Four EdTech Tools for Creative Parsha Projects

| By Yonah Kirschner, Project Manager, Digital Content and Communications

Torah and computer

 

On Shavuot we celebrate the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, so this month we’re bringing you EdTech tools you can use for helping students to learn Torah, specifically the weekly parsha. With these tools, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the parsha in a more interactive, creative way. You can also personalize instruction for these “parsha projects” by allowing students to choose which tool(s) will work best for them.

 

Glogster
This tool is great for digital storytelling. Students can create a multimedia interactive poster about the parsha with embedded text, video, audio, images, and more. They could make an interactive summary of the parsha, or get even more creative, imagining they took a field trip into the Torah and then designing a field trip report about the experience. The field trip report option could encourage students to think about tough questions raised by the parsha, such as “What would I have done in this situation?”

 

Explain Everything
If you want your students to become independent parsha teachers, then this tool is for you. It’s an interactive whiteboard where students can create a multimedia presentation. They’ll be able to teach the whole parsha or focus in on a particular lesson and share that with their peers. Another advantage of this tool is it make it easy for students to collaborate, so you could have a parsha project collaboration station as part of blended learning rotations. For older students, you could have them focus on one particular part of the parsha and create a more complex lesson about it for the rest of the class to study.

 

Book Creator
With this app, students can create interactive storybooks about the parasha. Its simplicity makes it a great option for younger grades. Young learners will be able to practice putting events in sequence as they create a short book about the parsha. They’ll be able to add text, images, audio, and more into their books. Thanks to the app’s ease of use, young learners may be able to work independently on their books, leaving you free to circulate around the room and answer any clarification questions about the parsha.

 

GoAnimate
If you want students to focus on character development in the weekly Torah portion, then this is a great tool for your classroom, which has numerous different cartoon people they can use in their animations. As students learn multiple parshiot during the year, they can continue to add to their animation to reflect their chosen character’s story. Though this tool creates colorful animations, there’s a bit of a learning curve in figuring out how to use it, so we recommend it for later elementary and middle schools students.

 

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10 Jewish YouTube Channels for Teaching Judaic Studies

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