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Links You’ll Love

Mathschase is a fun site to review multiplication. No sign up required and looks like it’s completely ad-free.

If you’re a fan of Boomerang, you’ll be happy to know that now you can schedule your Google emails right in Gmail. You’ll notice that there’s a little drop down menu next to “Send” – just click on that and schedule when your email will be sent.


May 17, 2019 Posted by | G Suite (GAFE), Links You'll Love, Websites | , , | Leave a comment

Spokeo knows about you…

I think we all know that there is a lot of information out on the web about people; where you live, what your phone number is, what you do for a living, etc.

I think it also creeps people out when that information is easily accessible just by going to one website and putting in someone’s name.

If it creeps you out, too, check out Spokeo. You put in someone’s name, choose the state and city, and, well, stuff shows up.

To remove yourself from the listing, find yourself and copy the URL of your page. Then click on the Privacy link (it’s kind of obscure and in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen). You’ll need to follow the directions and put your email address in. You’ll get an email with a link to click to remove yourself.

Again – Spokeo isn’t providing any information that isn’t already out there, but it’s creepy all the same, so if you want to get your name off of there, have at it.

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Technology, Websites | | Leave a comment


Stop what you’re doing and play with Tagxedo now. At first glance, I still like Wordle better, but this is fun, especially when you create a word cloud and can click on all the words to make them pop up.

I haven’t figured out a way for it to support Hebrew, which Wordle does, but it’s fun nonetheless.

Here’s the word cloud image for the parashah we’ll be reading this Shabbat:

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Technology, Websites, Wordle | 1 Comment

Create your own worship service

Thank you to David Bryfman for sharing this…

When I was a youth group advisor 100 years ago, one of the most dreaded moments was when you said to the kids “Okay, guys, time to write a creative service.”


Boy, I wish BBYO’s Build a Prayer website had been around then. Of course, there were no websites around then, but I digress.

The site’s interface is just lovely. Pick a service, pick a movement and so on. Want Hebrew and English or just one or the other? Want the Amidah in it? How about music? Where do you want to add your own creative stuff?

You make your choices and off you go, press a button and you have a fully formatted worship service in front of you, ready to print.

There’s more, though. You can also browse through services that have been created by others (one wish I have here would be that I could start with someone else’s service and then customize that to meet my own needs, rather than start from scratch), and there’s a resource section that looks a little sparse right now, but I imagine it’ll grow with time. I love that it’s dynamic; giving users the opportunity to add to the resources rather than just being consumers of it.

Kol hakovod, BBYO!

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Websites | , , | Leave a comment


Wallwisher looks like a fun site.

You can have a group of students go to the site and post to your wall (I can’t help thinking of a connection between a wall and The Wall…). There’s a good slideshow on tips for using it and ways to use it in the classroom here.

I created one for my staff here. We’ll see how people choose to use it.

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Technology, Websites | Leave a comment

Holiday calendar by Jacob Richman

Jacob Richman has posted a new holiday calendar on his website. You can download it here. This is a calendar with the dates of the holidays for the next three years – a resource I’m sure you’ll find valuable.

By the way, if you haven’t checked out Jacob and his incredible websites, you must do so immediately! Start at his home page. He has games to learn Hebrew, a wonderful quote database that I use all the time, and a really comprehensive and always up-to-date list of sites of interest to Jewish educators. If you’re planning to use stamps to teach history, he’s got a terrific collection of scans of stamps. He’s also really diligent about posting photos of holiday celebrations in Israel as well as pictures of new olim when they arrive. I don’t know why, but photos of those new Israeli citizens always grab me; maybe there’s a little piece of me that’s jealous.

Thanks, Jacob!

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Websites | , , | Leave a comment

Useful websites

2002 Useful Websites

This is a nice list of websites compiled by Diane E. Berg, RJE. I generally don’t love laundry lists like these – I prefer something that’s a bit annotated, so I have an idea of where I’m going, but this has a lot of sites that are worth visiting.

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Websites | , | Leave a comment

Gotta love technology (and the public domain)

Now available for your online viewing pleasure:

Dictionary of Targumim, Talmud and Midrashic Literature by Marcus Jastrow (1926

thanks to Iris Koller and Facebook for bringing it to my attention.

June 19, 2009 Posted by | Websites | , | Leave a comment

Click for charity

I’m sure you’ve received emails telling you to go to such-and-such site to click to ensure that some corporation will donate money to breast cancer research, food for homeless pets, etc. Today I got one that read:

Friends & Family,

In an effort to raise money for research on autism,  the band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.40 to Autism Speaks for *each time* the video is  viewed on the attached link. When you have a moment,  please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.

Link to the site:

So immediately I went to Snopes to check it out and found out that it’s legit (I love when that happens).

Here’s the deal: the site contributes money to one of the designated charities each time someone views one of the posted videos. Charities include:

But – and this is lovely, just lovely – anyone can create and upload a video on the topic of “what kind of world do you want?” Imagine – plain old people just making videos about their vision of the world and what it can be, posting them online, sending them out to their friends and families, and raising money for charity at the same time.

Why, I feel a class project cooking up.

I spent a few minutes checking out the videos on the site (there are currently 183). Many are about people living with autism, ALS, and Asberger’s Syndrome and the effect on their families. One is about war’s effect on children (okay, I cried). The cool thing is that while I’m raising money for charity, I’m also learning the human side of these charities and the people they help.

What an awesome class project: pick one of the designated charities, make a video, raise money.

February 4, 2008 Posted by | Saving the world, Video, Websites | 2 Comments

“Children in the Ghetto” website

From the Lookstein listserv:

“Children in the Ghetto”

Towards January 27th, the international Holocaust Remembrance Day, we invite you to visit a new site: A website about children, written for children.

“Children in the Ghetto” portrays life during the Holocaust from the viewpoint of children who lived in the ghetto, while attempting to make the complex experience of life in the ghetto as accessible as possible to today’s children.

At the center of this site is an imaginary representation of a street in the ghetto. The site invites children to “move around the street” and
“enter” various locations in it. In each of the locations, original exhibits such as video testimonies, photographs, paintings, artifacts etc.
are accompanied by interactive and thought-provoking activities.

The site “Children in the Ghetto” is a result of cooperation between the Snunit Center for the Advancement of Web-Based Learning – a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing online education, established by the Hebrew University and the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. The site was made possible with the support of the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.


Ayelet Gershuni
Project Coordinator
Snunit Center for the Advancement of Web-Based Learning
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

At first, I will admit, I wondered why we need another Holocaust website. This one is really good for younger kids, though. The other interesting feature is that it’s in English and German, so I’m guessing that the hope is that German children will be using it. My only complaint, from a navigation perspective, is that when you mouse over a selection in the street, it doesn’t tell you what it is (which is a pretty common navigation tool). But, at first glance, the content seems nicely done and child-appropriate. I could see using this with 5th and 6th graders. Let me know if you use it and what the results are.

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Websites | Leave a comment


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