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The Jewish Publication Society has begun work on a project to publish the Jewish Bible, or Tanakh, as an electronic, online text, integrating the original Hebrew with JPS’ English translation and selected commentaries. The project is attempting to present the text of the Tanakh as an open platform for users to collectively build their own structure of commentary, debate and interpretation, all linked to the text itself.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2009
Recently the Lookjed online discussion list of The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education published an excerpt from Torah Aura's new book, What We Now Know about Jewish Education - Brian Amkraut's 'Jewish Education in the World of Web 2.0' which discusses some of the challenges and opportunities offered by modern technology and calls on the educators to become knowledgeable and familiar with a virtual world where so many of our students gather today. The essay inspired an online exchange between Jewish educators which is available for viewing and participation.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2009
As a result of rocket and shell attacks from the Gaza Strip on Israel's southern region and the beginning of 'Operation Cast Lead', 300,000 students have not been able to attend school. In settlements, towns and cities within a 40 km. radius of the Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Education has not reopened schools, kindergartens and colleges since the Chanukah vacation break as a security measure. In order to keep the students in contact with their studies and teachers the Ministry of Education has provided a listing of online learning resources and activities for elementary, middle and high school students.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2009
JGooders is a newly launched online central, global, Jewish-Israeli arena of Good Doers, (aka Gooders). JGooders facilitates and broadens the opportunity to do good deeds by allowing visitors from all over the world to learn about Jewish/Israel social projects and contribute to and/or volunteer for them. As of mid-December, JGooders listed a total of 117 projects in nine countries, including 16 in the United States belonging to more than 30 Jewish/Israel charity organizations
Updated: Dec. 29, 2008
The popular video sharing website, YouTube, has turned to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to contribute to its newly launched Abuse & Safety Center, where users are empowered to identify and confront hate, and to report abuses. The Safety Center features information and links to resources developed by ADL to help Internet users respond to and report offensive material and extremist content that violates YouTube's Community Guidelines on hate speech.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008
The Jerusalem Municipality Tourism Authority has made walking tours of Jerusalem enjoyable, friendly and free. Download one of the 12 audio guided tours, written by the authoritative Yad Ben Zvi Institute, print out the accompanying map and text files and begin the tour. The audio files can be played from an mp3 player using speakers or headphones, allowing the tour to be done at the desired pace.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008
ORT Argentina's Virtual Campus CEO Guillermo Lutzky is scheduled to present the virtual campus initiative at the prestigious Online Information Conference to be held in London between Dec. 2-4, 2008. The virtual campus, designed to serve two educational complexes, 7000 students and 1000 teachers, exposes students and teachers to new technologies, especially Web 2.0 applications and services, achieving a richer interaction between students, teachers, administrators, the Internet as a learning platform and the school community.
Updated: Nov. 20, 2008
In an effort to learn from the field, AVI CHAI’s Board of Trustees has recently allocated funding to support creative uses of technology for Jewish education. Grants of $2,000 to $10,000 are available for those educators in North American Day Schools who can identify and develop innovative approaches to using technology in their teaching. Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2008.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2008
Alan D. Abbey, the website manager of The Shalom Hartman Institute, writes about how he has been utilizing the web and web2.0 tools to create an effective web presence for the Institute. Some best practices of Jewish educational organizations' use of cutting edge technology is showcased here.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2008
The MOFET Institute in Tel Aviv convened it's seventh internet surfer's conference in order to examine the mutual influences of education and ICT and enable educational researchers and practitioners to share their findings and experiences in this area. Many of the presenters were faculty of Israel's teachers' colleges and the Mofet Institute researchers and staff.
Updated: Jul. 22, 2008