Meyer Academy Students use Skype to Participate in Israel Debates
Federation is all about building global Jewish community – using evolving technology to connect our local community with our extended Jewish family.
Using Skype, eighth grade students at Meyer Academy (Federation's partner agency) were able to act as judges for debates held between students in Tzfat, a city in Federation’s Partnership2Gether region in Israel.
Students’ electronic pen pals in Tzfat performed in a series of debates in English at their school, the Begin School. These students have connected and formed relationships throughout the years – Meyer Academy begins students begin Skyping and exchanging letters with their Israeli counterparts in 4th grade, eventually meeting in 8th grade on Meyer Academy’s annual trip to Israel.
“Our students build relationships with teens at their age in preparation for their Israel trip,” said Maya Scwartz, Head of Hebrew & Judaic Studies at Meyer Academy. We find opportunities for them to work together and support each other’s learning experiences
Meyer Academy middle school is an IB World School, and participation in the debates exemplifies the IB approach to learning. This interdisciplinary program incorporated aspects of 8th grade courses including Individuals and Societies (Humanities), Language and Literature, Language Acquisition-Hebrew, and Judaic Studies, as students prepared for several weeks leading up to the event.