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Stop the Presses!


Over the past two weeks, Tomorrow’s Genius has been featured in two prominent news publications. In the United States, the Jewish Voice and Opinion in Bergen County, New Jersey published a great article which described our services and highlighted our educational staff.This was a great experience for everyone involved, as more families have learned about the services which we provide. With this summer’s “Virtual Summer School” program in full swing, the feature story helped to let more students know how we can help them. At Tomorrow’s Genius, it is all about helping students succeed. We have received calls and emails this summer from students all over the US who need to take summer courses. The great part of our program is that we work according to the student’s schedule. So, if there is a student who wants to go to camp in the middle of the summer, no problem. TG summer courses are scheduled to meet the needs and scheduling preferences of each individual student. We would like to thank the Jewish Voice and Opinion for their continued support and high quality publication that they publish each and every month. Tomorrow’s Genius was proud to have been featured in its pages, and we hope that this article raises awareness and enables students all over to succeed.

Here in Israel, Tomorrow’s Genius was featured in the Modiin-News, a popular weekly newspaper published in the city of Modi’in. Among the services mentioned in the Modi’in-News article were the special programs that Tomorrow’s Genius runs for new Olim. Modi’in is a city with a large Olim population, and Tomorrow’s Genius is here to help them. Our unique programs such as online Ulpan, private classes, and even professional assistance for the parents, are here to ensure that every new family is able to adjust with as much help as possible.

Here are the links to our two recent articles:

Jewish Voice and Opinion

Modi’in News

It is our hope that these types of articles bring new awareness to students in both Israel and in the United States. There are many challenges in education, and Tomorrow’s Genius is here to help!

One of Our Own

Earlier this week, the global Jewish community experienced a horrible tragedy, as a teacher and three students were murdered at the Jewish day school in Toulouse, France.

Among the victims was Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, a life long teacher who dedicated his life to Jewish education. Born in France, Rabbi Sandler grew up as an active part of his community. After high school, he came to Jerusalem where he studied for almost five years. During this time he received his Rabinic ordination as well as educational training. After his years in Israel, he returned to France, where he married and started his family. During this time, Rabbi Sandler quickly became a fixture in the French Jewish community, serving as an educator, Rabbi, and all around role model. Rabbi Jonathan Sandler gave his life to Jewish education.

This terrible tragedy also took the lives of two of Rabbi Sandler’s children as well as the daughter of the school’s principal.

This tragedy has already had a devastating effect on the global Jewish community. We often forget about the hatred that still exists on the outside. Rabbi Sandler served as a model for Jewish education. He could have remained in Israel after his studies. He could have moved to England or the US. Rabbi Sandler however wanted to give back to his own community. He knew first hand of the challenges that existed and he wanted to help make create a successful Jewish community.

Rabbi Sandler’s efforts should serve as an example to Jewish educators all over the world. This educator did not take the easy path. He did what he felt was needed to help Jewish children succeed.

As terrible as this tragedy was, hopefully, we can still learn a lesson from these events. It is individuals like Rabbi Sandler and his family who continuously help to better Jewish education. We hope that his efforts will continue in his, and in other communities.

Tomorrow’s Genius will be dedicating this week’s Judaic Studies classes to the memory of Rabbi Sandler and to the rest of the victims of this horrible tragedy.

Notes from the Frontier of Online Learning

By Yisroel Porath

What does Tomorrow’s Genius have in common with Tanach, Biology, Hebrew Language, Physics, Math, Social Studies, History, Chinese, Environmental Geography, Talmud and English? The answer is that we’re teaching all of these subjects and more – online!  When people ask us is if it’s even possible to teach a subject like Biology or Math with a screen and many miles separating between the students and the teachers the answer of course is yes!

In this article I will explain a number of the basic elements of synchronized learning in a virtual classroom setting and why it’s highly recommended for schools to begin exploring this learning method as an opportunity for educational renewal within the school curriculum.

The three advantages of synchronized online learning are:

  • Enriched educational content
  • Visual content
  • Integration of technology in the educational process

Enriched Educational Content

One of the great challenges faced in an online setting is transforming textual based material into an online context.  In our early distance learning experiences we thought it would be enough to hear the student on the other end in order to guarantee a successful class – but that expectation lasted for one class only.  Online students need blended content.  Blended content means taking the text and enriching it with added features and capabilities to make it more lively and engaging. For example, our History teacher was teaching an online class to a group of students who were located in another continent and “met” with the teacher through the class’s smart board.  The teacher took the text that he had in front of him and created the following Prezi:

The teacher blended between textual and visual content to enrich the educational experience of the class. The Prezi functions on the basis of a presentation but in contrast to Power Point it’s possible to present the material in a variety of alternative ways. The Prezi that you see above is an overview of what the class learned.  In reality, the Prezi zooms-in on a circle and the teacher can focus on the content in each circle individually. This method enabled the students to focus on a specific topic without getting distracted with the other elements of the presentation.

Another example is from a Tanach course.  Literary analysis isn’t always an aspect of Tanach that students are enthusiastic to study. In one of my Tanach classes, we encountered a verse that demanded an in-depth literary analysis. After brainstorming possible options of student engagement I had decided to place on the virtual classroom white-board the relevant commentaries and asked each student to choose a different color to annotate on the white-board what they thought was the correct reading of the verse. After the students received permission to begin the annotation, a very interesting process began to take place and the students were contemplating how exactly the verse should be read. They engaged each other in the discussion as I sat back and listened.  Not only did they not scribble all over the board, they decided to first solve the issue verbally and use only one color to do the final annotation.  This brought up an additional advantage of the online context – the students learned through an experiential process not only a relatively technical issue, but also how to listen and speak to one another in a respective matter.

Visual Content

There’s no doubt that students today are more visual than ever. As teachers, we are always trying to adjust our educational methods to the place where our students are at. Recently, I gave an online demo session in Jewish History to principals of North American Jewish day schools. The goal of the class was to show how it’s possible to learn Jewish history in an online context. The topic of the class was Theodre Herzel’s Uganda Proposal and I had to decide how to present the material. In the end, I created a full presentation on the Uganda proposal with a minimum amount of text involved. The slide below is from that presentation:

The session participants started to engage in a conversation on the various personalities pictured in the slide. One of the principals told me that this is the exact educational approach that his school is moving in the direction of – transitioning from textual based content to visual based content.  According to this specific principal, the learning in his school has been far more effective when presented visually as opposed to the standard text oriented class.

The integration of visual and textual content in any class context is a delicate issue and it demands of the teacher a lot of thought and creativity to be able to teach a subject in a variety of methods in order to better engage the students in the learning process.

Integration of Technology in the Educational Process

You’re probably wondering why this wasn’t the first item to be discussed in this article. For us at Tomorrow’s Genius, the most vital component of a class is the content that is being taught and technology is only a means to help our students understand that content. After a year of implementing online classes in Israeli and U.S. schools, we are beginning to see an increase in requests from schools to incorporate new educational methods in their educational processes. As students become more digitally oriented in their everyday lives, schools must continuously keep up with them by creating new, creative and alternative educational approaches.

Technology is just one piece of the TG puzzle. We also invest many of our efforts in building a core group of excellent educators who are comfortable teaching in an online setting just as if it were an offline classroom. The real challenge is actually integrating the online teacher with the schools with which we work. We put a strong emphasis on these issues and work relentlessly to spread the message that technology should not serve as a barrier between the teacher, students and school. There are many examples of how this can be accomplished like holding online PTA meetings, enabling staff and administration to “sit in” on an online class etc… The online classes are included in the school class schedule like any other class as opposed to an after school enrichment course. All of these little details set the tone from the beginning that the integration of technology happens on all levels from the subject being taught to when it’s scheduled in the course of a day at school.

We are also identifying important educational processes as students begin to adjust to the online method. There are many students who have experienced more educational and academic success when learning with technology than when they were succeeding in the regular classroom. We’ve noticed that students who experienced difficulty learning a specific subject in a regular class were able to build a more positive approach to the once hated subject when they started learning online and saw the material presented in a different way.

In conclusion, online learning with its visual presentation can offer significant benefits to the students of today’s digital generation. At Tomorrow’s Genius we are continuously refining our own online teaching methods as we gain more experience in the field.  We are excited to be a major player on this new educational frontier.

Reflections on Sustainability in Jewish Education…

Submitted By: Aryeh Eisenberg, Director of Education

Tomorrow’s Genius is now a truly global service. I just returned from a successful two week trip to the United States. Covering seven states in two weeks, I had the opportunity to meet with several Jewish day school principals and administrators to discuss the current needs of the day school communities.

While the schools I met were separated geographically, the challenges and needs of all of the schools were very similar. Day school sustainability has been a frequent challenge and a topic of discussion on many blogs and forums. Principals all over North America are being asked to provide top quality education but with increasingly limited funds available. One principal discussed how he has had to make difficult cuts in his school, as the funds that once existed were simply no longer available. Instead of four sections of math and science, this school is now offering only two sections, as there were not enough funds to pay for the additional teaching hours. This means that there are students in both of the existing classes who do not belong at that level.

As I traveled from school to school, the budgetary challenges were obvious, but it was also remarkable to see how much was being accomplished despite the financial limitations. Several of the schools I visited are embracing technology as a learning tool for the first time. These schools have realized that the available technology based tools can facilitate differentiated instruction and can enable the schools to offer more educational options to the students.

During the second week of the trip, I traveled to Atlanta to attend the North American Jewish Day School Conference. This 3 day event was co-sponsored by some of the major Jewish educational organizations including Ravsak, PEJE, and Solomon Schechter. The theme of the conference was 21st century education. The workshops and speakers focused on how new digital tools could be used to broaden the educational possibilities. Principals and lay leaders from around the US and Canada attended to hear about new possibilities which could enable them to continue to meet the required high educational standards. While at the conference, I spoke to close to 30 principals and school administrators who all had the same challenges of providing a high caliber program with limited funding.

The educational challenges are the same throughout the entire world, but so far there have not been clear solutions. Tomorrow’s Genius however, has met these challenges and now provides schools with viable educational alternatives. By combining our talented educators with cutting edge technology, day schools can now create personalized online learning options that meet the specific needs of the students. The Tomorrow’s Genius platform enables schools to create personalized synchronous online classes. The TG team works with each individual school to create classes that meet the school’s individual curriculum, scheduling, educational, and philosophical standards. Tomorrow’s Genius realizes that no two schools are exactly the same, and therefore there is no such thing as a “standard” offering. Currently, Tomorrow’s Genius is facilitating classes in subjects such as Tanakah, Math, Jewish History, and even Chinese language. The possibilities are limitless.

Most importantly, even though Tomorrow’s Genius courses are online, the quality remains at each school’s high standards. The TG teacher works seamlessly with the school’s administration and faculty to ensure that all of the standards and goals are met. Tomorrow’s Genius provides unlimited possibilities at a price that makes even specialized options affordable to virtually any Jewish day school.

The sustainability of Jewish education has been called into question several times in the past. Tomorrow’s Genius has answered this challenge by providing exceptional services to schools at an affordable price. If you would like to find out more about how Tomorrow’s Genius can help your school, please contact us at support@tomorrowsgenius.com for more information.

“הכיתה הוירטואלית” חלק א’

בגאונים של מחר אנחנו כל הזמן מחפשים דרכים כיצד ניתן לעזור לתלמידים ולהרחיב את האופציות החינוכיות עבור בתי ספר בישראל. לאחר קיץ עמוס בפגישות עם מורים ומנהלים והרבה רעיונות חדשות לתוכניות חינוכיות, התחלנו להפעיל בתחילת שנת הלימודים את “הכיתה הוירטואלית” של גאונים של מחר.

במסגרת הכיתה הוירטואלית התלמידים נכנסים לפלטפורמה מקוונת ומתחברים ישירות למורה שרואים דרך תיבת הוידאו בפלטפורמה.  ישנם הרבה כלים ברשותו של המורה כדי להפעיל מערך שיעור אינטראקטיבי תוך שימת דגש על החוויה המולטי מדית כדי להעשיר ולהעמיק את החוויה החינוכית עבור התלמידים.

במהלך הבלוגים הבאים אשתדל לתאר במקצת את האתגרים וההזדמנויות של הכיתה הוירטואלית.

במאמר זה אתמקד על היתרונות עבור התלמידים שמשתתפים בכיתה הוירטואלית. עבור הרבה תלמידים זאת הפעם הראשונה שמתנסים בחינוך קצת שונה ממה שהתרגלו אליה עד כה, וכמו כל דבר חדש ישנם חששות והרבה ציפיות מהכיתה הוירטואלית אבל לאט לאט התלמידים מגלים עד כמה שזה מהווה ככלי עזר מצוין להתקדמות בלימודים.

מתוך ניסיוני, להלן שלשת היתרונות בכיתה וירטואלית עבור התלמידים:

עליה ביכולת הריכוז

בכיתה רגילה כשהתלמיד נמצא עם עוד 20-30 תלמידים לא תמיד מתאפשר לו להבין את החומר הנלמד וגם לא תמיד ירגיש בנוח לשאול את המורה באמצע השיעור כשהוא מעכב את שאר התלמידים. בכיתה מקוונת התלמיד אמנם יושב “בכיתה” אבל הוא יושב לבדו מול המורה והלוח האינטראקטיבי מה שמאפשר לו לראות את החומר מקרוב ולהיות מעורב בנעשה בכיתה. כמורה מקוון בעצמי, פעמים רבות תלמידים שולחים לי במהלך השיעור מסרים דרך הצ’אט ומבקשים ממני להסביר שוב ושוב מה שלא היו עושים בכיתה רגילה. דבר ששמתי לב אליו במהלך השיעורים שתלמידים מעדיפים את הצ’אט על פני הדיבור הישיר מול שאר הכיתה ומכיוון שישנם עוד אמצעים לתקשר עם המורה, יותר תלמידים מרשים לעצמם להיות יותר עירניים ואקטיביים בשיעור.

ניצול משאבים מקוונים

בהוראה מקוונת ישנם הרבה אפשרויות להעשיר את חווית הלימוד של התלמידים. במהלך הכנת מערכי שיעור אני מנסה לשלב בין מספר משאבים מקוונים כדי ללמוד את הנושא שעוסקים בו מכיוונים שונים. לפני כמה שיעורים, התחלנו ללמוד על נושא בהיסטוריה, בתחילת השיעור התלמידים למדו בעזרת שיתוף קבצים מ-Word בלוח האינטראקטיבי ולאחר מכן שיתפתי מצגת מ-PowerPoint ולאחריו שיתפתי אתר מהאינטרנט. המפתח להצלחה בשיתוף המשאבים המקוונים היא היכולת לשלב את התלמידים בתהליך הלמידה,  התלמידים לא רק יושבים מול מחשב ורואים הצגה מקוונת אלא נדרשים להיות שותפים מלאים במהלך השיעור. במסגרת הכיתה המקוונת ניתן לתת סמכויות לתלמיד כמו כתיבה על הלוח, לענות על שאלות וכו’..

עבור המורה המקוון ישנו היבט נוסף שמיקל רבות על ההוראה המקוונת – היכולת “להשתיק” תלמידים, דהיינו ללחוץ על השתקה (mute) מה שמונע מהתלמיד להפריע במהלך השיעור. שמתי לב שהתלמידים מקשיבים יותר כשהם בהשתקה מכיוון שזה מאפשר לי לסיים נושא או יחידה ורק אחרי זה להתיר להם לדבר. בדרך כלל, כשתלמידים נמצאים במצב של השתקה הם ישלחו לי מסרים דרך הצ’אט עם הערות ושאלות. התלמידים גילו עד מהרה את היתרונות במצב של השתקה מפני שאלו שכן רוצים ללמוד יכולים לעשות זאת ללא הפרעות.

ואחד היתרונות הגדולים של שיעור מקוון זאת האפשרות להקליט את השיעור. תלמידים רבים חוזרים לראות ההקלטות של השיעורים כדי לצפות שוב בהסברים או לראות את המצגות שהוצגו במהלל השיעור. כמו כן עבור המורה והתלמיד זה מפחית מהלחץ של הצורך להסביר שוב ושוב את החומר מכיוון שהמורה יכול לבקש מהתלמיד לראות את ההקלטה של השיעור כשיעורי בית.

שיפור של יכולות בתקשורת בין אישית

בכיתה מקוונת התלמידים נדרשים לפתח מיומניות חדשות בתקשורת בין-אישית.  מאז השיעור הראשון התלמידים לומדים מתי לדבר ואיך להקשיב. כמו כן הם לומדים להקשיב אחד לשני ולנצל את תיבת הצ’אט כדי לחסוך בדיבורים מיותרים. בכיתה וירטואלית כמו שלנו כשהתלמידים רואים רק אותי אבל לא רואים אחד את השני הם צריכים להיות יותר ערניים לדברי חבריהם ולדעת כיצד לא להתערב באמצע דברי תלמיד אחר.  בשיעור הראשון היה בלאגן בפלטפורמה, לתלמידים היו מלא שאלות, אף אחד לא הקשיב לדברי השני, והרעש של הדיבורים יצר אפקט שלילי באוזניות ומיד התחילו להתלונן על רעשית מיותרים ומה לא. בשיעור השני התלמידים הגיעו למסקנה שבלי שיתוף פעולה וירטואלי לא נוכל להתקדם, והחליטו ללכת על המסלול השקט ומאז הם לומדים בצורה יוצאת מהכלל.

במאמר הבא נבחון מספר דרכים כיצד להכין מערכי שיעור ובאיזה משאבים מקוונים כדאי להשתמש בתהליך הלמידה המקוון.

Learning Through Experience

Submitted By: Aryeh Eisenberg, Director of Education- Tomorrow’s Genius

Last night, I was watching TV with my six year old son. He had on the Hop channel which is a popular kids channel here in Israel. Most of their programs contain some type of educational message. Whether it be reading comprehension, math skills, or just social skills, we know that what my son watches on Hop will at least be age level appropriate. Yesterday after watching together with my son, I received a new found appreciation for non-traditional education methods.

After his usual program was over, a special show started. This show, featured a puppet lamb and his grandmother. The grandmother showed the lamb a photo of her son Gadi. The lamb puppet, who was meant to be a little child asked why Gadi was only in the photo, and why he had never been to their house. The grandmother explained that Gadi was killed during the Six Day War. The lamb puppet did not know what the term “killed” actually meant. He asked, “so he’ll be coming later?” Grandmother explained that no, Gadi will not be coming home. She then began to describe the day of Yom Hazikaron and why it was so meaningful. It was so interesting to see the response of the little child and how he comprehended this difficult day. The program proceeded to show the drive that the grandmother and her grandson took to Har Hamenuchot. On the way, they discussed the miracle of the State of Israel, and how people like Gadi enabled us to be where we are today.

As we were watching, my son turned to me and asked, “Why does Israel have so many wars?” I talked with him further about how special it is to live in Israel and how God is always helping us to stay strong. It occurred to me, that this 15 minute TV program explained Yom Hazikaron far better than I could have ever hoped. My son was able to become part of the experience and left with a better appreciation of what it really means to live in Medinat Yisroel.

Education comes in all different forms. When I was working in the United States, I would always tell teachers that lessons could come from anywhere. With the Internet as a major educational tool, this is truer than ever. Teachers can use virtual technology to actually bring students into an experience. As a student, I can recall all of the countless classes on Zionism, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut. While they may have conveyed information, none of those lessons actually conveyed the experience. This experience based learning however makes education happen. After 12 years as a Jewish day school student, I did not gain a true appreciation for Medinat Yisroel until I was here in Israel for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atmaut. I can still recall the ceremony we attended in Jerusalem. They read out loud the names of all of the soldiers who had been killed that year. Then, the next day sadness turned to joy as we ran up and down Ben Yehuda celebrating the miracle of the State of Israel.

As we commemorate Yom Hazikaron and prepare to celebrate the miracle of Yom Ha’atzmaut, we must remember that it is not a book or lecture that makes these days meaningful. It is the experience that makes it important. As a six year old, my son learned about a concept that would have been very difficult to explain otherwise. I asked him if his teacher talked about it, and while he said she did, I know that in his mind, the importance of the day did not register strongly. Seeing it happen however, in those 15 minutes gave my son the experience. As we all commemorate those who have fallen for the State of Israel and celebrate the last 63 years, we should remember that it is the experiences that can truly impact our lives.

A Meaningful Yom Hashoah

Submitted By: Aryeh Eisenberg, Director of Education-Tomorrow’s Genius

As teachers, Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is often one of the most difficult holidays to teach. For Yom Hashoah is not just another day in our history. It is a day when we stop to remember an atrocity that affected many of our lives personally. When I was in high school, my grade 12 history teacher asked for a show of hands of how many of us students had grandparents that were in the Holocaust. At least half of the hands in the room were raised. There was a silence, as in a room full of high school students, when what often mattered most were the trivial things, there was a sudden realization, that all of us in that room, in some way or another, had been affected by the experiences of our grandparents and relatives. Sadly, this was a common bond which almost all of us shared.

Fast forward thirteen years, to the first Yom Hashoah I asked my students the same question. This time, there were far fewer hands raised. A generation had passed since I was the student and the experiences which we heard about first hand, were now becoming a distant memory for many. A few students in my class were able to share some family stories, but for so many, the personal connection we felt as students just was not there.

Today’s educators have an added responsibility that teachers ten years ago did not have. Ten years ago, if a school wanted to host a Holocaust program, it was relatively easy to contact the local Federation and invite one of the many Holocaust survivors to come and share their stories. Sharing these types of stories was normal for my generation. Sadly, we know that as time has gone by, there are less survivors alive to share their stories. The responsibility to teach students about the Shoah becomes more important for the teachers, as we are who our children depend on for education.

We often say that something like the Holocaust could never happen again. In a generation that has brought us Darfur, Somalia, the Congo, Nigeria, and many other terrible events, there is still much work to be done in educating our children and the world in general.

The educational staff of Tomorrow’s Genius would like to wish everyone a meaningful Yom Hashoah, as we take this day to not only remember those who perished, but to also remember those who survived. Let us educate our children and give them the values to strive for Tikun Olan and make our world a better place.

Suggested Yom Hashoah Websites:

http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/remembrance/2010/index.asp?WT.mc_id=ggcamp&WT.srch=1 – Yad Vashem

http://www.youtube.com/user/YadVashem – Yad Vashem YouTube Channel

http://www.nizkor.org/ – Fighting Holocaust Denial

http://remember.org/ – Cybrary Holocaust

http://holocaust-children.tripod.com/index.html – Children of the Holocaust

http://www.museumoftolerance.com/site/c.tmL6KfNVLtH/b.4865925/k.83A7/Whats_Happening_at_the_MOT.htm – Museum of Tolerance

US Report

TG’s director of education, Aryeh Eisenberg is currently in the United States to build a Tomorrow’s Genius pilot program. Here is a report on his travels…

It is hard to believe that this trip is finally happening, as it had been in the planning stages for what seemed like a long time. When we launched Tomorrow’s Genius back in January, we always knew that in addition to working with students here in Israel, that we wanted to help students in the US as well. As a life long Jewish day school educator, it was always my dream and my intention to make the TG platform available for students all over the world. After all, Tomorrow’s Genius is an online platform with limitless possibilities.

So, on March 31, I left Ben Gurion airport with a plan. I was going to spend 2 weeks meeting with as many Jewish day schools, organizations, and groups as possible. Basically, I was willing to meet with anyone who would listen. Of course we knew some of the schools where we wanted to present, but TG does not exactly represent main stream education. We thought that we may have some challenges in setting up meetings.

Well, fast forward to mid way through the trip, and I am already plotting out the schedule for my next visit. Almost all of the schools with which we have so far met, are genuinely excited about the Tomorrow’s Genius platform. Some have even asked us to meet with others in the school or with other schools with whom they have a relationship. The fear of not being able to fill my time has passed. Now, we have the opposite problem. Tomorrow, I am actually holding Webex demos for the schools which I am unable to meet in person.

Over the next three days, I have 10 more meetings, so we are certainly not finished yet. Even with the positive interest, our goals remain the same. Tomorrow’s Genius has successfully taken great educators and great technology to form a truly unique educational platform.

Here’s to our continued success in helping students all over the world!

Taking TG Across the Atlantic

After a successful TG launch here in Israel, we will be taking our platform to Jewish day schools on the east coast of the United States. TG’s director of education, Aryeh Eisenberg will be traveling to the United States and will spend two weeks meeting with Jewish schools in New York, New Jersey, Toronto, and Maryland.
Here in Israel, we have been very successful in partnering directly with schools to create individualized educational programs for students. This has enabled us to provide students with help in their specific classes and subjects. The Israeli pilot program has also enabled us to learn from schools around the country about the challenges and needs of the Israeli educational system. Every school with which we partner enables us to learn more about the needs of students everywhere. Tomorrow’s Genius was founded to provide help to every student who needs extra services. The pilot program has helped us to deliver the best help possible.
Now, in order to reach our goal of being able to help Jewish students all over the world, we are looking forward to working with the Jewish day school community. So far, we are meeting with 15 schools and organizations, but we are hoping to meet with even more. It is going to be a packed 2 weeks, but we are looking forward to being able to expand our help network to include the United States.
If you know of a Jewish school that may be interested in Tomorrow’s Genius, please email us at support@tomorrowsgenius.com. To read more about our USA pilot program, check out this article that was published on JTEC: http://jtec.macam.ac.il/portal/ArticlePage.aspx?id=903&referer=%2fportal%2fDefault.aspx%3f

Helping the Poor Reader – New Help for Dyslexic Students

Information About a new product designed specifically to help students with dyslexia.

AgileEye™ for Better Reading

We all want our children to be the best they can be. But a child can have all the advantages of supportive parents, normal intelligence, and a decent school to attend, yet still not be able to progress very far with his reading. In fact, somewhere between 15% and 20% of all children and adults remain slow or poor readers in spite of having all these advantages.

Complex Process

Reading is a complex process, requiring the mastery of a number of skills. Each skill represents a possible blip along the road to reading. If the potential reader has a deficit in any of the skills needed for reading, he may end up a slow or poor reader.

A reading problem can be mild or severe, and it can take many forms. No two individuals will have the exact same reading issues. All this makes diagnosing the problem that much harder.

In the reading disability we call dyslexia there will be problems with both reading fluency and reading comprehension. But even here, the picture may be complicated by other factors. Learning disabilities tend not to occur in a vacuum. The child with dyslexia may have any number of learning difficulties in addition to his reading issues. For instance, he may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as dyslexia.

Get Help

CogniBeat’s AgileEye™ is a software application that was developed to improve reading in those with reading difficulties. AgileEye has specific aims. It serves to help those whose reading difficulties stem from visual sensory motor perception and timing deficits of motor execution. That’s the fancy scientific explanation.

In layman’s speak what AgileEye does is help people who a) find it difficult to sense movement with their eyes and b) those who find it difficult to time and coordinate movement. That might be hand to eye movement, coordinating both eyes at the same time, or coordinating one’s gait to the environment, such as when walking a staircase, or traversing a crowded room.

In dyslexia, the individual has a deficit that makes it impossible for his eyes to coordinate as they should for smooth reading. The eyes must be able to sweep across the pages, making brief stops on the words. But the person with dyslexia has a deficit in the areas of the brain that handle these tasks.

AgileEye is an online application you can use in the comfort of your home. The program consists of a series of 12 AgileEye low-stress sessions that take 12 minutes each spread out over a period of six weeks. AgileEye technology can bring about dramatic improvements in reading. The AgileEye application is designed for anyone aged 7 and up who is looking to make gains in reading.

The program is also suitable for helping those with dysgraphia (extreme handwriting issues), dyspraxia (extreme clumsiness), and visual attention deficits (eyes that cannot rest on one object for any length of time). Why not sign up for AgileEye Beta today? It won’t cost you a cent and may just change your life.

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