Great Neck, N.Y.
Avi Chai Education Technology Experiment Project
Jewish History Power Point Presentations
My educational technology project was to create Power Points in selected topics of Jewish History using Images & Video.
The main goals for the project were to create increase excitement & interest in the classroom, deepen the scope of the learning experience, and improve student’s retention of material. Over the course of the year I created approximately 20 presentations (listed below) and showed my classes about a 1/3 of those presentations due to time constraints. Of the 3 goals the first was most discernable. Students expressed a sense of enthusiasm and increased attention during the presentations. Especially effective in this regard were the video clips. Measuring a deeper understanding and better retention of the material was more difficult to assess but a number of students did report that it helped them study for exams. On a number of occasions they asked that I post the Power points on ANGEl, the school’s computer system so they could view them before the test.
Here is a list of the Power points.
- Jewish History Curriculum
- The Fall of the
- Jewish Return to Eretz
: Ezra and Nechemia Israel
- Jews in the Hellenistic Age
- Chanukah and the Maccabees
- King Herod
- The Great Revolt
- The Rise of Christianity
- The Bar Kochba Revolt
- The Rise of Islam
- The Golden Age of
- Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon; the Rambam
- The Jews in Medieval Christian Europe
- The Spanish Inquisition
- East European Jewry
- The Jews in
- The Rise of Modern
- The Miracle of Jewish History
My plans for the current year are to:
a) Develop more presentations (my ultimate goal is to do about 30)
b) Enhance the present list with more video clips
c) Collect and organize a data base of images and video clips that can be used with the Power points or independent of them.
d) Create lesson plans using the Power points in conjunction with Smart Boards