Rabbi Owen Gottlieb

Hebrew School’s New Game Theory

‘Fun’ teaching tool catching on to engage tech-savvy teens, but development costs may be big hurdle.

09/27/2011
Associate Editor

Like most of her friends, Jenn, a Long Island teen, loves computer games. She even plays one at Hebrew school.

With her teacher’s permission.

“Petri World,” a virtual environment in which players have avatars and build a city together, is not a forbidden classroom activity that distracts from the lesson. In Jodi Mishkin’s class at Temple Beth Torah, in Melville, it is the lesson, with students learning about modern Israel as they play.

“Hidden Krakow,” a simulation game under development, aims to teach players about Jewish life in pre-war Poland.
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