I have enjoyed technology for a long time, ever since the appearance of the first Apple computers. I have sought ways to incorporate this exciting technology into my Judaic classes. With the availability of Wi Fi in our school and the abundance of iPads and lab tops new opportunities have emerged. I am super excited about the possibilities and I look forward to this course to help me explore new ways to incorporate the technologies in a meaningful way into my classes. I am primarily focusing on my Chumash Bemidbar class which I teach to a wonderful group of 7th grade boys.
In preparation for their study of this Sefer, they had to get acclimated to the desert. They had to get a detailed map of the terrain of the Sinai, learn about the amount of rain fall and other water resources available. Research the native fauna and determine which of those are kosher. They were required to learn about the highest and lowest temperatures and any other possible elements that might make life in the desert challenging. They then had to research the amount of water and calories that a person needs to consume on a daily basis in order to survive under those conditions.
This exercise, which they thoroughly enjoyed, was designed to enable them to appreciate the miraculous nature of the journey through the desert.