Jan. 18, 2017
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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

The current bulletin contains information items about experiential Jewish education, positive psychology, general educational resources as well as resources for Tu B'shvat and research articles about teacher education and much more. 

We are happy to present an original article written by Chana German, Director of the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy about online learning in Jewish day schools

MOFET International is happy to invite you attend its Open Days at its Online AcademyOnline seminar on Online Teaching, and MOFET's 2017 Israeli Leadership Seminar for Teachers and Community Executives. some of the services we provide for the Jewish Education community. 

We wish you a great celebration of nature as Tu B'shvat approaches,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

January 18, 2017 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
January 2017
Featured Items
Open Days at The MOFET Institute's Online Academy: February – March, 2017
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy is offering online courses in the didactics of teaching diverse disciplines. The courses, which are held in a range of languages including English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Arabic, are intended for anyone who has an interest in teaching – teachers, teacher educators, researchers, policy makers, etc. We are delighted to invite you to an Open Day with the heads of the various programs. Join the scores of learners and graduates of the Academy's programs!
The New Year of the Trees: Ecological EdTech for Tu Bishvat
The holiday of Tu Bishvat begins this year on Friday evening, February 10th. As the Jewish holiday most closely connected to the environment and the natural world, Tu Bishvat provides a great opportunity for teachers to include earth and environmental science in their curriculum. This year, we were inspired by Jewish texts about the natural world. For each text, we’ve taken out a particular topic you can focus on in your classroom and provided educational technology resources that can help your students reach their learning goals. Our hope is that after using these tools and developing a stronger understanding of Earth, your students will have a more meaningful Tu Bishvat.
Pioneering Change: Online Learning Adoption in Day Schools
In the mid-1990s, a few dozen intrepid high school students enrolled in what were likely the first fully online high school courses. Fast forward twenty years later. It’s hard to think of students who take online courses as educational pioneers anymore. Taking an online course to fill a Biology, Math, or even Talmud credit seems run of the mill. After all, adults enroll in online courses all the time—to pass the DMV requirements, to learn how to use that new software for work, or to study Renaissance poetry in a MOOC. It’s only commonsensical that schools would harness this mode of teaching as well. In fact, over 2.2 million K-12 school students enroll in online courses annually. The vast majority of the students come from the public system, but hundreds of thousands of students from private and charter schools also enroll. Jewish day schools sign up their students as well, though on a smaller scale. While 4% of all American public school students take an online course, less than 1%t of Jewish day school students enroll in an online course for either General or Jewish Studies. Jewish day schools began experimenting with online learning less than a decade ago, and at this point, several thousand Jewish day school students participate in online learning courses every year. This number is steadily growing.
Breaching Classroom Borders – Approaches and Tools: A MOFET International Online Seminar
The rapid technological development in the last decade facilitates the integration of teaching and learning environments and tools into Seamless Learning outside of the classroom. Nowadays, the accessibility of knowledge anytime, anywhere breaches the traditional classroom borders and opens up many different learning possibilities via tools and applications for mobile learning, social networks, large-group learning environments, and so on. MOFET International invites you to an online seminar to be held during February 2017, in which we shall present theoretical, research-based, and applied aspects of environments and tools that are prevalent in the field today.
'Us and Them”: Towards Intercultural Competence among Jewish and Arab Graduate Students at Israeli Colleges of Education
The present study aims to examine the impact of encounter between two different ethnic groups, Jews and Arabs, of Israeli first-year graduate students who study in four colleges of education, on the development of their intercultural competence: (1) knowledge regarding the “other,” (2) change in attitudes and behavior towards the other, and (3) multicultural educational practice. The findings point to two clear factors affecting the development of intercultural competence: the formal and informal college experience as reported by respondents, particularly the contents and tools that both Jews and Arabs acquired at the college in addition to personal characteristics and off-campus encounters.
MOFET 2017 Israeli Leadership Seminar for Teachers and Community Executives in the Jewish World
The MOFET International Leadership Seminar in Israel for Jewish educators and community leaders (July 3-12, 2017) will deal with issues and models of Jewish leadership throughout the history of the Jewish people, up to the present time, examining the participants' management and leadership styles and helping them promote community leadership in the roles they are currently performing or will perform in the future.
January 2017
All Recent Items
  Trends in Jewish Education
Positive Psychology in Jewish Education: Gratitude in the School and Synagogue Classroom
Positive Psychology, Trickling Down from Universities to Day Schools, Seen as New Key to Engaging Jewish Teens
The Dilemma of Deviant Subcultures for Immigrant Youth Integration: An Analysis of Popularity Attainment in Israeli Schools
Reinventing Religious School Tefillah

Formal Education

Call for Papers - Jewish Educational Leadership Spring 2017 Issue Focusing on Tefillah
Values and Ideology of a Culture as Reflected in its Kindergarten Singing
Missions, Methods, and Assessment in Hebrew Language Education: Case Studies of American Jewish Day Schools
Shalem College's Fourth Academic Class Continues “Tradition of Excellence”

Informal Education

Experiential Learning and Values Education at a School Youth Camp: Maintaining Jewish Culture and Heritage

Teacher Education

'Us and Them”: Towards Intercultural Competence among Jewish and Arab Graduate Students at Israeli Colleges of Education
Getting their Feet Wet: Trainee EFL Teachers in Germany and Israel Collaborate Online to Promote their Telecollaboration Competence through Experiential Learning
Open Days at The MOFET Institute's Online Academy: February – March, 2017
The Inclusion Assistant: Who Is She Supposed to Be? An Exploratory Study

In-Service Training

Breaching Classroom Borders – Approaches and Tools: A MOFET International Online Seminar
Young Jewish Leaders Convene in Moscow
Applications Open: Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education

Education & Administration

Grants Available: Day School Educators’ Challenge
First Global Research and Treatment Center for Child Abuse Opens in Jerusalem

Israel Education

Honeymoon Israel: Building Ties That Bind
Education Minister Bennett and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky Celebrate Diaspora Week with Young Jews around the World
Emerging Adults Choosing Long-term Programs in Israel – Questions Inspired by the Evaluation of Masa Israel Journey
Making a Homeland, Constructing a Diaspora: The Case of Taglit-Birthright Israel

Technology & Computers

Grounded Theory Ethnography of a Chromebook Implementation in a Bais Yaakov School
Pioneering Change: Online Learning Adoption in Day Schools

Conferences & Events

'Continuity within the Rupture”: Tenth Annual Yad Vashem Conference for Ultra-Orthodox Teachers
MOFET 2017 Israeli Leadership Seminar for Teachers and Community Executives in the Jewish World

Learning Resources

Technology Tuesdays: On1Foot
Koveah.org Creates Personalized Torah Learning Schedules
The New Year of the Trees: Ecological EdTech for Tu Bishvat
Zomet Institute – Where Halacha and Technology Meet — Virtual Museum Tour
January 2017
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