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Millions 'lack basic net skills'

Millions 'lack basic net skills' | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

A report commissioned by digital champion Martha Lane Fox finds 16 million Britons do not have the skills to complete simple online tasks.


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Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion | Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion | Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Did you know that February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month? We checked in with some ROI Community members who are working to increase inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish and broader worlds. Read on to find out what they're up to, what motivates them, and how you can get involved.
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Registration Now Open for Two Tikvah High School Programs One Each For Day-School Students Public/Private School Students | MOFET International

Registration Now Open for Two Tikvah High School Programs One Each For Day-School Students Public/Private School Students | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This year, in addition to our Tikvah Scholars Program we are running a new program in partnership with the Maimonides Fund which will begin in the summer of 2018. The Maimonides Scholars Program is geared towards Jewish public and private school students who are motivated to learn more about Jewish philosophy, culture and history. Students who will attend this two-week immersive summer institute come with a sparked passion to learn more about the intersection between their Judaism and the modern age. The program aims to flame that fire by offering courses with seminar leaders and lecturers who encourage dialogue and debate.
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Onward Israel – Growing the Internship Experience in Israel | MOFET International

Onward Israel – Growing the Internship Experience in Israel | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
There has been a meteoric rise over the past five years in college students doing resume-building internships in Israel. Onward Israel has played a major role in this change, offering both six- to ten-week summer internships in Israel’s flourishing high-tech, business and nonprofit sectors and an immersive Israel experience program that strengthens Jewish identity and connection to Israel.

Onward Israel offers students, many of who have been to Israel with Birthright, the opportunity to return to Israel, get a quality internship in the “Start-Up” nation and participate in an immersive Israel experience program. Added to this was the fact that the internships are offered for six to ten weeks, during the summer, so these career-driven young people can get an internship under their belt without taking time off from college.
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Great NEW Resource for Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month | MOFET International

Great NEW Resource for Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) begins next week. It’s been held in February for the last ten years and is a worldwide unified initiative for Jewish organizations to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions. JDAIM is a call to action as we act in accordance with our Jewish values, honoring the gifts and strengths that each one of us possesses. ELI Talks has a number of talks that are great conversation-starters for your community. ELI Talks have been shared in adult education programs, for inclusion committees and also with high school programs. They can serve as a limmud for your board meeting or other committee meetings–during JDAIM or at any time during the year.
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Instilling 21st Century Skills in Graduates of Public Versus Private High Schools in Israel | MOFET International

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Instilling 21st Century Skills in Graduates of Public Versus Private High Schools in Israel | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This research examines the effectiveness of instilling 21st century skills in graduates of public versus private schools in Israel. The five skills that were examined are information literacy, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, self-regulated learning and the use of information and technology (ICT). No significant average difference was found between graduates of public and private schools regarding their command of the five skills. Nevertheless, several factors have been found that are related to students’ individual backgrounds:
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MOFET International Writing Competition for Students of Hebrew as an Additional Language on the Theme of "A Ray of Light in the Dark" | MOFET International

MOFET International Writing Competition for Students of Hebrew as an Additional Language on the Theme of "A Ray of Light in the Dark" | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Every year before Chanukah, the International Forum for Hebrew Teachers organizes a Hebrew writing competition for Hebrew students on the subject of "Or". This year, we decided to offer a wider audience of Hebrew learners, and we also received works from students whose teachers are not members of the forum. In addition, the competition was held for the first time in cooperation with the Hebrew Writers' Association, and for the first time, pizes were also awarded. The works were sent from around the world (including Israel), and the best were chosen by professional judges, members of the International Forum of Hebrew Teachers:
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Online Courses Offered by Gratz Advance’s NEXT Program – Winter 2018 | MOFET International

Online Courses Offered by Gratz Advance’s NEXT Program – Winter 2018 | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT program’s offerings for this winter! 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.
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Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Receives Two-Year Grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation to Support the Pardes Tefilah Initiative | MOFET International

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Receives Two-Year Grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation to Support the Pardes Tefilah Initiative | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is proud to announce the awarding of a two-year grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation. The grant will provide support and direction to day schools and other Jewish educational institutions in the area of tefillah (prayer) through the Pardes Tefillah Education Initiative.

“Tefilah has been one of the greatest challenges facing day schools," noted Pardes President Rabbi Leon Morris. “Over the past decade, through its Center for Jewish Educators, Pardes has been on the forefront of creating a field of tefillah education and training professionals who can make the necessary changes in various educational settings. We are excited to continue to shape and advance this important work."
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A Survey of Yeshiva High School Graduates | MOFET International

A Survey of Yeshiva High School Graduates | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Over the course of the past year I conducted a study of Yeshiva high school graduates, beginning in the post-college years. The goal was to gain a greater understanding of the religious lives – both regarding practice and beliefs – beyond the college bubble. The survey was disseminated via Facebook (with all its limitations) and garnered more than 1200 responses. After poring over the data (and there’s lots more to process), I have prepared an interim report. Its purpose is to raise questions for educators and lay people to discuss, with the hope that seeing where the students are at in the longer term can help inform educational goals, content, and messages. I do not propose solutions, as it not my place to tell schools how to respond – but the questions raised are, I believe, important. I would be happy to speak with anyone or any institution who wants to follow up. I welcome discussion of my findings on Lookjed or by means of personal communication.
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What Makes up an Effective Emotional Intelligence Training Design for Teachers? | MOFET International

What Makes up an Effective Emotional Intelligence Training Design for Teachers? | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Recently there has been a growing interest in ways in which Emotional Intelligence (EI) can be enhanced among teachers. However, although it has been noted that effective teaching requires high levels of EI, little is known about effective methods to develop teachers' EI. The current qualitative study followed a two year EI development training for 21 teachers in one school in Israel. The training included workshops and personal EI sessions for teachers, led by an external team of EI experts.
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High School Teachers' Attitudes and Reported Behaviors Towards Controversial Issues | MOFET International

High School Teachers' Attitudes and Reported Behaviors Towards Controversial Issues | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Moore (2012) has shown that many teachers hesitate to discuss controversial topics, and several studies have shown that such discussions are seldom held. Bekerman (2016) pointed to teachers' status within the sociopolitical context, e.g., Israeli teachers' lack of agency within the context of the nation-state. The difficulty teachers face around controversial topics is an important issue for teacher training worldwide and particularly in Israel. In this study, we explored high school teachers’ attitudes about conducting class discussions on the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Israel. This study may afford an opportunity to examine the factors that are associated with teachers' willingness to engage in such discussions in the Israeli context and to draw general conclusions regarding teacher training and practices.
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25 Teaching Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage Your Classroom - TeachThought

25 Teaching Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage Your Classroom - TeachThought | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Over the years, many of us have personally experienced the growth of technology in today’s classrooms.

Instead of taking notes, students are now occupied by surfing the Internet, scrolling through Facebook, and messaging their friends on their smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Instead of focusing on the instruction, teachers are constantly required to interrupt class in order to remind those students again and again, that class time is for learning, not texting. However, as today’s students are using more technological devices, it is imperative that teachers have access to the resources to keep pace with the growing tech culture.

The use of smart phones, tablets, and other tech items in the classroom do not necessarily have to have a negative impact on student achievement. On the contrary, the increasing accessibility and growth of technology presents teachers with the unique opportunity to take advantage of those once distracting gadgets, and use them to facilitate academic achievement in new and innovative ways. In this capacity, teachers do not need to be constantly fighting for student attention, but can freely accept it, by introducing a new educational environment that will automatically encourage student participation.

Below are some resources that teachers may find useful when attempting to implement technology into their classrooms, separated by 5 common areas that are increasingly important for teachers, and for an effective learning environment—Organization, Project Based Learning, Class Management, Presentations, and Assessment.

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This is a good list to review and use within your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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No, Facebook isn't limiting you to 25 friends' status updates

No, Facebook isn't limiting you to 25 friends' status updates | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Despite what you've heard on Facebook, the social network isn't going to limit status updates in your news feed to 25 preselected friends.

The real news is much scarier: People are falling for a Facebook hoax -- again.

Rumors that Facebook was employing a new algorithm to restrict the number of friends whose content appears in your feed began circulating in December, according to fact-check site Snopes, but they appear to have gathered steam lately, spreading like wildfire across the social network.
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Israeli Major Avichay Adraee Goes Head to Head with Hezbollah, on Facebook, in Arabic –

Israeli Major Avichay Adraee Goes Head to Head with Hezbollah, on Facebook, in Arabic – | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Adraee, 35, first discovered his love for the Arabic language as a child watching old Egyptian movies on Israeli TV with his grandparents. He aced his Haifa high school Arabic exams and went on to serve as a linguist in the intelligence. Just shy of his 23rd birthday, Adraee’s commander approached him with a job opening for IDF spokesman to the Arabic media.

“I thought there was no chance I’d get it; after all, my predecessor was an experienced major and I was just a 22-year-old staff sergeant.” But Miri Regev, then the IDF spokeswoman and now culture minister, had faith in the maverick Arabist. “I received the opportunity of a lifetime,” he recalled. “The job combines my love of the media, my love of the language, and my love for the state.”

Adraee entered his position just as dramatic changes were beginning to unfold in the media world. During 2006, he would mostly give interviews to Arab television channels or newspapers surrounding major events such as the kidnapping of Corp. Gilad Shalit by Hamas in June, or the Second Lebanon War in July and August. But under his command, the Arabic desk of the IDF spokesman also established a strong presence on social media.
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Israel ScaVentures: Successful Tour Gaming from an Educator’s Perspective | MOFET International

Israel ScaVentures: Successful Tour Gaming from an Educator’s Perspective | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
As a teenager I was a youth movement leader, and over the next twenty-five years, I taught, lead workshops, guided, trained and developed curricula for tens of thousands of students and clients over four continents. After returning to Israel from shlichut, I worked with a tour guide. In this capacity, I created an interactive neighborhood discovery game, a scavenger hunt, in which participants learn the story of Jerusalem. This game was a huge success from the outcome and based on this, I scaled the activity from one neighborhood game into our current 20+ routes that are run on a daily basis by a team of 20+ trained guides in Jerusalem (Old City, Nachlaot, Shuk and more), Masada, Zichron Yaakov, Tzfat, Jaffa, Tel Aviv and even abroad. Over the past eight years, more than 25 000 Israel ScaVentures participants have learned about Jerusalem and other Israeli cities, and have connected to a meaningful Jewish story by their feet, with their brains and in their hearts. The aim of this post is to highlight the experiential components of the game that educators should keep in mind when creating great educational activities, and to demonstrate by use of examples how we have done that.
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Ha’Archion: The Hebrew Literature Audio Archive | MOFET International

Ha’Archion: The Hebrew Literature Audio Archive | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Archion is the first project of its kind in Hebrew: recording prose and poetry works written in Modern and Classical Hebrew. The recordings were done by professional narrators and leading artists, and can all be listened to online for free.

The archive was born out of the need to document these wonderful and varied works – some of which are in the public domain, and others recorded with the generous consent of the rights holders – and to bring them to as wide an audience as possible. This is done through the use of digital means that erase geographic, cultural and other boundaries, document, preserve and transform the written word into one that is heard and engraved in listeners’ hearts.
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Voice Dictation – Type with your Voice, in Hebrew Too | MOFET International

Voice Dictation – Type with your Voice, in Hebrew Too | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

Introducing the all-new Voice Dictation v2.0, a speech recognition app that lets you type with your voice. There’s no software to install, there’s no training required and all you need is Google Chrome on your Windows PC, Mac OS or Linux. Dictation 2.0 can recognize spoken words in English, Hebrew, Hindi, Español, Italiano, Deutsch, Français, and over 100 other popular languages.

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JETS’ List of EdTech Tools for 2018 | MOFET International

JETS’ List of EdTech Tools for 2018 | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
For the new year, JETS Israel  has compiled a list of “EdTech Tools for 2018” that we feel are very effective in the Jewish classroom. From assessments to presentations, timelines to games, these tools can transform your curriculum.
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Museum Architecture as Spatial Storytelling of Historical Time: Manifesting a Primary Example of Jewish Space in Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum | MOFET International

Museum Architecture as Spatial Storytelling of Historical Time: Manifesting a Primary Example of Jewish Space in Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Museums commonly adopt storytelling in their interpretive framework by use of audiovisual techniques to convey the meanings contained within artifacts. In addition to audiovisual mediation, this study demonstrates the idea that museum architecture itself can also be regarded as a medium of spatial storytelling, specifically of historical time, which is manifested spatially and cognitively for museum visitors.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum (YVHHM) in Jerusalem is considered a spatial storytelling tool that successfully establishes an architectural dimension and thus displays, reveals, and interprets historical time during the Holocaust. The research method of this study is drawn from a case study of YVHHM and consists of a literature review of scholarship in museum studies about artifacts and exhibition techniques of storytelling.
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Applications Open: Senior Educators Third Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education | MOFET International

Applications Open: Senior Educators Third Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education has opened applications for the third Senior Educators Cohort. The M² Senior Educators Cohort (SEC) is a selective international training program for experiential Jewish educators. Open to educators with at least eight years of experience, SEC enables participants to articulate, refine and sharpen their practice by exposing them to theories and methods that serve as the foundations of experiential Jewish education.
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Westchester Day School Offering Novel Approach for Tuition Break — Community Volunteering | MOFET International

Westchester Day School Offering Novel Approach for Tuition Break — Community Volunteering | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
For decades, Jewish day schools have given out financial aid based on need and merit scholarships based on talents students might have that could benefit the school — in sports, for example, or music. This year, Westchester Day School is pioneering a new type of scholarship, one that benefits the local community.

Called the Community Service Grant, the program gives a family $15,000 (dispersed over two years) for pledging to volunteer in the local community for at least 75 hours each year. The school plans to give out two to three grants the first year, said head of school Rabbi Joshua Lookstein.
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Ayeka Announces Eight Schools Selected for Soulful Education Professional Development program sponsored by the Jim Joseph Foundation | MOFET International

Ayeka Announces Eight Schools Selected for Soulful Education Professional Development program sponsored by the Jim Joseph Foundation | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education today announced that it has selected eight schools from a strong application pool of sixteen to participate in a new cohort beginning August 2018 funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. The schools chosen are Adelson Educational Campus, Carmel Academy, Katz Yeshiva High School, Luria Academy of Brooklyn, Maimonides School, Pressman Academy, Robert M. Beren Academy, and Solomon Schechter of Long Island. Ayeka was one of ten recipients of the Jim Joseph Foundation’s Jewish Educator Professional Development Initiative.
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Personal Blogs or Communal Blogs? - Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions Regarding the Contribution of These Two Platforms to their Professional Development | MOFET International

Personal Blogs or Communal Blogs? - Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions Regarding the Contribution of These Two Platforms to their Professional Development | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Although educational blogging is not a new phenomenon, the use of blogs in teacher education in Israel is still in its early stages. In line with the above-mentioned study aims, which focused on exploring the pre-service teachers' perceived usefulness of blogs in their professional development and training, the following two research questions were examined:

• What are the perceptions of pre-service teachers regarding the contribution of personal blogs and communal blogs to their professional development?

• Which platform do pre-service teachers prefer: the personal blog or the communal blog? and why
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The Matan Bellows Eshkolot In-servive and Pre-service Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies | MOFET International

The Matan Bellows Eshkolot In-servive and Pre-service Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies | MOFET International | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Matan is pleased to inform you of an exciting opportunity for aspiring female Jewish educators who are eager to make a positive lasting impact upon the Jewish community: The Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies. In August 2016, Matan opened The Eshkolot Institute to train a cadre of expert female teachers and leaders who are equipped to tackle the specific needs of Jewish schools and their students, and spark passion for Jewish learning, the State of Israel and Am Yisrael. Eshkolot offers current educators and recent college graduates pursuing a career in Jewish education the opportunity to study for a year at Matan’s Jerusalem campus.
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Rare Greek inscription and colorful 1,800-year-old mosaic uncovered at Caesarea | The Times of Israel

Rare Greek inscription and colorful 1,800-year-old mosaic uncovered at Caesarea | The Times of Israel | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
A rare, colorful mosaic dating from the 2nd-3rd century was recently uncovered in the ancient port city of Caesarea, located halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa. It is one of the few extant examples of mosaics from the time period in Israel and its craftsmanship is compared by archaeologists to the fine artistry found in Antioch.


A rare Roman mosaic from the 2nd–3rd centuries CE, bearing an inscription in ancient Greek, uncovered in Caesarea during conservation work by the Israel Antiquities Authority. (Assaf Peretz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
During work on an expansion of Caesarea National Park in what is arguably Israel’s largest conservation and reconstruction project to date, the mosaic was discovered under an opulent commercial structure from the Byzantine period. According to archaeologists Dr. Peter Gendelman and Dr. Uzi ‘Ad, directors of the excavation for the Israel Antiquities Authority, the mosaic predates the shopping structure by some 300 years and was once part of an even earlier building from approximately 1,800 years ago.
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