Adena Raub Dershowitz AJL Yom Limmud November 6, 2011
Kids’ culture is technology The Jewish future will change because of technology Tech can extend contact hours and make those hours more effective. Tech can help students use higher order thinking skills.
Change Information Overload Lack of Control New Language New Skillset Kids are Light Years Ahead.
Don’t invest too much in any one thing…except maybe the Internet Be prepared to fail publicly Collaborate Utilize our experts: our children Make expectations clear and establish policy. Never ever start with the technology. Always start with the learning goal.
Are FREE or have free versions (in terms of $$) Are all accessed via the web Are not Jewish tools, but can be applied to Jewish content Your students know them, or can learn how to use them easily Are the same tools that the madrichim will be working with later!
What: A site that allows for the building of “Facebook-like” pages Where: http://classtools.net/fb/home/page How: Parsha Study, History, Film, Biography Why: Kids know this platform already Students need to think about interactions/cause and effect Students can insert their own personality Can be done in teams or individually
What: Comic Strip Generator Where: http://www.toondoo.com How: Parsha study, History, Life Cycles, Ethics, Why: Creative way for students to interpret a narrative (or create their own) Format requires students to select the most important elements Can be a one-time or ongoing project (comic book).
What: Create your own animation Where: www.goanimate.com How: Parsha Study, History, Ethics, Life cycles, Literature, Hebrew Why: Can be used by the teacher or the student Students need to think critically about characters points of view Interesting way to practice Hebrew conversation Students will spend the time!
What: An online quiz/flashcard/game center Where: www.quizlet.com How: Hebrew letter recognition, Hebrew vocabulary, Life cycles vocabulary, Holiday vocabulary/photos Why: Database exists which includes some Hebrew and Jewish content Students can create quizzes/cards for each other Can be sent to parents and students Hebrew Typing: http://gate2home.com/Hebrew-Keyboard
What: Screen capture software Where: http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html How: Hebrew writing Why Allows students or teachers to create tutorials to share Gives a greater purpose to student work
What: Multimedia Presentation Tool Where: www.glogster.com How: Any research project, teacher uses to present information, holiday breaks, family involvement Why: Better than a book report Creative expression of knowledge and skills Can be combined with video/photo/text creation
What: Online polling using mobile phones Where: www.pollanywhere.com How: Sensitive topics, Create a game to review content, Tzedekah allocation, “Text” Study Why: Includes all students anonymously Easy for multiple choice or free response Don’t need Smartphones – just texting Can be a synchronous or asynchronous poll
What: Bar codes which can be scanned to link to web sites, video, photos, text Where: To Generate: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ Need a smartphone app to scan: like Scanlife How: Scavenger hunts, Book tags, Prayer Why Connect the physical to the virtual
What: Connect with classrooms all over the world Where: www.epals.com How: Connect with Israel, with Jewish classrooms abroad Why: A safe, verified way to open up the world to your students Can use other technologies to connect to your new “sister classroom”
What: A classroom management system and parent communication tool Where: www.micro-steps.com How: Create a central portal for your school. Why: Post assignments E-bulletins to parents Post photos Spaces for clubs to meet