Sep. 13, 2017
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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

The current bulletin contains research findings about curriculum planning, school leadership training, Jewish education initiatives in the past and present, use of edtech in Jewish education, educational resources for the High Holidays and other curricular areas, conference information and much more. 

Now is the time to sign up for the Fall semester of The MOFET Online Academy. This semester the Academy features a number of courses (in Ivrit) on Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language. One of these popular courses is: Theory and Practice of Teaching Hebrew in the Diaspora

Wishing you, your families, colleagues and students a wonderful and sweet New Year,

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

September 13, 2017 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
September 2017
Featured Items
What's App, Sir? Teachers and Students in WhatsApp Groups (in Hebrew)
The instant messaging application WhatsApp enables quick, interactive multimedia communication in closed groups, as well as one-on-one interactions between selected group members. It has become one of the most popular applications, and is regularly used by both teachers and students for personal and group communication. In the present study, we explore student perspectives on the phenomenon of WhatsApp 'classroom groups', in which both teachers and students from a particular classroom interact with one another in closed groups. Our methodology combines interviews and focus groups with students aged 13-18 (N= 88).
Hebrew University’s Center for Jewish Art Launches the World’s Largest Index of Jewish Art
The Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched the world’s largest online database of Jewish art today at the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art is a collection of digitized images and information about Jewish artifacts from all over the world. The online collection includes more than 260,000 images of objects and artifacts from 700 museums, synagogues and private collections in 41 different countries, as well as architectural drawings of 1,500 synagogues and Jewish ritual buildings from antiquity to the modern day.
The Student Voice in Designing a Jewish Studies High School Curriculum: A Case Study
In January 2012, a team of curriculum specialists based at Bar Ilan University in Israel were approached by a Jewish day school in Australia to design a new Jewish Studies curriculum for its school. The mandate was to design a curriculum model from first-steps that would form the basis for the new curriculum. This article demonstrates how combining elements of Fullan's ideas about school partnerships with Schwab's 'commonplaces' concepts can best meet the needs of the school's specific population and ethos.
Shofarot Israel – The Story of the Shofar
The Shofarot Israel website tells the story of fifteen generations (7 centuries) of a proud family tradition of creating shofars for use in synagogues around the world. The website includes the history of shofarot in Tanach and Jewish history up to modern times, videos on the process of creating a shofar, history of the family that has been doing this for hundreds of years. The site is in English and Hebrew.
What Makes a Good School Leadership Program? A Qualitative Study of the Lookstein Center Educational Leadership Advancement Initiative (ELAI)
How do educators become successful leaders? This qualitative study set out to learn more about The Lookstein Center ELAI program as well as mentoring and leadership training in general, with the hope of offering insights to other school leadership programs. The mentor-mentee relationship was seen to develop into a collaborative partnership, with the reflective relationships becoming enriching for both the mentor and mentee.
Center for Judaic Studies Seminar in Hebrew Pedagogy
The 2017 (October 20-22) Seminar in Hebrew Pedagogy of the University of Denver & Middlebury Language Schools is a weekend seminar on topics in Hebrew language pedagogy, featuring national scholars from a variety of specializations. The seminar’s theme this year is The Hebrew Lesson Plan: Maximizing Acquisition and Culture-Based Pedagogy. Some hands-on workshops/small groups’ work are planned during the seminar. Depending on the number of registrants and the age groups they teach, the presentations and the workshops will be tailored to address varied needs. As in past seminars, the objective of the seminar is to provide you with practical tools that can be applied to and incorporated into the classroom following the seminar.
September 2017
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Learning from a Mussar-Based Initiative in a Community Day School …
Sarah Schenirer and Innovative Change: The Myths and Facts
Israel Ministry of Education Launches New 'Transparency in Education' Website
Ethiopian Pupils: Characteristics of School Belonging and Social Engagement – A Case Study
The Student Voice in Designing a Jewish Studies High School Curriculum: A Case Study

Formal Education

A ‘Dybbuk Model’ for Holocaust Pedagogy: The Case of the Distribution of Ka-Tzetnik’s Books
Sinai Schools to Hit Riverdale
“Corresponding with the Professor”: A Didactic Tool for Fostering Students’ Ability to Identify Scholastic Difficulties and Ways of Coping with Them

Teacher Education

What Makes a Good School Leadership Program? A Qualitative Study of the Lookstein Center Educational Leadership Advancement Initiative (ELAI)
Israel Education Ministry Invests in Nationwide Program for English Teachers

Israel Education

Honeymoon Israel Poised to Connect More Couples to Jewish Life
Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett Advancing Plan to Bring Families of Lone Soldiers to Israel
The Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program - 2017-2018
The Tikvah Overseas Student Institute
The David Project Joining Hillel International

Technology & Computers

Are There Jewish Digital Badges?: A Study of Religious Middle- and High-School Girls’ Perception of an Emerging Educational Technology-Based Assessment
Ubiquity, Access, & Availability: How EdTech Can Transform Schools, Homes, & Anywhere In Between
What's App, Sir? Teachers and Students in WhatsApp Groups (in Hebrew)

Conferences & Events

Center for Judaic Studies Seminar in Hebrew Pedagogy

Learning Resources

Hebrew University’s Center for Jewish Art Launches the World’s Largest Index of Jewish Art
Lehavin U’lehaskil: A Curriculum That Trains our Students to Become Independent Readers of Tanach
Scribes of The Cairo Geniza
A New Kind of B’nai Mitzvah Project
NEW - National Library of Israel Shabbat Resource Pack
Shofarot Israel – The Story of the Shofar
September 2017
 
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