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A tour of Ramat Gan, Israel

June 8, 2015

Me and Students

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit a few schools in the Ramat Gan area of Israel. They have incorporated new Bible Curriculum into the schools, and we got to interact with the students and classes that have been using this material. It was a joy to hear from young people as they shared how this new curriculum was impacting their learning.

This Bible Curriculum incorporates new technology called Augmented Reality. Using Augmented Reality allows the students to digitally bring about another dimension of reality with a tablet as they go through their lesson. For students, adding a technological layer to their text-book is a game changer. It allows them to interact with the text, which in turn can help them learn and remember more.

Student

I got to hear from a high school boy who had been using this material for a few months. He said that using this curriculum with the technology component “provides the opportunity to bond with the Bible.”

Another student said “using the technology helps me better understand the Bible. Today we learned about Joshua, and I learned how it can relate to me today.”

I love seeing students connect and engage with the Bible in a new way through this curriculum and the augmented reality!

If you want to see the curriculum and Augmented Reality in action you can watch a video here. In this video, my husband Michael is showing a group of California students the same material that is being used in Israel.

Bachelor's degree- University of Oklahoma, School, Uncategorized

University of Oklahoma

November 5, 2011

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The University of Oklahoma is a lovely place- particularly the football stadium. I LOVE walking around campus and going to the OU games. It reminds me of my college days, and how much God taught me during those years. They were years that included growth, heart-break, independence, new friendships and growth in previous friendships, lots of chick-fil-a meals and grilled cheese sandwiches, late nights, sleeping until 10 minutes before class, being late to a class for the first time in my life (ever), Tridelta, learning to study (high school was a joke compared to college studying), leading small groups, organizing multiple small groups, date parties, complaining about the cold during the long walk to class, rush, big/sis lil/sis, being in college with siblings: Derek & Lindy, roller blading to sonic (Casey), lots of moving in and out of the dorms and tridelt house, 6 different roommates in 4 years, marriage, matching class schedules with my husband, learning from other Christians who are not like me, OU/TX, finding my identity in Christ, the crew (you know who you are), experiencing bitterness and walking through having forgiveness, human delta, swimsuits/rain boots/rain in the delta lawn, new challenges, broken trust, learning to trust God, and so much more. How can I not love OU, when it was such a great season of my life? I love OU.
I love the football team too, and I cheer them on no matter what- so, with the OU/A&M just a few minutes away from kickoff- I will end this post with a BOOMER SOONER!!

Lauren

Bachelor's degree- University of Oklahoma, Friends, Life, School, Uncategorized

Alumna- created April 29, 2010

September 27, 2011

As my time at the University of Oklahoma, and my time as an OU Tridelta collegiate member comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect back on the sweet friendships I have made in this season. The friendships I found in college have meant the world to me and have helped me grow into who I am today. Each one of the tridelt senior women in my “crew” 😉 have impacted me in specific and different ways.

With Meghan, I see the gift of creativity which God has given her. I tend to lack in the area of creativity, but Meghan is so talented in this area. Meghan shows this attribute of God as creator, and I love it.

“In the beginning, God created… ” Genesis 1:1a

My friend Kayley shows intense joy in her life. Kayley is always smiling, and encouraging others. This is a joy that she attributes to her relationship with Jesus. She has shown me to lean into the joy that can be found in Christ. No one has a life that doesn’t come with its own set of trials. Our joy is not in the circumstances, and Kayley is a wonderful example of someone who finds her joy in Jesus.

“Consider it pure joy my brother, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance” James 1:2

With Sarah, I am challenged by her discipline and focus on becoming all that she can be. This discipline is evident in her amazing progress in track as a pole vaulter. God gives us all gifts, and we should use them and work hard at whatever we do. This is something I see lived out in Sarah’s life.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

My friend Jessica is precious. She is always so compassionate and kind. She shows me a beautiful picture of God’s compassion and kindness as he loves us unconditionally. God is so merciful, and I see this characteristic lived out in Jess. She challenges me to be more compassionate and considerate of others around me. 

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7

In Cherrie’s life I see hope and determination. There is a hope that Cherrie has in Christ, and she shows that hope with her life and it is evident to those around her. She lives her life to the full, and is always up for a new adventure. She has an amazing story and gives glory to God for everything.

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15

With my friend Noralea it is evident that she has an adventurous spirit, and a serving heart. Her love of adventure leads her into a spiritual adventure with a heart striving to be closer to God. It is beautiful to see her discover God in new ways and challenge me to do the same. Noralea is also very thoughtful and is continually looking to serve others. 

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11

And my dear friend Casey shows complete loyalty, and has a firm and unshakable faith. She is a wonderful friend. She is loyal to all the relationships in her life and this characteristic is also seen in her loyalty to God. She has a solid faith in God and is always learning more. It is so comforting to see this loyalty and love, and know that God is always going to love. Nothing can change that.

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Psalm 13:5

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

I have so many beautiful friends, and they teach me so many things. My Tridelta friends are so special to me, and I thank my Lord for them. I am reminded of Philippians 1 as we approach these last few weeks together before we all graduate and move to different places.

Verses 3-6 say “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

La

 

Update 9/22/2015:

I wanted to add a more recent pic to this post! We graduated spring 2010, but five years later still love seeing each other! This was taken December 2014:

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