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Mission US, a project supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment of the Humanities, is an immersive multimedia project designed to teach US history. Current missions are focused on the revolutionary war and slavery – more are planned for the coming years. Check it out.

Northern Arizona University has created a nice tool to help teachers figure out how to integrate technology into the curriculum. Start with the level of integration you want to support (entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion or transformation) and click explore the different characteristics available. Sample lessons are available and there are links to common core standards.

Barack Obama’s second inauguration will be Sunday, January 20th. What do you know about all the inaugurations that have taken place throughout US history? The Library of Congress (love that place…) has a nifty website with artifacts from every inauguration in history, including a scan of George Washington’s first inaugural address, pictures from Lincoln’s second inaugural and a photo of the ticket to FDR’s fourth inauguration. Like many of the LOC sites, this one isn’t exactly a stunning interface, but it’s loaded with good stuff (and because it’s the LOC, you can feel free to use any of the images without fear of copyright violation).

Bar mitzvah – keep it or trash it? There was a flurry (and I mean a FLURRY) of posts on the web this week in response to rabbinical student Patrick Aleph’s post at Aleph’s controversial article (Ban the Bar Mitzvah) started quite the discussion. There are over 50 comments on his article on kveller, and numerous bloggers responded as well, including posts at:,,, and Not only is the question provocative, but the flurry of responses is a really interesting example of how blogging can inspire great conversation. Fascinating!


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Links You’ll Love – 11-30-12

Here’s an interesting blog post about the things a parent needs to think about when putting a 13-year old on Facebook.

This is so much fun! ReadWriteThink has a trading card maker! Imagine having your students make trading cards for their favorite literary characters (or mathematicians…or biblical characters…).

Next Tuesday, if you’re free between 1:00 and 1:30 pm, check out this free webinar on Common Core standards.

Thought piece of the week: Rabbi David Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, shares his thoughts here about why creativity needs to be a theological goal for Jewish education.

…and finally: How would Rube Goldberg design a machine to light the chanukiah? The folks at the Technion think it would be this way!



November 30, 2012 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love – 11-16-12

Power struggles in the classroom – here’s a thoughtful post on Edutopia about why getting the last work in isn’t always the best policy.

Picmonkey is a nice online resource for editing photos or making collages.

Our school’s Technology Professional Growth cohort had a terrific discussion this week after participants viewed this video. Spend 20 minutes checking it out!

“Wherever you go, there’s always someone Jewish…” (from the song by Larry Milder)… Really? Here’s an interesting article about new maps produced depicting the Jewish population in America. The maps can be downloaded here.

November 16, 2012 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love – 10-26-12

Thinking about creating a classroom newspaper? Here’s a nice blog post about how a third grade teacher used Google Docs to facilitate it.

Ray is a collaborative effort between Qualcomm and Project Ray to create an Android App as part of a trial with Israel’s Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped. Read more here.

I’m a huge fan of Will Richardson. He’s written a thought-provoking post for the The New York Times on getting your students to think differently about learning. Would love to hear your responses!

November 2, 2012 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love – 10-12-12

Just how do we SEE light? This YouTube video explains it all… in less than three minutes. This video  is created by YouTube user MinutePhysics who has posted over sixty such videos!

If you’re just dragging photos from the Internet you could be guilty of copyright infringement! If you or your students need to add photos to a project, check out this website with more than 250 FREE stock photography sites.

Created by a former Whitney Young High School teacher, noredink is a really interesting concept. Create a free teacher account, create a class, and create a quiz or assignment. Choose the grammar category you want (options currently are commonly confused words, apostrophes, subject/verb agreement, or commas, fragments and run-ons) and noredink will create the quiz or assignment for you. Students log in and take the quiz – and you don’t use any red ink! What’s really cool about noredink is that your students set up profiles and include the things that are important to them – hobbies, TV shows, friends, etc., – and the website creates assignments that relate to them. Once students have completed the assignments, you can log in and manage the class and see where weak areas are. It’s really new, so I’m sure we’ll see some more improvement (and probably a more aggressive pay model) in the future. This one has some real potential!

You might find this article in The Jerusalem Post about Jewish farming interesting. Apparently there’s an educational farm in Maryland that teaches educators how to make pickles with their students. Anyone up for canning?

October 12, 2012 Posted by | Links, Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love – 6-1-12

Quiet time for everyone! Read how one school turned itself around using daily meditation.

If you’ve got an iOS device (like an iPhone, iPad or iPod) or an Android phone, you can now magically transfer photos or contacts using the app Bump. Read more about it here.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too… Shel Silverstein rocks! Did you know there’s a Shel Silverstein YouTube Channel?

Inspire, improve and innovate – here’s a selection of SlideShares that will get you thinking about what you do and how you do it!

Summer’s coming, and I know my “to read” list is growing and growing. How about you? Is there such a thing as Jewish fiction? Moment Magazine asked a bunch of authors including Geraldine Brooks, A. B. Yehoshua and Shalom Auslander what they thought.

June 1, 2012 Posted by | Links, Links You'll Love | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love – 5-18-12

Ever create that perfect lesson plan and think “I could sell this”? Now, maybe you can. Teachers Pay Teachers has the answer – you can sell (or buy) lesson plans!

If you’ve got an hour to spare, watch David Bryfman speak on “what is Jewish experiential education?” He’s terrific and this is an important topic.

You may know that I’m a big fan of my morning coffee. A recent study concludes that coffee drinking is “was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality.” That’s a good thing… You can read the summary here  – and if you can read it at Starbucks, even better!

The hype for the summer Olympics has begun… The torch is flying to Cornwell today to begin its 8,000-mile pre-games relay. You can keep track of the torch’s progress here. You can find out all you want to know about the Olympics by checking out the resources at Larry Ferlazzo’s blog.

May 19, 2012 Posted by | Links | , , | 1 Comment

Links You’ll Love – 5-11-122

Everybody who writes (that’s pretty much all of us…) can benefit from this awesome lists of websites.

If you’ve ever wanted to have your students peruse a selection of websites that you predetermine, check out Jog the Web. It’s also a great way to organize websites for yourself. There’s a nice tutorial here.

I know you know how much I love TED talks… The AVI CHAI Foundation has launched a Jewish version – ELI Talks. There are only a few right now, but more are coming.

WWGS (What would George say?). George Washington vowed that America would give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance…” Washington’s iconic letter avowing religious tolerance will be displayed in a special exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia opening in June. There’s a nice article in The Forward at  about the letter and how it was acquired by the museum.

May 18, 2012 Posted by | Links | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love – 4-27-12

Are we stifling creativity in the classroom? “The urge to create has never been stronger, and the ability to create is unprecedented, yet a new global study shows that most people feel they are not living up to their own creative potential,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe (the premier creative software manufacturer). You can download Adobe’s study here.

Got a Torah in your pocket? If you have an iPad, iPhone or Android device, that’s not as hard as it sounds. You can download the app or even better – if you want to access PocketTorah via the web, boot up Safari or Chrome (it doesn’t work in Firefox yet) and click here. Click on any parshah (they’re divided by aliyah) to hear the trope.

Who says money doesn’t buy happiness? Not Michael Norton. Check out his TED talk about money and how spending it on other people can make you happier:

Maybe you’ve heard about the concept of “flipping the classroom.” In a nutshell, flipping means having your students watch a lecture online in advance of class, and then use classroom time to work on something together. This was popularized by Salman Khan and Khan Academy. If you’re interested in flipping your classroom, TED and YouTube have a great tool for you. Visit TED-Ed, find a YouTube video that you’d like to use for your flipped classroom, and use the integrated tools to add a description, some related resources and discussion questions. Anyone wanna flip?

“Our ultimate goal as teachers is to create curious problem-solvers and critical thinkers.” Agree? There’s a great article at Creative Educator that addresses the question of, well, questions, and how asking great ones can inspire and motivate your students. Read the whole article here.

April 27, 2012 Posted by | Links, Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love – 4-20-12

Check out Andrew Lustig’s YouTube video, My Child, The Holocaust Denier:

Very powerful!

50% of 11 year olds have their own cell phone. Seriously? One of my favorite resources, the Harvard Business Review, has a blog that continually amazes me. Check out the recent post on how mobile technologies are shaping a new generation.

Did you know that the Jewish Book Council has curated book lists including ones for YA books, Social Justice and Jewish Leadership (which, no surprise, is curated by Dr. Hal Lewis of Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies)? The lists can be accessed here  (and let them know if you have any suggestions for others).

Ya gotta love an interview that features a quote like this: “Inquiry is really the secret to allowing ownership of the learning for kids in a K-12 setting or for adults in adult learning settings.” Oh yeah!! Digital Media and Learning has a scrumptious interview with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (who partnered with EdTech rock star Will Richardson to found the Powerful Learning Practice Network) here.

April 20, 2012 Posted by | Links, Links You'll Love | , , | Leave a comment

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