Jan. 13, 2016
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

We are delighted to send you the latest issue of The MOFET JTEC Portal resource listing.

The current bulletin contains items dealing with learning resources for Tu B'shvat, athletics and arts in Jewish education, programs for students with special needs, professional development opportunities for educators and much more. 

Hebrew teachers! Don't miss our online Hebrew seminar on "Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language" with four online meetings during the first two weeks of February!
The MOFET International Online Academy has opened registration for the Spring semester featuring our very popular course of study in Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language. Don't miss this opportunity to become a better Hebrew teacher!

Wishing you a very green Tu B'shvat,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

January 13, 2016 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
January 2016
Featured Items
A New Year for Trees: Digital Resources for Earth and Environmental Science
The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat begins this year on Sunday evening, January 24, 2016. Tu B’Shvat, the New Year for Trees, marks the beginning of spring in Israel, when the winter rains start to subside and tree blossoms begin to bud. As the Jewish holiday most closely connected to the environment and natural world, Tu B’Shvat provides a yearly opportunity for teachers to include earth and environmental science in their curriculum. We’ve collected engaging and educational websites and apps that can find a place in both Judaic Studies and also enhance earth and environmental sciences curriculum.
Israel to Open its First College for Autistic Students
Israel’s first college aimed specifically at students with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and complex learning disabilities is set to open in March 2016. According to the NRG news website, the BE Academic College will be a collaboration between Beit Ekstein, an organization that provides services to people with a variety of learning and developmental disabilities, and the Open University, a distance-learning institution with branches throughout the country. The new institution will be housed at Beit Ekstein’s campus in Givatayim, a suburb of Tel Aviv. It will offer three interdisciplinary tracks meant to prepare its target population for the workforce. The programs announced by the academy are psychology and education, economics and computer science, and psychology and communications.
Introducing MOFET's Center for Technology, Education and Cultural Diversity
The aim of the MOFET Center for Technology, Education and Cultural Diversity (The TEC Center) is to increase tolerance towards those different to ourselves and reduce stereotyping and prejudice. Very few pupils in the world get to learn with pupils who are different culturally as well as socio-economically to themselves. We know that this lack of connection leads to low tolerance towards others. The idea behind the TEC Center is to use technology to slowly get to know “the other” and to build trust gradually between the pupils.
The Promise, Reality and Dilemmas of Secondary School Teacher–Student Interactions in Facebook: The Teacher Perspective
We report on a multi-method study that seeks to explore if, how and why secondary teachers use Facebook (FB) to interact with their students. Issues of privacy, authority, and even abuse have fueled socio-political debates on the desirability of teacher–student FB contact, leading some authorities to curtail or even prohibit such contact. Proponents of harnessing Web 2.0 and Social media technology for learning purposes, on the other hand, have emphasized the many potential advantages for formal and informal learning. However, there is little empirical research on the scope, the nature and the purposes for secondary school teacher–student contact through social network sites. The present study makes a first step in this direction, by triangulating teacher survey data (N = 187) with in-depth teacher interviews (N = 11).
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education: Athletics
This issue of Hayidion presents a wealth of guidance and examples for day schools to stay on top of their game. Articles discuss how schools ensure that athletics stay informed by a school's mission, by embodying Jewish values and embracing inclusivity; how they can use sports as a vehicle for teaching about and fostering love for Israel; how a wide range of sports can bring out the best in students and faculty; and how schools can more broadly employ movement and teach healthy living.
History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is launching a “citizen history” project to examine Holocaust coverage during the 1930s and 1940s in local newspapers throughout the United States. Information about Nazi persecution and murder of Jews and others was available to the American public as it happened. This project will provide insight into how Americans—from ordinary citizens to the president—understood the threat of Nazism, perceived responsibility to respond to the Nazis’ expansionist and murderous goals, and dealt with the challenges that influenced response options. “Citizen historians” will be asked to engage in primary research using online databases, microfilm, and/or hardcopies of newspapers in local libraries, universities, and historical societies, and submit their resulting research data into a centralized online database.
January 2016
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Near China Border, Russian Prime Minister Joins Dedication of Jewish Center
Hebrew Learning Ideologies and the Reconceptualization of American Judaism: Language Debates in American Jewish Schooling in the Early 20th Century
Dancing the “Day Of Atonement”. The Use Of Visual Texts for Teaching Choreographic Principles and Imparting Jewish Values
Israel to Open its First College for Autistic Students

Formal Education

Halacha Education Center introduces Revolutionary Curriculum for Over 1,300 Students around the World
Gleanings: Teaching Jewish Texts
New Science-oriented Preschool Launched in Beersheba

Informal Education

The Szarvas Fellowships Program Is Accepting Applications for Summer 2016
Wandering Jews: Camping Culture and Jewish Socialist Youth in Interwar Poland
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education: Athletics
Sports Le-Shem Shamayim: The Sacred Mission of High School Athletics
Physical Activity for Students with Special Needs
'In the League Together': Religious and Secular Children, Soccer and a Meeting of Identities

Teacher Education

Eshkolot – The Matan Educators Institute for Tanach and Jewish Studies
Introducing MOFET's Center for Technology, Education and Cultural Diversity
Be`eri School for Teacher Education – Celebrating the First Five Years
“If You Will it, It is No Dream,” Dream Lab Advances Arts Agenda for Jewish Education

In-Service Training

Transform the Way You teach Jewish Texts at the Kevah Teaching Fellowship

Education & Administration

Understanding Educational Policy Formation: The Case of School Violence Policies in Israel
Bringing New Young Families into Our Day Schools

Israel Education

For Ex-Baseball Players, Israel a Place to Learn and Teach
'Free Spirit' Opens Registration for Israel Outdoor Program for Youth with Difficulties
Because 10 Days Just Aren’t Enough

Technology & Computers

The Promise, Reality and Dilemmas of Secondary School Teacher–Student Interactions in Facebook: The Teacher Perspective
Gaming Creates Virtual World of Peace

Conferences & Events

Limmud Conference Celebrates 35 Years
The 64th Annual Jewish Educators Assembly Conference
The Summit on Jewish Teens: Unleashing Innovation in Jewish Teen Engagement

Learning Resources

Anouncing: New Bar Mitzvah Infographic
History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust
A New Year for Trees: Digital Resources for Earth and Environmental Science
January 2016
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