By COLlive reporter
Utilizing technology for the good was something the Rebbe encouraged.
A project of the Merkos Chinuch Office will be helping Chabad teachers and educators across North America to network and interact with each other on a regular basis.
The website chinuchworks.org will enable teachers to plan, execute and assess in ways not imaginable until recent years when computer became indispensable educational tools.
COLlive.com was told the website will be introduced next week at the women’s Kinus HaMechanchim education conference of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch at the DOLCE conference center in Norwalk, CT (to register click here) and later at the men’s conference.
Developed over the past 18 months by Rabbi Tzvi Greenberg and Rabbi Shmuel Schapiro, the site will carry teaching material, such as class work, homework, learning exercises, teaching tips, suggestions, recommended schedules.
A “Staff Room” will serve as a confidential forum in which teachers can discuss ideas, ask questions, and share general feedback.
While the core of the website will be geared for members of the educational system, there will be sections open to the public offering articles, lectures in audio and video, and other information pertaining to Jewish education.
“Our aim is to stimulate conversation regarding Chinuch throughout the Lubavitch community,” says Rabbi Nochem Kaplan, Director of the Chinuch Office.
“This plan contains the features necessary to advance and energize our most valuable resource, our children. The successful education of each successive group of students is vitally important to the future of Lubavitch,” he added.
An innovative section – still in developmental stages – is “My Classroom,” a private layout of a class where teachers can monitor the schedule, teaching objectives, and track class progress by submitting their class information.
“Teachers can assign student names to desk icons,” the developers said. “The purpose of which is to keep track of individual students’ tests, homework, and behavioral notes by submitting the information. This feature will also generate the average markings of student progress and automatically generate student report cards.”