Introducing Assignments, a new feature that transforms the traditional in-class or homework assignment process. Gone are the days when teachers had to write up assignments, print them out, distribute to students, and then collect them back; with Assignments, teachers can easily integrate questions on to a source sheet, share that link with their students, and automatically collect answers once the students complete their responses. Students can annotate, comment, or add additional content, while educators can prompt open-ended or multiple choice questions.
We’re excited to announce a new dictionary feature now live on Sefaria! Adding a lexicon has been a long-standing goal for our team. Expanding Torah’s accessibility is chief among our priorities and translation can be one of the biggest hindrances to learning. This feature represents the beginning of a bigger project to collect word definitions here at Sefaria. Though only available right now for Hebrew Tanach, we are working on adding definitions for multiple languages – Hebrew, English, and Aramaic – with myriad options for varying translation sources.
In just two years, more than 18,000 unique source sheets have been made on Sefaria.org. Thousands of teachers, rabbis, students and lay leaders are turning to Sefaria’s easy-to-use source sheet builder to create beautiful, interactive, bilingual study guides that function as conversation starters and homework assignments as well.
Sefaria is pleased to announce our partnership initiative for the 2015-2016 academic year. We plan to assemble a small cohort of innovative educators, representing six different institutions, who wish to optimize their use of technology to create a richer educational experience in the Jewish studies classroom.
How can we use technology to enhance Jewish day school education? That was the question presented to participants at last week’s Atid Day School Innovation Hackathon, an event co-sponsored by the Jewish Education Project, PresenTense and UJA-Federation of New York.