"Catherine Lacey, a student at the University of Western Australia, is a Level 40 Hero in biology.
That’s her ranking on OpenStudy, where she spends up to 30 hours per week answering homework questions posed by students around the world.
Hero is the hardest badge to attain on the site, indicating considerable time spent helping other students. And Lacey doesn’t just help beginners—one of the many merit badges she’s earned from OpenStudy is for tutoring students in MIT open biology courses."
"When Stanford Professor Lee Shulman was first enmeshed in the research that led to Board certification of teachers by NBPTS, I asked him – in a hotel bathroom, of all places – what interesting findings were turning up about great teachers as compared to the rest. He replied: 'Well, you might not find this such a big deal, but a big indicator is the degree to which a teacher accurately describes what happens in her classroom.'"
"So what can we do increase the use of research by practitioners? Through efforts like the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE), which brings together funders, researchers, and practitioners for the purpose of improving Jewish education, we are working to put structures in place to support researchers and help bridge the gap between their world and that of the practitioners."
This March, 2013, article talks about ShalomLearning, a new platform that will eventually pull together teacher lessons and student created work to effectively flip the classroom environment, with the goal of changing how we teach, not what we teach. Jewish Education Goes High Tech A new start-up uses 21st-century technologies to make ancient values relatable and dynamic.
Online learning communities provide venues for students to challenge each other, co-construct knowledge, and provide appropriate feedback (Laureate Education Inc., n.d.). Additionally, both instructors and students ...
Higher education is perhaps one of the most notable areas which integrated technology for its day to day activities and the progress in such integ..., Dr Pandula Siribaddana (Technology trends in higher education - Helium
Note: Although Google Translate can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development.
Are Schools Meeting Their Technology Goals? KQED (blog) The best way to find out how technology is being used in classrooms and where schools could use more support is to ask educators.
Yvonne Marie Webber's insight:
An important thing to remember is that technology, programs and applications will continue to develop and change. It is near impossible to know which ones will really make it and be around for years and which ones will fade quickly. The key is to accept the challenge to find what works for you at the moment and go with it. Allow yourself to be adaptable.
4 Presentations Every Teacher Should See ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Jewish Education Around the World curated by Reuven Werber (4 Presentations Every Teacher Should See | @scoopit via @Edtechmorah
A thoughtful visual about ways students should use technology asks the big question: what do you want kids to do with technology?
Yvonne Marie Webber's insight:
We are too often distracted by what technology kids are using to see why we want them to use it. Why are they using the technology? What do we want them to get out of the experience? Would we say that we want students to create collages, type reports, and fill-in multiple choice answers? No. We would say we want them to visually show an understanding of a concept (collage is the method to show the understanding)!
"Technology is a tool, it is meant to be added to your toolbox just like anything else"!
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