Mar. 12, 2013
Dear subscriber, 


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 information about teacher education and in-service professional development opportunities, resources for using technology in Jewish education, as well as a number of research papers which evaluate a number of different Jewish education programs.
 

We also provide information about a number of MOFET Institute activities now available:
 
An online seminar on digital textbooks to be held tomorrow, two Spanish language educational leadership seminars in Israel, and the Sixth International MOFET Conference on Teacher Education. (See below for information.) 

We also heartily welcome the participants in MOFET Teach 2013 – A Study Tour & Conference on Technological Systems in Education who are presently with us learning about the various uses of technology in the Israeli educational system and invite you to join us in future Israel seminars and tours. 

We take this opportunity of Rosh Chodesh Nissan to wish you a wonderful Passover Holiday of true physical & spiritual redemption, as our ancestors who were redeemed in this month ages ago.
 
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

March 12, 2013 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
March 2013
Featured Items
Digital Text Books – An Online MOFET Seminar (in Hebrew)
The MOFET Institute in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Education invites teachers, administrators and the general public to an online seminar in Hebrew about digital text books in the education system in Israel and abroad. The online presentations and discussions will be held via the Elluminate platform on Thursday March 14, 2013 from 10:00 to 15:00. Participation is through an internet connected computer, headset and microphone.
G-dcast Entertainment Launches 'Leviticus!' Apple Mobile Game
A new branch of G-dcast, G-dcast Entertainment, has just released a new 'edutainment' game for Apple Mobile devices – 'Leviticus!'. While playing the fast-moving brightly illustrated game, the players learn much of the intricate Biblical Jewish law system for offering sacrifices in the Temple. 'Leviticus!' was made with young adults in mind and the plan is to market the new game to college-age students through Hillel and Moishe Houses.
MOFET JTEC 2013 Spanish Language Israel Educational Leadership Seminar
MOFET JTEC will again be conducting a special leadership seminar in Israel for leaders of Jewish school boards and education committees in the Spanish speaking world. The ten day program on April 29 - May 9, 2013, will include study visits, workshops and conferences which will broaden the knowledge and experience of those working in the field thus aiding them in fulfilling the daily functions of managers in their respective schools and communities.
Registration Opens for the Ninth MOFET JTEC Seminar in Israel for Spanish Speaking Diaspora Community Leaders – Summer, 2013
MOFET JTEC will be conducting its ninth special leadership seminar in Israel for leaders of Jewish institutions in Spanish speaking-countries. The 15-day program on June 4-19, 2013, will include study visits, workshops and conferences which will broaden the knowledge and experience of those working in Jewish education, and community leadership, thus empowering them in fulfilling their daily functions in their respective Jewish institutions.
Jewish Education Institutions Reorganize in the Face of Ongoing Financial Crisis
July Wiener writes about how financial constraints and declining affiliation rates are bringing virtually every national Jewish institution, and many local ones, to restructure, redefine its mission, merge or even close. In the latest sign of the times, this week the board of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) — which has downsized dramatically in the past four years — announced it is considering merging with the Jewish Education Project, a New York organization that is itself the product of a 2010 merger.
The MOFET Sixth International Conference on Teacher Education: “Changing Reality Through Education”
Once every few years, since 1993, the teacher education system in Israel holds an international conference on teacher education. The Sixth International Conference, titled “Changing Reality through Education”, will be held at David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem, in cooperation with The MOFET Institute in Tel Aviv on July 2-4, 2013. It will deal with various topics on the public and social agenda.
March 2013
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
How the Newest New York Jewish Community Study Has Changed How We Study Jews
Our Jewish Preschool Challenge

Formal Education

Interpretive Experience: The Core of Meaningful Tanakh Education

Informal Education

Ninety One Yeshiva University Students Spent Winter Break on Community Building Missions Around the World
First Sign Language Megila Reading Takes Place in Tel Aviv

Adult Education

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Announces Significant Tuition Grants to Masa Israel Journey Alumni

Teacher Education

Legacy Heritage YUTeach Fellowship Accepting Applications for 2013-14 Cohort
Summary of Research Conducted for PEP and PEASP – 2010-2012 - Pardes Institute

In-Service Training

Applications Now Open for AVI CHAI Sponsorship For the Principals' Center Summer Institute at The Harvard Graduate School Of Education!
EdJewtopia: Teaching Hebrew Language Today
21st Century Instruction: Beyond the Classroom to the Global Community - an Online Course

Education & Administration

Jewish Education Institutions Reorganize in the Face of Ongoing Financial Crisis
Can Jewish Organizations Really Work Collaboratively? Early Lessons from Nadiv

Israel Education

Israel Institute Opens in Washington, D.C. to Enhance Knowledge and Study of Modern Israel
Serving a Complex Israel: A Report on Israel-based Immersive Jewish Service-learning

Technology & Computers

Holograms of Holocaust Survivors To Preserve Witnesses' Testimony for Posterity
Influx of Ipads Adds to High-Tech Trend in New Jersey Day Schools
Virtual Israel - A 3D Online Videogame
G-dcast Entertainment Launches 'Leviticus!' Apple Mobile Game

Conferences & Events

Nishma: A Summer Of Torah Study in The JTS Beit Midrash
Jedcamp Jewish Education Unconference Is Coming to New Jersey!
JustCity: A Precollege Program in Jewish Social Justice
Record Attendance for 2013 North American Jewish Day School Conference
Pardes Institute's Summer Curriculum Workshop for Novice Teachers
Digital Text Books – An Online MOFET Seminar (in Hebrew)
The MOFET Sixth International Conference on Teacher Education: “Changing Reality Through Education”
MOFET JTEC 2013 Spanish Language Israel Educational Leadership Seminar
Registration Opens for the Ninth MOFET JTEC Seminar in Israel for Spanish Speaking Diaspora Community Leaders – Summer, 2013

Learning Resources

Kishuran – Online Hebrew Learning Material Database
InnovationXChange – Online Jewish Supplementary Education Innovation Exchange
Teaching the Legacy #29 – e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators – Photographs: Reflection or Interpretation of Reality?
March 2013
 
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