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613: What’s this Room?

Hebrew Calligraphy

Image by Nir Tober via Flickr

When a child takes your hand, you never know where he may lead you.

I’m online, in Room 613, and it’s like an alternative universe. An all Jewish computer game where players act the roles of classroom students with names like Esti, Dena, Yair and Evyatar. 

The Dena character is drawing a ritual washing cup on the classroom whiteboard. Esti and Evyatar are collaborating on practicing their aleph-beis writing skills. Yair uploads an English chart of the Hebrew letters. “Morah,” he types into the chat, “thank you for the class. I loved it!”

“You’re welcome!” I type-chat back. Because Yair is real, and I loved it too. These are my students and Room 613 is far from a game. It’s a real classroom – mine.

You know you’ve really arrived in the 21st century when your students appear as half-inch wide images on a computer screen and teaching them involves an internet connection, an external microphone and headset, a plugin mini webcam and technological support.  

All because of Bentzi. Searching for enrichment for my bright four year old, search engines led me to the innovative, dynamic Room 613 classes. Rabbi Yosef Resnick courteously invited my son and me to sample a few. I asked if he was hiring teachers; I knew I would love to do this!

And here I am, two weeks into this breathless world of  exploring Torah topics with my amazing, motivated Jewish homeschoolers.  Stay tuned for a recap of all that’s been happening in Morah Elana’s room. It’s as vibrant as Creation here at www.room613.net!

To read all the stuff that happened next, see my RECENT POSTS at the upper right of this page 🙂

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