Three months ago, what was once just another part of my classroom decor suddenly became alive, and it has helped me to take my special needs Hebrew classes to a whole new level of learning. I started to explore ways that my Smart Board could help me in my Hebrew language instruction.
Creating lessons in Hebrew proved to be an unbelievable challenge since the Smart Board notebook software does not recognize Hebrew font. This means that all of the terrific interactive lessons and games are written using the English language and the English alphabet, and therefore they need to be adapted if they are going to be useful to the Hebrew language teacher.
I have had to work hard to think out of the box in order to create lessons that captivate my students. I have recently created lessons for Tu B'Shevat and Purim. For Tu B'shevat one of my goals was for the students to learn the Hebrew words for the parts of a tree. I found virtual dice which will roll and show the student the parts of a tree. For Purim we have been using artwork from Marc Chagall and Rembrandt as a springboard to spark Hebrew conversation. Part of my research in learning the software actually lead me straight back to the AviChai website.
It has been a gift to be able to work with a tool which allows me to use my creativity to enhance student learning.