Podcasts are an extremely useful tool in education. They have broken the barriers that have long been set by time, distance and money. A class studying the Great Wall of China can now see it and hear first hand what it is like, how big it is and how it was created. Until now that was not able to be done because of the three factors I mentioned before and more. It has opened up a “New Frontier”.
A science class that wants to conduct an experiment and does not have the funds to create the actual experiment watch it on a vodcast. They can actually feel like they are the ones there. Additionally, a class creating an experiment can chronologize it periodically showing how it changes day by day or week by week.
In Jewish education, again there are number things that can be done with podcasts, either creating them or viewing them. Even though you can listen to shiurim on them (children will find that BORING), I think there are better uses for them. The music video created recently by the Macabeats around Chanukah could also be used (in a sense) to tell about the story of Chanukah. Children can act out the parsha each week instead of writing a d’var Torah.
As part of a group children can teach a topic from the torah, history or holidays. They can be put together to form a group of podcasts that will inform everyone about the entire topic or main idea.
In the past, I have not really used podcasts. After thinking about them and reviewing their usefulness, I am a believer and will try to use them more in the future.
Welcome to my new blog. This is my first true attempt into the blogosphere. I will be posting here various topics that relate to Educational Technology. I have contemplated blogging many times, but my hatred, fear and full anxiety of writing has prevented me from doing so.
Today I would like to discuss blogs. What is their purpose? Should they be used in schools? If I really liked writing I would say, “Yes.” Since I do not want my contempt for writing to bias me, I will stay say, “Yes.” There are a myriad of activities and projects that can be done with a blog.
Blogs can be used as a writing tool. Students can blog a paragraph or too and then other students can comment on it. They can make their editorial critiques and then the student can create a final draft. The teacher can see which students are commenting and are participating in the assignment.
Additionally blogs can be used to brainstorm about a holiday or event in Jewish History. Everyone can have their voice heard. Blogs can be used to help create D’vray Torah as a community where everyone has a say.
I have never been much of a tweeter. When everyone was talking about it, I decided to try it out. Even after trying it a bit I could not get into it.
I really disagree with the idea that people want to check in and hear about everyone’s mundane activities. Why would anyone want to know whether or not I am filling up with gas or is taking out the garbage? If you go with the theory that it is to keep in touch with people far away then they can’t meet you at the mall or go for a walk.
I will consent that it does have some uses. My school will tweet when a bus will be late or it lets parents know what is happening with their children while they are inIsrael. Overall I think that many, if not most, people tweet the STUPIDEST things. Also my page gets filled up constant retweets of stupid things.
This being said, what are the uses for twitter in a school setting? I work in an elementary school and there is not much use for it. These students are not allowed to have cell phones or PDAs in school.
Perhaps they could access it from the web, but I do not see the purpose.
One idea that could be done is have each child read a paragraph or two and tweet a summary. The 140 character restriction does lend itself to great summary skills.
While learning about Jewish history, students can create a twitter account as if they were a figure from history and tweet about the events that are happening “as they occur”.
As with anything, you can probably find a way to integrate it into Jewish education. I am not sure it would be the best use of time or the best idea. I guess I still need convincing. I am keeping an open mind. I would tweet this, but it is too long.