though we've messaged it as SAT Vocab, please know that the site is good for learning vocab for both tests. We want kids prepping for the ACT to participate, too!

:DDD
Hi Jack,
I am pretty sure that we'd love to participate.
I don't see the students until tomorrow.
I took a look at the rules and it sounds like we would have something to contribute.
We have a middle school and I work with a group of accelerated leaners.
We have the YouTube issue, but I think we can do an alternative.
Thanks for the invite!
June Kollar
John Paul II Catholic School
Houston, TX
Hey June! Love the videos your kids submitted! I think "Excursion" is one of my favorites. LOL
Hello Teachers! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. :) I am posting this message to remind you about the nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest sponsored by MIT and to address a few issues you have brought to our attention.

1. Our website BrainyFlix.com is now open to video submissions! Per some of your requests, we have extended the video submission period up until midnight of MARCH 16.
2. We suggest uploading your videos to YouTube.com because that is most commonly used. For those of you in school districts that restrict access to that site, try SchoolTube.com (a parent and educator regulated video hosting website) to upload your videos. Alternatively, you could upload videos from a home computer where websites are not being screened.
3. All voting will take place at BrainyFlix.com so be sure your students follow the instructions for directing viewers there when they make their videos. Instructions are located here BrainyFlix.com/main/contest_rules.
4. The vocabulary list includes words common to both the SAT and ACT, so please do not feel that your students would not be able to participate if the ACT is the main test in your state.
5. Please emphasize to your students to teach the word correctly and well. Even we have run into this issue in the sample videos we've made, so please be on the look out.
6. We will accept videos from anybody, so if you are one of the ambitious elementary school teachers who wanted to get your class involved, go for it!
7. You can choose any vocab word you want as long it comes off of the list at the website! We are no longer going to be assigning these.

Thanks again for your support. We look forward to seeing some great flix!
Hey BrainyFlixin' Educators!

Way to rock the video submissions! 793 videos!!! Woot!!! OK, I have some important info for you. Please read!

1. Voting will begin on March 30 instead of March 23. This will shift everything back one week. I know, I know. But we desperately need the extra time to make sure all videos can be displayed clearly for voting. Our apologies, but we think you understand.

2. Check BrainyFlix to make sure your video is up. We finished approving all submissions yesterday night, but if you don't see your video get in touch with us ASAP.

3. If you used another videoplayer instead of Youtube or SchoolTube, please use YouTube or SchoolTube and re-submit your video to us. For technical reasons which I can detail for you if you message me, not having your video on YouTube or SchoolTube is making it difficult for us to display it for voting. (Other videoplayers include Vimeo, TeacherTube, MySpace video, Facebook Video, Google Video, etc.)

You guys are dying to get the voting started, aren't ya??? :] We'll get there soon. Promise. Alright, if you have any questions, please get in touch with us at admin@brainyflix.com.

This is gonna be awesome!!!

JACK
Voting for the video contest has begun! Go to BRAINYFLIX.COM and pick your favorites!!! The kids have been goin' B-A-N, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!


We still have iTunes to giveaway, too. Just make some BrainyPics flashcards! Go here >>> BRAINYFLIX.COM/FLASHCARDS to learn how.
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