Involvement in Online Learning
A good friend of mine, Sieva Kozinsky (CEO of Studysoup), described online learning as ‘flattening the walls of the classroom.’ I turned Sieva’s description into my philosophy of teaching online. With the use of Schoology (Learning Management System for Hebrew College), third party apps, and a dedication to both individualized and personalized instruction, online learning has become a boundless classroom of idea sharing, collaboration and redefinition of learning.
Involvement in Middle School Education
“Teaching Middle School is like being in Manhattan. One either loves it or hates it. For over 17 years I have worked with middle school students as a teacher and administrator. I love this age group as they are learning how to become critical thinkers and express their positions all the while maneuvering through the art of sarcasm. I wear many different hats with middle schoolers: teacher, coach, advisor, in loco parentis. They keep me on my toes and it is because of them that I developed my core philosophy of teaching - I serve those who shall serve the future.
I am now researching authentic augmented reality and its potential impact in learning at the graduate level.
Ariel Margolis joined Hebrew College in 2014 as director of Makor, Director of Online Learning, and Adjunct Lecturer in special education at the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. He is known in the Jewish day school teaching community for his commitment to innovative educational models and leveraging technology to help students engage with STEM and Judaic curriculum. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Margolis worked at Kehillah Schechter Academy for 15 years, where he served as a math, science and Tanakh teacher; middle-school principal; teacher coach; and instructional technology coach. He is also an edtech consultant to several companies world-wide.
- Positive Classroom Support (EDUC 555)
- Pedagogic Instructional Design (EDUC 630)
- The Art and Science of Challah Making
- Leadership Lessons Learned from Tanakh
- Visual Spatial Abilities in Students with Dyscalculia vs. Dyscalculia and Attention Deficit (Brandeis, 1997).
- This Ain’t Your Grandparents’ Class - Presentation on older learners at SchoologyNEXT2016, Miami
- Institutional Change - Presentation at SchoologyNEXT2015, Chicago
- Schoology Administrator of the Year, Higher Education - 2016
- Schoology Ambassador of the Year, 2016