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How can I type with Hebrew vowels on my computer?
The first step is to download a Hebrew keyboard to your device. You can watch a tutorial on downloading Hebrew for PC here and for Mac here. Once Hebrew is set up on your computer, you can type with Hebrew vowels by pressing down on Caps Lock and Shift and then the desired Hebrew vowel, according to the table found here. You can also use your computer’s on screen keyboard, with Caps Lock and Shift pressed down, to see all vowel options directly on your screen.  Using this method, adding Hebrew vowels can be done simultaneously while typing or can even be added afterwards to any editable document or activity.
*NEW TIP* What are some good tools to use to make YouTube videos more interactive for my students?
Three great tools for interactive video creation are ViziaPlayposit and Edpuzzle. Teachers can use all of these tools to insert engaging questions, comments, links and more into a YouTube video; all three tools require teacher logins. Vizia is the most simplistic of the tools, with options for inserting quizzes, polls, open-ended questions and Calls-to-Action; this tools also uploads student responses to Google Sheets for a simple grading experience. Playposit and Edpuzzle are both slightly more sophisticated tools, allowing for text formatting, audio recordings and media uploads within questions. Edpuzzle makes all created intereactive videos public so teachers can benefit from the large database of existing video lessons and also has an internal video search function, while Playposit integrates more fluidly with Learning Management Systems and allows for even more advanced options with a paid premium account. A short tutorial for using Edpuzzle in a Jewish classroom can be found here.
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*NEW* Which recording tools can be used for free?
Vocaroo.com and clyp.it are two great free online recording sites. Each has the option for your recording to be saved as a link or a download, which can then be added into an online activity elsewhere. These tools both do not work as well with an iPad, so a great iPad alternative is Voice Recorder, which comes already installed in most iPads. In addition, there are other good quality, free recording apps available for download on Mac computers, tablets and phones, such as QuickVoice, eXTRA Voice Recorder Lite, and Quicktime Player Recorder.
Looking for a new and interesting assessment tool, but not a game!
Educators are always looking for ways to assess their student’s achievement. But boring worksheets do not engage nor motivate. Wizer.me is a phenomenal website that is free and allows for many different type of exciting assessments. Wizer has a number of features, such as allowing teachers to share “worksheets” and they are constantly looking to add more options and have great support. Check it out!
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What's an easy to use tool for group or team projects?
There’s nothing like Google Slides. Easy to access, easy to share, easy to use, Google slides allows for all your students to create a beautiful and engaging slideshow together. They can even comment on each others slide and create a conversation. Here is a sample to watch how we’ve used it.
*NEW* What are the main differences between the different mindmapping tools online and how can I use them in the Jewish classroom?
While there are many great mindmapping tools available, two great options are Coggle and Mindomo. Coggle has a basic account available for free, allows for a large variety of mapping options and is available as a Chrome extension. Mindomo requires a paid subscription past the first three maps created but is a more versatile tool, allowing users to add images and audio to maps. Mindomo also works on all devices, integrates into many Learning Managment Systems such as Google Classroom as well as other platforms, such as the Microsoft Office Suite. Mindmapping tools can be used in Jewish classrooms to chart a page of Gemara, show the sequence of Jewish history and much more. A short tutorial on using Mindomo for the Jewish classroom can be found here.
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*NEW* What are some sources for Torah texts in Hebrew and English?
Sefaria and Mercava are both great resources for Torah, Talmud, Midrash and Halachic texts; the sites, as well as the texts, are available in both English and Hebrew and can be annotated and customized into source sheets. Additional Judaic text resources in Hebrew include the sites Hatanakh, The Lookstein Center, AlHatorah, Snunit and more.
What online tools can be used in a classroom where the only devices available for students are their phones?
Many great tools can be accessed by students from a smartphone, as long as the teacher has access to a computer or tablet to create the tools. Examples include Quizlet, Kahoot, PollEverywhere and JI Tap. Some smartphones are also compatible with Google Classroom which can incorporate many other tools, including Google Suite, mindmapping tools and more.
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Powtoons

Powtoons is a video creation tool which allows anyone to become an animator. Animated videos can be simply created through using set templates or can be specially crafted slide by slide. Powtoons has a variety of characters, objects, backgrounds and more to add to...
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Thinglink

Thinglink is a great presentation tool, which can be used to enhance any lesson. Images are uploaded as a background and then can be tagged to add content, such as text, videos, links, audio and more. When a student clicks on each customized tag, they can listen to or view any uploaded content to learn more about the chosen subject. Thinglinks are very simple to make but offer even more educational benefit when made into a “Thinglink tour,” taking the students from tag to tag, learning along the way. Tours can add even more interactive content when an external element, such as a Google form, is linked into a Thinglink tag.

HaTanakh

Hatanakh is a website made by Herzog College of Gush Etzion, Israel. The site, available in both English and Hebrew, is an invaluable resource for the Jewish classroom.The website includes Torah texts, articles from today’s Jewish leaders, an online concordance, recorded Torah classes, a “Mila Mancha” word finder and a Biblical mapping tool.

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