YU 2.0

I came across this video last night on ted.com. I am new to YU 2.0, but am interested in what other Jewish educators think about this.

http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_ed...

Along with many others, my school has the Gruss foundation Computer Assisted Instruction. While it hasn't taken over to this extent (home lectures, etc.) it does give the teacher the ability to track their students' progress. How do you think something like this could relate to Judaic Studies or is too little of what we do skills-driven? Do you think this is the future of education? Jewish education?

Chaya

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I am a huge fan of Khan Academy and think this can easily be adopted to Jewish education. First, there are aspects of Jewish education that is skill-driven. In my opinion, we actually put to much emphasis on skills in some Jewish educational settings and do not focus on the inspirational aspect of Jewish learning. However, the Khan academy model can certainly be used to support skill building and, if done right, can also enhance the "soul" of Jewish education. Videos are a very powerful tool and combined with some basic assessments to drive learning Khans model can be blended in the classroom and used outside the classroom as well. This is the future of education in general and it must be the future of Jewish education.
I agree that this has the potential to be a game changer in education. What's cool is that, for math at least, its available right now. Perhaps we can get some organized Jewish Ed groups to work with day school leaders on helping them roll this out in math for starters in their schools, and then if the model works, we can explore porting it over to Jewish Ed, etc.

Hi,

I just watched this video and it is amazing. I don't know if it is the future, but I think it is a great supplement to the classroom. I have heard g. 12 students in my school who have used khan to help them better understand their calculus course. I think we can use this type of education within Jewish day schools, but the videos would have to be very engaging and fun. People put educational Jewish videos on youtube all the time, it is a matter of how we present these videos which will determine whether or not it could succesfull like the videos in the khan academy. 

Do you think it's relevant even when it is not skills-based? Tefillah, love of Judaism...
It didn't sound like the Khan videos are razzle dazzle or that their original purpose was to create excitement about the topic. If my goal in Judaic studies is excitement about yiddishkeit, can this be transmitted digitally?
The day school I am in as well as several others participate in a grant from the Gruss foundation. I do not know very much about it, or if it is used to teach new content, but our students have two periods a week of Computer Assisted Instruction in Math and Literacy.

Dov Emerson said:
I agree that this has the potential to be a game changer in education. What's cool is that, for math at least, its available right now. Perhaps we can get some organized Jewish Ed groups to work with day school leaders on helping them roll this out in math for starters in their schools, and then if the model works, we can explore porting it over to Jewish Ed, etc.

Yes, I agree with Chaya over here. I do think that sometimes the razzle dazzle videos can be good to spur conversation about a topic, online or in class...

And while there is nothing wrong with the videos being entertaining in general, I think that they primarily are there to lay the groundwork for the classroom experience the next day. If you can get some of the foundation content down before class even starts, then you are creating a more advanced starting off point the next day, which allows you to really get even more creative in class, face to face. I think that is where the power and potential of the flipped classroom lies: empowering the teacher to get more creative in the classroom by getting some of the basic groundwork addressed, even partially, in advance.

Chaya Shochet said:

Do you think it's relevant even when it is not skills-based? Tefillah, love of Judaism...
It didn't sound like the Khan videos are razzle dazzle or that their original purpose was to create excitement about the topic. If my goal in Judaic studies is excitement about yiddishkeit, can this be transmitted digitally?
I think Khan's model is amazing as well as very applicable to skills' building in Judaic Studies; the concept can be easily adapted, but it will be costly. Which subject to begin with? The spectrum of Judaic studies is large and varied. What would be the most useful course to begin with for a school? Which subject and grade level would you want to see this be developed first?

Bill Gates is backing Khan. Who would back this for Judaic Studies?

 

I think the focus for a Judaic Studies model should first be on skill building. G-dcast (www.g-dcast.org) has low budget videos that are not too razzle dazzle and cover content, with the hope to inspire the viewer. I think the inspirational heart to heart of yiddishkeit is mainly in the classroom (online or traditional!), but Khan's flipped model can and certainly should be applied to a skills' building course. The tracking ability is fabulous!

Dear Semadar,

 

Hi!

 

If I am not mistaken, Khan said that he started making videos for his cousins...

 

So - I am reminded of a famous Jewish thinker who said - "If you build it, they will come..."

 

You are the one - you could be the Khan of the Jewish World. Or the Khana, or Khanee?

 

I eagerly await your first video.

 

All the best

 

Fr@nk S

I would love to hear your ideas about what a Judaic studies class would look like in this format. I'm still trying to envision it. Does it mean students learn the skills to read chumash or gemara at home and then read the text at at school? Or students learn the text at home and learn mefarshim at school? Or something totally different that I can't wrap my mind around? 

Is it possible to model/teach spirituality or enthusiasm like this? The mesorah of thousands of years from parent to child teacher to student might start to look very different.

Chaya

Dear Chaya,

 

Should we be afraid of it looking different? But - before I am accused of being an apikoris, let me back-track. As much as I love technology, I think that there is nothing to beat the shoulder to shoulder learning that happens in "chevrutah" or in a really good class.

But - what if we can't get this? What if it costs too much? Then - let's get our best teachers, no the best teacher - to create a "Khan"ed version of him or herself - and have learners around the world gain from his or her experiences.

 

Will Khan replace the teacher - no. Never.

 

But - we need other models right now. Khan can!

 

Fr@nk S

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