On Vodcasts and Gemara – Going Back to Khan

In reading about the various types of ‘casts out there, and reflecting on both what I have learned about Khan Academy over the past year and the limited foray I have made into the world of Podcasts, I keep going back to thinking about how we can replicate Khan’s model in the Talmud class.

Here is what I have come up with so far:

1) Assign the class to go over a section of the Talmud at night, which involves watching a YouTube (Vodcast) video of that section being read and explained, and then answering a few questions on the web site to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the material.

2) Start class the next day with a brief review of the text, and then assign reading exercises to the students in chavruta groups, allowing them to refer back to the vodcast if they get stuck (requires a computer or mobile device).

3) Lecture portion of class focusing on underlying concepts in the section being studied, as well as emphasis on certain textual patterns.

4) Students demonstrate mastery by reading the section in a voicethread, either in class or at home.

Would love to hear your thoughts and feedback!


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