Author Archives: Gershom Tave

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Elephants and Ice Skates

Here’s an idea for PBL that a high school class may enjoy.

Which case would apply more pressure on a floor — an elephant standing on its hind legs or an Olympic figure skater standing on both skates?

The imagery is startling and almost comical — perfect for an inquisitive teenager busy analyzing the surrounding … Read more

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Homework in the House of a Teq Trainer

I have long espoused that digital technology should be less a vehicle by which teachers may deliver content but a tool by which students may learn.

My son, in second grade, is a very tactile and concrete learner.  He had quickly learned to despise homework and would refuse to complete it and, once the damage … Read more

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Part 2: 12 iPad apps for Hebrew

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 … Read more

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4 Advances for Hebrew on the SMART Board

We’ve come a long way in the last few years.  Looking through the old blog posts that deal with Hebrew, I see a lot of issues that used to be but are no longer.  Here are four improvements.

  • Text Direction – SMART Notebook 11 introduced the ability to switch text direction to be right-to-left. See
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Part 1: 12 iPad apps for Hebrew

More and more Jewish educators are working with iPads to better engage their students. Here is a sampling of apps that have Hebrew content or can be applied well in Hebrew studies.

1. Hebrew Lesson

Hebrew Lesson, by Vannala Mobile Apps, LLC, helps new language learners (kids to adult) to learn Hebrew words easily. Builds … Read more

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The Five Books of the Interactive Chumash 2.0

Possibly the biggest challenge facing Hebrew Day Schools today is covering the breadth of the text of the Chumash while at the same time sufficiently drilling students on the grammar skills and vocabulary so as to make them independent learners.  There simply isn’t enough classroom time in the day.

The best answer is to enable … Read more

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3 Easy Ways to Augment the White Board by Using a SMART Board

The SAMR Model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) was designed to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning.  Optimally, we should be striving for Modification and Redefinition, the upper extremes of the SAMR Model.  However, many teachers who are still acclimating to the many new tools being presented to them end up … Read more

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3 Great and Easy Ways to Use SMART Response Differently

The most fundamental types of assessment exercises are sequencing, matching, and grouping, each of which assesses a different intellectual modality of processing information in the brain.  Although the traditional question formats of SMART Response are Multiple Choice and Numerical answers, we can actually use those formats to create assessments using sequencing, matching and grouping formats.… Read more

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North American Jewish Day School Conference (NAJDSC)

Rabbis Shimon Siegel and Gershom Tave traveled from Teq to Washington, DC, for the North American Jewish Day School Conference. This conference brought together more than 1,000 Jewish education leaders from a wide variety of Jewish Day Schools from across the country to advance the agenda of field-wide leadership and excellence.

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TeqNikud Update

Last Fall we released a major innovation for Hebrew typing.  Instead of accessing Hebrew vowels on the keyboard by engaging CAPS LOCK key and then pressing SHIFT and a number key (a process which prevents typing more Hebrew letters until the CAPS LOCK is disengaged) the TeqNikud modified Hebrew keyboard layout allowed typing Hebrew vowels … Read more

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