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1 Month Left!!!! - GotBrainy Video Contest

We've got 1 more month to accept submissions to our Video

Contest! Compete to win $600 for you and your school by making a fun,

creative video teaching a word off of our list of common SAT words.

* We've already begun accepting submissions! The deadline is 3/15/2010.

* Anyone can enter, and we'll have prizes for runner-ups and iTunes songs for anyone who submits 3 videos.

* If you need… Continue

Added by Jack on February 17, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments is now

Big announcement, everybody:


The main reason for this change is that we've been doing more than just

'flix' for the past few months. So we wanted a name that reflected all the

stuff we've been doing to help you get brainiererer... er.

That said, the name change does not mean that we're stopping with the

videos! In fact, we've got our vocabulary video contest happening… Continue

Added by Jack on January 17, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Brainyflix: Vocabulary Video Contest

Ohai! Did you think we forgot about you because it's now 2010? No way!!! :D


* Compete to win $600 for you and your school by making a fun, creative video

teaching a word off of our list of popular SAT vocabulary.

* Anyone can enter, and we'll have prizes for runner-ups and iTunes songs

for anyone who submits 3 videos.

* We've already… Continue

Added by Jack on January 14, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Seasons Greetings from Brainyflix :)

Seasons Greetings, y'all! Just spreading some of the holiday cheer courtesy of our awesome Brainypics users. Enjoy! :)

FYI - Starting on January 1st, you can compete in our 2nd annual vocabulary video contest. It's easy to… Continue

Added by Jack on December 23, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Brainypics: Grand Prize Winner Announcement

10 weeks and 3,818 Brainypics later (whoa), we have your Grand Prize Winner along with 10 Runners Up, as chosen by our panel of judges.

The selection process was very, very, very, very tough... very. But I am sure you will find our prize recipients deserving. Check 'em out:

#10 RUNNER UP – babyblue_456

#9 RUNNER UP – elgringoalex

#8 RUNNER… Continue

Added by Jack on December 13, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Thank you! Over 900 Brainypics Received in 1 Week!


As of midnight last night, students created 900+ Brainypics in one week. Way to finish strong, everybody! :]

As you'd imagine, picking this week's winners to round out the Finalists for the $200 Grand Prize was harder than ever, but we found some worthy winners...…


Added by Jack on December 8, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Last Day to Participate in Brainypics Contest!

Hi, I'm posting this quick reminder to let you know that tomorrow will be the last day of submissions for the Brainypics contest! Just make a Brainypics flashcard (easy to do, I swear!), and you'll earn iTunes and compete for the $200 Grand Prize courtesy of the good folks at MIT and

Anyone can participate, and you can submit as many Brainypics as you want. Go ahead and get started at… Continue

Added by Jack on December 6, 2009 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Week 9 Brainypics Winners, 1 More Week Left!

Here are 5 tough SAT vocab words, taught by our hilarious winners from last week's Brainypics contest. Some were Thanksgiving-themed, others were just flat-out hilarious. All can be enjoyed. :]

P.S. - We had some really great submissions which we had to pass on because there was no source listed. Ooooffffff. Please remember to tell your students to show the source!…


Added by Jack on November 29, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Final Week of the Brainypics Competition :)

Hello teachers! I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving eating til your bellies bulged.

This is the final week of the Brainypics contest. We'll be picking the last 5 finalists who will compete for our $200 Grand Prize and win themselves iTunes songs. Ooooohhhhh~

We won't be setting a special theme this week. Just get your kids to Brainypics that are funny and memorable. :] Getting started is easy (of course):… Continue

Added by Jack on November 28, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Your Thanksgiving Brainypics :)

Ohai. This week's Brainypics contest: THANKSGIVING! (What else?)

Here are some examples to get you into the turkey (eating) spirit. :]

And you can start making pics at… Continue

Added by Jack on November 23, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Brainypics: Week 8 Winners

Hi-yo! Here are 5 tough SAT vocab words, taught by our hilarious winners from last week's "Brainypics About Brainypics" contest. As always, choosing them was very tough cause our users are funnaaaay.

You can thank Elgringoalex,… Continue

Added by Jack on November 23, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Week 8 Contest: Brainypics About Brainypics

This week’s Brainypics theme is: Brainypics About Brainypics

We got this idea from some really funny users. Basically, you create Brainypics with sentences that refer to other Brainypics, you as the creator, the Brainyflix website, etc. We want you to get "self-referential".

Why participate? Because between now and Dec. 7, we'll be picking 5 Brainypics vocab flashcards every week which will compete for our $200 Grand… Continue

Added by Jack on November 17, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Brainypics: Funniest Photo Winners

Here are the 10 "Funniest Photo" Winners. You'll notice that we have an affinity for picking Brainypics where the creators weren't afraid of getting a bit goofy (kinda like us). Enjoy!…


Added by Jack on November 15, 2009 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Week 7 Brainypics Contest: Your Funniest Photos

Thus far, we’ve accepted images from everywhere so long as you document the source. But this week, the students are the source!

For Week 7 of our Brainypics contest, we want their funniest photos of just about anything: their uncle Mort sweating it up on the dance floor, a mobile pic they took of you stuffing your face in the cafeteria... whatever. Just be original and have fun with it.

Get started and go to… Continue

Added by Jack on November 9, 2009 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Brainypics: "Imaginary Conversation" Winners

Good job, everybody! Your students created over 540 Brainypics last week, which beat the previous record by about 100 pics. Wow. And we were quite impressed by those students who were up for the challenge of imagining fake conversations. Clearly, they are as crazy as we are, if not moreso. Hahaha.

Here are 5 words to help on the SAT & ACT courtesy of our very deserving winners. Enjoy!…


Added by Jack on November 9, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Week 6 Brainypics Contest: Imaginary Conversations

Say what?

For week 6, we are asking for Brainypics where the sentence is what somebody is saying in an imaginary conversation that is happening in the picture. Just as you pick the word, picture and sentence, you get to come up with the conversation, too. The sillier, the better, of course. :]

A little confused? Here are some examples I came up with to help you in your kids in their quest for iTunes and those dolla dolla billz.…


Added by Jack on November 2, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Brainypics Halloween Winners

Thanks to everyone who got their students to create, vote for & comment on Brainypics last week. We received over 450 new flashcards! The kids must really love their vocabulary (or iTunes).

Here are the 5 words for the SAT and ACT courtesy of last week's winners: jberestovoy, kody AND CHRIS, soccerrulz_93, vazquezd and libbrown.…


Added by Jack on November 2, 2009 at 11:57am — No Comments

Week 4 Brainypics Winners

Last week was a great turn out for Week 4 of our Brainypics contest. The kids went flat-out bonkers with the TV theme, and we received over 200 new flashcards

That said, picking the winners was tougher than it'd ever been before. Here are the 5 winners, helping their peers learn tough SAT & ACT vocab: paradox <3, Ben F, jmullooly, Kelly & bott_geneseohs for these flashcards.

NOTE: We still have 6 more weeks of Brainypics fun. Next week's theme: what else?… Continue

Added by Jack on October 25, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Week 5 Brainypics Theme: Halloween

We want to celebrate Halloween, Brainyflix-style. We're looking for Brainypics with tricks, treats, great costumes (not so great costumes), pumpkin carving, candy gobbling & more.

We'll pick the 5 best Brainypics submitted between Monday and Sunday at noon to compete for our cash prize. Even if your kids don't get picked, remember that they can earn an iTunes song for every 5 Brainypics they create. We have plenty of gifts to go around, so spread the word and get started at… Continue

Added by Jack on October 25, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Week 4 Brainypics Theme: TV (Really)

Each week we try to have a theme for the Brainypics Flashcard Contest. Inspired by a couple of our users for their Brainypics about "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live", we figured we might as well indulge in good ole fashion veggin' time...

This week's theme: Grab an image from one of your favorite (or not favorite) TV shows and give us a Brainypic flashcard!!! Go to… Continue

Added by Jack on October 19, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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