A Shift in Educational Technology

Apr. 03, 2011

Source: The AVI CHAI Foundation Blog 


In a recent blog post, AVI CHAI Program Officer, Rachel Mohl Abrahams writes about the developing change in the strategy of AVI CHAI's educational technology program. Over the last two years they ran a grants program  called “experiments in educational technology.” They gave out small grants to Judaic Studies educators to incorporate technology into their classes and share their experiences with the Jewish educational community on an edtech blog. They are now coming to the realization that the focus of their educational technology program should be to get Jewish day schools to think about what learning needs to look like in the 21st century.


Some of the questions that must be addressed are:

What are the 21st century skills students need to have when they graduate?
What does a 21st century Jewish classroom look like?
What are the students doing during class?

The post includes two video clips of school leaders at the recent North American Jewish Day School Conference, addressing some of these questions.

Some Jewish educators are already taking part in this discussion on Twitter using the #jed21 and #jdstech "hashtags".

The post concludes with a call to get more schools and school leaders involved in the conversation.

Updated: Apr. 12, 2011