Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Chumash Presentations Using PowerPoint

YA's tech grant was to purchase digital cameras, laptops and computer projectors to enhance the Judaic learning experience and especially motivate students who learn differently. Student were given the assignment in mid-April but with classes ending May 30, the school didn't receive the funds to be able to take advantage of the equipment this year. Ms. Allen's assignment is included at the end of this posting.

My recommendation is that instead of assigning a multimedia/PowerPoint project to all the students at one time, the presentations should be spaced out, perhaps on a weekly basis, so each week a student or class group is making a presentation. The PowerPoint presentations are a good classroom motivator.
As for workload, the teacher might consider eliminating a homework assignment or test during the week that the student/group makes the presentation. Having a mounted computer projector, screen and laptop in the classroom makes it easy to schedule the presentations, because the equipment is in place and ready for showtime.


Chumash H - Second Semester Presentation

Purpose
Throughout the year we have covered an array of topics within Sefer Bamidbar , but we will not be able to touch on topics and details within the last several Parshiot in the Sefer. This will be your opportunity to learn more about any historical event, halachah, or verse that you'd like within your assigned section and to share what you have learned with the rest of the class. I hope you will choose a topic that is interesting to you and that you will enjoy this assignment!

Requirements
Presentation - 75 points
  • 15-20 minute presentation
  • Prepared, organized and serious
  • Technology/Creativity - music, video, PowerPoint, etc.
  • At least 3 sources must be used (excluding a Chumash) - More are welcome!
  • At least 2 ideas must be taught along with their Hebrew text (or at least part of it)
  • Handout - Note sheet or a Question sheet will be given to the class
  • Copies of all sources used will be turned in on the day of your presentation.
  • Clear and Understandable
Remember that your classmates will be responsible for this information!

Due dates will be from May 8th-30th - No late presentations!

(Your exact due date will depend on the section that you have been assigned/chosen to research, as well as how many students opt to do full-period presentations for extra credit.)

EXTRA CREDIT Requirements - OPTION 1
Full Period Presentation - 100 points (25 extra points possible)
  • 40-45 minute presentation
  • Prepared, organized and serious
  • Technology/Creativity - music, video, powerpoint, etc.
  • At least 5 sources must be used (excluding a Chumash ) - More are welcome!
  • At least 3 ideas must be taught along with their Hebrew text (or at least part of it)
  • Handout - Note sheet or a Question sheet will be given to the class
  • Copies of all sources used will be turned in on the day of your presentation.
  • Clear and Understandable
Remember that your classmates will be responsible for this information!

If you want to commit to doing the extra credit presentation, you must speak with me by the end of this week so that I can make sure to leave enough time in the schedule for these extra credit presentations!

If you want to earn extra credit without doing a longer presentation, see the back of this sheet for another extra credit option!

EXTRA CREDIT Requirements - OPTION 2
Paper - 100 points (25 extra points possible)
  • grammatically correct and organized
  • 3-4 pages of correct content
(12pt, Times New Roman, Double Spaced, No spaces between paragraphs,
Heading only on the cover page)
  • 5 sources (excluding a Chumash) cited throughout the paper
  • Bibliography and copies of your sources

(Warning: Be Careful Not to Plagiarize! Summarize information or quote it if necessary!)


Doing this option does not exempt you from the in class presentation.

You will still be required to do a 15-20 minute presentation about the material that you wrote about in the paper described above.

1 comment:

Elky Langer said...

What grade is this for?

I assign a Chumash report each year with both a written and presentation component, but the presentation often isn't the quality I would like (the written reports, on the other hand, tend to be very good). Now that I have the Smartboard in the classroom I'd be interested in adopting a similar approach to yours.

Do you find students have enough information to fill that time slot? Is all work done on their own time?