Sefaria for Educators

SaraWolkenfeld edited this page Dec 16, 2014 · 3 revisions

Whether you are a classroom teacher, informal educator, pulpit rabbi, campus educator, supplementary school teacher, or a lay person who teaches the occasional class, Sefaria can help. Both our database and our source sheet builder are great resources for educators, and you can help us to make them even better. Email sara@sefaria.org if you have suggestions, feature or text requests, or just want to share a cool new use for Sefaria in the classroom!

Can you give me some ideas as to how I might use Sefaria as an educational tool?

So glad you asked! Here are a few of the ways that we know of that educators are using Sefaria in various teaching venues. If you have other ideas, or other features that would help you in your teaching or learning, please get in touch!

Make your source sheets on Sefaria:

If you use source sheets for teaching, making them on Sefaria means that they are super-easy to share with both students (send them a link, or print them out, or embed them on your website) and with colleagues (more details in the discussion of group source sheets above).

Create collaborative source sheets:

Students can add their comments (with attribution below their comment or source), colleagues can brainstorm together. In addition, you can create a running blog or discussion group on a topic or source and have students or parents add at home. Students can also do this work during group work or chevruta time, and adult students in an informal setting can add comments or questions before or after a class, to jump-start the conversation or to continue the discussion afterwards.

Give students research opportunities:

Even students who don't have access to a vast library of books, or don't have the skills to access them, can easily follow connections between sources. Students of a variety of ages and skill levels can find all of the Biblical verses linked to a piece of Talmud, or find the legal codes that codify the material in that piece of Talmud. It is easy to find and compare multiple commentaries on a given verse or section of verses, or to research philosophical texts that connect to theme raised in another type of text. Students can even make their own source sheets, which empowers them to take their own learning and help to educate others.

Use Sefaria to teach texts in the classroom:

Project Sefaria onto the wall, whiteboard, or SmartBoard. You can move easily between sources, display your source sheets, or show student work that they have done individually or in groups. With SmartInk, you can write on top of the text on Sefaria, adding punctuation, translation, or other notes, and then capture it and save it to SmartNotebook.