In the last couple of weeks, I have been creating the on-line siddur that is the project being funded by the technology grant from AVICHAI. It has been exciting to learn to work with Keynote, Apple's presentation software (like Power Point). It works successfully with Hebrew (you can input the Hebrew more easily than in Power Point) and I am slowly learning how to create those magic links that are so easy in Power Point (to jump from slide 3 to slide 20, for example, when that's an appropriate leap to make for a given audience).
It is tempting to try to develop a presentation for each of the blessings in the amidah as well for use in our tefillot at the Robert Saligman Middle School in Philadelphia, where I teach, but I am going to leave that and some other things for students to do as part of the eighth grade tefillah curriculum.
I would be interested to hear about experiences with importing video materials into Keynote. There are some interesting videos either involving the Shema or evoking it on YouTube and I am interested in importing a video or two into my on-line siddur, but I don't know if that is technologically possible.
I also would be interested to hear from others about their successes and disappointments or pitfalls in using technology to enhance the experience of tefillot, especially with student groups larger than 100.
I hope everybody is having a good summer.