MuseForJews

muse: n. a source of inspiration

Links You’ll Love

If you’re looking for a way your students can create newspapers online, check out Printing Press. It is Flash-based, so I’m not sure it’ll work on an iPad, but it should be fine on a Chromebook.

ProjectPals is a task-management website that will support your students who are working on independent projects.

WriteReader is a very cool website where students can write books and include photos and narration. You can log in with your Google credentials and it will coordinate with classes that you’ve already set up in Google Classroom. It supports Hebrew text input. The website features images, or you can upload from the computer or search for them on the Internet. Books can be viewed online or downloaded and printed.

If you want to create games that your students can play, check out PurposeGames. It’s free to use, and you can create games like matching games, multiple choice quiz, and type-the-answer. You can also search from games that others have created.

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December 9, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

Can you show Netflix in class? Read this article and learn about this complex copyright issue.

If you’re looking for a fun winter activity, check out this winter-themed “magnetic” poetry activity using Google Draw.

We purchased Hapara this year for our 5th through 8th grade students. Primarily, Hapara is student management software that allows teachers to view (and control) what’s happening on student Chromebooks, but it offers much more than mere management tools. If you’re interested in how it can be used to support student learning, here is a resource.

Happy Hanukkah! Check out  Six13’s adaptation of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

For another Bohemian Rhapsody-inspired song, check out this one about social media

Need some zen activities? Here are some fun websites with no value except they’re well, pretty zen to work with:

Thissand.com

http://weavesilk.com/

http://bomomo.com/

December 7, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

Webroom

Webroom is a free, easy-to-use, web-based collaborative meeting space. It can be a handy alternative to Skype or Facetime.

You can schedule a Webroom meeting in advance or choose to begin one immediately. With Webroom, participants are invited to join a meeting via  email- it does not support joining by link. Webroom does supports video and audio chat, and allows you to share links, whiteboards, and uploaded files with other participants in a meeting.

Visit webroom.net to register, create an account and set up your first meeting.

In Your Classroom

  • Webroom is a great way to “meet” with colleagues or students while in your pajamas at home.
  • Students can use webroom to collaborate and work together without relying on their parents to drive them somewhere– a nice touch for religious schools where students often don’t live near one another.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

January 6, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

visme

The Technology: Visme

Everybody knows that old quote about how many words a picture is worth. It’s true! And with the website Visme, you can create your own infographics and other visually based content easily. 

You can build your infographic using the images that Visme provides, including layouts, shapes, text, graphs and backgrounds. Or, you can choose to upload your own images. It also allows you to insert video or music into your infographics.

When you’re finished designing your image, you can download a watermarked low-resolution .jpg and embed your infographic on a website or share it on social media for free. (Higher resolution images without Visme’s branding are available with a premium account).

Sign up for a free account at Visme.

In Your Classroom

  • An infographic is a terrific alternative assessment to allow students to “show what they know.” For example, ask them to create an infographic that displays the meaning of the four questions.
  • Do give students sufficient time to carefully plan an infographic that actually presents meaningful data.
  • Infographics are terrific for illustrating the flow of any tefillah service, or the seder.
  • Timelines are a natural activity for history classrooms. Ask them to start from Joseph, and end with Moses parting the sea.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

March 28, 2017 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

Here are some more creative ways teachers are using to teach about fake news.

Love this making mensches periodic table graphic! It would be great as a poster (hint, hint)…

I taught sketchnoting (visual note-taking) to a number of 7th and 8th graders this week. It was so interesting to hear their thoughts about handwriting. I found this terrific blog post about the value of taking notes in longhand and effective note-taking.

February 24, 2017 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Sketchnoting

The Technology: Sketchnoting/ Paper

Taking notes by hand can often be more effective than typing them into a laptop or tablet. Similarly, sketchnoting, the act of drawing a visual story while listening to a speaker or reading a text, can also be an excellent way for students to remember and synthesize new information. 

There are many apps that support sketching on a tablet, but my favorite is Paper.

It gives you basic, digital drawing tools like markers, pencils, and an eraser, and allows you to arrange your drawings into notebooks and easily organize your work. You can also integrate photos into your drawings. 

After you have completed your sketchnotes, you can save them to the iPad’s camera roll, share them via email, or post them to social media. 

Paper is free to download, but you will also need a stylus for your tablet. They can be purchased for as little as $6.00 on amazon.

In Your Classroom

  • Kathy Schrock’s guide to sketchnoting features articles about the active listening process, how to integrate it into your classroom, and how to teach it to your students.
  • You may have to spend some time teaching your students how to be active listeners and how to arrange what they’re hearing to best suit their way of learning. This blog post about sketchnoting in third grade gives some great examples.
  • Have your students sketchnote various parts of a history or Bible lesson and then share them with one another. Consider printing them out for the classroom as well. 
  • Do you have students who just want to doodle throughout the entire class? Be on the lookout for students with whom this visual activity will resonate!

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

January 3, 2017 Posted by | Sketchnoting, Technology Tuesdays, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

   

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