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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!
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Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans

Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
At the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference, Google today announced it’s expanding its lineup of tours to include 10 new stories, specifically designed for educational use. Partners on this new effort include National Geographic Society, PBS Education, HHMI Biointeractive and Mission Blue.
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The peace process hasn’t brought peace. The case for moving on

The peace process hasn’t brought peace. The case for moving on | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
In a new book, philosopher Micah Goodman seeks to upend the debate about the West Bank, by urging Israelis -- left and right -- to set aside their dreams
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Want a Jewish Future? Forget Emotion and Look at the Numbers

Want a Jewish Future? Forget Emotion and Look at the Numbers | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
But this discussion isn’t about hurt feelings or the false accusation that those who advocate endogamy don’t want to welcome those who wish to be part of the Jewish community. We can’t count on Orthodox demographic growth to take the place of the millions of Jews who are drifting away. And placid acceptance of trends that point inevitably to the end of the American Jewish world as we know it is no answer.

Those who want to keep their heads in the sand can go on pretending that a future in which many (if not most) of Americans who call themselves Jews will have few ties to faith traditions or Jewish peoplehood is viable. But those who want to enable the continuance of a community that can enrich the lives of those who take part in it — and a community that can support vital Jewish institutions — should heed the call of Cohen and Fishman.
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There is already pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall. Here’s what would have changed

There is already pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall. Here’s what would have changed | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Starting in the year 2000, following a long legal and public awareness battle, liberal Jews have had the right, granted by the State of Israel, to pray in the southern section of the Western Wall plaza. Alongside other liberal Jewish movements, the Israeli Conservative movement has since maintained prayer shawls and prayer books there in an effort to encourage pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall.

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24 short and sober comments on the sudden death of the Kotel compromise — Jewish Journal

If you haven’t heard the news, the Israeli government has decided to freeze – that is to say, kill – its own resolution to create a platform for egalitarian and progressive Jewish practice at the Western Wall. The ultra-Orthodox parties put their foot down, and the cabinet caved. Here are some very short comments on a much-discussed issue
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10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
It’s not just the tweens and teens that are addicted to Instagram, it’s the teachers too! So instead of scrolling through your celebrity crush’s feed, we’ve rounded up some legitimate, educational ways you can use Instagram in the classroom.

Of course, it’s important to protect students’ privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you’re interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to “private” and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo. Finally, be sure to check your school’s technology policies before you begin.

OK, disclaimer over! Here are 10 awesome ways you can use Instagram in the classroom

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Shimen and Heidi

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This series of posts will be a defense of Shimen’s cranky conservative view of the world — okay, my cranky conservative view of the world — against Heidi’s views. Actually, I expect it will be less a defense than an attack on progressive pieties. My main argument will not be that the cosmopolitan critique of (small c) conservative Judaism misrepresents Judaism (though it does). Rather I will argue that this critique is rooted in a number of cultural blind spots, including a blinkered understanding of the scope of morality, of the preferability of social norms to laws and of the extent to which certain beliefs are unavoidable.

In short, between Heidi of Princeton and Shimen of Auschwitz, one was narrow and orthodox and the other was worldly and realistic. I shall argue in these posts that most people are confused about which is which.
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Playgrounds No Longer in Sync with Our Understanding of Play – Jeducation World

This is why so many Jewish early childhood centers are transforming their conventional playgrounds into natural playgrounds.

These natural playgrounds feature the use of natural resources and resources that make nature more accessible to children. They include mini-trails with objects to discover; logs and tree stumps for children to climb or to imagine as their private castle; fences filled with objects for creating sounds and music; birdfeeders and birdhouses with mini-cameras hooked up to viewing screens; piles of dirt for children to dig in, tunnel through, fill buckets with and create miniature worlds that only they understand; upraised gardens for developing relationships with plants; and so much more.
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The Gap in Israel Gap Year

We must not rely on hikes and tiyulim, even if we bring along a tanach. We can’t assume that the myriad mini-experiences that our students have on gap year will knit together and form a healthy and coherent Zionist narrative. The year spent in Israel is a golden opportunity to address this gap in their education. Its our job as Gap Year educators to work it out with them and prepare them for campus. Anything less is irresponsible.

We need to have the complicated and difficult conversations with our students, and not be deluded into believing that the emotional high the kids are on will sustain them once they are off Israeli soil. Let’s take the time, while they are here to make sure they are prepared for what is coming next. The fact that they are in Israel and developmentally ready makes gap year the ideal time for these conversations.

Let’s get to work.
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MOFET JTEC - Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Settings

We are delighted to invite you to participate in our introduction to Facing History and Ourselves' summer seminar, Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Settings. In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy.
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MOFET JTEC - Jewish Educators Network ISTE Meetup

Join a dynamic group of Jewish educators at the International Society for Education 2017 Conference in San Antonio, Texas on June 26, 2017 between 17:30 – 19:30 as they reflect on best practices, share personal experiences, and network together about how best to integrate technology into Jewish education. The topics discussed will be participant driven with the goal of helping to foster meaningful conversations and create future collaboration.
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MOFET JTEC - Online Courses Offered by Gratz Advance’s NEXT Program – Summer 2017

What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT program’s offerings for this summer! Supplementary school programs must hire teachers with a complex patchwork of backgrounds and skills while living with budgets that lack healthy line items for professional development for those teachers. The challenge is how to provide the range – and depth –of learning needed to efficiently enhance our teachers’ knowledge and skills. NEXT addresses the disparate levels of experience in Jewish knowledge and educational pedagogy. We have enjoyed creating partnerships with different programs, central agencies and federations.
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MOFET JTEC - Academic – Pedagogic Seminar for European Jewish Educators

The Herzog College in The Etzion Bloc invites Jewish teachers and school principals from all over Europe to participate in our summer seminar in Vienna on July 16-24, 2017. This seminar is the first step in implementing our broad vision creating an academic credited program for Diaspora teachers. The seminar is aimed at enriching the participants' toolbox in teaching Judaism and pedagogy. Academic credits will be awarded to seminar participants who complete course requirements. The seminar will be held at Maria – Theresia's Castle in English and French as well as in Ivrit subject to demand.
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Look, but don’t touch: Moscow’s Schneerson Collection goes online

Look, but don’t touch: Moscow’s Schneerson Collection goes online | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Russian government continues to hold the Chabad dynasty’s seized collection of ancient books, but is opening it to public viewing on the web
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The 2017 Best Backup & Restore Software - MiniTool ShadowMaker Beta 2.0 release:

The 2017 Best Backup & Restore Software - MiniTool ShadowMaker Beta 2.0 release: | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
MiniTool ShadowMaker is all-in-one system backup and data protection solution that can back up system and disk easily and quickly.

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Famous Novelists “Confront the Occupation” in the West Bank—and Celebrate Themselves

Famous Novelists “Confront the Occupation” in the West Bank—and Celebrate Themselves | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
What [this book is] really about is the writers. Most of the essays aren’t journalism but a kind of selfie in which the author poses in front of the symbolic moral issue of the time: here I am at an Israeli checkpoint! Here I am with a shepherd! That’s why the very first page of the book finds Chabon and Waldman talking not about the occupation, but about Chabon and Waldman. After a while I felt trapped in a wordy kind of Kardashian Instagram feed, without the self-awareness.
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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Storyboard to Plan Your Video

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Storyboard to Plan Your Video | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Last week I attended a webinar hosted by Lee LeFever from Common Craft. The webinar was about the process that Common Craft uses to produce their excellent explanatory videos. One of the points that Lee emphasized was the need to write a script and craft a storyboard before making the video. Crafting a script and making a storyboard forces you into organizing your thoughts and putting them into a sequence that can make sense to your audience.

Lee uses PowerPoint to create the storyboards for Common Craft videos. That’s a good option if you have access to PowerPoint. You can also do the same in Google Slides. A third option is to use a purpose-built storyboarding tool like Storyboard That.
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Project Based Learning is a Roller Coaster by Catlin Tucker

Project Based Learning is a Roller Coaster by Catlin Tucker | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
One of the most challenging aspects of this school year has been using project-based learning to integrate curriculum. Projects are a beast! It feels like I am boarding a roller coaster each time we begin a new project. In fact,

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Have you tried project based learning with your English language learners? If so, was it a roller coaster?  PBL is challenging, and one has to be ready for that challenge.  
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One of the most challenging aspects of this school year has been using project-based learning to integrate curriculum. Projects are a beast! It feels like I am boarding a roller coaster each time we begin a new project. In fact, it feels like every project follows the same emotionally turbulent trajectory as pictured below.
 
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Some Good Music Apps for Middle School Students curated by Educators' technology

Some Good Music Apps for Middle School Students curated by Educators' technology | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Think that technology can only be used in core classes? Wrong!

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Israeli Cabinet meets in Western Wall tunnels, approves Old City elevator

During the meeting, the Cabinet approved a plan to build an elevator from Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall that would allow more accessibility for handicapped people to the holy site. The Cabinet also approved the construction of a cable car to the Dung Gate near the Western Wall in the Old City from the center of the city.

The elevator and a pedestrian tunnel at its foot is estimated to cost $14 million.

The Cabinet also approved a five-year budget to develop the area around the Old City and to improve health, culture, welfare and education services in the city of Jerusalem, including eastern Jerusalem.
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Google מחברים את סבא וסבתא לאינטרנט

תוכנית "סב(ת)א ברשת" הינה תוכנית שנתית, המכילה מערכי שיעור משותפים לנכדים ולסבא וסבתא שלהם ומעבירה אותם תהליך למידה משותפת. המערכים, מאתגרים את הזוגות בתרגילים, משחקים והנחיות ועוזרים למבוגרים להתחיל לגלות את העולם המופלא באינטרנט ולנכדים, להכיר טוב יותר את סבא וסבתא שלהם.

תוכנית "סב(ת)א ברשת" הושקה בבתי ספר "אורט" ובמעל 350 בתי ספר יסודיים ועל-יסודיים בשילוב עם תוכנית "הקשר הרב דורי" מטעם משרד החינוך, המשרד לאזרחים ותיקים ובית התפוצות.
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Facebook’s on a new mission to build community

Facebook’s on a new mission to build community | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The social network, dealing with existential questions about its role in the world, isn't just about connecting everyone. It now wants to try to help people get along
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MOFET JTEC - Building Capacity for Change in Congregational Education through Communities of Practice

In the past seven months alone, 16 of these congregations have been in a CoP learning together to reimagine congregational education for families with children in grades K-7. Through the URJ Reimagining Congregational Education CoP, congregations are working to establish a new vision of education and engagement and explore alternative models of congregational education by learning both from each other and from expert practitioners. Through this work, congregations learn skills that help them think intentionally about all areas of congregational life.
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MOFET JTEC - Design Thinking Takes Center Stage as 100 Educators Reimagine Judaic Education in Jewish Day Schools

Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC) convened nearly 100 Jewish educators and community leaders from across North America on May 17-18, 2017 to participate in its 5th annual Innovators Retreat – Oases of Change – at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The JEIC Innovators Retreat showcased 11 revolutionary ideas in Jewish day school education and opened them up for feedback from top educators, funders and social entrepreneurs in the field. These new models, grantees of the JEICs Day School Educators’ Challenge and the ten designers currently participating in HaKaveret: JEIC Team Challenge. 
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MOFET JTEC - Part-Time Jewish Education: Harnessing the Power of Social-Emotional Spiritual Learning


As we continue to harness the power of such initiatives, it is clear that congregational and other part-time Jewish educators are experimenting with new approaches to address the whole person and seeking to offer a deeper and more meaningful context to Jewish life and learning.
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