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Since 1987, the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation has been working to rebuild Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, opening schools, kindergartens, youth centers and summer camps in areas devastated by the Holocaust. With the launch of its online learning platform in 2012, the foundation focused on bringing formal Jewish education to areas where the Jewish presence isn’t large enough to sustain a brick-and-mortar facility. Begun in Poland in 2012, the Lauder E-Learning Schools now provides online instruction in Hebrew and Jewish studies to more than 250 students in six European countries.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019
How do people learn to be Jewish now, amidst a flow of media and online platforms, of text and video and audio that is mostly free and on-demand, and that competes with more traditional sites, sources, and structures of Jewish education? With support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, my research team at Stanford’s Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies, including Professor Antero Garcia, Dr. Molly Zielezinski, and Dr. Mia Bruch, tried to answer this question.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019
Armed only with Smart Notebook and Google Drawings, I undertook to create a universe. Now I know how Harold felt with his purple crayon. Here is the second installment of “Gamifying Mishna in Fifth Grade”.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2019
The technological developments of our time allow each person to learn anywhere, anytime. Today, a connection to the internet is all one needs in order to access professional and vocational courses, public sector training courses, and courses and content from the leading educational institutions in Israel and throughout the world. Campus-IL is an open digital platform which enables all citizens of the State of Israel, whether from the center or the periphery, to connect to a personalized learning experience, through the best lecturers and teachers in their specific fields, free of cost.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2019
Jewish EdTech Central provides funders and families that care about Jewish education with the information, tools and resources they need to learn, explore, and dive deep into the current state and future impacts of integrating technology in world of Jewish education.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2019
There’s a slow-moving revolution happening in Jewish day schools. Over the past eight years, Jewish day schools have embraced a new philosophy called personalized learning where students work simultaneously on different assignments tailored to their individual needs. Blended learning, the method used to achieve personalized learning, structures the classroom so it’s less “teacher at the front of the room” and more a mix of teacher-led and independent and group student learning.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2018
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