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Hebrew in Prezis

If any of you are interested in using Prezis (like the one Dr. Levisohn used in his introductory presentation) adding Hebrew can be daunting.

Here’s the “easy” way (you’ll see why I put easy in quotes soon enough)

Go to Prezi.com and search for Kuperman. You will find a Hebrew template. Save a copy to YOUR OWN account, and then click EDIT.

I have done the dirty work here of recoding the CSS to use the right fonts for Hebrew.

The next hurdle – YOU HAVE TO TYPE HEBREW BACKWARDS.

But, that’s not as tough as it sounds. Go to FLIP MY TEXT and paste in your text. Then by clicking a button, you can reverse the direction, copy it (CTRL+A, then CTRL+C) and then pasting it (CTRL+V) into Prezi.

Is it worth it? Only you can be the judge. Power Point does a good job for a lot of things, and handles Hebrew natively. Prezi has novelty on its side.

Screencasting – The Flipped Classroom

There has been a lot of talk about the Khan Academy lately. The idea is to “flip the classroom” – have the students view the instructional material at home, as many times as they need to in order to master the material, and then spend class time doing what was traditionally the homework – so the teacher can supervise and insure that the students are doing the work properly. It also frees up class time for more in-depth discussions.

I decided to give it a try with Talmud.  My first attempt is HERE. (Switch to full screen mode for the best viewing.)

I made it with two programs: the first is just Powerpoint. If you do not own PowerPoint, you can use the free, online Googledocs Presentation program. (You’ll just need internet access and a free Google account. More information here.) If you prefer a free, computer-based program, try Open Office.

The second program is Jing. Jing is a free program that you can download. When you activate it, it will create a video of whatever is going on on your computer screen. You can narrate as well, if you have a microphone (many laptops and webcams have them built-in). When you are done, it will provide you with free online video hosting and a link to the video to send your students

All I did was run a PowerPoint slide show full-screen while narrating the slides, recording it on Jing. (You can tell it’s a maiden voyage – I didn’t realize until afterwards that the Jing controls were accidentally visible in the video).

It is a lot simpler than it sounds. And the kids got a kick out of it.

Welcome!

I am Rabbi Jeff Kuperman, Educational Technologist for the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy.

I’d like to use this blog as a forum to offer you, the faculty, new ideas for the use of technology in your classroom.

I’ll start today with something basic, as well as something cute.

Getting Used to Power Point

If you are not a PowerPoint whiz, but would like to use it more (I myself am a little behind the curve here), here are a couple of sites that offer tutorials:

http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/ppt/index.asp

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/create-your-first-presentation-RZ001129842.aspx

Wordles

Wordles lets you enter text and creates beautiful, colorful “Word Clouds” which can be customized until you have he perfect look. Here’s one I made based on the shcool’s Mission Statement.
Wordle: MJBHA