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iTaLAM is a new digital blended learning environment based on the successful TaL AM program, a Hebrew language and Jewish heritage curriculum. The TaL AM curriculum was developed by a dynamic team of writers and teachers in Montreal and Israel, led by Covenant Award recipient Tova Shimon. iTaLAM is re-inventing the world of Hebrew language and Jewish heritage education by transforming the well-established and highly successful TaL AM print program into an engaging, interactive, personalized, and adaptive digital experience.
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Just like TaL AM, iTaLAM is a cross-denominational curriculum, appropriate to be used across a wide spectrum of Jewish approaches, thus meeting the needs of the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox communities all at once. Indeed, one of the missions of iTaLAM is to become a bridge between the various approaches in Jewish education and to create a unified language that makes room for multiple unique voices. iTaLAM is a new digital blended learning environment based on the successful TaL AM program, a Hebrew language and Jewish heritage curriculum.
iTaLAM is committed to enriching the realm of Jewish education in the Hebrew language using the latest educational technologies and modern teaching methods. We seek to inspire future generations of Jewish children to develop their Jewish identity while expressing their own unique voices.
The TaL AM program was developed based on the notion that the best learning environment for children is one in which knowledge is acquired through a variety of activities, using each of the five senses. In addition to studying from textbooks, students learn the Hebrew language through music, games and visual aids, developing a keen understanding of Jewish concepts and values. The students’ Hebrew and heritage literacy develops in a gradual and spiraled process, building new ideas and concepts on an expanding foundation of knowledge. The program helps foster Jewish identity by allowing children to explore their Jewish roots and traditions in fun and exciting ways. By making the study of Hebrew and Judaism relevant to the children’s everyday lives, the program enables them to develop a true appreciation of their heritage, and understand the need for continued, lifelong Jewish study.
The goal of iTaLAM is expressed in the acronym LYMUD (in Hebrew: learning):
iTaLAM transforms TaL AM into an innovative digital program of blended learning for schools and home education. iTaLAM is committed to Zionist-Jewish learning in Hebrew, and offers Jewish children an opportunity to become acquainted and learn about their heritage, and to develop their Jewish identity in a unifying and distinctive language.
The original TaL AM program was developed using a Natural Approach to Hebrew Language Acquisition. The program activates learning in all frames of mind by utilizing a wide range of activities for all modes of communication, integrating Hebrew Language acquisition, the development of Jewish concepts and values, and reading and writing skills. In accordance with these principles, the program creates a visual and auditory Hebrew environment in the classroom which is mirrored in the students’ materials, thus extending their use into the home, enhancing retention and reinforcing the learning process. The curriculum offers a variety of stories, Jewish sources, prayers and blessings, as well as age-appropriate songs, recitations and plays which aim to develop the child and his/her Jewish identity. The program is structured around a Virtual Classroom comprised of diverse students, each demonstrating how s/he learns. These virtual students grow and develop together with the students, serving as models for the construction of a learning community.
The iTaLAM Program
The iTaLAM program provides an engaging, interactive, and multi-sensory experience for students.
This includes online games, songs, interactive stories and fun activities. Students are encouraged to delve into the material and contribute in a creative capacity both in the classroom and at home.
Domains of Content
The iTaLAM curriculum covers a wide range of subjects, resulting in a rich and comprehensive program.
The program is divided into four main domains of content:
The iTaLAM LMS consists of a set of management tools for teachers and administrators. It enables advanced monitoring and reporting of students’ progress in class and at home, and can adapt activities to each student’s level and achievements.
Blended Learning Environment
iTaLAM blends proven TaL AM printed materials with new digital components in order to create a unique holistic learning environment. The resulting blended program successfully combines the benefits of both print and digital learning models.
Advantages of Authentic Blended Learning
The best way to learn about iTaLAM and all the benefits it has to offer is to attend a virtual open house. Open houses will be offered on the following dates:
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