In the past four weeks, about half a dozen sixth-eighth graders have been developing their first pages of a Power Point siddur that I am going to put on-line as part of this AVICHAI technology grant project. Students are finding images and literary texts that articulate a mood and that provide a tone for the accompanying text of the amidah. Because the end of the year is upon us, the students have to stop where they are, but they have given me some great raw material to work with this summer.
They don't have audio to go with the amidah yet, but in the fall, when I begin working on this again, I am sure that the students will bring in music and create their own. I intend to add music to a siddur that I design, myself, since my project involves creating a siddur that can be projected for the students and manipulated by me or the students either on a SMARTBoard or on a large silver movie screen for the students during tefillot.
Also during the summer, I intend to learn about using Keynote, Apple's Power-Point-like presentation software. I would welcome any advice about using Keynote, especially when inputting Hebrew and I look forward to hearing more about the other great projects going on.
- Judd Levingston