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New Media in Jewish Studies Collaborative « Jim Joseph Foundation

New Media in Jewish Studies Collaborative « Jim Joseph Foundation | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

A post I wrote this week about the New Media in Jewish Studies Collaborative, an exciting project funded by the JIm Joseph Foundation and Covenent Foundation.

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Alfred Folse's curator insight, September 4, 2013 6:39 PM

Using new media to further learn the true meaning of our religious affair is entirely a good idea. This media collaboration will give us the excitement as we learn. The religious study will be more fun and will be enjoyed by those who are eager to learn more.

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The Connected Educators Book Club

The Connected Educators Book Club | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

I am reading the Connected Educator and have joined the Connected Educator's book club. The book  is about shifting learning and teaching to be more collaborative and individualized. Good stuff!

 

There are weekly Wednesday night meeting as well as an active online site. There is a lot happening, however it is possible to jump in and participate to the degree that one feels comfortable/has time

 

A few of us are working on setting up a Connected Jewish Educator group--more to come on this soon.

 

The Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity to read books about or related to online communities, then discuss them with your peers and the author, through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog (in a Book Club Ning) and weekly real-time...

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twitter-handbook-for-teachers.pdf

Here's a twitter handbook for teachers (and other educators) from Powerful Learning Practice, an organization that focuses on professional development. 

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From Will Richardson's presentation on Eight Ways to Start (and Sustain) conversations around change

I've just returned from two stimulating days at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Learned/thought about a lot. Here's a great slideshare from Will Richardson about how to start/sustain conversations around change.

 

 Slide 59 was particularly thought provoking for me: where are each of us on the spectrum of sharing/not sharing and learning/not learning? And does more sharing really equal more learning?

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A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator – Using social media in 21st century classrooms | Powerful Learning Practice

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator – Using social media in 21st century classrooms | Powerful Learning Practice | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

What does it look like to be a connected global educator? This infographic made my head spin a bit, but has some good ideas...

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Tech Rav: Ovadiah and the Asifa, Using the Internet to Perfect an Imperfect World

Tech Rav: Ovadiah and the Asifa, Using the Internet to Perfect an Imperfect World | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Another thoughtful response to the recent Haredi Asifa against the internet, this one by Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky. Pittinsky asks, "How does one deal with the darkness in some areas of the Internet? Does one spout curses and hide behind fences or does one seek to engage in this world and bring light to it?"

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Educators Weigh E-Textbook Cost Comparisons

Educators Weigh E-Textbook Cost Comparisons | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Good analysis of whether e-textbooks actually save money.  The takeaway is that the jury is still out. Some of the potential savings, such as improved classroom behavior, are difficult to determine. There is also the important question of whether schools and teachers using these devices actually take advantage of their additional features or just treat them like textbooks that have been upgraded from a paper to digital format.

 

Despite the substantial investments states and districts have made in digital textbooks, and claims from proponents that they save schools money, many officials remain skeptical.

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Magic and Serendipity in Our Global Primary Classroom | Powerful Learning Practice

Magic and Serendipity in Our Global Primary Classroom | Powerful Learning Practice | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

GREAT story of how sharing classroom videos created global  learning for two first grade classrooms...one in Greece!

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Curating Children’s Content: Who Is Doing It, And Why?

Curating Children’s Content: Who Is Doing It, And Why? | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

We have been talking about this a lot at the Jim Joseph Foundation--how do we find quality educational content for children, and what are the sources for learning about apps and sortware for children. This article provides a good roundup.  Now I want to know: who is doing this for Jewish children's content specifically?

 

Over the last year I have been writing and exploring ideas around curating children's digital tools and content. There is now so much media ...

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Adult Ed Growing, At A Distance | The Jewish Week

Julie Wiener reports on experiments in online Jewish learning for adults, and some concerns/challenges that have arisen.

 

Important quote from the Avi Chai Foundation's Rachel Abrahams, “A big piece of Jewish education is affective — you need role modeling, relationships, connection,” Abrahams continues. “There can be some of that online, you can develop a relationship with an online teacher — but you don’t see them pray in the morning or say Birkat HaMazon after they eat. There has to be some kind of balance.”

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Tech Rav

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Post from Tzvi Pittinsky on a group that has been meeting in the NY/NJ area to talk about Jewish education and technology. This was particularly interesting:

"Rabi Beyda pointed out that the 1:1 iPad program is being utilized as a change agent. The reality of the new technology demands that teachers rethink their traditional approaches in the classroom. Frontal lecturing, which is rarely a good thing, just won't work in a classroom where students can merely Google the answers. Also, the creative abilities of the iPad and its many apps demand a more student centered project based approach to learning. I had a similar experience in my school, the Frisch School, when our move to our new building five years ago and the advent of so much new technology with the new building forced everyone to rethink the way they have been teaching. I believe that this type of content reflection and reassessment of teaching practices can have very positive educational effects. Obviously, thoughtful teaching and reflection does not require technology but the shakeup that technology can be one method to bring about such practice on the part of teachers."

 

Rabbi Pittinsky suggests that there should be a conference on Jewish education and technology...this is an interesting idea but I think that ongoing communities of practice like this one can be as effective as a conference if not more.

 

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Behrman House Publishing | Behrman House Homepage

Behrman House Publishing | Behrman House Homepage | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Happy Purim! Some useful resources from Behrman House...I plan to download the grogger iPhone app :-)

Yesterday at the Jim Joseph Foundation we studied some Purim texts with SF educator Maya Bernstein. An important idea that emerged was that Purim is about not only telling the story, but returning to the story year after year and finding new/personal connections to that story.

As I look at the resources on this page, a question that I have is: do they use technology to enable/encourage new ways of understanding/interpreting the story?

In the case of most of these resources, the answer is no; they are at the knowledge/comprehension level. I'm curious if others can share tech resources that enable learners to share or create their personal meanings, interpretations and connections to the Purim story.

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A Principal's Reflections: Exploring the Educational Value of Pinterest

A Principal's Reflections: Exploring the Educational Value of Pinterest | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

I've been hearing a lot about pinterest these days. Good stuff for visual learners! There's even some stuff on there on Jewish education...

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You’re a connected educator, now what?

You’re a connected educator, now what? | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Thoughtful article on what teachers and educators can do now that you become a connected educator...

 

Congratulations! You have created a Twitter account and followed some great people like @ShellTerrell and @Web20Classroom.

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Infographics, twitter, and more: TechBabble - chewing on some bytes

Infographics, twitter, and more: TechBabble - chewing on some bytes | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Sarah Blattner, technology specialist at Portland Jewish Academy, has started a weekly technology challenge this summer for her faculty and anyone else who wants to participate.

 

irst week's challenge: get beyond Powerpoint. Then, start tweeting; Sarah mentions some great Jewish education resources on twitter. This week is about using infographics. Nice job Sarah!

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Beyond Googling: Structuring Inquiry

Here's another presentation from ISTE on Inquiry based learning from Chris Lehmann. Note that he suggests technology should be "ubiquitous, neccesary, and invisible."

 

Beyond Googling: Building Conditions for Structured Inquiry Chris LehmannScience Leadership Academy @chrislehmann...

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Use Technology to Upend Traditional Classrooms

"The most impressive technology-rich classrooms...look like creative businesses on deadlines."  Thoughtful piece from Justin Reich, fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Reich also makes the point that we should not think only in terms of cost per student, but also in terms of learning gains per student.

 

Schools should use technology to rethink education, not simply speed up what they do now, Justin Reich says.

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Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools

Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Great description of moving from "technology for technology's sake" to a deeper integration of technology into learning. The comments also interesting also. Note that the headline is somewhat misleading, if attention grabbing!

 

Once an advocate for using social media applications and cell phones in class, this English teacher has changed his stance on the kinds of technology teachers should incorporate into their instruction.

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Op-Ed: Teach children to be their own Internet filters | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Op-Ed: Teach children to be their own Internet filters | JTA - Jewish & Israel News | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Thoughtful response from Eliezer Jones and David Pelcovitz to the haredi "anti-internet" rally held yesterday in New York. Jones & Pelcovitz  emphasize teaching children to use the internet safely rather than isolating them from it.

 

Parents and teachers must instill in children a strong value system based on Jewish morals and traditions that allows them to become their own filters when exploring the Internet, write two Yeshiva University educators.

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Spreading technology in Jewish day school programs | The Jewish ...

Spreading technology in Jewish day school programs | The Jewish ... | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Congratulations to Jon Mitzmacher and his team on organizing this important professional development gathering...I'm looking forward to hearing more.

 

The Martin J. Gottlieb Jewish Day School (MJGDS) in Jacksonville has planned and will lead the three-day program that will facilitate educator teams in hands-on learning taught by technology and curriculum experts, provide ...

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25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty | Edudemic

25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty | Edudemic | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Very powerful graphic suggests great ed apps (for ipads OR desktops)and makes the important point that there is a continuum between using technology to consume, collaborate or produce new content.

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Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Work?

Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Work? | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

Report from KQED's Mind/Shift on explosion of mobile devices in schools.

 

One takeaway, "From where we stand now, it seems that the mobile revolution in schools is inevitable. But as the hype around the wizardry of the technology escalates, it’s imperative to focus the discussion on how to use devices not to mechanize and standardize, but to bring back the human, personal element to teaching and learning. Kids learning from each other, making what they learn personal and relevant, and giving educators more tools to reach students."

 

 

 

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Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? | Video on TED.com

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? | Video on TED.com | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

This is quite powerful. I read Sherry Turkle's book Alone Together a few months ago; she asks some important questions about how we can use technology without becoming disconnected from one another.

 

TED Talks As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other?

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Builders of Jewish Education - LA

Thoughtful post by Phil Liff-Grieff, who argues that it's not about how many white boards or ipads, but how learning itself is enhanced by technology.

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Are Rocketship Schools the Future? Part 3

Are Rocketship Schools the Future? Part 3 | Jewish Education & Technology | Scoop.it

I'm visiting a Rocketship school on Thursday. So will bring back some answers to this question myself!

 

Stanford Professor Larry Cuban also visited a Rocketship school and met with the urban charter schools' founder. This is part 3 of his observations and reflections:

 

"The answer is maybe. But not for all schools.

Like KIPP, Aspire, YES Prep Schools, Uncommon Schools and other charters including regular schools that have aimed at enrolling low-income minority ..."

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