May 10, 2010
Source: The Jewish Week
On May 5, 2010 a one day conference entitled, "Technology and Jewish Education: A Revolution in the Making" sponsored by The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner and JESNA’s Lippman Kanfer Institute was held for Jewish educators, Jewish communal workers, and lay leaders all interested in educational technology. The presenters and participants spoke of what was being done in the field and what should be done in the future in order to further the use of technology in all aspects of Jewish education.
The conference was part of JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute JE3 (Jewish Education 3.0) project begun nearly two years ago in order to enhance Jewish education's receptivity to and capacity for worthwhile innovation. JESNA has launched a website containing their core narrative, essay contributions, a blog, resources and news stories, touching on the deeper question and implications of what it means to “do” Jewish education in a 21st century digital world.
The conference participants (both physical and virtual) heard presentations by Lisa Colton of Darim Online, Meredith Lewis, of MyJewishLearning.com, Daniel Sieradski, Russel Neiss of Media Midrash, Lilit Marcus, and a keynote dinner talk by Professor Jeffrey Shandler about the historical challenge of technology as it meets Jewish life. Jonathan Woocher, Director of the Lippman Kanfer Institute and Steven M. Cohen, Director of The Berman Jewish Policy Archives hosted and moderated the event.
The conference was live videostreamed to viewers across the US and abroad allowing them to enter the discussion in real time.
Recordings of the conference sessions can now be viewed here.