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A Virtual Safe Zone: Teachers Supporting Teenage Student Resilience Through Social Media in Times of War
We examine how teacher-student communication through social network technologies may support student resilience during an ongoing war (i.e., the 2014 Israel-Gaza war). Based on student responses from open-ended surveys (N = 68), five content categories of emotional support were identified: caring, reassuring, emotion sharing, belonging, and distracting. The mere existence of continuous online contact with teachers also contributed to resilience perceptions. Interviews with 11 secondary school teachers revealed three main purposes for this communication: (a) delivering emotional support to students, (b) monitoring their distress; and (c) maintaining civilized norms of discourse. Practical implications and theoretical contributions are discussed.
Updated: May. 16, 2018
Join The Idea Institute (formerly the I.D.E.A. Schools Network) for our fifth annual Summer Sandbox (Aug 6– 8, 2018), an opportunity for K-12 Jewish and General Studies educators to explore creativity and innovation in a hands-on, interactive way. With workshops in project-based learning, Design Thinking, STEAM education, and more, the Sandbox gives you the knowledge and experience you need to reimagine your school and classroom. We're excited that Upstart, a Sandbox sponsor, will be joining us, to lead our Design Thinking sessions.
Updated: May. 16, 2018
In preparation of Israel’s 70th anniversary, Ji Tap’s game-creator tool has been updated with a special collection on Zionism and Israeli Culture. In the new creator packs, you can find key figures from the country’s founding history all the way to modern day history; Natan Sharansky, Golda Meir, Ilan Ramon, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Naomi Shemer and more. In addition to the collection of personalities and figures, our 70th Independence Day collection has been updated to make the production of digital games for the 70th anniversary easier and more enjoyable than it has ever been!
Updated: Apr. 11, 2018
Israel Connect, a program where older North American adults tutor Israeli kids in English once a week via video chat began in 2011 as a side project of Sarah Gordon, a Canadian with Israeli parents who taught Hebrew in Ottawa. A former classmate of Gordon who taught English in Israel told her about some of her Arab-Israeli students who were struggling to pick up what would be their third language. So Gordon matched them with Canadian seniors she knew who could tutor them from afar.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2018
The AVI CHAI Foundation has, since 2012, been making a wide variety of grants in the area of blended learning. Our focus is on helping teachers use technology to promote personalized learning in their classrooms and assisting teachers in using systematically collected student data to drive their instruction. But this post isn’t about the advantages and risks associated with blended personalized learning. Instead, it’s about the changes we are seeing (and not seeing) in classrooms.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2018
Israel has embarked on a number of policies meant to improve its education system, including reducing inequality among the ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities, as well as approving a 70 million shekel initiative last summer to improve English proficiency in schools. As the “Startup Nation,” innovation also plays a key role. MindCET, an organization that brings together educators and entrepreneurs to develop groundbreaking tech in education, has been working in this space since 2012 to find education tech (EdTech) startups, tapping into gaming, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, to transform the Israeli learning environment.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2018
Project Based Learning in Hebrew: Teaching a Second Language Class in a Public High School in Chicago
An example of integrating PBL in Hebrew language class is a PBL model offered by IVRIKAL, which was implemented at the Deerfield High School. Deerfield High School, is a highly-rated public high school in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. The Hebrew class was a combined class for grades 11 and 12. Student proficiency varied from novice, to intermediate and advanced levels. Some students had a Jewish day school background, some were heritage learners (students of Israeli parents) and some began their Hebrew studies in Grade 9.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2018
Personal Blogs or Communal Blogs? - Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions Regarding the Contribution of These Two Platforms to their Professional Development
Although educational blogging is not a new phenomenon, the use of blogs in teacher education in Israel is still in its early stages. In line with the above-mentioned study aims, which focused on exploring the pre-service teachers' perceived usefulness of blogs in their professional development and training, the following two research questions were examined: What are the perceptions of pre-service teachers regarding the contribution of personal blogs and communal blogs to their professional development? Which platform do pre-service teachers prefer: the personal blog or the communal blog? and why?
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Instilling 21st Century Skills in Graduates of Public Versus Private High Schools in Israel
This research examines the effectiveness of instilling 21st century skills in graduates of public versus private schools in Israel. The five skills that were examined are information literacy, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, self-regulated learning and the use of information and technology (ICT). No significant average difference was found between graduates of public and private schools regarding their command of the five skills. Nevertheless, several factors have been found that are related to students’ individual backgrounds.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018
Sefaria, a nimble online database of Jewish texts in both their original language and in translation, is rapidly becoming the red-hot center of the source sheet universe, which I assure you is a thing. Since Sefaria was founded in 2013, over 12,000 people have made some 74,000 source sheets using the site’s handy source sheet builder. Of those, 7,200 of their creations are available online.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2018