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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.

 

What are creative ways to incorporate EdTech into my lesson about Jewish holidays?

There are many online resources available to teach about Jewish holidays, including JI Tap, National Library of Israel, and more. With the holiday of Rosh Hashana approaching, Shana Tova cards can be customized here, Simanim activities can be found here and an in-depth resource about shofarot can be found here. JI Tap is unique in its function as an iPad app, allowing convenient and easy use, as well as its specially crafted games, templates and more for each Jewish holiday. For more advanced students, Hatanakh.com is also a great resource for holiday material.

 

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What are some good online drawing tools that can be used in the classroom?

There are many options for online drawing tools, each with their own unique advantages. Autodraw is a great tool which allows both free drawing as well as matching drawings to pre-made or uploaded images. Pencilmadness has an easy to use format yet allows for much more sophisticated drawing options. Finally, Google Drawings, part of Google Drive, is another simple drawing tool for creating diagrams, pictures and charts and also allows for student collaboration and easy sharing.

 

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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*NEW* 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. Students can answer questions on their own devices and answers appear on the teacher’s account. Here is a short tutorial.

Where can I find great resources on Internet Safety?

Internet safety or “e-safety” is an extremely important topic to discuss with your students. An educator using technology in class can bring up and create a safe discussion in the classroom. Here are two good sites that have resources on the topic: SWGfl and CommonSenseMedia.

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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.
How do I use an online bulletin board effectively for my Chumash class?
We love bulletin boards. They allow for the use of different media, collaboration, peer-to-peer responses and for the entire class to join in. You can use this for instruction or for assessment. To use it effectively, there should be images, videos on the bulletin board for students to look at. The question needs to be a higher order thinking question that allows for multiple responses. Check out our sample here using Linoit.

 

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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.

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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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