I just had a remarkable conversation with a remarkable teacher about the remarkable things he and his remarkable students are doing with remarkable tools at a remarkable school. Can I tell you about it?
The class is Grade 9 Talmud and the school is, of course, Hillel. The teacher is Hillel’s Rabbinic Head, Chaim Albert, and the tool they are using is our new Mobile iPad Lab.
For their latest unit, Rabbi Albert identified two kinds of learning goals: content goals and skill goals.
- The content goal of the lesson included identifying the tractate, chapter name, chapter number and page number of a particular page of the Gemara, as well as the location of the major commentaries and other content on the page.
- The skill objective was that, given that location information, the student be able to locate a specific piece of content on a specific page among the almost 13,000 pages in the Talmud.
How did Rabbi Albert accomplish these goals?
A Case for Educational Technology
A short explanation of what I call “The Learning Equation,” inspired by Daphne Koller’s Death Knell for the Lecture: Technology as a Passport to Personalized Education, published in the New York Times on Dec 5, 2011.