Using Technology to Teach Talmud and Torah She’Baal Peh
This course is largely “hands-on” with the goal of learning various technological tools for teaching Talmud and Torah She’Baal Peh. The course will focus on both specialized Talmudic applications and free Web 2.0 tools for furthering communication, collaboration, constructivist and project-based learning, and the creation of compelling course content. Some examples of web-based tools that will be utilized include webquests, blogs, wikis, voicethread, Google Apps for Education, and PollEverywhere. Examples of Jewish Studies applications used include Bar Ilan Responsa and Gemara Berura. The application of advanced presentation tools like Smart Notebook, PowerPoint, and Prezi to Talmud instruction will be discussed. The usefulness of cutting-edge technology models like the Khan Academy for Talmud instruction will be debated. By the end of this course, participants should have created a number of project-based mini-learning assignments as well as one larger project to share with their colleagues and students.
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