Recently we posted a blog with six great apps that are helping Jewish educators to better engage their students with the iPad. Here are some more apps that have Hebrew content or can be applied well in Hebrew studies.
1. Total Recall
Total Recall, by Zyense, is an easy-to-use concept mapping utility that works well with Hebrew. Any text being learned, whether Chumash or Gemara, can and should be mapped by students for flow and structure as a way to interconnect concepts for better long-term recall. There is no limit to the size of a mind map as the panel automatically enlarges or accommodate new bubbles. Export the map as an image to to included in an Educreations presentation to the class.
The free version is limited to three mind maps, but maps can be exported as an image or PDF before being deleted to make room for new mind maps. The limit can be unlocked for $1.99.
Nearpod, by Panarea, allows teacher-created content to be pushed out to students’ iPads. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution. Better yet, since students can have their own accounts, students can create and share their own PBL presentations using materials created in Total Recall, Pixntell, Skitch or many more. The rest of the class (and in this case the teacher also) logs in to the presentation with simple code in order to participate.
The Silver Edition of Nearpod is free.
By Voicethread.com, is a tool by which to create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos — basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. Use screenshots from ובלכתך בדרך or pictures or short videos you’ve created in other apps.
A single voicethread can have unlimited pages and each page can have unlimited comments. Commenting is always free, and you can make five free VoiceThreads using this app. After that, you can purchase another five VoiceThreads for $2.99 or upgrade to a Pro subscription, which allows you to create an unlimited number of VoiceThreads and export a VoiceThread to a video.
Using Voicethread, a teacher can model the correct reading of the text while showing the place in the text so no one loses his place. Students can give their own renditions plus interpretations and even offer constructive criticism on the comments of other students, encouraging students to pay more attention listening to themselves and others, promoting peer review and eventual chavrusos.
Play this Voicethread and even create a free VoiceThread account and add your comments for everyone else reading this blog post to share.
The basic account of Voicethread is free.
Educreations, by Educreations, Inc., turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. You or your students can explain anything and then share it with the rest of the class by email, Facebook, Twitter, or Edmodo. This is a great way to foster Social Learning by having students express their learning to the rest of the class, perhaps enabling those who didn’t grasp the teacher’s lesson to grasp their peer’s explanation.
Click here for a sample Educreation on the Mishna, ברוכות ב:א
Aurasma, by Aurasma, is the only application that lets you create and share your own augmented reality. Bring tagged images, objects and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content, such as video, animations and 3D scenes. Tag signs, drawings and even physical objects and locations with an Educreation or a VoiceThread explaining what they mean.
Here’s an example of what one High School did with their bulletin board.
6. Google Drive
By Google, Inc., is one safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever you go, on any device. Get going with up to 15GB of free storage.
More importantly, students can collaboratively create, edit and comment on documents. Given a Hebrew text, they can work together to create an outline to summarize the שקלא וטריא of the סוגיא in a nested outline and post comments to ask קושיות and suggest תירוצים. And, of course, all they have to do to turn it in is to share it with you.
To learn more about using your iPad in the classroom, see these other blog posts:
- 3 Tips for Using an iPad as a Center in Your Classroom
- 5 Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom
- 5 Options for Connecting Your iPad to a Classroom Display
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