Mar. 15, 2011
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

March 15, 2011 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
March 2011
Featured Items
A Study Tour in Israel on: The Inclusion of People with Special Needs into Higher Education and Society
MOFET ITEC has announced a special Israel study tour dedicated to the inclusion of people with special needs into higher education and society on May 15th – 19th, 2011. The main goal of the tour is to present the concept of 'Academia for All' and its implementation as expressed in academic institutions in Israel, while becoming acquainted with what is being done in other places in the world and thus creating a professional dialogue among the experts. The various sessions will emphasize the common concept of accessibility in Israel and its implementation in institutions of higher education. Relevant and innovative research of recent years in Israel will be presented. During the study tour the participants – experts, researchers and other professionals from around the world – will meet with their colleagues in Israel, who deal with access to higher education for people with limitations.
Camp Works: The Long-term Impact of Jewish Overnight Camp
Camp Works, a newly published research study, provides systematic and quantitative evidence that summers at Jewish camp create adults who are committed to the Jewish community and engaged in Jewish practice. Utilizing the most recent National Jewish Population Survey and 25 local community studies completed between 2000–2008, this report offers the fullest picture to date of the impact of Jewish summer camp. The influence of summer camp on the ways in which adult Jews choose to engage with the community and the degree to which they associate with other Jews can be felt long after the last sunset of the summer. The impact is striking, especially when compared to their peers who did not spend their summer months at Jewish camp.
MOFET Annual Educational Technology Conference 2011 – The Name of the Game: Integrating Computer Games in Learning
This year MOFET Institute's Annual Educational Technology Conference was devoted to integrating computer games in various aspect of learning. Various games can contribute to learning information, developing thinking, physical coordination and dexterity, collaborative and decision-making skills, as well as moral judgment capabilities. They have the ability to strongly motivate and provide immediate reward and feedback. The conference provided hundreds of participants an overview of the use of games, simulations, and virtual reality environments to enhance learning and challenge the participants to utilize them in their learning environments.
A Free People in Our Land Website
Makom in collaboration with Jewish Education Project and The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc. (JCRC-NY), have created a program for making the New York City Salute to Israel Parade a more meaningful experience for participants. In addition to offering educational workshops and film evenings, they have created a website containing written materials, downloadable sheets, programming ideas, songs and video clips dealing with various aspects of Israel.
Fourth MOFET JTEC Seminar for Spanish Speaking Diaspora Community Leaders Held in Israel
MOFET JTEC recently completed its fourth Israel seminar for Teacher educators, teachers and leaders of Jewish communities in the Spanish speaking world. This was the first session held in the Israeli winter and proved to be an unforgettable experience for the 43 participants from Argentina, Chile and Spain. The seminar focused on Jewish leadership models throughout Jewish history to the present, on the analysis of the participants' management styles, and on designing ways to promote the participants' role as teacher educators, teachers and community leaders now and in the future. During the two week seminar, the participants studied, toured the country, and met prominent Israelis such as Government Ministers, Members of the Knesset, Ministry of Education officials, leaders of social organizations, and much more.
Jewish Agency for Israel Student Conference: From Herzl until Today - European Jewry and Israel
The Jewish Agency for Israel sponsored a student conference for nearly 400 Taglit and Masa Israel alumni in Weimar, Germany, from November 25-28, 2010. The Jewish Agency for Israel 'Student Conference: From Herzl until Today' brought together German-speaking young adults from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl. The conference focused on modern Israel, its centrality in the Jewish world, and the global campaign to de-legitimize Israel.
March 2011
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Innovative Learning
The New Hebrew School Will Take A Village: Envisioning a Family-Centered, Synagogue-Based and Community Enriched Model

Formal Education

Shalom School 30 Years After: Reflections on the Jewish Afternoon School
Too Much Bar and Not Enough Mitzvah? A Proposed Research Agenda on Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Driving Congregational School Change to Enhance 21st Century Jewish Learning
Deep Change in Congregational Education
Believing, Behaving, Belonging: Tefillah Education in the 21st Century

Informal Education

Yeshiva University National Model United Nations
Camp Works: The Long-term Impact of Jewish Overnight Camp

In-Service Training

Stepping Through the Door Together - Now's the Time

Education & Administration

For Charters’ Jewish Cousins, So Near, So Far: The Tricky Relationship Between Hebrew Charter Schools and Their Religious After-School Programs

Israel Education

Day Schools Need New Israel Ed Approach
The Other Right of Birthright
Demand for Birthright-Taglit Hits New High in North America
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows
The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: 2010 Update

Technology & Computers

Students Set Up 'Facebook Watch' to Monitor Online Bullying
Day School Tuition Crisis: A Creative Opportunity for Solutions
The National Program for Adapting the Israeli Education System to the 21st Century

Conferences & Events

A Study Tour in Israel on: The Inclusion of People with Special Needs into Higher Education and Society
MASA Israel Building Future Leadership Conference
Chavura CHAI: A South American Training Event and Beyond
Fourth MOFET JTEC Seminar for Spanish Speaking Diaspora Community Leaders Held in Israel
Shaping the Future: Reconstructing the Textbook in the Digital Age
MOFET Annual Educational Technology Conference 2011 – The Name of the Game: Integrating Computer Games in Learning
Jewish Agency for Israel Student Conference: From Herzl until Today - European Jewry and Israel

Learning Resources

Ceremonies and Educational Activities for Holocaust Commemoration
A Free People in Our Land Website
Jewish ValuesFinder
ChallahCrumbs.com
March 2011
 
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