Section archive - Technology & Computers
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The ubiquitous nature of technology in the world has not yet translated into the ubiquitous use of technology to transform learning and teaching. Teachers lack the confidence and competence to integrate technology across a broad range of tools within a range of contexts. Technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) has become a common framework to explore technology within teaching and teacher education. However, little research exists to explore the similarities and differences of TPACK between different teacher education programmes, within different countries or even different disciplines, especially in a secondary context. Using a self‐report online survey, this study sought to compare and contrast TPACK results from pre‐service teachers studying in secondary teacher education programmes in Australia and Israel.
Updated: Nov. 14, 2018
I’ve taught beginning Mishna for almost ten years and have never found a method that satisfies me. Mishna suffers from several curricular handicaps: It is the new limmud on the block; It’s legal, rather than narrative; And it usually loses in the battle for classroom minutes. To understate the matter, Mishna is rarely the favorite subject of my fifth graders. I saw an uptick in interest when I added videos and some augmented reality, but never the constant excitement I’d hoped for. This year I intend for that to change. And you’re going to help me. I’m writing this journal to elicit feedback for my new project and commit myself too publicly to give up. I hope to share my plans and gimmicks, successes and failures, great moments and course corrections. To my knowledge this type of gamification has never been tried before in elementary Jewish Education, perhaps for good reason.
Updated: Oct. 15, 2018
Students in small and large communities are desperate for active and engaging Jewish learning.These experiences must accommodate 21st Century teenagers – busy, tech-savvy teens, who want to stay Jewishly engaged, if the time, activities and location, meet their needs. As traditional religious school programs are experiencing sharply decreasing participation, a paradigm shift is definitely needed to meet the challenges of the social changes of the 21st century. Jewish Journeys, a project of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, has created an innovative model that utilizes the computer and the internet to provide a personalized Jewish educational program to meet the needs of both students and parents.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2018
Jewish Interactive is a global, cutting edge, nonprofit organization that is bringing “EdTech” to the world of Jewish Education. With offices in London, Israel, Johannesburg, and now San Diego County, Ji (Jewish Interactive), has been educating families, synagogues and schools with its leading apps, and educational content gamification platform called Ji Tap. The Ji Tap app is equipped with a free creation tool, where anyone can create games/interactive presentations/ebooks and add their knowledge creativity and expertise to the global Ji Tap platform. Jewish Education has never been so accessible and engaging!
Updated: Aug. 30, 2018
Measuring Digital Literacies: Junior High-School Students' Perceived Competencies versus Actual Performance
The widespread belief is that youth, "digital natives", who live their entire lives in media-rich digital environments and are ubiquitously connected through social networks, naturally develop digital competencies. This study investigated digital literacies among 280 junior-high-school students with the aim of comparing participants' perceived digital literacy competencies and their actual performance in relevant digital tasks. The findings showed that only a few of participants' perceived skills were related to their actual performance. Generally, participants displayed high confidence in their digital literacies and significantly over-estimated their actual competencies.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2018
Cyberbullying in WhatsApp Classmates’ Groups: Evaluation of an Intervention Program Implemented in Israeli Elementary and Middle Schools
Social networking platforms, such as WhatsApp, constitute a major part of adolescents’ social lives. Alongside the positive aspects of such platforms, there is a risk of using them as a means for cyberbullying. Schools have become increasingly aware of this risk and are prioritizing fighting cyberbullying through intervention programs, yet few interventions have been studied for their effectiveness. This study reports the results of a wide-scale school-based intervention designed to reduce cyberbullying and improve usage norms in WhatsApp classmates’ groups.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2018
Just over a year ago with the release of the William Davidson Foundation & Jim Joseph Foundation SmartMoney technology report, there was renewed interest within the Jewish community about how technology could enhance student learning. Further ideas were voiced through eJewish Philanthropy's Continuing Conversations on Leveraging Educational Technology. This article aims to enhance the conversation by suggesting a shared language and theoretical framework for moving Jewish ed tech from important yet disparate conversations to a more cohesive systematic goal focused dialogue.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2018
Career Choice Among Academically Excellent Students: Choosing Teaching Career as a Corrective Experience
The present study examined implicit motivations of academically excellent students' choice of teaching careers rather than more prestigious occupations. Open, in-depth interviews were conducted with twelve students. Findings indicate that choosing a career in teaching served as a corrective experience for painful past experiences, and revealed four types of implicit motivations: (1) The experience of helplessness and the need to strengthen the sense of self-efficacy (2) The search for interpersonal boundaries as markers of identity (3) The need to belong: Warmth, caring, and individual attention and (4) Compensation for an unjust and humiliating experience in childhood.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2018
Being a classroom teacher can be an isolating experience. You may not know where to turn for new ideas and wish there was a way you could benefit from the experimentation and expertise of others in classrooms like yours across the country. Fortunately, in the past few years, Jewish day school educators have been able to find networks designed to incubate and spread ideas and practices. As a network-weaver working at the AVI CHAI Foundation, I have an interest in understanding and documenting these networks, which could range from organized programs, such as the JDS Collaborative, for which I serve as program officer at AVI CHAI, to a much less formal Twitter chat. Let’s look at what these networks are, which ones are more likely to scale through successfully spreading ideas, and why.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2018
The use of games in education is not a new phenomenon, but in recent years it has caught fire. A 2016 survey found that the number of teachers using games and online apps in their classrooms had doubled in six years. Games are taking off in Jewish day schools, too. To proponents, the advantages are manifold, from promoting collaboration and problem-solving skills to reducing fear of failure, as students learn organically from their own mistakes much as they improve at video games with repeated play.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2018