The current health crisis has caused schools around the world to make a rapid transition to teaching and learning online. The Lookstein Center has been helping schools around the globe incorporate digital instruction into their curriculum for more than 10 years. Below are some resources to help you get started teaching in your online classroom, including video tips, a list of resources for asynchronous lessons, and some pre-made Pesach virtual lessons.
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Video Quick -Tips
Top Ten Asynchronous Tools:
- Quizlet – a review tool which creates games and challenges, incorporating images, text and recordings. By creating matching pairs, a “study set” is made which can be used as flashcards or in different versions of matching games. Matching sets can easily be created in foreign languages as well, making this an excellent tool for teaching Hebrew. For a collaborative, team-building experience, play Quizlet in the “Live” feature.
- Padlet – a collaborative, interactive bulletin board which can be modified and organized in countless ways. A Padlet board can be set up by a teacher and then, once saved and shared, can be added to by students with comments, uploaded images, videos, recordings, drawings, and more.
- JI Tap – an excellent resource for Jewish games for children. JI Tap utilizes the TinyTap platform, customized with Jewish themes, backgrounds, characters and Hebrew language. In addition, teachers can use games created by others, categorized by both topic and age level, to share with their students as well.
- Edpuzzle – a great way to make YouTube videos more engaging for your students, by inserting audio notes and questions into your videos. As students are watching the video, the video will stop and the question will pop up; only after students answer the question will the video continue playing.
- Thinglink – a great presentation tool, which can be used to enhance any lesson. Images are uploaded as a background and then can be tagged to add content, such as text, videos, external links, audio and more.
- Powtoon – a video creation tool which allows anyone to become an animator. Powtoon has a variety of characters, objects, backgrounds and more to add to your video presentations. Powtoons also allows you to upload any media or audio content from your computer to add to your videos.
- H5P – a great tool with multiple activity functions: matching, drag-and-drop, interactive videos, and more. H5P activities can easily be embedded into an LMS and even collect, store, and analyze student data.
- Poll Everywhere – a survey tool to get quick audience response from even large groups. Questions can be sent in the form of short-answer or word cloud activities, multiple-choice or ranking questions, and more. These surveys can work well as either a trigger at the beginning of a lesson, or as an exit ticket at the lesson’s conclusion.
- Google Forms – a simple tool from the Google Suite that can easily gather student information or serve as a simple assessment tool. All response data can be viewed and analyzed immediately after students submit their responses.
- Flipgrid – a video response tool which encourages conversations and interaction from students, even asynchronously. Teachers can set up a prompt (which can include a question for discussion, a video, and more) and students can also share their responses by recording videos of themselves.
Pesach Virtual Lessons:
- Imagine Me at the First Pesach: An arts-based lesson for very young students
- Pesach Padlet: A collaborative online activity about the order of the Seder for elementary and middle school students
- Haggadah Pesach Lesson: A thought-provoking lesson about the haggadah for upper elementary and middle school students
- Breaking News from the “Egypt Times:” A newspaper- writing activity for middle school students
- Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart: a text analysis activity for high school students
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