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This spring, one of the first hackathons for Jewish education, the Atid Day School Innovation Hackathon, was held for 10 hours on May 18th in Manhattan. More than 100 people, including educators, techies, and students, were paired in teams to brainstorm and develop new ideas and tools for Jewish education using the latest technology. The event was supported by UJA-Federation of New York together with PresenTense and our beneficiary agency, The Jewish Education Project.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2015
Shalom Learning Expands Curriculum to Include Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training Programs and One-on-One Tutoring
Believing every Jewish family, however isolated, over-scheduled, unaffiliated or disengaged, deserves to engage their children in fun and accessible Jewish education, ShalomLearning, Inc., today announced an expansion of its curriculum to now include bar/bat mitzvah preparation for 7th and 8th grade students as well as one-on-one online tutoring for Jewish learners of all ages and abilities. Beginning this fall, ShalomLearning, a non-profit, will offer tutoring in Hebrew reading and conversational Hebrew, as well as a track of courses designed specifically for b’nei mitzvah preparation.
Updated: May. 27, 2015
The AVI CHAI Foundation has released “Online/Blended Learning State of the Field Survey Summary Findings Report” by Anne Deeter. This quantitative report provides a field-wide update on new developments in the use of online/blended learning in Jewish day schools since the 2012 “Online Learning: State of the Field Survey.”
Updated: Apr. 29, 2015
Independence Hall Museum is pleased to invite kids and grownups to have fun playing the interactive game 'Race for Independence!' in historical old Tel Aviv. The game, which is a smartphone app in the form of a contest between groups of two or three players, is an educational and entertaining way to get to know the history of the first Hebrew city and the story of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2015
The Avi Chai Foundation is pleased to release “Moving Forward: An Interim Report of Select AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives in Jewish Day Schools,” by Dr. Leslie Siskin. This report charts the progress of day schools involved in some of AVI CHAI’s funded initiatives in blended/online learning, providing a window into the current state of the field.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
While purveyors of childhood Jewish education as a whole struggle with enrollment and relevance, a small number have become pioneering practitioners of “digital badging,” a new pedagogical model in which learners in a wide variety of learning environments earn digital badges that indicate their accomplishments, skills or knowledge. Depending on which side of the generational divide you’re on, digital badges can be thought of as analogous either to merit badges in scouting or achievements in video gaming. This is a way of gamifying education. It doesn’t turn life or school into a game, but it brings some of the fun and incentives of games into education.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2015
The annual Israel Space Week – with activities for the whole family – lectures, contests, demonstrations and museum exhibits flaunting Israel’s expertise in space technology will be held between January 25 – 29, 2015. The event is held in memory of the late Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon. To mark the occasion, the Science, Technology, and Space Ministry is opening the largest and most comprehensive website on Israeli activities related to space. The website is designed with a special atmosphere and provides film clips, space news, information on technologies, and central themes and ideas for home activities
Updated: Feb. 12, 2015
JETS Israel has created a class on the teaching the Holocaust. Entitled 'Remembering and Rebuilding', the online course links the Holocaust with the establishment of the State of Israel. Students become familiar with aspects of both events as they examine the importance of remembering the Holocaust in order to create better, more meaningful lives in the present and build for the future. Every aspect of the course is designed to make the holocaust meaningful as the students develop a personal connection to the Holocaust era and to people who perished as well as to those who survived.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2015
The website, 23hrs.com, built by two New Community Jewish High School seniors, matches teens with community service opportunities based on their location, skills and interests. The site also tracks the number of hours that the teens volunteer and sends the data to their school for recording purposes. To make the experience more social, the site also has photo sharing and tagging features.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2015
Many kids complain about being stuck at school, but for some, like those laid up in the hospital for long periods, going to school is a privilege they can only wish for. To help kids who are long-term residents of Schneider Children’s Hospital in central Israel, electronics giant Samsung and Israeli e-book distributor E-vrit are teaming up to provide an educational experience that will allow them to keep up with their classmates.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2015