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WhatsApp is a smartphone application for instant messaging. Lately the application's popularity has risen. One of the unique features of the application is its ability to enhance communication within a group. Classroom communication between teaching faculty and high school students using WhatsApp has not yet, to our knowledge, been researched thoroughly. Therefore, we have chosen to conduct an exploratory research project employing a qualitative method. Twelve half- structured interviews were carried out with teachers who use the application in order to communicate with their pupils.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2015
New Case Study Available: Zafon Elementary School: A Station-Rotation Model for Supporting 21st Century Learning
As part of AVI CHAI’s investment in the field of blended and online learning, we are excited to share with you the first in a series of four cases that study and document the experiences of day schools introducing and implementing this mode of learning. Our goal is to bring to life this innovative model and share real-life examples of the learning in action. “Zafon Elementary School: A Station-Rotation Model for Supporting 21st Century Learning,” describes an Orthodox, pre-K through 2nd grade school, which opened in 2012 with blended learning as a core element of its design. As the study’s author remarks, “This case is in many ways a study of implementation, of translating from a design on paper to the delivery of a program in practice.”
Updated: Aug. 09, 2015
This summer, the DigitalJLearning Network had the pleasure of taking 15 Jewish Day School educators to the 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, PA. We asked the participants to share what they learned and how the conference inspired them to take action in their schools. Gerald Lazar, Director of Student Life at Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto, shares his thoughts in the third installment in this new blog series.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2015
With 35 million articles, Wikipedia has become the largest encyclopedia in human history. We all, students and teachers alike, use Wikipedia on a regular basis. Yet academia has been slow to respond to this exciting source of knowledge. True, the online encyclopedia can’t replace professional scholarship. But instructors have a lot to gain from using it as a teaching tool. How? Here are three ways you could use Wikipedia to further your students’ learning. I tried out all three successfully in my introductory Jewish studies course – “3000 Years of Jewish History” – at Chapman University.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2015
New Virtual High School Consortium to Expand Educational Opportunities for Jewish Day Schools Nationwide
The Virtual High School (VHS), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, today announced that Jewish day schools nationwide will now have access to high-quality online Judaic Studies courses through The Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC). VHS, with funding from the New York-based AVI CHAI Foundation, will work with member schools to design and develop a series of Judaic studies courses to be delivered online. These courses will deliver engaging, rigorous content on a variety of Judaic studies topics, and will provide students and teachers with vital digital literacy, global communication and 21st century skills.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2015
What role can edtech tools play in Judaic studies? Haven't teachers been imparting Torah wisdom for thousands of years without the use of online tools? The benefits of online tools in the Jewish classroom is dependent on the goal of the class. If the teacher is mainly interested in reviewing texts and expanding on the meanings, frontal classes, traditional chevrutas and pen-and-paper assignments work well. If, however, the teacher is looking for new ways to inspire the students and help them develop skills which will enhance their learning while allowing them to internalize the material in new and different ways, online learning offers such an option. eLearning involves the newest and most innovative edTech tools for a highly interactive learning experience.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
The internet abounds with dangers for unwary users and is especially perilous for children whose inexperience renders them vulnerable to hackers, bullies, and pedophiles or worse. In response, an Israeli nonprofit called Red Button has produced the world’s first app that lets anyone, especially kids, easily report negative web behavior. The Red Button app installs itself as a service on Android devices, and there is also an add-on version for popular web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. If an individual comes across something or someone they are uncomfortable with – such as a person who is cursing, threatening, intimidating, or inappropriately discussing personal issues – all they have to do is press a button to begin a process that can lead to taking the offending site down or arresting the offending individual.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2015
This paper discusses potential strategies and sources for approaching uncomfortable topics and reviews the challenges facing teachers who choose to do so with the topic of genocide as an example. Using a variety of techniques, including graphic organizers, political cartoons, comic books and graphic novels, films, children's and young adult literature, paintings and photographs, podcasts/audio files, exhibitions, Web Quests, and game-based learning, teachers enable students to develop multiple perspectives about tragic events. A section on reparations and transitional justice suggests some positive ways to conclude such a unit.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2015
The Israeli school system participated today in the National Emergency Drill, 'Turning Point 15', by evacuating classrooms and practicing safe exit to predesignated protected spaces. The drill opened with the sounding of alarms at 11:05 AM in all educational institutions throughout the country, while teachers were involved in regular learning activities in their classrooms. The drill simulated massive missile fire on Israel's home front.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2015
The National Conference on Inquiry Learning and Project Based Learning (PBL) of The Pedagogic Secretariat of Israel's Ministry of Education, which was recently held at The Weitzman Institute in Rechovot, served as a stage for presenting examples of the implementation of problem based learning processes in a wide range of disciplines in the Israeli education system.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2015