Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Lausanne Learning Institute Atlantic was a premier two-day professional development conference that is designed for teachers to share their practical classroom skills with other teachers in the East Coast region. Featuring STEAM projects, active learning sessions and collaborative events, LLI Atlantic is the new generation of authentic, effective teacher training.

Several Yavneh Academy faculty members were selected to share their methods of integrated teaching and learning with their peers at LLI Atlantic. Science teacher, Brenda Zak, along with the technology team, Chani Lichtiger, Claire Hirschhorn and Tova Burack, presented the methods they used to integrate technology into the science curriculum. Their hands-on session, entitled “Using 3D Technology to Teach Systems of Human Biology” demonstrated how technology can assist in aiding students to comprehend and retain science content in an engaging and meaningful way.

Zak first shared with the audience the science standards addressed when students studied healthy and diseased human organs. Burack then explained how to use 3Doodlers to construct 3D models of each type of organ. (3Doodler is the world’s first 3D printing pen. It works by extruding heated plastic that cools and hardens instantly, allowing you to literally draw in the air.) Students used their science and technology learning to build models of healthy and diseased organs. For example, students synthesized a healthy lung and then a lung with pneumonia. This activity required a deep understanding of the science content in order to successfully depict the organs. The session participants then got to experience the 3Doodlers for themselves as they created models of human organs.