Jerusalem and iPads
The excitement in Rina’s sixth grade Sunday class was palpable, and not only because the kids were studying about modern Jerusalem, but also because they were using iPads in their research. Their assignment was to find out as much information as they could about four sites in Jerusalem – (1)Har Herzl Cemetery, (2) Yad Vashem (The Holocaust Museum), (3) Me’a She’arim – an Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, and (4) the Israel Museum. It was wonderful to see how jazzed the students were using new technology in religious school. In all my years of teaching, I have not seen such energy and joy as there existed in my room Sunday morning. The information the kids researched was used to make persuasive posters “selling” those venues to prospective tourists.
So if you want to know what I wish for Chanukah?
That is an easy answer… more iPads for classroom use would make this teacher very happy!