Yesterday, I looked back at the first essay I wrote for my educational technology course, entitled My Educational Technology Mission Statement. I wanted to see if anything changed over the past nine months since I started the course. Perhaps I came to some new understanding about myself or technology that I had been unaware of. And I wondered what the repercussions might be if it changed... or perhaps even more frightening, if it didn’t change after nine months of being immersed in…Continue
Torah Studies with the iPad is “insanely great” because…
Can you complete the sentence? I keep thinking about this and still do not know the answer. Sure, there are advantages to having an all-around tool that can be used to take pictures, record, and take notes, but those will enhance any classroom. I wanted to know if there is anything that specifically makes the Chumash or Gemara easier for the students to learn
Recently, I bumped into a colleague from another school and…Continue
Have you ever tried a virtual world such as Second Life? It was recommended that I check it out. I signed up and tried it out. I can’t imagine using it for my students. You are in a virtual world. Sort of like the Wolfenstein 3D that we used to play as kids. (Did I just date myself – What games did you play as a kid?) You can move around wherever you want (No evil Nazis) and interact with the world. There are other people who are logged into that same world and you can connect with them. It…Continue
Several years ago, a colleague showed me how he uses a Wiki in his class. I remember being impressed with the collaboration between the teacher and the students, as well as the interactions between the students themselves. It was technology at its best. Being used to enhance the learning. The students gained and the teacher gained. It appeared to be a powerful, well thought out use of technology. I even set one up, but never ended up using it live.
If you’ve read my blogs, you know…Continue