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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Teaching With Online Media

Here is a presentation I created on Teaching with Online Media. I also have listed below all the links featured in this presentation.

You can watch an online webinar using this presentation that I gave on October 14, 2009 for Yeshiva University's Institute for University-School Partnership's Online Continuing Education Program by clicking here: Teaching with Online Media.

Online Media Links:

Blogging Resources:

Twitter Resources:

People to Follow on Twitter:

Wikis for Education

Other Web 2.0 Tools

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monarchy in Israel and Judah

Below you will find streaming MP3 audio of Nach (Bible) classes that I am giving in Congregation AABJD of West Orange on Monarchy in Israel and Judah. We are starting with the King Achav and his confrontations with Eliyahu Hatishbi. Stay tuned for more classes in the future.

Melachim 1 Chapters 16-17 Introducing Achav and Eliyahu - Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky

Melachim 1 Chapter 17 The Education of Eliyahu Hatishbi- Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky -

Monday, October 26, 2009

Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do?

I found the following link from Shalom Berger on Lookjed, an online bulletin board for educators in Yeshiva day schools, to a Harvard lecture series called “Justice” that you might be interested in:

“For educators interested in watching the professor, Michael J. Sandel, "turn his oversize classroom into something resembling an intimate seminar" the entire semester of classes is available on YouTube at”

What I found intriguing about these lectures (I watched most of the first one) is how they are entirely based on “Wiki type” questions about big topics which might be relevant for a discussion of halakhic values in a Judaic Studies class, current events in a history class, or moral issues stemming from a piece of literature in an English class.

Here is a critique of this class from the Wall Street Journal:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

How a Bill Becomes a Law Interactive Flowchart

I saw this interactive flowchart and thought it might be useful for American History especially on the Smart Board.

Using Wolfram Alpha for Homework Help

Wolfram Alpha is a search engine that instead of finding the most popular links based on a search algorithm like or actually uses the Mathematica program and very powerful processors to do computations to come up with responses to queries. This makes it an ideal for mathematics and science.

Here is a video demonstrating many applications of Wolfram Alpha to education:

Here is a link for their homework day webcast:

These links might be worth sharing with your students and/or demonstrating in class. You can find Wolfram Alpha's search engine at: